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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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ItinerArts 11 years ago
Beautiful water, especially the DOF!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Agree on the water - almost has a metallic feel to it. Rest well.

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 19, 2007

I woke up early this morning and left the house just when it was starting to get light. I drove to Natural Bridges State Beach to see if the Brown Booby was still there. It was and it was closer in--although still very far away. I had the overlook all to myself for a while. Another photographer whom I have been encountering each time I have been there drove up. I was excited to show him where it was. He has a big tripod with a 600 mm lens and uses two 2x extenders. Not to mention a very professional camera. I cannot imagine what he sees as he is well over 6 feet tall and I barely leave the ground at 5 feet. I would need a ladder to see through his camera. We photographed for a while then the booby flew away. Another person drove up and as we chatted he said he had just seen the spotted sandpiper on a rock fairly close to shore. So Larry and I got in our cars and drove to where the sandpiper had been spotted. Unfortunately just as we got there and had sighted it, two large dogs came running down the beach and scared all the birds away. I needed to go to work anyway; but it was disappointing not to get a shot of this bird. The Brown Booby is a total rarity as they do not get this far north; the rock sandpiper is not a rarity but only seasonal and there are never very many. They are here for a very short time.

Brown Booby on the rocks at Natural Bridges State Beach

Brown Booby
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Brown Booby? Why did you shoot it in black and white then? ;-)

Seriously, great shot!

Wow! 600m and two extenders? Impressive...
I tried once to mount the x1.4 and the x2 extenders on the 600. I don't think I even took a picture. I'm even thinking of reselling the x2 extender I use it so seldom...

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 20, 2007

Rained pretty much all day. I worked and I walked around at various parts of the day looking for the rock sandpiper and/or the brown booby. I didn't find either. I went to my french group in the afternoon but I had forgotten we had changed the days to Thursdays. Had tea with Claire. Claire is a rock climber and goes to the climbing gym alot. I have never been to a climbing gym. My perspective is entirely different--Camp 4, Yosemite National Park, the old days etc. All those big names then who are just old guys now (or dead guys).

Male Common Merganser
Male Common Merganser
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
When I saw your post on Brown Booby - my eyes read Bobby Brown...google that one up! No accounting for tastes...or dislexia !

Nice one here. I'm starting to hear a lot about friends who are old guys or dead guys now. Photos of them scare me too...life is fast.

Nice stuff - CollardGreens: Oops!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 21, 2007

Spring!! Let us celebrate spring's return. Flowers are blooming everywhere.

I am buzzing.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i love the ripples - it's like he's stepping into a door opening in the water - i hope that spring stuff you're talking about rippples itself this way - something in the air this morning
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i really love the simplicity of this shot -- the ripples and the coloration of the water in the background really appeal to me here. Your bird looks a little pensive :-)

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 22, 2007

As I give thanks...

Yellowlegs

Yellowlegs
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The Egret looks like there is a soon to be dead fish in his view ! Hope the nap is a good one...

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 23, 2007

I was thinking I wouldn't have time to take any photographs today. I needed to spend a lot of time working and then I had several errands to run etc. When I was home for a few minutes lunch, I was sending an email to a friend and I heard this tapping outside. The sound kept repeating at regular intervals. I grabbed my camera. The Downy Woodpecker had to be near by. It was. There at the top of a high voltage pole across the street, the little one was tapping away. Fortunately, I do not live on a busy street, so I stood in the middle of the street snapping away. In all the years that I have lived in my house, I have never seen a downy woodpecker in my neighborhood until this spring. This will mark the fourth time I have seen it; but it is usually hidden deep in the branches of a tree and flies away as soon as I come near.

I am going dancing tonight.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
those yellow legs have changed...
as all things do
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I'd also go dancing after a picture like that! Heck, I'd even dance there and then, in the street.

"Work only when someone's watching, love for the money, and dance hoping nobody's going to get hurt" or sumthin'...
ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 24, 2007

Rushing to go to the store. I will collect my day shortly.

