Kern County Wildflowers – 2010

 There are an incredible amount of lupine blooming just on the other side of the Grapevine in Kern County right now. The main difference between now and the display last year is that there seems to be less other types of flowers in bloom. Perhaps there are more to come but I’ll leave that to …

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

 “Our experiences can be so much more peaceful if it weren’t for having to deal with our own kind sometimes.” – Mark Graf. Particularly when you have overly-chatty park docents talking everyone’s ears off. There were a few birders and photographers at the Vernal Pools but it felt more like a ride line at Disneyland …

2010 Southern California Wildflowers

 I was headed to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve yesterday afternoon so I stopped in Lake Elsinore briefly to see if there were any flowers. The hillsides look green from I-15 but not a lot of other color so I didn’t expect to see anything. Up close however, I saw a few patches of …

Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista (Caption Help Needed)

 I’ve had this and another unprocessed photo sitting on my computer for six months now because I haven’t been able to track down the name of this location. This scenic vista was taken from the waterfall bridge on the Mammoth Lakes Loop. I don’t recall the name of the bridge nor know what the valley …

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

 One of the most amazing places in California is not even located in a pretty location. However, during the winter months, the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge comes alive with hundreds of thousands of migrating Pacific Flyway birds. I visited on a December day five years ago to shoot some new slides for class and was …

Wade in the Water

 The nice thing about all this rain we have gotten in February is that we have water in the San Gabriel Valley. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen anything other than a dry river bed. This photo shoot was a bit more difficult than I had anticipated. There was a vantage point that …

Bridalveil Fall Double Rainbow

 Excuse the lack of blog posts lately as I have been tied up with optimizing the photos in my web galleries for faster load times. Some of the web galleries get bogged down because I was lazy when I created my site by not creating small thumbnails and just used a one-size-fits-all solution. Anyway… I …

Point Reyes National Seashore

 There was a point in my development as a photographer that I realized how lucky we are in this country to be able to pursue our passions such as landscape photography. That moment for me came to me one weekday morning at Point Reyes National Seashore six or seven years ago when I had a …

LA Skyline Twilight

 From where I live, Mount Baldy looked great. However, from L.A. not so great. The peak kept getting obscured by haze but then it peeked out just barely for a few minutes as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean. It was cold and windy outside, and I kept having to refresh the Yahoo …

Los Angeles Skyline Photo With Winter Backdrop

 I am coming to the conclusion that mid-morning winter light might be as good as it gets in Los Angeles. As a landscape photographer, I am always evaluating air quality and lighting conditions in every way and time imaginable even when I’m not photographing. The morning after a storm is usually as clear as our …