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A gypsy outdoors

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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Dragonhide 11 years ago
I like the 13th... Aspiring to be a flamingo!
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Great Diary
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
August 15, 2007
Worked in the morning and then went to the radio station and did a musical mix show filling in for my friend and fellow programmer, Bruce. It is fun to change genres and do a musical mix--play Lucinda Williams along side Nina Simone, Lluis Llach and Juliette Greco. And of course always I Muvrini and other Corsican artists; but Roy Book Binder and Mississippi Fred McDowell too.

After work I took a walk along the San Lorenzo River to the beach. There were hundreds of brown pelicans, lots of snowy and Great Egrets and about a dozen blue herons. Lots of other birds too like starlings, crows, and gulls. The anchovies are running and the birds were busy catching them and I was busy catching the birds with my camera. I met my friend Marshall there also photographing the activity. I reluctantly left the river after 7 p.m. as I needed to do some errands.

Great Egret
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Looks like he/she is running to catch a bus !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I love the light on that egret!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Birds, bees, flowers... All your pictures have such a quality!

I'm very surprised that you say you need to improve greatly. It's great to strive for perfection, but I can't see anything in your photos that would need big improvements...

Good to see that Ted is getting more and more tempted by a week-end in Corsica.

You diary is such a fascinating read, thanks for keeping it up.
August 16, 2007

Quick walk on the river this morning before work. Now I must head to the chiropractor to get my head on straight.

Gull in the morning light

ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
If you look down and see your bum, your head is on the wrong way around. You should see your feet.

Lovely golden colour on this pic!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Your wildlife photos are generally excellent, but it's the ones that catch an animalin motion, like 8-15, that really impress me.

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Love that golden light!
Well, Daniel it is when you look up and see your bum that you know your head is definitely in the wrong place.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
August 17, 2007

After work Rainey and I went for a walk along the San Lorenzo River. There were still an amazing amount of birds there especially Heermann's Gulls, Western Gulls, starlings, brown pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets and great blue herons.

Brown Pelican

Open Wide
No matter what you are focusing your camera on a really good photograph is really about the light. That is what I keep trying to achieve; that is what I am almost always missing.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Light - that has been a mission for me this year - to try and get it right. You are correct - light, contrast, focus and then content...

...apple pie still on the table ?? I'll send you and Daniel some info in the next day or so...trying to make it work.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
You don't often miss, my dear.

BTW, if you'll excuse me changing the subject entirely, what Greek/Balkan singers/musicians do you listen to, or play on your radio shows? And African? One of these days, when we're slightly less busy, I'd like to go back and retrieve the link you gave CG, a long time ago, and tune in to your show on the 'net. I'd like to hear the voice of the gypsy.
Ted--yes indeed I will bake an apple pie.

RobW, I am heading to go out for the day but I will compose a list of some of my favorites. As far as Greek goes, I have so many but just off the top of my head I would say Hronis Aidonidis, Haris Alexiou, Yiorgos Dalaras, Miltiadis Pashalidis, Petru Loykas Chalkias and so many more. Oops my ride is here...
Bye for now.
And Rob W--I don't post the hundreds I miss. :D
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
I am always so jealous of photos like this. I have a cheapo camera that cannot capture something like this without resulting in a big blur...I'm convenced that is the problem and not the photographer :-)

good job
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Ah, that's a good list. Did you see on my stream that we had Alexiou live in Zakynthos a few weeks ago? Wonderful.

Alkistis Protopsalti (such a great artist!) and Eleftheria Arvanitaki (so beautful!) last summer. And Dalaras of course is on your list, so versatile, so influential.

(Edited 19Aug to add some Youtube links).
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Rainey came by early this morning and we drove up highway 1 towards Half Moon Bay. She needed to get her tires balanced at the car dealership there. While it was being repaired we had breakfast. Afterwards we went and explored the field and beach across the street. The field was full of hawks, kestrels, and white-tailed kites. We had a great time trying to capture them in flight. We were only going to be out a short time but with all the walking and stopping on the side of the road to explore the fields and beaches we didn't get home until after 3:30.

Balancing Act
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
* reflects a bit on the taste...
Oh Ted, also Daniel will be bringing a 400 as well as a 600mm lens. I, myself, would love to try the 600.

Homemade apple pie (the best on the planet)
Homemade pasta
a macro lens, a 600 mm lens, a 400 mm lens to test drive
and La Corse herself

What more incentive do you need?

