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2019-08-20 Tuesday On The Shores Of Mono Lake

I compare my favorite method for image collection to that of the Great Blue Heron. While the Snowy Egret dances in the shallows to chase prey out of hiding, the Great Blue Heron stays stationary, waiting for its prey to come into view where they are likely to become dinner. I’ve found my best successes often come while I sit on a low folding stool with my camera and tripod in a low stance. By making myself small and quiet, my ‘victims’ tend to accept my presence.

2019-08-18 Klamath Basin

The drive from Oregon to San Diego prevented me from a timely presentation of this day’s events, and of the final episode of this odyssey at Mono Lake. (Stay tuned) I started my day with a breakfast at the Starv’n Marv’n cafe just down the street from my motel, then headed to Veteran’s park to … Read more

2019-08-17 Klamath Veterans Park

The story of Veteran’s Park this stay was the midges. Millions of black flying bugs too small to provide much of a meal were hovering low over the waters of the river flowing into Lake Ewauna. All the birds not committed to a fish diet were pursuing these winged morsels. These insects were ⅝” long … Read more

2019-08-12 Eureka and Points South

… and then it happened. My stay in Crescent City was a good one. The harbor had been especially rewarding. I enjoyed the birds I met and the weather was lovely. Driving south on Highway 101, I stopped when the scenery demanded I take pictures. A beach called “False Klamath” was the first such place … Read more

2019-08-12 Day Two in Crescent City

Time to wave goodbye to Crescent City and get moving south again. I expanded my awareness of the surrounding coastline yesterday, but still the harbor drew me back. It was a beautiful day, and though I didn’t meet as many new birds I might have hoped for, I enjoyed those I encountered, and all the … Read more

2019-08-09 Brookings and the Smith River Mouth

On this Friday I drove from Medford Oregon to Brookings Oregon southwest along US-199 into California and then north on US-101 back into Oregon. US-199 starts in the Rogue Valley in Grants Pass Oregon and reaches the northern coast of California near Crescent City. The drive takes its travellers down the Smith River through a … Read more

2019-08-07 Siskiyou Summit

On my drive over the Siskiyou Summit Ridge, most birds were resistive to my efforts to find them. I had one episode with what I believe was an Evening Grosbeak while stopped along a steep hillside. I just couldn’t get my camera pointed at the angle required for the capture before the bird flew off. … Read more

2004-06-23 Redington Road

In 2004, I was just beginning my education about birds and how to capture them in my images. It was an exciting time for me. Many of my meetings with birds would be my first meetings. I have a cousin who lives in Tucson Arizona with her husband, whom I enjoy spending time with when … Read more

2019-01-26 Merced National Wildlife Reserve

After spending the week with my family in Medford, I drove away on Friday, southbound on the I-5. My first stop was in Marysville California to visit a friend I knew from my previous life (before retirement). Gary had since retired too, and he and his wife moved back here two years ago, where they … Read more

2019-01-21 Sacramento and Colusa Refuges

Driving to see my family in Oregon, I took a little timeout to visit the reserves between Williams and Willows California (USA). The long interstate drive wore me down, especially the southern portion. I tried avoiding LA by skirting via the I-15 and Cajon Pass and crossing the high desert through Palmdale, but the plan backfired … Read more