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Gypsy Flores Photography 11:45pm, 19 December 2006
I take mostly photographs of the natural world and hopefully I will be able to post one a day; but I often travel and do not have an internet connection when I do. I defintely have no problem taking photographs everyday.

A test shot for our "borrowed" clothing theme. Me, approaching 58 on February 3, 2008.

Self-Portrait in Red Scarf
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OH, I forgot to take my photograph!! duh
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 1, 2007

Roots in an embrace
Reflected on a river
Bring me thoughts of you
--Gypsy Flores

Reflecting along the San Lorenzo River
Reflecting on a River
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
almost pointilist...not pointless !
The colors reminded me of a Pre-Raphaelite painting--all we need is a red-headed woman to come floating down on a boat.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Really lovely...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That's like a mediaeval tapestry - sumptuous and splendid.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 2, 2007

My water heater is broken and this is how I feel when I get in the water--cold and grey.

White-Crowned Sparrow
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 3, 2007

I spent the entire day cleaning house and working in my garden. I didn't make much headway in the garden; but the house is nice and clean for a big change. Mike and Rainey came over in the late afternoon. We went to a big box store and I bought a new water heater and Mike installed it for me. While he was working on it I realized I hadn't taken any photographs today. I mentioned it to Rainey and she pointed out how the light was hitting this one rose in my garden. So I got out the ol' camera and macro lens and this is what came of it.
My friend Susan dropped by and we all sat around and ate pizza while the water heater was heating water. Yeah! I can do dishes without having to boil water and take showers that are not even barely tepid.

I dedicate this to friendship

A Special Thank you To Rainey
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Heres to friendships and hot showers...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 4, 2007

Drove out to Prunedale to visit my friend Susan. On the way I stopped at Moss Landing to see if there was any bird action. Beautiful great blue heron with the breeze blowing its feathers.

At Susan's I photographed her extraordinary artwork to help her build her website. (Not ready yet, but I will post one or two on my stream when they are).

Early but growing dark.

Great Blue Heron with a gentle breeze

A Gentle Breeze
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Glad the breeze was gentle, and yay! for hot water and not feeling grey anymore...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 5, 2007

Worked hard all day. Very foggy, cold and moody day.

Oh Melancolía
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Running hot water and showers are something you sometimes take for granted (Maybe not you, living in caves, International trucks and all... :) )... and when you do without- you really notice.

In 1996 we lost power for a total of almost 3 weeks... and out in the country- no power =no running water. Stuff like using the toilet start getting complicated.

So.. YAY to your hot water heater!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Tim, I'd like to postulate that everything we take for granted (hot water, water itself, transport) needs to be carefully evaluated and appreciated. It won't flow as easily in a very short while...
When I was little, a bath a week for the whole family in a bucket in the kitchen was the rule. Shower was a luxury you enjoyed when you stayed in a place that had one...

Gypsy, what bird was it? I opened this page too late and it had flown away already! ;-)
It was a bald eagle. :D

No, wait it was La Buse coming to visit California.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
After all your other shots, those branches look terribly birdless.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
The photo represents "melancolía"

Viene a mí, avanza,
viene tan despacio,
viene en una danza
leve en el espacio.

Oh Melancolía--Silvio Rodriguez
November 6, 2007

Sunrise
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Phoenix Rising ? I missed the bird too - got only the branches...I'll open the page quieter next time...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
November 7, 2007

The year is growing up and leaving us soon.

Lesser Yellow Legs
Yellowlegs
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hard to believe how fast it went by.

Beautiful capture!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 8, 2007

Took a little walk on the beach early this morning. When I returned home to get ready to go out and prune a huge Cecile Brunner Rose this morning my friend Rainey called. She was in the hospital recovering from an emergency appendectomy last night. I grabbed a book, bought a bouquet of sunflowers, and made a get well card and went to the hospital. I sat with her for two hours chatting and we had a little stroll around the hospital. She needed a nap and I needed to get to work.

Brown Pelican at Natural Bridges State Beach

Brown Pelicans
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful friendship rose. I'm so glad you don't have to flounder around in cold, dirty water like that miserable-looking bird any more. And your photoshop art is superb. Are you on the air this Sunday?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Thanks Rob

Yes, I am on the air this Sunday.

