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A Little Good News For One Of My Photographs

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I haven’t been blogging lately due to the continued issues with my hands and arms, and have been feeling a bit disheartened about the challenges in creating and promoting my photography and art (as well as struggling to get through the rest of my life). I try to stay positive and look at my situation with humor, but some days I am not as successful at it as I’d like to be. Therefore, it was an extra special kind of awesome to find an email from Crated, notifying me that ‘Ghost Boats In Morro Bay’ has been featured on their homepage. Click here to view a previous blog post about this photograph. I am still trying to keep typing at a minimum for now, but wanted to post this bit of good news. I hope to be back to blogging on a much more regular basis again soon!

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Pacific Ocean Splash

Pacific Ocean Splash

The deep turquoise waves of the Pacific Ocean crash onto the jagged rock formations near Big Sur, California.

We’ve taken the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur numerous times, and it always surprises and delights. Each turn reveals yet another startlingly beautiful scenic vista, with the ocean crashing and foaming in shades of blue and teal as it pushes and pulls on the sand and rocks below the steep cliffs that border the highway. In this photograph, the curving shape of the intersection between tumultuous water and steady stone reminds me of a sideways yin-yang symbol.

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Winter Sunset Through Trees

Photograph of Winter Sunset Through Trees

The winter sun peeks through the forest as it sets, staining the snow pink with its brilliance.

I took this photograph at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, while delicately tiptoeing on top of a big pile of snow and hoping not to fall through. It was bitterly cold, and snow had lodged itself inside of my boots. We’d waited for a spectacular sunset over Crater Lake itself, but all was blah and boring. Suddenly, the world changed into a magical land of glowing snow and long dramatic shadows. The setting sun flared dramatically through my camera lens, creating a bright golden starburst peeking out through the snow-heavy trees.

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Lotus Glow

Lotus flower

Beautiful and delicate, Bowl Lotus ‘Beautiful Dancer’ appears to glow in the soft afternoon sunlight.

I’ve been growing waterlilies for years, and they always take off and bloom fantastically in my tiny ponds. Growing lotus has been much more of a challenge. I’ve selected the smallest lotus type available, called “bowl lotus,” and they are supposed to do well in small pots.

The first year I grew them was a complete failure, as raccoons used the water to vigorously wash their food and paws each night, and the tiny signs of life from each lotus soon vanished and I was left with rotting tubers. The bloom on ‘Beautiful Dancer’ pictured above is from my second attempt at growing lotus (last year), and out of my three lotus plants it was the only one to successfully grow and bloom. I’m currently trying again, and while I have leaves on two of my plants (no sign of flower buds), one of them didn’t sprout or show any signs of life at all after I planted it.

While this photograph, ‘Lotus Glow,’ is one of my best selling images, I can’t help but wonder if I should stick to growing waterlilies in the future…

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Tule Elk Bull

Photo of a tule elk bull resting in the grass

A majestic Tule Elk bull, Cervus canadensis ssp. nannodes, rests in the grass, overlooking the scenic ocean vistas at Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California.

I’ve seen tule elk before in other locations, but I’ve never had the opportunity to get as close to a herd as I did this one particular time at Tomales Point. Imagine my surprise and excitement when we rounded the bend on our afternoon hike and came across a large herd just snoozing, eating, and soaking up the afternoon sunshine. Unimpressed by our presence, the elk continued to go about their business as we slowly continued on the trail which led us ever closer. The tule elk bull in this photo blinked his eyes in annoyance as we disturbed his afternoon nap, but quickly decided we weren’t a threat and his eyes grew heavy once again.

Tule elk are only found in California. They are the smallest subspecies of elk in the United States, and their range is limited to California’s coastal regions and the marshes and grassland areas of the Central Valley. As illustrated by this photo, Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore is a wonderful place to see these beautiful animals, as well as take in some amazing scenery.

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Honeybee In Flight

Honeybee in flight

A honeybee, already carrying blue pollen in the pollen baskets or corbicula on its hind legs, flies up to another Pride of Madeira blossom to gather more of this exotic blue substance.

I absolutely adore photographing bees! I will follow them around from flower to flower, totally lost in capturing their activity. In my opinion, this a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

I took this photo, ‘Blue Pollen,’ while standing in a patch of landscaping at a local strip mall. I walk by this area quite frequently, and one day I noticed that the Echium candicans (also known as Pride of Madeira) was buzzing with pollinators. I hurried back home and grabbed my camera, hoping that the late afternoon light would hold long enough for me to get some photographs. I was in luck, and happily snapped photo after photo of adorably fuzzy bumble bees, heavy and awkward carpenter bees, miniscule sweat bees, and the always enthusiastic honeybees.

I’m sure I was a funny sight as I crouched, turned, and twisted, following various bees with my camera. I was so intent on tracking each movement that I made myself dizzy swinging my camera back and forth and up and down. Despite the dizziness, I returned home quite happy with my late afternoon bee “photo shoot.”

 

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Waves On The Rocks

Ocean waves splash on rocks

Small waves break on the pebbled shore at dusk.

I took this photograph of the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1 in California, somewhere between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. I don’t think I ever knew the name of this beach, but we had it to ourselves on the evening when I took this photograph. The low light allowed me to slow the shutter speed of my camera, thus capturing the motion of the waves as they lapped up on the shore.

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