Lighthouses of America

 

Lighthouses of America

On August 1st, Welcome Books released Lighthouses of America.  I am pleased to announce that 2 of my images, St Augustine Lighthouse, FL and Point Arena Lighthouse, CA were included in this great book.  Please check it out.

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A Special Time in Bodie

Bodie, CA is a ghost town in east central California. It is a state park whose buildings are kept in a state of “arrested decay”; i.e. as they were when the last residents left. I’ve photographed at Bodie many times because there are so many interesting things to shoot.  About 2 weeks ago, The Bodie Foundation, a non-profit that supports the park, hosted a sunrise shoot for photographers. We were able to get into the park at 5:00AM instead of the normal 9:00AM and, instead of the normal crowds, there were only about 10 of us. It was a marvelous morning; quiet, comfortable temps, and a chance to watch the sunrise play across the town.  I wish I could have cloned myself because there were so many places I would have liked to have photographed simultaneously.  I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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A Visit to Yosemite

A few weeks ago, we spent an evening and early morning at Yosemite. Water was running everywhere. The Merced River was a raging snake of whitewater. The granite cliffs of Yosemite are amazing anytime but, when they are covered with ribbons of water falling 3,000 feet, it is really amazing.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Birds and Flying Bugs

I want to share a few images from some recent walks around the American River Parkway near Folsom, CA. I’ve also included one from Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans. Nature provides some beautiful creatures for us to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these few.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a California Towhee, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017

California Towhee

 

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Arches National Park

We took a day on our road trip and spent it at Arches National Park. During an evening and a morning, you can see many of the main attractions but there is a lot to see that require short to moderate hikes. I hope to go back and spend a few days hiking.
The park is located over a geologically unstable salt bed. The movement of the salt bed and the earth’s tectonic forces caused large blocks of sandstone to uplift. Over millions of years, the sandstone eroded forming the arches and rock monoliths we see today. The park service claims more than 2,000 arches; some just a 3 foot opening through a mountain to the largest: 306 feet base to base. There are massive stone walls whose size, shapes and eroded faces bring pagan temples to mind. There were lots of wildflowers and some wildlife.

I left thinking that I’d like to spend time watching the sun, moon and stars rise and set over these geologic wonders. To me, it is a spiritual place. Our mistake was not giving ourselves the time to take in the spirit.

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Regards,

Larry

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Gettysburg and Antietam

 

We were treated to a tour of both the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Antietam National Battlefield while in Pennsylvania last April.  These are not parks to celebrate and have fun, for how can we celebrate when our principles could only be imposed by slaughtering one another. Instead, they are parks for reflection and to gain insight into the lessons of history. There are plenty of memorials to those who fought; both the dead and the survivors. I chose not to photograph them.  They can be seen online. Instead, I chose to show how nature and humanity has restored the beauty of the countryside – a lesson that time and effort can help us heal.  I hope you enjoy these images.

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Regards,

Larry

 

 

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

 

 

Some Birds From A Recent Trip

Image of Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

On a recent road trip, we got to see a number of interesting birds that we don’t get to see here in California. We also got to see some of the usual suspects.

Here are some interesting tidbits:

  1. The typical vulture we see in the US is the Turkey Vulture. While the black vulture has a gray head, the turkey vulture  has a red head. The black vulture is found in southeastern US.
  2. The blue jay is found in the eastern half of the US. In the west, we have the scrub jay. The stellar jay and the gray jay are found in areas of the west with cooler temperatures.

Here are images of some of those birds. I hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a male cardinal

Male Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of female cardinal

Female Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of red-bellied woodpecker at feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of blue jay

Blue Jay – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren – Cameron, OK Mar 2017

Image of a black vulture

Black Vulture – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of sanderling

Sanderling – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a ruddy turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of Non-breeding male willet

Willet – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of white ibis in Okefenokee Swamp

White Ibis – Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA APR 2017

Image of a pair of brown pelicans

Brown Pelican – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a pair of wind blown great egrets

Great Egrets on a Windy Day – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM MAR 2017

Image of Bald Eagle in a nest

Bald Eagle – Western CO APR 2017