Well, the water wasn't dirty just mildly tepid.

And my friend and photo-buddy Rainey is now in the hospital after an emergency appendectomy early yesterday morning.

Only about 52 photos to go. Phew!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 9, 2007

White pelican

White Pelicans
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
...yellow light - what a treat ! Hello from pAris...

CollardGreens: Oops!
My quote of the day

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Henry David Thoreau

I believe we can include women in this quote too! :D
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. (unknown)

Here is to letting the song out...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Yes, I agree Ted.

Morning walk along the river, now I am home making soup and an apple pie to take to Rainey. She is home from the hospital today after her emergency appendectomy.

Great Blue Heron taking off
Great Blue Heron LIft Of
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Don't they look a little ungainly getting airborne sometimes? That said, there is nothing ungainly about those wings, beautifully detailed. Beautiful light on the white pelican, and extraordinary flexibility demonstrated by the brown pelican. And those two quotes are both worth saving.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
November 11, 2007
Rained all night. Was woken up about 5 a.m. with pounding, sawing, hammering just outside my house. When I went outside to see what was happening, a man sitting at the base of my gas meter was exposing the gas pipe from my house to the street. "What are you doing?" "There is a water leak on the street and I am exposing your gas pipe so they won't cut it by mistake" So from then on, the street was filled with heavy trucks, jack hammers, men shouting, pounding, sawing, cutting, etc until about 11 a.m. The water was of course turned off. I got out of Dodge fast for a quick trip to the slough before my radio show.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
HA ! Your educational program is working...I guessed snowy egret before reading...thank you !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Snowy is right, in that light.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 12, 2007

I never tire of photographing Great Blue Herons. They are a meditation and an inspiration.

Out For An Evening Stroll
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
My in-laws live on a lake in florida...these giants prance across the waterfront looking for snails everyday...sort of like slow motion ...but with a purpose. Nicely done.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Regal-looking bird.

You and CG were trading quotations a day or two ago. One came to me by email today, from Robert Louis Stevenson, who said, "Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits."
I like that Rob--I fail alot and I need to remember to remainin good spirits over it!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 13, 2007

I have a big pan of lasagna in the oven--1/2 for dinner at my house and the other 1/2 to take to Rainey and Mike. Rainey is getting better and perhaps in about two weeks we can go out and photograph together again.

I KNOW this lasagna will be good but NOT as good as the one Daniel made in Corsica.
Bufflehead
Female bufflehead
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Aw, cute! I want to stroke those little breast-feathers.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Speedy recovery to Rainey! That doesn't sound like any fun for her. And it's awesome that she has a friend like you to keep her company and well-fed. :)

I loved snowy egret.. the strong contrast of the white and the dark water with the reflection is to die for!
November 14, 2007

A noontime walk in the field behind Natural Bridges State Beach. Now I am getting ready to see my chiropractor.

PEEP
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Love the pictures of herons.
When I grow up I want to take pictures of herons too...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Do you think you'll ever grow up? LOL
Who wants to grow up. Doesn't that mean that it is all finished then? Nothing new to learn, nothing new to do?
Herons aren't that difficult to take around here--they are rather common. They stand in one spot for a really long time. They are fascinating subjects.
November 15, 2007

Another sunny beautiful day.

Young kildeer on the beach

Young killdeer
November 16, 2007

Close encounters of the bird kind...

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Great one! And the legend is a hoot!!!
Daniel emerges from the deep. :D
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey - there's my scarf !
Hey Ted, guess you will have to come and get it.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
wonderful. Love the new top picture and the icon.. :-)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ooh, he's got her all ruffled! Cute caption. And, I too, admire that warm, smiling image at the top of the page.
Thanks--I guess the new icon because I am a bird of a different feather!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
November 17, 2007

Spent the morning in Moss Landing at low tide.

White-tailed Kite
White-tailed Kite
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Stunning pic of that kite, Gypsy!

