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Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds


I’m a little late on my photo for the week as I wanted to finish my political thoughts before I looked at the challenge.  While this photo may not scream Against the Odds to you, it sure does for me.  Back in October my friend Ross and I were out in Rainbow Canyon (near Death Valley) taking photos of military aircraft who often fly through that canyon.  The photographic process for such an endeavour is a lot like fishing – hours of quiet boredom punctuated by moments of frenzy when an aircraft enters the canyon at high speed.  While we were just sitting there waiting for the aircraft to cooperate we amused ourselves with trying to catch a photo of a kangaroo rat running in and out of the rocks that formed our perch on the canyon edge.  The fact that the animals were very quick and very small combined with the reality that they can appear from anywhere to make this a very difficult photo shoot.  After a plethora of failed attempts, we finally resorted with trying to bait the little fella out of the rocks.  While that sounds like cheating, it still did not make for an easy shot – our “model” would still vary his approach direction and timing and also make all of his attempts with a very quick in and out run.  We finally did get some pretty decent shots of the little guy but I though I’d post this one showing him on his way in to the Cheeto lunch table that we had prepared for him….

a worthy adversary...

a worthy adversary…

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambiance


To me there is no better example of ambiance than a sunset – especially along the coast or up in the mountains somewhere.  Combined with reflections off the water (in this case, a very low tide) there is nothing better to set a beautiful and colorful mood.  This photo is taken of the crystal pier in Pacific Beach just as the sun sets right on the horizon.  Hope you enjoy the calm and peaceful feeling of this photo on a sure to be tumultuous week…..

Breath in and smell the salt water.....

Breath in and smell the salt water…..


Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation


As someone who spends a fair amount of time photographing wildlife it would be easy to talk about the excitement and expectation of capturing a great image of a wild and unpredictable subject.  Instead, I wanted to share a photo that is not uncommon but often overlooked – that look of anticipation and wonder on the faces of the wildlife we encounter – concerned about whether we are predators or just wondering what the heck we are doing in their domain.  I chose this photo from a walking safari we did in Nepal – if that is not a look of anticipation, then I’ve never seen one…..

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizons


There’s nothing that signifies a new beginning or horizon to me better than the sunrise of a brand new day.  It gets even more exhilarating and significant when that new horizon happens to be looking to the sea with the sun rising in the east.  I took this photo in Poipu beach, Hawaii last year.  The colors of the sky were in stark contrast to the black lava rock that rims the coastline.  A worthy sight and memory to begin any day or any endeavor.

Colors and Contrast

Colors and Contrast


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax


When I saw the subject of this week’s challenge, I thought of many photos but ended up choosing this one from a 2012 trip to Alaska.  We had just landed and set up camp for a week with the Brown Bears in the Katmai.  We took a short walk from our camp and watched as some of the bears grazed in the field.  We eventually followed this bear as he made his way to the stream, plopped down, and immediately dozed off.  He didn’t seem to mind at all that the 5 of us were nearby clicking away with our cameras – He was much too relaxed to care…

let sleeping bears lie....

let sleeping bears lie….


Pre-Holiday Cuteness


I’m in the process of backing up my thousands of photos and combining some of my Libraries.  As I transferred some files from one our Alaska trips I started to look through some of the pics.  Couldn’t resist sharing this one with you before the holidays – hope you all have a great holiday season!!

Who says puppies are cute?

Who says puppies are cute?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic


I chose a simple photo of something that is completely natural and expected but is still something that is just plain Magic.  My friend Ross (from Scotland) and I were up in Yosemite National Park a week or so ago (with thousands of our fellow gawkers) and did a quick run around the sights as he had never been there before.  We managed to find a parking space in the valley in the afternoon and did a quick walk around a pasture looking up at the massive rock faces as the sun started to go down.  I just snapped this photo of a tree in its full fall colors with the sun sifting through the leaves and with the cliffs in the background.  While this short lived transformation and explosion of colors happens every year at this time, it is still magic if you take the time to think about it.

Magical Change....

Magical Change….


Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny


I took a photo earlier this week that fits the challenge “Tiny” perfectly.  While leaving the house I noticed some hummingbirds feeding on a bird of paradise next to my front porch.  I quickly got my camera and got a few decent shots of this tiny, agile flyer.  The colors of the hummer and the bird of paradise blended pretty nicely…..

Life goes on......I hope.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


I decided that my recent trip to the Eastern Sierras would provide good material for this week’s challenge “transmogrify”.    I chose this photo from the Trona Pinnacles for the challenge because of  two factors.  The first  is that the pinnacles are a drastic and out of this world change from the unappealing town nearby.  That is one of the reasons that it has been chosen for many hollywood films, from sci-fi features to “Top Gun”.  The second reason is that the pinnacles become even more impressive during changes in lighting such as sunrise and sunset.  This photo was taken just at sunset before the stars and the milky way made their appearance.  The transition of colors in the sky and the shadows of the pinnacles was rapid and dramatic.  Well worth  the stopover……

Trona Transition

Trona Transition


Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O


It took me a long time to get to the last photo challenge but here is my interpretation of H2O – in 3 physical states.  I took this photo early on our trip to Svalbard, Norway.  This area was one of the first glaciers we came across after our first night on the good boat Polaris.  It was a gloomy morning until the sun started to burn off some of the clouds and the mist near the glacier.  I caught this scene just as the fog (gaseous H2O) was lifting over the Glaciers (solid) and the Fjord (liquid).  It was quite a spectacular sight – the photo does not do it justice but it was a great first morning on our Arctic journey…..

Serene and Scenic

Serene and Scenic