Tag Archives: Tomales Bay

Anatomy of a photo #57: Marbled Godwit in the sun’s first light


The Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) is one of my favorite shorebirds, for the simple reason that it was one of the first ones that I learned to identify. Its mottled cinnamon coloration coupled with its long slightly, upturned beak that … Continue reading

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The Yellow-billed Loon: An Essay in Photos


This is a rare bird in the area where I live, but occasionally we have one that will stop and spend a summer. This is a younger bird, but it seemed to feed well here in our coastal waters. I … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #55: The Red-throated Loon rises


It was a grey and foggy day. Not so distant shores were hidden by the thick, low lying vapors. The birds were thick, as the winter migrants were making their presence known on the bay, and settled in for the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #49: Green Heron at Hog Island Oysters


Sometimes we are involved doing one thing, when something different comes along and we completely change our focus. I’d been taking some pictures of a happening for the local paper, when I saw a bird I had never noticed before. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #46: Young Raccoons on the rocks


Early morning, extra low tide, the long days of summer… Put them tgether, and it’s the perfect time to find and photograph raccoons as they search for crabs and tidbits by the first light of the day. The other time … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo (series): #44 Octopus event on Tomales Bay (the days before Hawktopus)


The other day I was speaking with someone that had seen my Hawktopus post (the Red-tailed Hawk that I was able to photograph as it flew with an octopus) and while they were very enthusiastic about it, they chided me once they … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo (series) # 38: Hawktopus


It was the middle of winter, less than two weeks past solstice, and there were rumors of whales in Tomales Bay. It was hard for me to put my kayak in the water before 4:30pm that week, but one day … Continue reading

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How to photograph fireworks


It’s actually pretty easy to get the technical parts right, when taking pictures of fireworks, which means the important part is to think ahead and decide where you want to be in relation to the firework display, and what else … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #34: Trio of otters


Some of my favorite animals to watch and photograph in the wild are the North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis). Part of what makes them fun, is what a social creature they are, often intertwining and climbing over one another, … Continue reading

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Baby Blue Bird: Anatomy of a photo #33


There are times, when many of the lessons we’ve learned be damned, we see something so exciting or new to us, that the most important thing is to get a picture, any picture at all. That’s nearly what happened to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #31: Pelican on a foggy day


Oh how I love the Pelican! The way its beak can hold more than its belly can One of my favorite birds. I have many photographs of pelicans, and will likely be visiting several different images of them over the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #29: Young Raccoon feeding on the Bay


It often makes wildlife pictures interesting if you can capture them in natural behavior, not just sitting there. If you capture them while grooming or feeding, it adds a little action and a hint into their daily lives. I often … Continue reading

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