Monday Morning Nature Walk


The June Gloom cleared early this morning, so I was up bright and early and felt like going on a nature walk with my camera.  The morning light was so nice with a few puffy clouds, which seemed to give all the animals an energy boost (as well as myself).  The squirrels were chasing each other up and down the trees, and one paid me a brief visit. The Western Bluebirds were busy feeding their young, and the Grackles were noisily following my every move.  My husband and son were fishing while I was exploring. While I caught some nice moments, they didn’t catch a single fish, not even a nibble to be had.

 

Here are some of my favorite shots.

Enjoy. 🙂

 

 

 

Canadian Goslings & Other Things


These photos and videos were taken earlier today at El Dorado Park. ❤

Canadian Geese come to Southern Ca. every year for their winter/spring destination and obviously breeding grounds away from the harsh cold of Canada. These  precious Goslings were very well protected by Mom & Dad.  They are so adorable how they clumsily follow their parents around, and copy everything they see Mom and Dad do! I just love how fluffy & puffy their downy feathers are.  I couldn’t get any closer as there was another Goose of some kind that was REALLY protective of the goslings.  This  confused me at first because I couldn’t figure out who the mom was, but the babies stayed next to the Canadian Geese and not the other goose that was tagging along. I’ve never seen another type of bird protect the offspring of another bird before. They all seemed to get along…reminds me of that saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”, maybe in the goose world that might be true, as for us humans, I strongly believe it’s the parents job, but that’s another topic for another forum. 🙂

There really wasn’t much going on at the park aside from the adorable fluffballs, so I just focused on subjects that most of the time get looked over.  You’ll notice that I have a thing for baby leaves.  It’s a theme you will find throughout my blog.  They are always so beautiful to me, colored so differently from the rest of the tree/plants, they just look so dainty and elegant.  I also got a shot of an Osprey circling way above the lake.  It’s moments like that I really wish I had a longer zoom lens, at least a 300mm, but for now, I”ll just have to settle with my 200mm. 😉

 

Enjoy!

Spring Visitor


Yesterday I made a post on Instagram of our blooming Milkweed and said “Bring on the butterflies”…well I guess they heard me!! Just a little while ago I was visited by a beautiful Monarch Butterfly and was lucky to grab a few shots.

I LOVE spring! My water lily is about to bloom too as well as my Princess Di Tea Rose.  Stay tuned for those. 🙂

Enjoy. 🙂

Saturday at the Park


I tagged along with my husband and son on their fishing trip to El Dorado Park this evening and brought my camera with me. Not a whole lot was going on, but I did take some time photographing the resident Geese.  They can be pretty mean, but today they were in a good mood, one spent a lot of time posing for me.

My son pointed out a Grackle on the lid of a trashcan and I got a couple shots of some Western Bluebirds, other than that, it was pretty quiet, windy and cold. There weren’t many flowers blooming in section III of the park, but a few Rock Roses and Mexican Lavender (which I didn’t bother with since there weren’t any hummingbirds feeding on them).  Other than that, it was pretty low key at the park today.

I am really wanting to venture out and explore new areas. I plan on visiting Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, Irvine Regional Park to name a few. It’s been a while since I’ve visited these beautiful places. I have a maternity session coming up, that I cannot wait. I’ve been researching some beautiful locations for this shoot to compliment such a beautiful expectant mother!  I will be sharing those within the coming weeks. 🙂

That’s all for now.  🙂

 

A Gorgeous Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano


It’s been a couple years since I’ve walked the grounds of the Jewel of the California Mission’s, Mission San Juan Capistrano. They don’t call it the “Jewel” for nothing, it is a very beautiful Mission indeed (my favorite).  The flowers were not in full bloom, but they are definitely blooming and so beautiful. I plan to go back in May when spring is in full swing. I saw one Monarch Butterfly today, but it was camera shy, so I really want to go back for some butterfly shots. I did, however, get a shot of a very outgoing Blue Bellied Lizard flexing his muscles for me, and showing off his beautiful blueish/purple scales! I’ve never seen a lizard like that before!  🙂

Here are some of my favorite shots of today. I used both my Canon Mark III and my iPhone 6s+. I am continually impressed with the quality of my iPhone. I used the iPhone for some of the landscape & architecture shots, and my MIII for the florals. 🙂 Enjoy!

