Agapantha

It’s a gray day here in Sacramento but spring is just around the corner. With spring comes flowers. I can’t wait for the poppies and the lupin to bloom. But, that is for a future time. Today, I’ll share a summer flower; the agapantha. I hope it brightens you day.

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Giant Sequoia – Their Sculptural Beauty

Image of the trunk and roots of a giant sequoia tree.

Untitled, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, JUL 2011

Five years ago, I saw the giant sequoia for the first time. Like most people, I was in awe of these giant trees.  Their imposing size and their presence in the forest really impressed me.  My images Among the Elders and Sequoia Giganteum attempt to capture the scale of these trees.  However, I also found that the furrows and ridges of their bark create a sculptural beauty that is striking.  Over the ensuing years, I’ve taken images of a few trees whose patterns really struck me.  Here is a sample of what I found.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Regards,

Larry

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American River Near Folsom

Image of American River Gorge near Folsom, CA

American River Gorge, Folsom, CA, Jan 2017

Last Friday was a cold, foggy morning and we had just come out of a long bout of heavy rain.  A lot of water was being released from Folsom Lake and the American River, near Folsom was running strong.  I decided to spend some time photographing the area of Folsom that surrounds the historic Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge.  It was a great time to be out.  The river roared as it created whitewater through the gorge. Quite a treat.  In the 5 years that I have lived in the area, I never saw significant whitewater or heard the river roar.

The Walker Bridge / Donald W. Alden Memorial Bridge was built in 1893.  It was sold 3 times: once to a man in Japan who wanted it for the steel but was never able to get it, once to the State of California who dismantled it and moved it near Walker, CA to span the Klamath River, and finally back to the City of Folsom who reinstalled it on its original abutments.  It now serves as a pedestrian footbridge and an access point to the American River Parkway from the City of Folsom.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Note: Click on image to see in larger size.  I particularly recommend this for the image of the American Rive Gorge.

Image of Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, FOlsom, CA in Fog

Walker Bridge / Donald W Alden Memorial Bridge, Folsom, CA

Image of Rainbow Bridge arch after heavy rains, Folsom, CA. JAN 2017

Rainbow Bridge Arch, Folsom, CA

Regards,

Larry

 

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Winter Wildlife

RIver Otter - Perspective 4

River Otter – Perspective 4

It’s fun to be in Northern California in the winter.  We are part of the Pacific Flyway, so we get many birds, primarily waterfowl, who winter over.  But even in my backyard I see Oregon Juncos and a species of Goldfinch that spends its summers in the Sierra foothills.  Though my passion is landscapes, photographing this wildlife is fun because watching them go about their business of living is fun.

I’ve been out twice in the last two weeks photographing and enjoying the wildlife.  On one trip, I went to 2 of the wildlife refuges that have been built along the flyway.  Some years ago, land was set aside as a safe haven for migrating waterfowl.  Levees were built and fields flooded so they could live and eat.  This helped farmers by keeping the birds off their cropland.  A win-win situation, enjoyed by birders, photographers and duck hunters.  On the day I visited the refuges, raptors became my focus.  They benefit from the migrating waterfowl as well.

This past week, I got to spend an hour watching a River Otter and an Egret.  They appeared to be helping each other feed.  Otters always seem to be playing even as they feed.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards

Larry

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Image of Juvenille Black Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

Image of Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Image of River Otter - Perspective 1

River Otter – Perspective 1

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

Image of River Otter and Egret

River Otter and Egret

Image of Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

These and other images are available to view and purchase at my website: www.earthwatcher.us or by contacting larry@earthwatcher.us.

Great Basin Images

Image of Joshua Tree Forest in Nevada

Joshua Tree Forest

In October, 2015, Donna and I made a tour of the Great Basin area in Nevada.  I recently revisited the images I took during that trip and decided to get them ready to publish.  The first image is of a special Joshua Tree forest.  It is special because, over the mountains,behind the forest, lies Groom Lake, the fabled Area 51.  I wonder what you’d see if you were a bug on one of the trees.  The second image is of a rainstorm over the desert.  It is raining in the distance as crepuscular rays cast their beams over the desert landscape.  The third image is a rainbow over Death Valley.  I’ve published a version of this image before but wasn’t happy with it.  Now it’s back and will be one of the images featured in my show at ACAI Gallery and Studios beginning December 17.  The fourth image is one of Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley.  It too will be displayed in my show.

Image of rain and crepuscular rays over Nevada desert

Clouds, Sun and Rain

Image of a rainbow at sunrise over Death Valley

Wondrous Morning

Image of Sun Set Over Mesquite Dunes - Death Valley

Sun Setting Over Mesquite Dunes – Perspective 1

Birds of South Africa

Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Here is a sample of the birds we saw while in South Africa. There were many interesting, colorful birds. I was especially captivated by the Lilac Breasted Roller,the Purple Crested Turaco and the varieties of sunbirds and kingfishers. There are many more examples on my website (www.earthwatcher.us). I hope you enjoy the images. I encourage you to look at the others that are on my website because I know you will enjoy them also.

Regards

Larry

These images can been seen at a larger size by clicking on the image

Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

Saddle Beaked Stork

Saddle Billed Stork

Purple Roller

Purple Roller

Koorhan

Red Crested Koorhan

African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill

Gray Heron

Gray Heron

Purple Crested Turaco (Lourie) - Perspective 2

Purple Crested Turaco

Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Orange Breasted Sunbird

Greater Double Collared Sunbird

Blue Crane

Blue Crane