We saw this beautiful brown pelican in his mating colors on the Elkhorn Slough during a Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tour. It was great fun to see lots of sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, hundreds of birds, and to learn about their life cycles.
I took this shot last weekend in Yosemite National Park at Tunnel View. El Capitan is on the left, Half Dome in the back, and you can probably make out Bridalveil Fall as a very faint streak in the dark side on the right. At this time of the year most waterfalls look a bit geriatric in Yosemite, but Bridalveil Fall’s stream was still going quite strong.
Last Saturday we went to Santa Cruz to shoot at the Natural Bridge State Beach and were rewarded with a great sunset, as well as great many pelicans, who traveled in large groups along the shore. This group was the largest we saw and it passed us at exactly the right time.
This is my view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Death Valley has such a high variety of landscape forms and such extreme conditions that it offers both, a great palette for photographers, and a sense of rarity and outlandishness that quite a few people, bands, philosophers, and movie makers seem to look for. Check out Zabriskie Point’s Wikipedia site :).
After Red Rock Canyon State Park we made our way into Death Valley. This exposure was taken close to the Golden Canyon in Badwater Basin, which, at its lowest point, is about 85 meters below sea level, and it is both the lowest and hottest spot in the States. At Furnace Creek we experienced 110 °F/43 °C at noon, and even at night standing outside felt like having a hair dryer blow into our faces. People have adapted to this by putting water fountains everywhere and by advising visitors to drink about one liter per hour, as well as to eat a lot of salty things. It is an amazing place to visit, but I would not want to live there permanently.