Sparrow in Annie's garden
All puffed up, nowhere to go
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
hey i love para scuba's baastardization there - wicked LOL

sweet springy photo - gives me hope it will come here - we're right in the middle of that "could go either way" phase - hahaha

nice shot
Yeah, I always dance hoping no one is going to get hurt--especially me. Creaking old bones and all.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
we never hear about the dancing here? ...
?
...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
You want to hear about kopanitsas and ruchenitsas and maybe a mezoseg or a telespringar?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Six word story (Hemmingway) on the sparrow:

"All puffed up, still cold here"

Watch out Riverman...them dances sound like voodoo ! ...and what was that ? "Watch only when someone is working, money for love and ...oh it doesn't work with dancing..."

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Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
yeah LM but maybe in english....
I think it is "all puffed up and nowhere to go".
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thats 7 words...Maybe you remember - Hemmingway was once challenged to tell a story in 6 words ...google has several renditions. The most popular:

"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn"

Hemmingway said it was his best work. There is even a group here on the subject - fun stuff. But only 6 words is the rule !

"All puffed up, nowhere to go" is a perfect description of your very nice sparrow photo - congrats !
Maybe I should send it to that group??
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i cant help being super critical and this is really absolutley none of my business - but i just read the group rules - and my question is
as cute as the phrase is, and as descrptive as it is, does it tell a story?

no answer here - just asking?

the idea of the 6WS is awesome though CG

and LM - delete this comment if im flooding your diary with irrelevant crap - im just throwing this out there and leaving :)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Don't leave Jonathan. That's another story

Actually even Hemmingway's comment isn't really a story but evocative of one.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 25, 2007
Took a walk along the cliff this morning and scrambled down on the rocks because I saw some loons out in the water. I slipped around on the wet rocks and got my shoes wet; but managed to stay standing and not break my behind nor my camera. There were both Pacific loons and Red-throated loons swimming out in the waves. A common murre swam by but too far away for my lens. A black oystercatcher let me get pretty close as it walked along the rocks along with the gulls and willets.
I would have stayed there all day; but had to come back to grab a pile of Cds and go do my radio show. Now, I am going to a friends house for a potluck and dancing.

Red-throated loon
Red-throated Loon
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
do you sleep? house clean? when do you cook the meals for all these potlucks? man you are go go go :)
I think "going" all the time is what keeps me from remembering what a disaster my life really is.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
good strategy - im the same - except i forget how great mine is - hahahahaha - jk
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 26, 2007

Worked most of the day; but now it is raining. (Now, is when I clean my house Jonathan. :P)

American Robin
American Robin
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
He looks like he sees you too ! Well framed and good contrast here...

EDIT: I see where you'll make it to this side of the water in September...look us up - I am sure several of us here would be proud to meet up and welcome you.

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ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Beautiful pic of that Robin, Gipsy.

I like your priorities too (cleaning house when it rains)...
ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
rain = housework - usd to be the way my life worked too - this indoor career has changed everything - my hands are no longer so tough or rouhg (not everyone's complaining), i have no tan, no muscle, and my house is mess
yeah im gonna blame it all on the fact i dont work outside anymore - hahaha
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
You definitely have a way with birds.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 27, 2007

A very windy day and that made it difficult to work; but work I must. I worked through lunch so I could take off early and get out of the wind. I had wanted to take a walk along the beach but that was impossible. So I went to the arboretum to hunt for Allen's hummingbirds. Now I am home curled up with my cats; but I must get up soon and get other things done.

Allen's hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
must? what is must - stay on the couch - for your cats' sake :)
they miss you
But would if I get hungry and want to cook dinner?
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
order delivery - hahaha - jut kidding - never listen to me - ever :P
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Fabulous hummingbird...not more to say about this one...

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BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
wow! your work is always so outstanding -- the hummingbird is beautiful
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 28, 2007

Okay, Okay, I really must clean my house tonight. My french group is meeting at my house tomorrow night for dinner and they all live in beautiful well-kept homes while mine is a little cabin with hand-me down furniture. I can at least present it as relatively clean.

This morning before work I took a walk on the Santa Cruz wharf. There had been a juvenile brown booby reported there. I didn't see it; but ran into two people who are expert birders. The water was full of birds--mostly cormorants and gulls; but also common murres, western grebes, loons, surf scoters, etc. The light was perfect and the water looked like silk.

