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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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Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
well that is different then isnt it LOL
strength!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 22, 2007

Went for a walk on Castle beach this afternoon. Crazy that I don't go to this particular beach very often; after all it is a mere 15 minute walk from my house.

I am becoming increasingly dissatisfied with my attempts at photography.

Male Surf Scoter

Male Surf Scoter
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
what?
what's the problem??
explain
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
My standards for what makes a good photograph have gotten higher and higher since I have been on flickr. I look at a lot of photos being the Admin of two groups and because I have so many contacts. Mine do not come up to the standards I have set.
Oh, I am not giving it up, not yet anyway. I am still obsessively trying to get that one good shot! :P That is what keeps me doing it.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
i kinda get it - my standards have changed too - maybe lower but maybe just more open - i have new wider ideas of what a photograph is and how it s made

im such a lazy fool - i just sit back and let stuff come to me - it can be frustrating when i dont know how to do something and i need it or want it - but faith is what keeps me going - that and laziness

i have to go bed early - i didnt sleep last night - i like this photo and the others - hope your dissatisfaction goes away :P
Inside out
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 23, 2007

You are fire
When I think of you
I burn

Fire on the beach this afternoon
You are Fire
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
mind if i sit down by your fire, ill give you a song for a sip of that red wine?

we gathered round as the sun went down threw some wood into pile
we lit the fire and the flame danced higher like a big contagious smile

and it's oh what a time
everyone feeling fine
dancing 'neath that starry moonlit sky

the air was cool but the sand was hot as the moon rose over the bay
they said give us a tune and make it soon and so we started to play

singin oh what a time
everyone feeling fine
dancing 'neath that starry moonlit sky

the fun went on til the light of dawn and still we'd not give in
we took a swim and stretched our limbs and started in again

singin oh what a time
everyone feeling fine
dancing 'neath that starry moonlit sky
Thank you for that. Now you can have a whole glass of wine--hope that you like Cabernet Sauvignon--a very fine Santa Cruz vintage by the way.

Today was like spring. The sky warm and blue and the red-wing blackbirds singing everywhere. Tonight the stars will shine, that is the best time to sit by the fire at the beach. We will need some satsuma mandarins, the wine, a loaf of francese, and some strong cheese. Then we can go down near the waves and dance.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
sounds perfect - only "near" the waves...?
Inside out
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I love your concept. I am an amateur birder and full-on nature dork... I had never seen a kite (that I knew of) until we went to Thailand. Saw a couple Brahimny Kites, and they are so gorgeous!!!

What lens are you taking these with?

Have you ever seen the BBC series "the Life of BIrds?" It has David Attenborough and is amazing. My hubby and I both love nature and science, and were hitting each other throughout it - "did YOU know that?!?" If you have Netflix, it's on there...

[Erica Day by Day 2007]
Thanks for the information magpie33; but I don't have a television.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
heeheehee :P
i knew it!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 24, 2007

Another blue sky, luminous day. The newspaper said this morning that the weather in January this year had been the driest in a century. That is very worrisome of course.

I am tired from pruning trees and roses all day. Hot shower and dinner and then I will go to Monterey and dance.

Je suis très timide.

Great Blue Heron
Great  Blue Heron
lramiro520 11 years ago
I really enjoy looking at your bird pics! I enjoy photographing animals, but I'm not too good with birds yet. Are you, by any chance an ornithologist (apart from your radio show)?

The Other Side Of The Fence
No, I am a gardener. I am new to birding and taking photographs of birds. I started in August of 2006 when I bought my Canon Rebel and a 300 mm lens.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
une danseuse timide?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 25, 2007

The weather has turned cold and foggy-a typical day on the central coast of California. Hopefully rain is heading this way.

I took the morning off and went to Struve Slough. I was going to go with a friend; but she woke up feeling sick so I went alone. I loved being there. I was alone at the end of a dead end road. Behind me a goat farm and in front of me the vast waters of the slough.

I could have stayed there all day listening to the red-winged blackbirds and watching the various birds fly in and out. This was my first time seeing white pelicans. They moved like ballet dancers in the chorus line--all together as one.

