Category Archives: My favorite Parks

The Klamath Basin: The beginning of the adventure (A tour of photos)


New The Journey and the Reason for it This past winter I went on a Bald Eagle hunt. I had heard for several years about an area on the border of California and Oregon, that has one of the highest … Continue reading

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Coyotes: An essay of photos


New I live out in the country. In ranch land in fact, and the feelings out here about coyotes are often rather negative. They are an interesting animal, and are rather wily if I may. In urban and suburban areas … Continue reading

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The fall raptor migration is upon us


It’s the last week of September, and here in northern California’s Bay Area, the fall raptor migration is peaking, as far as sheer numbers go. We still have a lot of variety to go (we’re waiting for some of the … Continue reading

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Stanislaus National Park: A tour in Photos


New One of the more delightful backpacking trips I’ve been on in quite some time, was a trip I made with a friend of mine. We had a three day weekend ahead of us. We wanted that High Sierra feeling, … Continue reading

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Ardenwood Historic Park: A tour in photos


Ardenwood Historic Park is a family oriented, interactive park. It is part history, part petting zoo. It is educational and hands on… and oddly enough it is rather suburban. Nestled into the outskirts of Fremont, it is a mix of … Continue reading

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The Hazel-Atlas Sand Mines: A tour of photographs


New The heat of a summer’s day faded away with the noises of the outside world as I strode into this tunnel in time. I visited the Hazel-Atlas Sand Mines in the Black Diamond Regional Park, where they once gathered silicone to … Continue reading

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Giacomini Wetlands: An essay of photos and brief history


The auction has ended and I’ve been auctioned off by the group (Point Reyes National Seashore Association -PRNSA) that is responsible for the restoration of the wetlands pictured below, and for making them a part of that same National Seashore. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #39: Wind wrinkled dunes


New The Eureka Sand Dunes are the tallest range of dunes in California, rising more than 800 feet above the floor of Eureka Valley, part of the Death Valley National Park (though far romoved from Death Valley itself). A large … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Photo #23: The bobcat marks its territory


I sat there, photographing this bobcat as it sauntered down the beach. I saw it stiffen slightly as it saw me, but it barely paused, as it kept on towards me. As it walked down the shore, I took many … Continue reading

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The Eureka Sand Dunes: An essay in photos


It used to be that my friends and I would head down to the Eureka Sand Dunes (found in the Death Valley National Park) every year for a few days to a week. Amazing place. Tallest sand dunes in California, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #12: Lava tube II: Scale


This lava tube was a great contrast to Valentine’s, both in scale, and what I had to do to take a picture that made sense. If you look at yesterday’s post you will notice from visual clues such as the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #11: Lava tube I: Temperature


I took this picture for a micro travel piece that I knew I would be writing. This is one of several lava tubes that you can explore in Lava Beds National Monument near the border of Oregon and California (eastern side). … Continue reading

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