The oak trees have burst out with a fresh set of pale leaves that are quickly turning dark green, as they continue to grow. The forest is filling in with the deciduous trees blooming and merging with the evergreens. Both types of trees, and wildflowers too, have been pollinating and the air is still filled with fine yellow-green dust. It’s a busy time of year with a rapidly changing environment.
This little bird, a yellow rumped warbler, made these cedar tree berries seem like a pretty big meal. I was a little surprised that it was able to swallow the berries. It did seem to take it’s time, especially compared to the waxwing birds that were also feeding. Continue reading Yellow Rumped Warbler
Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of Cedar Waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready. There were plenty of berries to go around, but not enough space for all the birds at once. They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, with the bulk of the flock waiting in a nearby oak tree.
Then there was that time someone shot a big-budget movie scene, at this isolated beach in Mexico. This little beach pueblo, nestled at the base of the gnar mountains of Michoacan, was once a secret spot for risk-taking surfers. But after a couple decades, as the sport rose in popularity, the crowds eventually hit hard Continue reading Shooting A Movie Scene In Michoacan
It’s been 8 years since I traveled and surfed mainland Mexico. Back then, I took so many photos and concentrated on getting those pics to the surfers, as well as Surfermag.com, that I wound up with a ton of outtakes. I always pushed forward and just stashed them all on back up discs. Now, after all those years, I’ve decided to spend some time weaving those old pics onto this site. Continue reading Breaking Open The Shoe Box Photos
Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz. Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is a treasure for the butterflies and their admirers. Also in this gallery, is a rare event of crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects.
Predators usually leave the monarch off their menu. Because of the insect’s diet on milkweed, which is toxic to birds, it gets an edge on survival and is typically left alone. But for some reason, not on this day. Either this group of crow has not had the pleasure of getting sick from eating monarchs, or these monarchs didn’t get enough milkweed in their early stages of life.
When the swells come crashing into the cliffs at Santa Cruz, the spectacle is best observed from a safe distance. If there’s bits of kelp, and the area is soaking wet, then it’s not a good place to be standing!
Lily and I were on an afternoon walk along West Cliff, and we stumbled across a girl performing aerial silk. She was winding down from her workout and routine, and I was tethered to an anxious dog, but I was captivated. I spoke with her about collaborating and we set a date for a shoot. Continue reading Aerial Silk, Santa Cruz Cliffs
Wind generated power in Texas is something most Texans hear and read about, but don’t actually see. Most of the generators are far out of sight of major cities, nestled deep in cattle country. If you travel across the state, you’ll likely see hundreds of them. Continue reading Wind Turbines in West Texas