Favorites

These are a few of my favorite images from the past year.  They are favorites not just for asthetics, but because of the subject itself or the story behind the creation of the imageClick on the thumbnail to enlarge. Click on the enlargment for an ever larger image.

Mallard Drake Grooming_5095

Mallard Drake Grooming_5095

It was a rather lazy morning at my favorite local duck pond at the Irvine Regional Park in Southern California. I watched this fella getting his things in order and waited for him to float out of the shadows into some nice light before releasing the shutter.

Convict Lake

Convict Lake

First light with Laurel Mountain awash in moon light on what was a brisk, calm and cloudless morning.

Fall Colors - Alabama Hills

Fall Colors - Alabama Hills

Taken at 631AM in the Alabama Hills. Lone Pine Peak is the dominate peak in the background and Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental United States - 14,505') is near the right edge.

Yosemite Valley - El Capitan, Morning Light

Yosemite Valley - El Capitan, Morning Light

The days first rays of light shine brightly on the summit of El Capitan.

The Trees Know

The Trees Know

Visiting one of my favorite aspen groves in the eastern sierra. Late in the autumn season and still it's mostly green. So many odd patterns associated with autumn this year. Pockets of trees that are traditionally at or near peak color this time of year are already void of all leaves, other areas (like this one) are still very green, while others are full of splendid color. I wonder how much influence our lingering drought impacts the color change?

Alabama Hills - Sunrise

Alabama Hills - Sunrise

To read the story behind the creation of this photograph use the link below to visit my blog.

Laguna Beach - Just A Splash Of Color

Laguna Beach - Just A Splash Of Color

Just after sunrise. It had been raining off and on most of the morning. Now the clouds thinned and parted slightly allowing the still low in the sky sun to add "just a splash of color" to the mostly steel gray clouds and sky. The color only lasted for maybe 10 minutes. The gaps closed, the gray returned followed shortly thereafter by the rain.

Fall Colors - Tamarack Lodge Boat Dock - Early Morning #4

Fall Colors - Tamarack Lodge Boat Dock - Early Morning #4

Up early again this morning and found myself along the lake shore well before sunrise. It was another crisp and damp morning and the sky was filled with stars. A perfect opportunity to work on my night photography (that's why I was up and out so darn early.)

Fall Colors - Lake Sabrina Morning Light

Fall Colors - Lake Sabrina Morning Light

I moved down to the water's edge in order to change my perspective and improve the positioning of the reflections. The light was fantastic and the peaks reflected very nicely on the lake surface which I knew would help distract from the boring cloudless sky. Then the miracle I was hoping for occurred - the breeze died down and the lake surface that moments ago was awash in small distorting ripples turned almost completely calm with glass like clarity revealing the submerged rocks. CLICK!

Aspens and Deer

Aspens and Deer

I left my vehicle in a small pullout about 30 minutes ago. I was now bushwhacking between aspen groves when I noticed this stand of aspens (the deer was not there). I liked how the tree trunks stood out and contrasted nicely with the mix of yellow and still green leaves, so I decided to see if I could work out a pleasing composition. To read more of this story use the link below to visit my blog.

Chicago - Window Reflections

Chicago - Window Reflections

Classic Chicago.

Flower #7264

Flower #7264

Freshly cut spring flowers.

We're Not In Control - 2646

We're Not In Control - 2646

I sat here watching the waves explode into the rocks for 15 minutes before I set my camera up and began to make images.

Morro Bay Harbor_HDR_8712_13_14_15_16

Morro Bay Harbor_HDR_8712_13_14_15_16

Enjoying a gorgeous sunset in Morro Bay.

Yosemite National Park - Therapeutic Waters - 5541

Yosemite National Park - Therapeutic Waters - 5541

I was able to compose a couple of "people free" images before I noticed this guy taking off his boots. Next, he entered the water and proceeded to meander out into the middle of "my composition". He seemed to be in no hurry to get out of the way. Why should he let some photographer rush "HIS communion with nature". But, the longer I watched the more I realized he added just what I needed to complete this image - CLICK. Thank You Stranger!

Laguna Beach - Above The Beach, Stormy Day

Laguna Beach - Above The Beach, Stormy Day

Looking south along the Southern California coastline. Early morning light on a stormy late February morning.

Purple Tulip - 1635

Purple Tulip - 1635

A purple Tulip offering up a hug to anyone that needs it :)

Morro Bay Harbor - Let's Call It A Day - 8737

Morro Bay Harbor - Let's Call It A Day - 8737

This is the last image I made on a very long and productive day photographing in several locations in the central California area. As it turns out, this is my favorite image of the entire trip.

Gull Lake - 0324

Gull Lake - 0324

Just after sunrise. Cold morning (even my feet were cold) had to keep moving and drinking coffee to fight off the chill. Worth it though - Pretty light and scene. Went Vertical to include the wonderful clouds. Just wish the sunrise brought more vivid colors. Maybe next time :)

El Capitan Reflection

El Capitan Reflection

With the slower flows of autumn the Merced River can provide some stunning reflections like this one of El Capitan.

Rain Drops On Leaves - 0365

Rain Drops On Leaves - 0365

Just after a brief light rain I came upon this scene along the Kern River in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Pacific Shoreline Abstract - 1901

Pacific Shoreline Abstract - 1901

Morning light along the pacific coast at Crystal Cove State Park.

Death Valley -  Getting The Shot - 20838

Death Valley - Getting The Shot - 20838

An unknown photographer frames up his next gallery shot at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park in the Mojave Desert of Eastern California and Nevada.

Mono Lake - Dynamic Mood - 9978

Mono Lake - Dynamic Mood - 9978

Considering I initially had no intentions of stopping here I am glad that I decided to do so. As it turns out this is one of my favorite images from this entire trip. Once again, I am reminded that being flexible and willing to go just a little out of the way can make all the difference in your photographic opportunities.

Yosemite Valley - Waters Edge

Yosemite Valley - Waters Edge

I came upon this scene and was immediately mesmerized by the sharpness of the reflections and knew I had a special opportunity.

Detonation

Detonation

The waves weren't as large as advertised, but the power and energy was obviously present.

Yellow and White Flower

Yellow and White Flower

The first flowers of spring 2016!

Spring - Local Hillside and Trail

Spring - Local Hillside and Trail

The generous rains of the 2016/2017 winter season are starting to pay dividends in the form of an incredibly beautiful eruption of color in the local foothills and nearby open spaces of Southern California. Here, a trail meanders along the base of a small hill dotted with beautiful yellow wildflowers.

Laguna Beach - High Tide

Laguna Beach - High Tide

To read the story behind the creation of this photograph use the link below to visit my photostream on Flickr.

Morning Light -  Zabriskie Point

Morning Light - Zabriskie Point

To read the story behind the creation of this photograph use the link below to visit my blog.

Laguna Beach - Rainy Day #1

Laguna Beach - Rainy Day #1

A rainy day along the Southern California shoreline offers up some good photography opportunities.

2019 Fall Colors - Lake Reflections_8824

2019 Fall Colors - Lake Reflections_8824

To read the story behind the creation of this and other related photographs visit my blog.

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