Unfortunately, I had to leave and get to work.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
ive never seen any pelicans - white, red muave or turquoise
that's very cool :0
and taking a morning off sounds even cooler
you cropped this shot wide and narrow with the birds right down the middle? tell me about that
(that's my professional interview voice in case you missed it LOL)
I've never taken any art or photography classes so I don't know which "rules" I might be breaking when I frame a shot or crop a shot, etc.
I just liked the pelican in front with his neck extended like he is the star dancer and his admiring chorus line sits hunched up behind him. I wanted to emphasize the tight nature of their grouping and how they all moved across the water as one. It was really fascinating to watch. They are actually quite far away from me, thus the shot doesn't have as much detail as I would like.

Next question Mr. Newspaperman.

(You forget I am a radio person and also conduct interviews.)
members.cruzio.com/~gypsy/gv/GV_index.html
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
i forget nothing!
- good answer (dya find people want reassurances from you that they have answered "correctly" - hard to give via flickr comments - i mean in person, i nod or smile or even a glance is often enough to let them know "good, give me more")
i like how the beaks all lead the eye to one place - no matter where you start your eye ends up at the end of the front bird's beak - i think the compression due to the long lense actually emphasizes the togetherness, in -steppedness you're talking about - but yes you do lose some detail
great souvenir for you of your first pelican experience and great look for me at these incredible birds - thanks

ive been to that page before and my first question which i didnt think was kosher at the time, but since ive "known" you now for three weeks, ill chance it:
is gypsy your real name?
Inside out
:D
Oh there is a long story to that!!
We'll save it for the picnic and campfire.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 26, 2007

I dwell in a soul divided
Always seeking home at the end of the day
My heart knows the lessons of parting
Yet my words cannot form the thoughts
that surround our good-byes
Through your closed door
You have become well practiced
in the language of silence.

Pied billed Grebe

I accidentally deleted the photo that I had originally posted here so I am posting one that I took on the same day.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
this is a photo you must be happy with - the repeaating patterns - it is so cool - like visual echos all over the place
nice
Inside out
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 10 years ago
I am somewhat happy with it--I may change it though. This particular slough is so rich in wildlife. I was there about 2 hours this afternoon and took over 500 photos--I haven't had a chance to look at them all.

I chose this one because it reflected the reflective poem I was reflecting on and you are quite right about "echo".
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
not really for me to say but i was having trouble relating the image to the poem - the images of "seeking home at end of day" and "closed door" not being overly obvious to me - but i am too much a literalist - reflective i get!
The poems are what I am thinking
The photographs are what I am seeing
Sometimes they relate
Sometimes not
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Sometimes your house burns up
and then
Sometimes your house burns down

I went back to Struve Slough this morning and even though I saw lots of wonderful birds, most of them were too far away for my camera. I had a wonderful time watching them though.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 28, 2007

We have been having our little soirées that we call "vecherinkas" since the earthquake of 1989. We meet twice a month at someone's house for potluck dinner, live music and dancing. Tonight the vecherinka (a Bulgarian word) meets at my house; so I must spend the afternoon cleaning and baking ollieberry pies. This morning I sneaked back to the slough for a quiet session by myself communing with the birds again.

My Sunday communion

Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The pelican shot is beautiful... and I adore kestrels! They are fierce little things...

Your morning sounds wonderful. Hope the vecherinka is fun. I'd love to see a photo from that too.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Zuzu*Petals PRO 11 years ago
I like your Sunday communion. =)
I feel closer to my spiritual side in nature, myself.

zuzu*petals - notes to self
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
no words
*stares in silent awe
Inside out
I often have the same reaction when I see birds in the air, or roses blooming or the sunrise over the Mediterranean on the east side of Corsica. I just stare in awe.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 29, 2007

Rained last night. Finally. The sky was damp and cloudy this morning. Too wet to go to work until later in the day. Instead I took a walk with my friend Judy along the Soquel Creek, over to the beach and along the cliffs and circling back down through the village of Capitola. We had a late breakfast and then I headed to work.

