July Flowers in the Neighborhood

I received a new Nikkor Z MC 105 f/2.8 last Friday. So I was curious to try it on my Nikon Z6 camera this morning. Here are some samples that I took with it of flowers in the neighborhood. For me, it seems to have great detail, nice color rendition, and good bokeh. The flowers include African lilies, society garlic, marigolds, day lily, and roses. Happy Fourth of July! Nature also puts on colorful fireworks too I believe.

Water Hyacinths in a Delta Slough, California


Just after sunrise, I took these photos of water hyacinths in a slough near the Middle River in the San Joaquin River Delta. I found these scenic spots along Bacon Island Road off of Highway 4 near Stockton, California. Mount Diablo is the mountain in the background and the railway draw bridge is over the Middle River. Although the water pond hyacinths are beautiful, they frequently clogged the waterways here in the Delta.

Olli Bird Safari: Lodi Winery


Here are eight images that I took on a Bird Safari at Heritage Oak Winery, East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, California. The Edventure is offered by Olli, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, at University of the Pacific. Our guide is David Yee. Heritage Oak is a popular birding spot in the Central Valley.