Western Grebe
Western Grebe
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
freaky cool - too bad it's sunny when u have to clean - hahaha
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
You posted on Bella's diary about badges - I am in complete agreement to raise up a joyous voice to our collection of days !

On your french club meeting - perhaps they like to visit you and your cabin as a way to come back to reality ?!?

All said - the photo today...color of water is magic !

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 29, 2007
Amazing how you can spend so much time cleaning your house, then cook a big meal, have friends over and end up where you started--having to clean your house. I would rather go outside and play any day.
I got up early this morning--even before the downy woodpecker was tap tap tapping away on the high voltage pole and went to the wharf again. There were not nearly as many birds as there were yesterday but there were still a few Western Grebes, Clark's Grebes, Common Murres, Cormorants, and this time Pigeon Guillemots. I had never seen pigeon guillemots before. They are in breeding plumage and have beautiful red feet and when they open their mouths their throats are also bright red.

Had to go to work of course. Then came home to cleaning and cooking. My guests have left and I have had three glasses of french wine.

Pigeon Guillemot taking off
Pigeon Guillemot
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Same blue reflections on the water - even the feathers in the reflection are sharp. Good one...

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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 30, 2007

I cannot believe that March is almost over. Wasn't it just January?
After work I took another walk on the Santa Cruz wharf. Definitely less birdy than it was a few days ago. I did see the horned puffin though. This was my first time.

Tonight my brownies perform their hasapiko on stage for all the brownie and girl scouts in Santa Cruz. Then I will go dancing myself.

Horned Puffin
Horned Puffin
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
the sun has put some fun in your bird photos - i hear what you're saying about cleaning/ guests/ cleaning.
the best is (although this sounds antisocial) is when guests book in, you clean and then they dont make it - free clean house - yay
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
March 31, 2007

Some people swim with the dolphins, I walk with a porpoise.
:D

I was out dancing late last night and didn't sleep well when I returned
home.
I rose early this grey and foggy morning. I had made arrangements to meet my friends Jeanne and Judy on the wharf for breakfast. I decided I would walk there along the San Lorenzo River. it is probably about 1/2 hours walk if one is just walking straight there; but of course I had my camera and I stopped for the common mergansers, the four egrets fighting over one fish, the Bonaparte's gull, the Clark's grebes sleeping in the river, and the sparrows in the bushes. At the river mouth, I walked along the beach chatting with the children collecting shells, photographing the common loon, and loving the sand on my bare feet. I climbed the stairs to the wharf and walked down to the end hoping to find the horned puffin again. No luck; but I had fun chatting with a fisherman. Another photographer friend and birdwatcher arrived and we exchanged news. We were both hoping for a sight of either the horned puffin or the immature brown booby. He had to leave and I continued photographing the sea lions, the grebes and the common murres. Judy and Jeanne arrived and we ate breakfast. During breakfast we decided to go to Elkhorn Slough for the day. We almost walked directly to the car; but I suggested we walk along the edge of the wharf and look down to see if we could see the puffin. No luck there but we saw a group of birdwatchers with cameras and spotting scopes. There was the brown booby on one of the pilings under the wharf. I had lots of photos of it before I was dragged away.

We went to Moonglow Dairy which is on Dolan Road just before the official entrance to the slough. Here we saw lesser yellowlegs, a beautiful common loon in breeding plumage, an Allen's hummingbird, two red-tailed hawks, a white-faced ibis and many of the other usual suspects.

We stopped at the boatyard on the way back but the Salinas River and the salt ponds didn't have many birds. There were two common loons and some western grebes.

I needed to be home as my neck was hurting and giving me a headache. Now, I have eaten the chicken/vegetable soup left over from the french dinner and I am listening to music for my radio show tomorrow. One of my favorite singers, actually, Benito Lertxundi.

The ferris wheel is a much like my life, up and down and around and around.

Ferris Wheel
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
I know what you mean. As I live longer, the wheels just get bigger.