An Evening at El Dorado


I wandered around El Dorado Park this evening with my camera while my husband did a little Bass Fishing.  The lighting was magical and there was an abundance of Red Winged Blackbirds, Grackles and Geese.  I was so excited to pull up my photos and find I actually captured a Red Winged Blackbird in flight! Do you know how hard it is to capture these birds in flight so that they are sharp and the wing colors are visible?  Well, it’s hard and I finally did it!  I’m not even caring that it’s not super sharp, it’s good enough for me! These birds are so beautiful and graceful!

 

So…here’s a few pics. Enjoy. 🙂

 

This and That…and a Frisky Cat (or 3)!


Just a few photos I wanted to share. First, our Water Hyacinths bloomed  yesterday (well one of them).  I’m glad I got the camera  out, because the blooms fade within 24 hours!  They sure are pretty.

The second photo is of one of the photo disc sleeves I offer when ordering a photo disc. They are gorgeous keepsakes. Love the quote on this one.  ❤

My cat Cristo, the Black and White Tuxedo Cat, decided to stalk me while I edit photos. He was laying directly above me on top of my desk (which is a re-purposed amoire).  He was posing for me and I had my camera right there so I had to get a couple shots of him.  He’s gorgeous and I love him, but he’s sure a feisty thing!  I think you can tell he has a feisty streak in him..it’s in the eyes. 🙂

The other photos are of my son Jonathan saying hello to the neighborhood Tom, a new favorite photo of mine

Tomorrow I will be a secondary photographer at my friend’s, daughter’s wedding so I will be sharing the photos here next week. Stay tuned. Have a great weekend everyone!

New Camera New Material


I recently added a new camera to my arsenal.  I took it out for a “Test Drive” today. I’m still figuring out all the new features compared to my old but trusty Canon 5D. I’m amazed at the quality of images, just in the few I took today.  Here are some of my favorites.  🙂

Outing at El Dorado Park


This morning I took a break from furniture refinishing/painting and went over to El Dorado Park with my husband. I figured I could bring my camera gear and do a little bird photography (one of my favorite things to shoot…with a camera that is) 🙂 while the Mr. did a little fishing.  El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA is a favorite place of mine to do bird photography, especially Western Bluebirds and Birds of Prey.  I’ve always been fascinated with birds, ever since I was about 9 years old when I read book after book and pretty much memorized every bird in the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Southern California Birds-Western Region.  As I grew older, I never lost interest in birds, I grew more fond of them as I aged especially with a newfound passion, photography.  I always say, my favorite photo subjects are children, flowers, birds and pretty much anything related to nature.

Anyways, today was a bit overcast with mottled grey skies and a few patches of blue. The lighting wasn’t the best, but I did take a few share-worthy photos (and actually one is my new favorite bird photo).

Here are some Western Bluebirds frolicking in the Maple Trees.  I even managed to face my fear of Yellow Jackets and get some photos of them on a flowering bush.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Pond Life


Having a water garden is so much fun. It’s fun to create an ecosystem with aquatic plants, fish and to watch all the visitors to the pond throughout the year. During the winter it quiets down with the lilies going dormant, the fish aren’t as active and we get Yellow Rumped Warblers stopping in for a drink and a bath in the waterfall.  During the spring and summer the fish are very active with their spawning and taking care of their babies (fry).  With spring & summer also comes other visitors like Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Wasps and Dragonflies.  It’s fun to photograph these visits if I’m lucky to have my camera nearby.  Today I got a couple good shots of a big orange dragonfly.  I also played around with a water lily bloom in Photoshop.  I’m excited for the next visit, just as long as it’s not a predator like a Heron or Raccoon.  Our location isn’t easily accessible to the big birds and animals, but you never know. 🙂