Death Valley Sand Dunes

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.



Sand Dunes, B&W
Sand Dunes and Old Lake Bed Rocks

Panorama of Mesquite Flat Dunes

Dunes and Rocks Textures

Dunes with bush

Mesquite Flat Dunes

Badwater Salt Flats

Dunes Black Hole

Pt Reyes Nat Seashore

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.

Drakes Beach, Pt Reyes
Drakes Beach sunset
Drakes Beach sunset
Drakes Beach sunset
Point Reyes shipwreck, Inverness, Cal
Pt Reyes shipwreck, Inverness, Cal

Jasper & Banff, Landscapes

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.

Athabasca Falls near Jasper, Albert
Athabasca Glacier near Jasper
Moraine Lake near Lake Louise sunrise

Moraine Lake near Lake Louise

Pyramid Lake Sunrise near Jasper
Sunwapta Falls on the Icefields Parkway

Burrowing Owl Chicks

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

new Burrowing Owl video
Get Off My Stick !
I got here first.
Sibling rivalry
Take Off
Burrowing Owl Chicks
Burrowing Owl Landing

Burrowing Owl Landing
Young Chicks Recently Out of Nest

Young Owlet

Was That A UFO
Burrowing Owl Acrobats

Peregrine Falcons 2

More Peregrine juveniles at Torrey Pines, LaJolla,CA. June 11 mostly foggy day.

“High Five”

Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Siblings
Peregrines Play Fight
Peregrine Landing

Peregrines Fri June 14

It started off foggy and slow in the morning and then better action in the early afternoon at Torrey Pines.

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Play Fight

Peregrine Flyby

Peregrine Falcons


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.

Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Aerial Play Fight
Young Peregrines Takeoff
Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Landing on Yucca
Peregrines mid-air chase
3 Peregrines
Peregrine Chase

Peregrine with Prey
Peregrine with Prey
Peregrine Flyby
Peregrine Flyby
Peregrine Acrobatics
Peregrine Acrobatics


White-faced Ibis chicks feeding, Peregrine falcons exchanging prey in mid-air, Hooded Oriole and Cedar Waxwings all photographed recently.

White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
Cedar Waxwings pair
Hooded Oriole
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air

Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine chasing Pelican