On our coastal trips back in the “old days,” the Big Guy used to fish exclusively on sandy beaches for ocean perch; but at some point he made the transition to fishing from rocky cliffs and points, where he mostly catches rockfish and cabezon. And while he’s busy with his rod and reel, I’m usually off wandering with my camera […]
I’ve been hearing about a small butterfly garden installed in one of our local parks, and this morning I finally went to check it out. I went early to avoid the day’s heat, so only one small sunny corner of the garden had activity — but I wasn’t disappointed! Now I’m hoping to go back and get some better shots. […]
I noticed this small butterfly along the bike trail a couple of days ago, and I’ve been trying to identify it ever since. I’m certainly no butterfly expert, but clearly it’s not a swallowtail. After searching Google, the nearest match seems to be Colias alfacariensis, also known as Berger’s clouded yellow. The problem is that this species seems to be […]
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is 1 item or the number one.
This butterfly has the wonderful scientific name Vanessa annabella (West Coast painted lady). They have markings similar to the monarchs. I encountered this one near the bike trail across the river from Folsom. I tried to get a better angle on the wings, but my subject had no patience for paparazzi and flew away.
Monarchs are one of the most beautiful butterflies in the world; I always feel very lucky whenever I happen to spot one. In this episode of California’s Gold, Huell visits a popular monarch grove on the Central California coast during February and talks with a number of people who are delighted to have these special visitors brighten up the winter […]
I’ve never had a whole lot of success trying to capture butterflies with my camera; it can be especially frustrating in the springtime, when they seem to be everywhere around Lake Natoma, even fluttering straight into my face at times. The California pipevine swallowtails were certainly out in force last Tuesday. And just when I had given up all hope […]
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of February 8, 2017. This week, hunt for shadows and incorporate them into your shot. The shadow can be the focal point of the image, or simply a detail that adds texture and makes the scene a bit more dynamic. Shadows are something I normally try to avoid when I’m shooting […]