Nice minimalism, nice colors.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I really like your bird pictures, but the ferris wheel is great too.


ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 1, 2007

April Fools Day always marks the anniversary of my husband's death. My son got up this morning (he lives in San Francisco, now) and he and his girlfriend went up to Bernal Heights to fly kites on the hill. When he was little, we lived in Bernal Heights and that is what we would do in the spring and on his birthday. He felt that this was a special tribute to the memory of his dad. He is now almost the age his father was when he died.

I took an early morning walk out to the wharf and then around Neary Lagoon. Came home and did my radio show. Raineys ( flickr.com/photos/raineys/ ) met me at the station at the end of my show and we went for a walk along the San Lorenzo river sighting buffleheads and common mergansers. When we parted, we agreed we would meet up again soon and go to the Baylands.

Female Commmon Merganser

Female Common Merganser
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I always thought of ferris wheels as less of up and down and more of round and round...thanks for the peek into April 1. Here it is called (translated) "the fish of april" - but I am sure you have another name for it. Good stuff here as always.

CollardGreens: Oops!
Ah yes, but on a ferris wheel-like life-you are sometimes at the very top and sometimes on the bottom
There's a very clever and spot-on parody short video at www.flicklife.com:80/ac4c03ba046120f0802e/Mad_TV_iRack_Ap...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Very funny stuff - let's hope the shoe doesn't fit !!
:D Indeed.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 2, 2007

I do not know why I feel so tired tonight.

I woke early so that I could finish work early enough to take a walk somewhere. After putting away my tools, I grabbed my camera and my hat, a bottle of water, a sweater, and my day pack. I live about a 15 minute walk to the beach--that is if I was walking straight there with no stopping to smell roses and looking into trees for birds. On the way, I heard the cry of a red-shouldered hawk. I looked up at the top of a Monterey pine and there it was. I believe it was a juvenile hawk.

I had forgotten that this is spring vacation and the beach was crowded with frisbee players, children building sand castles, mothers handing out sandwiches, young boys and girls pretending that they weren't staring at each other, children running in and out of the waves, fathers sitting in beach chairs, and me walking along barefoot and enjoying the scene. When I got to the cliffs I wanted to continue to the other side and walk across the next stretch of beach to the wharf. The tide was in a ways so I couldn't go around the end of the cliff; but instead walked through a cave and had to wade the San Lorenzo River knee deep. The day was warm enough that I knew my clothes would dry pretty quickly; but I went very cautiously as I was carrying my camera and it isn't waterproof.
As I walked along I saw a red-throated loon in the water swimming fairly close to shore; but the light wasn't quite right even though I made a few attempts at it. The wharf was busy with lots of people so I just made the circuit and returned to the beach deciding to walk along the river home.

There were the common mergansers, really close this time. I waded out into the river again up to almost my knees trying to snap shots of two females on the rocks.

I followed the levee and was observing a group of different species of gulls, when I noticed that there were a few pairs of Bonaparte's gulls swimming separately. I inched my way down the bank, slipping and sliding with what I like to call the five-point belay--two feet, two hands and that big thing at the back and in the middle of me.

While down their inching closer and closer to one B.G on the river bank I noticed another photographer shooting the same subject but from the levee. I kept inching closer and shooting hoping that I would not scare the bird away.

Finally it flew away and I walked up to the levee and introduced myself to Marshall. We had a great chat and had lots of experiences to share.

Afterwards, I continued to walk home but it was growing dark so I walked with a porpoise this time.



Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull `
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Great shot indeed!

Bonus: you gave me the name of the gull I've been trying to identify for quite a while. I need to get some basic ornithology knowledge in order to use the tools that are sprinkled on the Internet...

Funny that convoluted way of saying you don't wear your hat on your head! ;-)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
that was a long entry gypsy - enjoyed it muchly - thanks for the walk
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 3, 2007

An early morning at the slough. I saw red-breasted mergansers for the first time.

An evening with rather low spirits.