Week-end on the surface ;-)
Back to the deep on Monday. Actually, we only managed to dive twice last week, as the weather was not cooperating. Forecast is a bit more favorable for next week, so we hold thumbs that we'll be able to get all the planned dives in, as most of them are mandatory for the diploma...
ItinerArts 11 years ago
I continue to be amazed by your bird photos!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
November 18, 2007

Had to drive up to San Francisco early this morning to pick up the rest of my son's belongings in his former apartment. I drove along Highway 1 hoping to be able to stop here and there for some photography but it was densely foggy all the way up. The same on the way back too. I made it home by 11 o'clock though. My son and I unloaded the truck and then we had to do some major grocery shopping for that big day of gluttony coming up on Thursday.
Afterwards I took a long walk along the San Lorenzo River. There were mostly gulls having a massive bathing party. Also saw a small flock of buffleheads, lots of American coots, one Great Blue Heron, two Great Egrets, and this male belted kingfisher in his usual place on the wire. He let me get a little closer than usual today before he flew swiftly off laughing the whole time.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
was by to say hello
(heike's son once flooded the house with hotwater and since then she has been hesitant to hook it back up - i guess you can get used to anything - i hope so... )
I cannot imagine a cold shower in the winter time. He could also flood the house with cold water too, couldn't he?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Oh - the white tailed kite is spectacular...off to fav! Hope all is well !
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 19, 2007

I drove down to Moss Landing this morning to see if I could find the mother otter with her two week old baby. She was still in the harbor fairly close to shore but the morning with grey and foggy and they were both asleep. I watched them for a while hoping for either sun or that they would wake up. These two hoped for events happened almost at the same time as when the sun finally broke threw the mommy began to wash her sleepy baby from the hind end first. I start shooting hundreds of photos--filled up a 2 gig card in no time. At certain points, mommy would look over at me and then hold her baby up in the air as if she wanted me to see. She was very attentive and cuddly with her little one and it was such a heart warming experience.

Mommy and Baby Sea Otter

Playing with Mom
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I can manage to fill up 2G cards by the handfull and still don't have results like you with the animals and birds...always a treat to look here !
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
wowosers!
The Canon 100-400mm lens helps, Ted!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
White Tailed Kite is one of your most amazing bird in action shot.. That is such a majestic & dramatic "pose"..

The otters are soooo cute!
November 20, 2007

Rainey and I got up early this morning and drove down to Moss Landing to see the baby otter again. We were told it is one week old.

Always strange to see a bird as large as a brown pelican sitting on the wires.

Brown Pelican on the wire
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Gosh I love kites.... and never tire of your GBH shots either. They're particularly reptilian and ancient looking to me.

The otters made me say awwwww out loud...
Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
November 21, 2007

Self-portrait with red scarf and camera using the watercolor filter in photoshop.

Red scarf and camera

Now you can put the head at the top on the shoulders here.
November 22, 2007

Early morning walk and now I am slaving in the kitchen.

White-crowned Sparrow
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
WHOOT ! Better use of the scarf for sure !

Hey Gypsy, I have a friend in Panama who just loves your work but is too shy to comment so I will for him. He and his wife live in the mountains of Panama with all their animals and very slow internet but they take the time to give your thread and photostream a quick look everyday ! So Hello from Panama (by proxy)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Your white-tailed kite (and the whole sequence) is astonishingly, beautifully captured, the other birds with their blue-sky backdrop maintain your standard, and the otters are cuddly. Your self-portrait very attractive and a nice treatment.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
HOT!! what a perfectly *excellent* use of a scarf! if i had a red scarf i'd do the same thing. you know i would too. haha. you've seen my bowls!

XOXO
Yeah, Glory I saw your bowls! I should have melted caramels too and glued them to my scarf. :D
November 23, 2007
Early morning walk at the Watsonville Slough.

Red-tail
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Day after day - spectacular. I can see in your photos a certain inspiration to soar with the larger birds of prey...always in a landing pattern oddly....
The white-tailed kite is actually hovering and the red-tail is taking off not landing. :D Yes, I am ready to fly away.
November 24, 2007

The weather is just beginning to turn Novemberish.