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Go on Ted, how can you resist?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
....can't resist really ! and why should ! ? We are big kids and can do what we want right? - I have a plan laid out...I need to run it up the flag pole and see if the boss salutes....more to follow.
August 19, 2007

Radio day. An interview with Concha Vargas from Seville Spain. She is a flamenco dancer and will be perorming in Santa Cruz tonight along with her daughter Carmen, cante flamenco and guitarist Ethan Margolis. Ethan is with the group Arte Y Pureza another extraordinary gypsy family of Spain.
Ethan is an American and group up in Santa Cruz and I have known him since he was a baby. He moved to Spain many years ago to follow his passion and along with his partner, Cihtli Ocampo.
Here is a set of photos I took at their concert last year
(with my little point and shoot Canon Powershot A85, so the quality is not very good).

I hope to make it to the concert tonight.

After the interview with Concha, Ftah and Mohammed from Duo Aza came on and performed their special blend of traditional North African music. They are Imazighen (Berber) and play music that they have composed as well as traditional music. They have a performance next Friday night in Santa Cruz.

This little guy hangs out at the top my plum tree and begs for food all day. He gets very excited when he sees one of his parents coming. (Or she?)

Juvenile Northern Mockingbird
Rainey took a photo of me testing out my toothpaste yesterday.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hungry little guy against an extraordinary blue sky. And what a fantastic shot of you smiling while running like a hare after a hawk. Either that, or you're going to score a touchdown with that camera. Full of the joys of life. Ted baby, you're going to have fun in Corsica. I just hope you can keep up with Gypsy!
Your right RobW, I was doing a football maneuver. I don't normally run after animals; I usually creep up very slowly. We were just having fun.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Certainly looks like fun!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Glad you followed up, La Maq.. my illusion of you being the stealthy little nature ninja creeping along the plains shooting animals was shaken seeing you do that football maneuver.. hehehehe

Thanks for sharing! Love behind the scenes/camera kinda stuff.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
August 20, 2007

After work walked down to the river to see if there was any action. The tide is high so there weren't all the little sandbars and islands that are usually exposed when it is low. This meant there were relatively few wading birds like egrets and herons. There were a lot of pelicans though and I sat on the river bank and watched them battling over who was going to get to stand on a small snag in the middle of the river. They were hilarious.

On the way back I saw a belted kingfisher sitting on a wire high above my head but the light was all wrong and he was too far away. Sour grapes.

Further on away from the beach the egrets were sitting in the willows across the bank from where I was. There was no way to get any closer.

Evening on the River
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Perched among the greenery.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I learnt it when I was spearfishing in South-Africa: there's no way I can outswim a fish, laying quietly and waiting for the fish to come to you is the only way to catch one. I figured I can't outrun any flying bird or wild animal, so I always try the stealthy methods.
I must admit, though, that seeing Rainey's picture made me think "damn! got it wrong all this time. Look at the FUN they're having!"
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
August 21, 2007

After work I saw my chiropractor. I felt so good, that I drove to Moss Landing. There was a great blue heron in the water close to the road. You will be proud to know that I got down on my kees and crawled forward trying to get as close as possible without scaring big bird away.

GBH portrait


Personally I love the tongue.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Personally, I think that your low crawl technique is part of your chiro therapy !! If you use your hand to crop all but the beak and tongue...it looks like a crab claw !
No more like orni-therapy but certainly not genou-thérapie!

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Worth the crawl, I'd say.
August 22, 2007

An afternoon walk in Neary Lagoon

They were at "it" for a very long time before they flew off still attached.

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, dragonfly love. Such beautiful colours, and intricate, delicate detail. You do have an artist's eye, and the patience to catch the perfect shot (and the energy to run after a vanishing hawk LOL still).
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I'm with Rob here ...bug colors and hawk chasing...good stuff !
Loca.... 11 years ago
Beautiful dragonflys, wonderful picture.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
when i see bugs 'do it' ..i giggle. juvenile yet true
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Why not? They are delicate, gentle, do it for a long time, and even when flying. Can you imagine how cool that would be? Especially if you are looking down on Parascubaguy's paragliding views?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Never know what I'm gonna find in here...

Bug porn. Oh my!!


seriously tho, that's a wonderful capture there, LaM!
August 23, 2007

Our cold grey foggy days are back. Yippee!! :D

In the garden:
Swallowtail Butterfly
Dragonhide 11 years ago
cold grey foggy days-- are my FAVORITE. Cant wait for my turn.

That is a nice butterfly!!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Great butterfly!