Male Red-Breasted Merganser
Male Red-Breasted Merganser
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
nothing
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Enjoyed the last two entries on your walks and of course, as always, your lovely birds -- so impressed that you know the names of them and that you have so many lovely varieties there where you are. See you next time.
daxster78 11 years ago
It almost looks like he's posing for you.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
sorry bout the spirits - when you're feeling better, im thinking about heading out the Neck for a long walk on the basalt shore - ill bring my guitar and you bring the wine?
Okay JR---but do you really want me to bring the whine?
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i dont mind whine - if life werent sometimes so shitty, the fun parts wouldnt shine so bright - hahaha - spoken like a true manic depressive

bring the whine, it wont last long "down the shore" - guaranteed cure - guaran. TEED.
Okay, ya sure you betcha'
I'll bring the whine and the wine.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 5, 2007

Went to the slough early this morning before work looking for the red-necked grebe that has been sighted. Didn't see it. Took lots of shot of other things but so far, I am not all that happy with any of them. This is one.

Horned Grebe in transition phase.

Horned Grebe in transitional phase
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 6, 2007

Does the fish know its fate?
Do we?

Red-throated loon
Red-throated loon with fish
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 7, 2007

Danced till late last night and then came home to bed; but couldn't sleep. I was too excited, I think. Or too wound up. I got up at 5:00 a.m. and got ready to leave. Raineys picked me up at 6 a.m. and we drove to the Palo Alto Baylands. We arrived about 7 a.m. and met Diana (spike n' mouse on flickr) who knew the area. She was an excellent guide. I couldn't believe the place. First there was a duck pond filled with (among the usual suspects of mallards and coots) ruddy ducks and lesser scaups in breeding plumage. And a gorgeous male and female pintail. The parking lot was surrounded by trees filled (and I mean filled) with black-crowned night herons, snowy egrets, and great egrets all building their nests and/or sitting on nests.
We started to walk along the boardwalk and was distracted by a ring-necked pheasant just walking out in the open like a tame chicken.
Diana took us past the barn (lots of swallows there building nests) and out to the wooden railing where we saw our first clapper rail. Along the way there were song sparrows filling the air with their lovely notes, red-winged blackbirds, golden-crown and white-crowned sparrows and I saw one savannah sparrow but wasn't quick enough to get a good shot of it. Then we walked out to the marshes where there were American avocets (in breeding plumage), yellowlegs, black-necked stilts, green-winged teal, northern shovelers, more egrets, one Great Blue Heron, ruddy ducks, etc.
Someone told us there was another clapper rail over near the furthest parking lot. We could see other people with cameras, binoculars, and spotting scopes so we slowly made our way over there. Sure enough, there was the clapper rail walking in the undergrowth staying fairly hidden most of the time but popping up every once in a while and providing excellent opportunities for observation and photographs.
One of the egrets had a bad limp and I was finally able to find a ranger and report that to him.
We stayed till about 1:00 p.m. when hunger and "museum white-out" finally drove us away. We went into downtown Palo Alto because Rainey wanted to buy a new tripod. I had such envy over her existing system and she was buying a new tripod! If you haven't seen her photos or Diana's, I have provided a link to them They are excellent.
We had lunch and then drove home. I took over 500 photos and I will be posting a few to flickr over the next few days. Meanwhile, there are already a few on my stream.

Joyeuses Pâques toute le monde



Raineys
flickr.com/photos/raineys/
Spike n Mouse (Diana)
flickr.com/photos/spikemouse/

Snowy Egret in Breeding Plumage
Showin' what he is made of...
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Wow, I really enjoyed your super-posts (2nd & 7th). and your photos are so inspiring. I love hearing of people who live their lives with a porpoise!
Wasn't that one of those books? The Porpoiseful Life?
_____
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Been a little tardy getting around lately - end of quarter woes...back this weekend with some time on my hands - will surely read everything. Happy Easter Weekend to you too...

