Tag Archives: California

River of Wood

I spent a wonderful Sunday at the Sunol Regional Wilderness and hiked to the Little Yosemite Area, a rocky riverbed close to the boundary of the park. Scrambling down between the boulders was quite a relief, as the park quickly … Continue reading

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Trapper

A funnel weaver, taken today at Henry W. Coe State Park. Yesterday we spotted two tarantulas while driving up the narrow road to the state park: one sitting on the street, the other one right next to it. I therefore … Continue reading

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Dusk

Yesterday evening at the coast just north of Scott Creek. We had hoped for a pretty sunset, but were instead greeted by this moody, cloudy sky. I had a lot of fun making long-exposure exposures — until the batteries in … Continue reading

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Singer

A Californian white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys nuttalli) close to Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore. While we were waiting for some tule elk to move into a more favorable position, this guy was engaging in a song contest to … Continue reading

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Groom

This is a male coast range fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii), I believe. He was defending his territory by showing off his bright blue throat patch while doing fast push-ups, after which came a display of arching his back and … Continue reading

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Rising

I had seen these wind-power generators a couple of months ago on my way to Yosemite National Park. And yesterday was a good day to revisit them. I had checked the weather report and was happily surprised to find that … Continue reading

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Simple

A Lomo scan from a couple of weeks ago. As I am waiting for my gear to come back from a thorough cleaning session (I have spent too much time in dusty and salty places), I started digging through my … Continue reading

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Horned

We saw this Coast Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum blainvillii) on a hike at Mount Diablo State Park. His tactics to avoid detection seemed to have been to alternately hold perfectly still for a while, and then to sprint a foot … Continue reading

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Blasted

Another shot from Big Sur. When I took this shot we were sheltering behind a rock from the wind and sand that blasted everything around us. This rock looked as if it got blasted quite frequently. This shot is a … Continue reading

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Stellar’s Jay

A Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta steller), who adamantly demanded to get some of our peanuts. We met this guy at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where these jays, but also crows and what sounded like pheasants were on wakeup-call duty. The … Continue reading

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