Male Goldfinch
Male Lesser Goldfinch
msspider66 11 years ago
I love your pictures. I look foward to seeing your entries ech day. Keep up the great work!

[Ms Spider66]
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
late breakfasts, second breakfasts, all day breakfasts - MMMMmmmm
:)
:D I was wondering why you posted your day's journal entry on my page; but I see you have corrected that. Was that to get back at me for posting a link to one of my photos on your page? You can delete it if you like (the posting of mine on your page, I mean).
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
there was no intention - i made a mistake - a few actually
sorry - woooo
Inside out
:D Maybe we should hide all the evidence.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 30, 2007
My sister Lynette became my eldest sister by default when my sister Kathie died. Today is Lynette's birthday. I send to her sparkles, sunshine and laughter as my gift.

Green heron
Green Heron
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
that is a sweet photo - wow - you are happy with this one - yes?
Thanks. I am okay with it. I love this little heron--missed getting it in flight though. :D
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
love the goldfinch. like the colors, the light on the heron.

blow/up diary
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 31 2007
Full moon

Heading to Monterey to go dancing.
Spent the day pruning trees and watching birds.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 1. 2007

Took and early morning walk along Soquel Creek.
My french group meets tonight--at my house, so I must clean and prepare the entrée when I finish with my work day.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
is kingfisher on the menu?
kidding - bonne soiree - er however you say it
Inside out
Oh la la! Non, non, je ferai le poulet avec les pommes de terre et l'ail.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Kingfishers... love them. We got to see white-collared kingfishers
in thailand. I couldn't stop staring at them.

I thought of you the other day on my bike ride... went to a marsh/refuge. Took a photo of a heron but was wishing I was closer and had a 300mm lens. Is that what you use? Do you use a tripod?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 2, 2007

I use a 400 mm lens. I do not own a tripod though.

I have an extremely sore neck and shoulders today which not only made it difficult to work but makes it hard to sit at my computer. Sorry if I do not make comments on your site; I will very soon though.

At least this time I didn't clip the wings off...


Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-tailed hawk
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
how have i missed your lovely diary -- beautiful photos

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
hopefully a weekend off heals ya up - you do know how to relax dont you? take er easy :)
Inside out
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 3, 2007
Today is my birthday. A friend took me to breakfast and then we went for a walk in Elkhorn Slough. Now, I am preparing for tomorrow's radio show. Later I will go to a friend's for dinner and a walk.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
happy You day, you
i stopped by to check on that neck and shoulder - it does sound like you're relaxing :) All the Best
Inside out
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Happy birthday!
How the heck do you get such sharp shots with the 400mm and no tripod? Nice work...

Sorry to hear about your sore shoulder and neck. From computer use? Hope it's better...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 4, 2007

My neck and shoulders are still very sore and so I must limit the time I spend sitting up as it is back to work tomorrow no matter what.

Had dinner with friends last night who fed me wonderful food and gave me a full body massage.

Today I rose very early and took a sunrise walk along Capitola creek and the beach. After that my friend Greg took me to blunch at our favorite restaurant. Afterwards I did my radio show and then went for a walk near Natural Bridges. This is where I took the hawk photograph.

Thanks for your good wishes Jonathan and Magpie33.

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk
msspider66 11 years ago
Happy Belated Birthday!

I was looking forward to catching up on the wonderful shots I missed when I was away. It was worth the wait. The hawks are beautiful!

[Ms Spider66]
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
that is a stunning shot - the pattern of the feathers wow - nice touch with the pine cones :)
good luck with the neck shoulder - ahhhck
Inside out
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I keep coming to your steam for more... Your bird pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voyeurs)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
February 5, 2007

Pruned all day except I did take a piece of fruit and went for a walk in Neary Lagoon. There are flocks of American Robin, Red-Winged Blackbirds and Cedar Waxwings. They cover the trees and munch on the ripe cotoneaster berries. In the dark wooded area near the back of the lagoon are woodducks and one wigeon.