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

I must have been really worn out when I went to bed last night (about 11 or so) because I woke up at 6:30 which is late for me. I tidied up a few things around the house, and then decided to take a walk along the river, across the beach and on to the wharf again.
I met a woman on the river levee who saw that I was photographing birds. She said, "Oh, just a little further on is a blue heron and a snowy egret." I just smiled and said, "Thanks, they are here everyday." Then she said well there is a mommy and daddy mallard (my eyes began to glaze over as mallards are as common as coots :D) and two little babies. I perked up at that and went looking for them. I found them swimming and dabbling pretty close to shore. Maybe one reason mallards are so common is that they are very protective parents. The mother even chased a snowy egret away when she thought it was getting to close. I climbed down the river bank and sat in a spot they seem to be heading towards. I kept very quiet and just kept taking their picture.
After that, along the beach and at the wharf there weren't any more birds I hadn't already photographed 100's of times. I had hoped to catch sight of the immature brown booby again. Chatted with two men, one who was a bird watcher the other who collected, grew, and photographed wild orchids. That was fascinating.
I went in for a cup of coffee and a scone. While waiting for my latté, I had a free piece of saltwater taffy. At my first bite, I started choking and couldn't breathe. The counter help just stared at me and went about finishing making my latté. The owner who was straightening things up in the shop just kept looking at me, while I stood their coughing and trying to breathe. Finally she said "Are you okay" I managed to squeak out "No, I cannot breathe." She went back to straightening things up and occassionally glanced my way. Not one person came over to see if they could help. I was almost in a panic as I couldn't speak enough to let anyone know that they should be hitting me on the back or something. Finally, the coughing fit started to subside and I was able to ask for water. They gave it to me along with my latté, scone and a free piece of homemade fudge. Thanks.
I walked outside and sat near a bench trying to regain my equilibrium. I could sip the coffee, but I wrapped up the scone and fudge and slipped that into my backpack.
When I felt strong enough, I started walking back across the beach and toward the river. Along the river, I spied a green heron flying in. I have never seen a green heron on the San Lorenzo river. Lovely creature.
At home, I put away my things and changed lenses to my 35 mm and then walked over to Patricia's for the Easter potluck and egg hunt. There were lots of children there and I had a wonderful time coloring eggs with them and taking their photograph.

Baby mallard
Happy Easter Everyone
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
that is the cutest thing - and the light is super
the ideal eastery photo = glad you survived :)
take care
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 9, 2007

I have lots of problems with my hands--probably carpal tunnel. This morning I could barely hold my secateurs (hand shears). Too much repetitive motion in my life--gardening, computering, cameraing etc.
I try to stay away from the computer and the camera but I am an addict. I admit it. (Is that the first step?)

I love/hate trying to photograph birds in flight. It is such a challenge and I rarely even come close--just have hundreds of blurred whirly things buzzing by that I have to delete. Today I tried white-faced ibis and swallows. The experience is like trying to kick yourself in your own rear.

I had a swallow attempt up for today, but I have changed my mind. I have decided to post a photoshop creation that I made today. It combines a full moon in the Corsican mountains, with a sunset in Corsica and an egret shot taken in Santa Cruz. This is part of my "Images of Corsica/California" series. Supposedly I am actually going to have a gallery show the next time I am in Corsica of these creations. Mia B, who owns the gallery, likes my work a lot and wants to show them. I only just have to find the money to return to La Corse again. Sigh.

Caught in your web
Caught in your web
If you want to see the set of these images, they are here:
flickr.com/photos/99667240@N00/sets/1401466/
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Really amazinh picture of the Snowy Egret with its mating plumage. Cute duckling too...

Sorry to hear about your hand problems, I sympathise
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 10, 2007
Took an early morning walk along the cliffs. Not much to photograph; but I liked the juxtaposition of these two.

Shooting in black and white

Shooting in black and white :D
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Please, what is the black bird? A gull? I've never seen one like it!

I wish I could say that I've witnessed the paternal protectiveness of mallards. Alas... I used to work in a restaurant that was situated above a marina. Next door was the marina's swimming pool, and every spring, we would see a series of hatchings. To us observing, we figured the reason there were so many ducklings was so that one or two might survive. It was sad to watch their numbers dwindle as they fell prey to cats and seagulls.
The white bird on the left is a Western Gull, the black one is a double-crested cormorant. Unfortunately baby birds do fall prey to cats and other animals but it isn't usually negligence from the parents. I have seen coots try to attack humans when they fear they are growing too close to their babies.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
my piano keyboard why cant we
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Just read over your salt water taffy experience...would like to add a comment - this is my area of expertise. When a person chokes on food and begins to cough - they are breathing (not fun breathing) and should be left alone to sort it out...watched closely for panic stricken throat grabbing and no coughing...it is only then you start the efforts to help - otherwise you can make the matter worse. Water is not a good choice until after the event - might inhale that too ! Your thread is read by millions and it is a good place for this public service announcement !