And my I add my own modest tribute to your mastery:

Beach Patrol Guy

I tried to get a running one with camera under my arm, but no-one could keep up with me!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
:D This is a rather heart-warming fad. I think we need to start a new flickr group just for photos like this one. "My portrait with a floppy hat".
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Took my lunch at the river where there are still lots of egrets, gulls, pelicans and herons. There is a belted kingfisher that hangs out there and I was really hoping to get a good shot of him. He seems to just laugh at my efforts as he flies by and dives for fish. Sometimes he sits on a wire for periods of time but always closer to the opposite bank.

Snowy egret running from a brown pelican flying over

Pelican Fly-Over
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Day after day, you have amazing shots. Bravo!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
It must be wonderful to spend day after day observing these beautiful creatures - rubs off on the soul I think..
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Beautiful butterfly shot; also the dragonflies-- are you moving into erotica??

CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
* searches in vain for floppy hat...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
September 25, 2007

Spent the morning at Struve Slough in Watsonville watching the white pelicans.

One should look at invitations before the last minute. I am supposed to be at a wedding in three minutes and I am still in my muddy clothes from wandering around in the slough in my old clothes and floppy hat.

Oh well, guess I know my priorities.

White Pelicans
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Yes, you do.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Hi, LaM.... Just trying to catch up and was browsing through your usual gorgeous shots... Hope all has been well with you. Left you some faves.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
August 26, 2007

More intimate moments among insects

Together Again
ragged division [deleted] 11 years ago
Great photography, your world is amazing and inspiring! :-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Floppy hats and bonking bugs - good stuff here ! No news yet on agenda...

drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
he's totally owning her
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another tender, romantic shot.
yes, I like the way he seems to be holding her and protecting her.
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
You just got to smile at that.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
August 27, 2007

Restless and wish I was leaving tomorrow but I am defintely not ready. I ordered a new daypack in order to carry my camera equipment safely. I am really happy with it. It can carry all my lenses, camera, photo cards, batteries, and my laptop. And room for many other things.

Great Blue Heron flying over the river

Flight of the Great Blue Heron
Dragonhide 11 years ago
show us the daypack! is it a tarmac? :-)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Made by Tenba. It is the mini "Shootout". www.amazon.com/Tenba-Shootout-Backpack-Silver-Black/dp/B0...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
ooooo... that backpack looks like a nice idea! Convenient, and more comfortable than something slung over the shoulder.

I just LOVE the reptilian-looking great blue herons...

Erica Day by Day 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Daypack looks like a good one. My slingshot from Lowepro spontaneously came unhooked last night and I nearly dunked the whole lot in a canal of seawater !! Hmmm. Agree here with Erica, the heron looks a little pre-historic...times a wastin - better get your kit zipped !
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
LaM... I was just in ParaScuba's journal, speaking of flight and birds and daydreaming which I have been in a past life. So my question to you is- if you were a bird, which would you be? Is this easy or extremely difficult? I have a hard time committing to one answer, and maybe I have to choose a few depending on the day...
Erica Day by Day 2007
Although I may have thought about what it would like to be a bird, I have never really thought about what kind of bird I would be. That would take some thought--probably one that migrates long distances. :D
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
You certainly have your priorities in the right order: we keep getting beautiful pics in your stream...

As to the pack, it looks like I'll be able to take a smaller one to Corsica then, you'll certainly have spare space to fit my stuff :-))))

A few hours ago, when Erica mentioned it on my diary, I was sure I wanted to be a bird of prey, or a vulture. Their gliding abilities are amazing. But now that you've mentioned migrating...
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
That's an interesting discussion. I would have thought one of those gliding, soaring, plummeting raptors, maybe a fish eagle.

I see La M's started a run on those backpacks, there's only one left in stock!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I immediately think raptor, too... and some do migrate, Para. Our vultures here don't stick around- in fact they're a kind of sign of good weather to me. Osprey migrate separately - the males and females - and then come back to meet each other at their nest. Isn't that amazing?? They also are usually around water, which I love. And they dive into it.

There are also the kites, which soar but also are fast... We saw Brahminy Kites in Thailand and I was mesmerized by their almost mahogany colored wings with dark tips, in contrast to the white bodies. Similar to ospreys in their like of water... maybe one of those...

Or maybe an owl.... I can be a nocturnal being at times. Quiet, powerful. And love the forest.

Then there are parrots - playful, acrobatic...

We can go back to the above herons, or cranes... they also soar, just not as much. A bit more bound to land... also love water... seem to ponder when they stalk their prey...

LOL I'll keep going here if you don't stop me
Erica Day by Day 2007
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
You ARE becoming an entomo-erotic photographer!