Flock of Cedar Waxwings
Flock of Cedar Waxwings
lramiro520 11 years ago
Oh I like this one. Nice depth of field and I love how you were able to preserve those moments of flight! You seem to have such wonderful access to so many species. That's probably the way it is in my area as well, but I just don't pay very close attention.

The Other Side Of The Fence
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Very cool -- i'm in awe of the variety -- do you live on a aviary reserve!!!!!

i see crows, some pigeons, we have green wild parrots, but they're too high up and speedy to get any decent shot, and some unknown greyish birds...

wow!
BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
No I do not live on an aviary reserve!! I live on the central coast of California and the area is very rich in wildlife due to the amazing amount of land dedicated to the preservation of the coastal wetlands.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 6, 2007

A sunrise walk along the edge of the slough.

I didn't have much time for photographs today and as it was, I was not really happy with any of them--this is too often the case.

I had to spend the morning pruning and then the rest of the afternoon planting a garden that I had designed.

I need a hot shower and dinner.

Struve Slough at sunrise

The slough just after sunrise
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 7, 2007

My mood has been as solemn and grey as the days.
Lots of rain--finally. Between the rain I managed to get some work in. This morning there was a downy woodpecker in my plum tree; but it was much too dark and drizzly to get a shot of it. I tried--but failed. That is how I feel about the majority of my shots--good try but no cigar.
In the drizzle of the afternoon, my friend Judy and I walked down to Capitola beach and I tried to get some shots of gulls in flight.

Afterwards we returned to her house for homemade apple cake and coffee.

Tonight I hope to go hear the music group from northern Spain, La Musgaña.

Gulls in flight
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
you tried - you succeeded - yay - hope you're okay with gray :)
it's not forever :P
nice shot :)
Sure, I am okay with gray. I am Portuguese. The Portuguese national character is described "they love to be sad..." yup. That is me.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
a girl i used to hang around with quite a bit just loved the gray drizzly damp days that are very common to a halifax winter and spring - she was the first person i ever met who was cheered up by the fog - it opened my eyes - and while i cant say it cheers me up, i do appreciate its charms
:)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
My friend Rodney is the same way. He misses the Northwest's rain in the summers here.

You got a waxwing fanning it's beautifully yellow-tipped tail! (everyone go back and look.) They're so transient, I always feel lucky to see them.

Your shots... the try and fail theme has to be higher with a moving subject. But when you capture them, it's gorgeous. I look forward to your journal.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb 8, 2007

The cold, grey, rainy days actually suit me quite well--except that I cannot work and the light is so dark it is difficult to take any photographs. I tried early this morning before it got too rainy; but wasn't overly successful. The weather is supposed to stay this way for a few days. Great, I say as we have had very little rain this winter.

Black-crowned night heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
well it's hard when your subjects are so bashful - i love the everywhich way branches and the bashful pose :)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Where were you today, Maquisarde? I needed your 400 mm lens and steady hands. Got to spend some time with a peregrine when I was taking shots of the bridge today...

Erica Day by Day 2007
Feb. 9

It started raining hard last night and has not stopped. I wonder if I will be able to go out and take photographs anytime today. Although it is still morning it is as dark outside as the early evening.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 9, 2007

It is still raining very hard so instead of going outside and taking photographs, I decided to create one--this is way more better than taking a self-portrait--believe me--or a photograph of my computer. I'm just not that good. Anyway, I have been doing these little image combinations for about three years now. They combine my love for two places, California and Corsica.

When I was in Corsica this last September (2006) I met with a gallery owner who really wants to show my work of these blended images. I am seriously contemplating it; but I do not think that I am quite there yet to have a show--even though several people there insist that I am.

Here is the set of them:

flickr.com/photos/99667240@N00/sets/1401466/

(I hope this is not considered "cheating"!!

A flock of sunrise in Corsica
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Now I understand why "La Maquisarde", I've been wondering about your Flickr name since I first came across it.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
msspider66 11 years ago
Cheating or not, it is beautiful!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
if those pesky admin people try coming 'round here giving you trouble, they're gonna have to go through me first - and i think i can round up a few more comrades - the combo really speaks to me - im so thirsty today that rain sounds nice - gonna go look at yor set now -
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Montage - what montage? I don't see any montage - do you?