Love the duck !! Hate carpal tunnel ...

CollardGreens: Oops!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 11, 2007

Rainy morning. Went to the gym to work out and then had to stay home until it cleared up. When it just became misty, I headed out to work. At the end of the day, I decided to walk around Neary Lagoon. I saw mallards with little ducklings, a green heron, a juvenile black-crowned night heron, black phoebe's, red-winged blackbirds, crows, heard marsh wrens. The gardeners told me that there were wood ducks with babies too but I didn't see them even though I went looking for them at the nearby Shelter Lagoon as well.

Juvenile Black-crowned night heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Love that last heron, its legs look like they are made of glass... Great capture!

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 12, 2007

Peach pie is out of the oven and now I am leaving for my french group.

Greater Yellowlegs
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Peach pie? That's a strange name for that lovely bird! ;-)

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Been a few days - posting randomly and reading about pie so I thought I would drop in to see. Would those peaches be french...no perpaps abricot?

You do wonders with the wildlife and colors. This last one is begging for a black and white high contrast rendering...do you ever ?

Good stuff as always - CollardGreens: Oops!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
how sedate you are over here... :P
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
la pêche pas l'abricot.

et l'oiseau s'appelle "Greater Yellowlegs".
CG
Here is one bird shot that I converted to black and white
flickr.com/photos/99667240@N00/320581530/

the original is here:
flickr.com/photos/99667240@N00/298380161/
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes - thats what I'm talking about - very nice indeed !

Feathers calm the voices !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
oh La M ...that baby mallard is precious!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 13, 2007

and a Friday.

Lions, and tigers and bears oh my....

And a damsel in not very much stress

She just saw her chiropractor

Keep smiling.

Fair Damsel
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
April 14, 2007

Met my friend Judy at her house this morning at 6 a.m. We went to Gayle's and had breakfast and then drove to Aptos where we met a few people going on a hike together in Elkhorn Ranch (owned by the Packard family.) The land is private but the family allows for appointments by a few people to guide others around the land for birding and/or plant walks. This was a birding walk. Unfortunately, the day was dark, cloudy, and threatening. We were supposed to be there until about 2 or 3 but at about 11 the sky opened up and started dumping heavy rain. We also could not leave the trails as the ticks are very bad this year ( I have a tendency to plop down on my belly and wiggle along to catch a shot of something--but the deer ticks around here carry lyme disease so one must be very careful) . We did manage to see quite a few birds in the limited time we had; although it was difficult for me to get any good shots of them. I also find that I prefer going by myself or with one other person. A group of birders tend to be very noisy for some reason. When I tried to go ahead by myself, the group leader kept reminding me to "stay with the group, so that everyone has a chance to see the same thing." My thoughts were, yeah, and by the time we get there the birds are wary and have left. Not always the case, but quite often.

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
An early morning walk on the wharf and along the cliffs. Afterwards I swung by Neary lagoon to see if I could find the wood ducks. It was very quiet and the early morning light was so lovely on the water. Mallards and coots were swimming about, marsh wrens chattering away, and a little pied-billed grebe swimming up to me and away from me. I spied these two slinking around one of the islands and then swimming across to another one.

Racoons

Afterwards I came home and grabbed my pile of CDs and went to do my radio show. Now I must post my playlist
members.cruzio.com/~gypsy/gv/GV_index.html
and then head off to go dancing with some friends.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
The Western Bluebird photo is amazing!

And the raccoons look very... slinky?
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Nice raccoons! I wonder how long your lens is.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
100 to 400 mm.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
ohhhhhhhhhh! i've only seen two racoons in person in my life (that were alive) you're lucky!
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