Photo of the Week for 09/13/14: Lush. When we were in Sequoia National Park last month we hiked up to Black Wolf Falls which was simply beautiful. Although the falls in Yosemite are often rather dry by August in drought years, the falls in Mineral King in Sequoia (where we were) were going quite well. I shot this while sitting at the base of the falls.
Photo of the Week for 08/30/14: Simplicity. Another from the Cold Springs Trail in Mineral King in Sequoia National Park. Taken our first evening in the park--I liked the way these flowers looked in the diminishing light and am quite happy with this shot. It required me to sit on the ground with the tripod set to a short height and it was a little difficult to capture, but I am glad I did it. I used the 100mm macro, hence the lovely detail.
Photo of the Week for 08/23/14: Grouse Portrait. On our first day in Sequoia National Park a couple weeks ago we spent a little bit of time exploring the Cold Springs Trail. As we were headed back we happened upon a group of grouse just hanging out. None of us had ever seen grouse before and they were not very skittish so we got to watch them for a while. Funny birds.
Photo of the Day 08/16/14: Abandoned. Last Friday, on day two of our adventure in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, we climbed up to Black Wolf Falls which was positively stunning. An added treat was getting to peek into an abandoned copper mine next to the falls. Not safe to go inside, but I took a six second exposure shot of it and got some nice detail.
Photo of the Week for 08/09/14: Reflections of Half Dome. Back in February we visited Yosemite for three days and enjoyed the quite, wintry time in the park. On our third day here we parked near this outlet of the river and poked around enjoying the great view of Half Dome with a smattering of snow on top. I particularly liked the way Half Dome and the trees were reflected in the water.
Photo of the Week for 07/19/14: Meerkat Rumble. The kids and I went to the Oakland Zoo a couple of weeks ago and we spent some time watching the meerkats. They are cute critters, but quite feisty. I enjoyed watching these ones wrestle for quite some time as it was like kitten wrestling, only more intense and with more teeth.
Photo of the Week for 07/12/14: Summer Clouds. A few weeks ago I had to pick up my photos at the fair. After we did that I took the kids to Pleasanton Ridge for a small hike. It was hot and muggy and kind of overcast which made the sky gorgeous. The hills were really, really dry and dusty and slippery so the the climbing was a bit more precarious than I had planned (and we had footwear for). The kids scooted down a few hills on their butts after climbing up on their hands and knees. Anyhow, I brought my camera and played with the wide angle lens and was quite happy with this one.
Photo of the Week for 06/14/14: Sittin' Pretty. This spring there were so many tree swallows out at Coyote Hills. There are nesting boxes out there for them which they use, and they fly around super-fast in complicated patterns making it difficult to capture in-flight shots of them. I did capture this one hanging out on a branch for a little break when we were all biking out there on Memorial Day.
Photo of the Week for 06/07/14: Pit Stop. While at Ardenwood with L. several weeks I spotted this Anise Swallowtail flitting about the flowers. it didn't hold still for long so getting a shot if it was a little tricky, but I like this one as its body is showing in decent detail and the flowers are very pretty.
Photo of the week for 5/31/14: Splish, Splash. On Mother's Day we were in Woodland with my sister, her family, and my parents. After lunch we took the kids to the park down the street and they played on the regular playground and in the splash pad playground there. I really like shooting water at high shutter speeds and like how this turned out of one of the water features.
Photo of the week for 05/17/14: Raven Road. When we were in Yosemite this past February we visited the Happy Isles area on our last day there. At the very end of the trip, as we were waiting for the shuttle to take us back to where our car was parked, and as it was starting to get dark, we saw this ravens walking across the path. Due to the light (or lack thereof) it is not as clear as I would have liked it, but I love it because it is ravens and their formation is reminiscent of Abbey Road album cover. Plus, do those birds strut or what?
Photo of the Week for 05/10/14: Snake Surprise. A couple of weeks ago when S. and I were riding our bikes at Coyote Hills I turned a corner and was going to park my bike on the small path leading to what we call pelican island and I saw this on the ground and stopped about 2 inches short of running it over. It is a gopher snake and was pretty long. S. was thrilled. It hung out for a while and we both were able to get some pics of it. This was the favorite that I shot because, snake tongue!
Photo of the week for 04/25/14: Hopeful Bee. Sitting outside at Flacos in Berkeley on Saturday with Peter, Michael, and Yalith we saw this bee with its legs full of pollen earnestly trying to extract something from the floral tablecloth. I remembered I had my camera in the car as I was going to take a picture of emFATic for our show postcard later that night so I grabbed it and started shooting. I was happy I had packed my 100mm macro and I got some great bee shots. This is my favorite, and you will need to click through to see the full detail.