Dragonhide 11 years ago
Cool backpack!.. I have this one Really handy for carrying all my equipment from A to B including my laptop. But not so handy if you want to carry your stuff *and* be able to quickly pull our your camera for a shot. So I end up with my camera out, with this on my back usually. But in all, I like it.

Hmm what kind of bird would I be.... I would want to be one that isn't prey for sure.. :) Be able to just fly without looking in all directions for predators waiting to snatch & gobble me mid-air. Raptor sounds excellent to me.
Maybe for me a sandhill crane or perhaps an osprey.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Raven would also be a good one... Intelligent, social, like to live out in the wilderness a bit more, love to soar and play on the currents... :)
Erica Day by Day 2007
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
August 28, 2007

It wasn't foggy during the night. So my son and I sat on our front porch and watched the full eclipse of the moon. I tried to take photos at a low shutter speed but I do not have a tripod. The results were some cool abstract shots of an orange round thing in blurry multiple images.
Here are a few of them I did as a montage.

full eclipse of the moon
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Nice! I didn't even know it was happening.
Well since it was 3 a.m. when it was happening here it would have been around 1 o'clock in the afternoon for you.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
It was beautiful last night, wasn't it. I took some shots too. my first hand helds are duplicates of yours, I did a little better later on with a tripod, but would have benefited from a more powerful lens. I like the collage you did.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I subscribe to NASA's Space Weather email news, and I was looking forward to the eclipse, but the sky was overcast the whole day yesterday, and I only saw a few minutes of the moone, no eclipse, on my way home last night...


Great surreal job in your photo...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
it's very beautiful
it looks like the moon is dancing

eelend's 2007
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
ha i suck-- i didn't even *look* at the moon. now i wish i had
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I suck too.. I was gonna get up early and get outside with a camera.. I'm blessed to live in a place that has absolutely NO light pollution at all.. The only light around me is my headlamp on my head.

Instead, I seriously dreamed all night long that I was outside taking pictures of the moon.. It was a very vivid dream... The moon was all red and stuff, then turned purple and had cool purple-green aura around it...

Now looking at pictures on flickr, I see I got the red part right. :)

Anyway I slept thru the dang thing :-(

Great abstraction, LaM, I liked what eelend said- it DOES look like the moon is dancing!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
By the way, I like your new photo on top, LaM! :)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I like the new masthead photo too!
Loved Eelend's imaginative description.
Yes, the moon is dancing in my photos! I like that.

The new masthead photo was actually taken about 1 1/2 years ago but I was inspired to put it here by BellaGaia's photos of herself. Thanks to her and to all of you kind friends.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
August 29, 2007

After work I drove to Jetty Road to see the action. Herons, egrets, brown pelicans, western sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, semi-palmated plovers, surf scoters, etc.

eelend PRO 11 years ago
very elegant

eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Agreed - poised for flight?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Just landed. Here is a shot taken just before this one.
August 30, 2007

Sat by the river in Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains this morning before I went to work. Watched a belted kingfisher flying back and forth on the opposite bank where it was still dark. It wouldn't stay still and kept laughing away at me.

This one is for Daniel and the golden mean.

For ParaScubaSailor
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I love the way the light hits the crimped petals.

Erica Day by Day 2007
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Aww, thanks Gypsy!

Today I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want first?

OK, the bad news first: I'm not taking the pasta machine along to Corsica.
The good news is that I can make pasta without the machine... (It'll just have a less regular shape)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
The more rustic the better, I would have thought. Besides, leaving the pasta machine behind makes more space for some of those wonderful Rhône wines you bought recently!

Did you see the ô, Jallen?
Well, at first your bad news leveled me Daniel but your good news picked me right back up. :D

Plus the pasta machine probably wouldn't fit into my new pack anyway.
August 31, 2007

After work, I spent the rest of the time trying to tie up some loose ends before I leave. Had to buy new socks and some supplies for the house. My son will house sit and I wanted to make certain he had a month's supply of cat food etc. I went to the Patagonia outlet at their 1/2 off sale (being an outlet their prices are very low anyway) and bought a couple of shirts to take for those cold nights in the mountains.

So only had time to take photos in my garden this afternoon. A member of ourlocal neighborhood bug patrol:

Neighborhood Bug Patrol
Dragonhide 11 years ago
ôH rôb why dô you say that? :-)

Sorry, it's my old school BBSing ways and playing with ASCII codes getting the best of me..... I'm such a geek.

I SO look forward to hearing the adventures of LaM and Para, and hopefully CG!!!
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