Have been lurking too long...I am in awe and have been all along of your ability to capture the feathered creatures. The wife and I are planning a May excursion to Corsica as a result...we have always wanted to come for the wine and views but I have come to appreciate the wildlife through your photos. Thanks.

CollardGreens: Oops
Corsica is filled with wonderful birds and you will have a great time seeing them. I must admit, though, most of my bird shots were taken in California. I go to Corsica for the music, friends, and the vast landscapes, What I most appreciate there is the silence that one finds in the more remote places of La Corse.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 10, 2007
Rained all night again and all morning. I spent it cleaning my house and reading. I thought I would just stand at my back door and take photos of soggy scrub jays and mockingbirds in my plum tree; but about 1:00 p.m. the weather cleared a bit and I jumped into my truck. I drove south to Watsonville and Struve Slough. I walked the short lonely road hoping not to scare all the various ducks away. They are incredibly wary. Today off in the distance were gadwalls, northern shovelers, buffleheads, and cinammon teals. Nearer by were the usual grackles, coots, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and mallards. I managed to get a few shots of a male wigeon. I waited and a snowy egret flew in. I took lots of shots of it feeding in the duckweed. I couldn't tell what it was catching but I think it was probably small frogs. It started to rain so I hiked back to my truck but saw a kestrel on the wires. I stopped for some shots of that and for a red-shouldered hawk.

I didn't want to go home so I drove to Elkhorn Slough where I stood about 3 feet a way from a Snowy Egret and took about 100 shots of it; along with some gull and willet shots. Then the rain came down seriously and I didn't want to get my camera wet--I don't care about me getting wet, I can dry off.

Now it is again pouring outside. I am going to the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival tonight at the University. So I must eat some dinner. I have about 350 photos to look at from today.

Willet
Willet
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
or won't it ?
nice shot and not a rain drop on the water

"gadwalls, northern shovelers, buffleheads, and cinammon teals. Nearer by were the usual grackles, coots, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and mallards."

sounds like an extract from the first chapters of the Lord of the Rings
have funnnnnn
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I like your montage and I'll fully back up Jonathan if there's trouble.

That willet has such beautiful wing patterns. I just peeked in your photostream to see egret photos. Out of 100, you only liked one? I'd like to see more if you have them...

Erica Day by Day 2007
leesure PRO 11 years ago
What a great set! I am a HUGE fan of birds of prey. Awesome shots.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 11, 2007

Woke up early and went outside. After all the rain, the clouds had cleared away somewhat and there were patches of blue sky and a full arced rainbow. I took a walk along Soquel Creek in Capitola. Saw mergansers, the spotted sandpiper, gulls, mallards, coots, orcs, elves, and dwarves :D The surf was big and lots of surfers were out in the big waves (They don't call Santa Cruz "Surf City" for nothing). Came home, did my grocery shopping and made a big chocolate cake with orange liqueur for tonight's vecherinka.

After it was finished I took a walk in the arboretum. Surprised a group of young people who thought they were hidden away smoking their illegal tobacco. I just walked on hoping they wouldn't leave any litter.

Saw a hermit thrush, lots of very wary ground squirrels, several red-tailed hawks, hummingbirds, towhees, Gandalf, robins, jays, quail, etc.

The vecherinka was at my friends David and Inbal's house. David is a composer of operas and modern "classical" music. He often writes in the odd rhythms of Bulgaria--like 11's (Kopanica) 7's (Les Notos and ruchinitsas), etc.

Very tired.



Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
heee hee - no Bracegirdles or Bagginses today?
thanks for the chuckles!
great shot today for a tired person :P
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
As always - amazed here. Stop action school of photography...Bravo.

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful capture!
Mergansers (and Ents) are one of my favorite ducks. Love the females little mohawks and the males are stunning.

Hope you had a nice time at the vecherinka...

