Caswell State Park, California

Last Friday morning, I joined the Olli Bird Safari at Caswell State Park, South Austin Road, Ripon, California. The bird safari was led by David Lee. The state park is on a winding bend of the Stanislaus River in the middle of the Central Valley. It’s a rare example of an oak mature riparian forest in California. I took these seven photos mostly of the oaks here and of the the birders looking at diverse bird species in those valley oaks.

Amador County Golden Landscape, California

I took these landscape photos in Amador County in the Gold Country. I mostly took these photos along Latrobe and Greilich Roads in Amador County in California. These roads mostly parallel California Highway 49 in the Gold Country. The grass on the hillsides is mostly dry with a golden yellow color contrasted with the green oak trees and the blue sky. This scenery is typical of the foothills in the middle of summer here.

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.

Marine Traffic on the San Joaquin River, California

I took these seven pictures of large marine vessels and motorboats on the San Joaquin River near the Port of Stockton, California. It was a warm beautiful day sitting in my VW Eurovan waiting for boats to pass by.

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Shiloh Wind Farm Blue Sky Green Grass

Here are five pictures that I took recently on a drive around Shiloh Wind Farm near Rio Vista, California. I took these pictures along Birds Landing Road and Montezuma Hills Road on a day with blue skies and green pastures.

Pacific Flyway, The Delta, California


Here are six photos that I took of the returning Sandhill Cranes to the Pacific Flyway. The Pacific Flyway includes the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in California. The cranes, geese, and other wild birds like to feed in the cornfields after harvest time. The Sandhill Cranes to my eyes certainly seem to enjoy themselves along the Pacific Flyway.

I added five more photos: a great blue heron, a family of cranes with their juvenile cranes and a view of Mount Diablo, California.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Here are some images that I captured on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I took these photos around the fall equinox. From Artist Point Overlook, I took two photos of Yellowstone Lower Falls. Also, I took a photo of an early morning snow at Scaup Lake. I stayed three nights at Old Faithful Lodge Frontier Cabin where I took a picture of The Old Faithful Geyser. Again I took a few photos of hot springs at the Midway Geyser Basin and West Thump. With good luck, I encountered wildlife and I was able to take some photos of elk and bison. For me, it was quite an adventure. Absolutely, I would like to go back to Yellowstone for another visit.

 

Grand Teton Trip


Here are some photos I took on a trip to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, Oxbow Bend on the Snake River, and T.A. Moulton Barn on Mormon Row. You can find these same scenic photo spots and more around Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was during the fall equinox. The weather was sunny and crisp. Fall foliage was just starting to turn color. For me, it’s awesome scenery.

Morning Departures from the Port of Stockton, California


Here are four pictures that I took of two Cargo Ships. The Lara is docked at Stockton Port while the Pacific Spike is departing the port headed to Japan. Below are three pictures of the Star Lima departing the Port of Stockton via the San Joaquin River through The Delta headed towards East San Francisco Bay.