Snowy Egret
November 25, 2007

I am at the radio station preparing for my show this afternoon. My computer has died and my camera needs cleaning. I don't have a back up computer so I do not know how long it will be before I am back on line. I do have another camera so I can at least keep shooting while I send my good one to Canon--fortunately both computer and camera are still under warranty.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Noooooooo!! :( Not your computer!! Damn technology- always getting in the way of communication (that is, when it's not revolutionizing it... ;-) )

Best of luck with the camera and the computer warranty is a great thing!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Sorry to hear about the technology...I HATE it when that happens ! Good to hear they are under warranty however...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 25, 2007

Rainey and I went to the beach this afternoon. We photographed egrets and herons. Now I am at her house and she is letting me use her computer to upload my daily photo

Struttin' His Stuff...
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Hooray Rainey!
LaM, in my endeavours to emulate my faves, I humbly request your assistance in identifying this little cutie. I know it may be awhile before you're back at a computer again, but your knowledge is worth the wait!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear, hope you get past your tech problems soon. I need to send my camera to be cleaned too. I tried to tune into your program Sunday evening, but had trouble sustaining the connection. Not sure why, but I'll try again in a fortnight.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 26, 2007

Went back to Twin Lakes Beach before sunset and photographed a Blue Heron in magical light.

Great Blue Heron
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 27

Took my son to the doctor today and he was prescribed an anti-depressant. Hopefully he will be back on his feet again soon. He is already doing significantly better this evening. Set me way back financially; (neither of us have any medical insurance whatsoever) but we both felt he needed help.

Later took a walk along the San Lorenzo River and photographed a snowy egret and lots of river reflections.

Greyness
Ebilflindas , it looks like an American Kestrel.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Thank you for the enlightenment, LaM!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Children...you never stop caring. Take more walks in serene settings - best of luck there. I will refrain from getting on the "no/low cost health care is a mandate / obligation for government" soapbox.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Ted! Are you a communist?!? ;-)

I agree with you, health care is one of the top priorities for any community that pretends to civilisation...

Gypsy, keep strong. Sending virtual hugs, might not help much, but it never hurts ;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Daniel - you mean "From each according to ability, to each according to need" (wasn't that Marxism?)...nope - I work hard for my money and don't mind paying juste taxes...for health, education and welfare (roads, infrastructure etc.)...EVERYONE has the right to be educated and access to health services...I guess that would make me sort of a (balanced budget) socialist at heart but then that is another soapbox...joining Daniel for the never hurts...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Hugs, virtual or otherwise, can help to heal the wounded spirit.

I agree with you Ted and Daniel, everyone on this earth should be guaranteed adequate food, housing and health care. And most importantly the right to live safe and healthy lives, including freedom from war and oppression.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Amen
Dragonhide 11 years ago
and an aside.. as an employer... we could be filthy stinkin' rich if we didn't have to pay for the insurance for our employees (and ourselves, of course).

That being said, I wouldn't mind being taxed the difference and having it go to healthcare for EVERYBODY, and not just my employees. :P
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
*hugs the outdoor gypsy
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 28, 2007

Went to Twin Lakes Beach after work. Only the Great Egret was there.

Say Ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 29, 2007

Early morning visit to Moss Landing to see the otter baby.
There were two common loons in the harbor along with western, clark's and eared grebes.

Common loon
Common Loon
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
November 30, 2007

The computer is still in the repair shop. They say they are waiting for a part to come in.

Bummer.

I will be in North Carolina next Thursday for a few days--in the Asheville/Black Mountain area.


Grebe
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Big hug from me too, Gypsy. I'm looking forward to seeing the eventually inserted pictures.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
December 1, 2007

Rainey and I met our friend Mark in Moss Landing so we could show him the baby otter. There was a full line of photographers there with an amazing assortment of gadgets! I had just photoed the otter a few days before so I went off and photographed the eared grebes etc. I had to rush back to Santa Cruz in order to do a fill-in radio show for a friend so my time was rather limited.

Eared Grebe
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
December 2, 2007

Had a full load of junk to take to the dump in the morning. I drove all the way out there to find that the dump was closed on Sundays. Just added to my growing down-side. Later I stopped at Twin Lakes beach to photograph the cormorants. I went to Rainey's and she let me download my memory card which I burned on a DVD waiting to look at them when I have my own computer again.

Double-Crested Cormorant
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