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 12, 2007
Raining hard outside right now. All day the sky was ominous. I worked--starting early in the morning. I had to wear warm gloves in order to prune.
I have always told my son, "never argue with a woman who prunes roses with her bare hands..." and this is how I normally garden; but my fingers were freezing working in the Santa Cruz mountains in the early morning. I plowed through all day and took off late in the afternoon to go to the slough. It was already growing dark; but I sat there hiding in the weeds waiting for the birds to come by. I saw a green teal for the first time; but everything was too far away and the lighting was poor.

Tonight I must read several chapters in my book for my french group tomorrow.

Red-tailed hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Love your roses quote... which is how I normally do it too. I have a special technique for the climbing roses where I grab the stems also with the pruners instead of my hands to pull the clipped ones down to the ground. Works like a charm, but you still get scratches. I normally hate gloves in that I can't feel things enough with my fingertips. Rose cuts can get horribly infected though if you're not careful...

Red-tails confuse me in their seeming non-conformity sometimes. Dark morph, light morph... can't they get it together to make it easier on me? (I'm sure I've called a hawk a red-tailed even if not because the odds are so high it is one...) ;)

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 13, 2007

"Oh la la Friday the 13th is on Tuesday this month!"

After work took a walk on the beach in Aptos out to the cement boat at the end of the pier. You cannot walk on the boat as it is decomposing and belongs to the birds. The boat was covered in cormorants and gulls. I stood there for a long time watching them fly in and out. In the water, were double-crested and brandt's cormorants, grebes, surf scoters, and gulls. I had to be at my french group so I couldn't stay for long.

Cement boat in Aptos
Side of the concrete boat in Aptos
lramiro520 11 years ago
A beautiful photo of decay. I don't think I've ever seen a concrete boat...very interesting.

The Other Side Of The Fence
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I almost started building a concrete boat, a long time ago. Glad I didn't. Now I sail on other people's steel and fiberglass boats...

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I must admit that I thought today's photo was a grilled piece of meat !! Probably too close to lunch...anyway - I think this is your first non-feathered post??

Concrete boats - who woulda thought? Good photo on it's own.

CollardGreens: Oops!
CG: No, this is my sixth non-feathered post in this diary
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
but who's counting hahahaha
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
ive been dreaming of hawks thanks to you - i just remembered.
i love raptors -
i love the roses quote too but it seems a little long... :P
is it shorter in portugese?
im big on bare hands - and bare feet - okay, yeah bare everything - but seriously - i love the feel of dirt and wood and rocks in my bare hand - a lot of times when i weed i am not even looking but just letting my hand figure it out - althoug i must admit since i took this cushy writing job my hands are pretty soft :(
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
JR--I counted because I don't want to give the impression I've gone to the birds

My rose quote is "too long" Ha ha ha--you Mister Man of Few Words are complaining about my entry?

Yes my hands are almost always bare and I love to go barefoot.
And I have probably had more than my fair share of encounters with bare bears.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i wasnt complaining ....
or arguing - m'am
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 14, 2007
My son called to say Happy Valentine's Day. That was pleasant. Love is something that never wears out no matter how much we use it.

Not much time for photography today as I must finish all these pruning projects this month. I am exhausted from sawing, clipping and going up and down ladders. I think I am getting too old for this. My birthday was Feb. 3rd and gulp I turned 57. Yep. 57.

I took a quick walk in the lagoon at lunch time and snapped a few photos.

Turtle PIle
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
we cant even think of pruning here for another couple months - here you get it done in the fall or as early as possilble in the spring - of course that wind that is screaming out there today takes care of a lot of it for us
happy valentines day - XOX
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Feb. 15, 2007

Woke up early and drove to Elkhorn Slough for a little short visit. There was a flock of about 20 female common mergansers, one great blue heron, lots of surf scoters, about 30 or 40 snowy and great egrets, buffleheads, and of course lots of gulls. There was the usual crowd of otters and quite a few harbor seals.
Had to rush back to work. I finished one pruning job yesterday and most of one today. I was able to take a huge load of clippings to the dump,

Now I have come home so that I can make an ollieberry pie for my the dinner of my french group. Tonight it is at Barbara's house. She is allergic to modern wheat, so I have made the crust out of spelt.

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