We visited Death Valley just before Thanksgiving and were treated to a dust storm with 40 to 50 mph winds one day. The next day it was calm and the sand dunes were refreshed with no footprints in sight, perfect for photography. Most shots were taken at sunrise or within 2 hours for the best light. Some of these are panoramas with 4 or 5 images fused in Photoshop to produce a high quality image.
We just returned from Pt Reyes National Seashore about an hour north of San Francisco, a large peninsula that extends into the Pacific. It has miles of sandy and cliff lined beaches, forests, grasslands, and wildlife including bobcats, shorebirds, elk, deer, owls, coyotes, hawks, elephant seals, and many species of birds. Of course since I did not bring my long lens, and only a wide angle, we did see 2 bobcats, coyotes, and 3 huge male elk. The bobcats bounded across the road at such speed that I still might not have gotten the shot.
Also please follow me on Instagram @ImagePhotoPro where I have been posting much more frequently, and have well over a hundred of some of my better images of the last few years, all in one place.
New photos from our trip to the Banff and Jasper areas via the Icefields Parkway, a very scenic drive with many mountains and pristine lakes. Also you can now follow me on Instagram at @ImagePhotoPro with more frequent posts and often additional images.
Some new photos of Calif Burrowing Owl chicks in Calif. Although they are not on the Endangered Species List they are in decline in most areas of the West due to loss of habitat. They should be protected as their future is very uncertain. Their preferred habitat is low grassy areas and sandy soil and are dependent on abandoned ground squirrel tunnels or other rodents nests. Warehouse, Commercial construction and housing developments have eliminated much of their habitat.
See my short video on Youtube on these Burrowing Owls
Three Peregrine Falcons are out of their nest on the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park in La Jolla, Cal. They are flying along the cliffs and landing on trees above the beach and the parents are bringing them prey (small birds) which they transfer in mid-air. The young ones are play fighting and practicing their acrobatic flying skills like tiny jet fighters. Adults can reach over 220 mph in a dive when catching prey in mid-air.
The Cedar Waxwings are feeding on my Mulberry Tree and the Acorn Woodpeckers are fighting over the acorns that they have stored in a tall Washingtonia palm tree. The Waxwings require a blind as they are very skittish and all fly away at the slightest noise or sight of a human. Then I have to wait for 30 min to an hour for them to come back.