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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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Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 1, 2007

I spent Sunday, New Year's Eve, visiting my son and his girlfriend in San Francisco. I let them show me around their neighborhood--south of Market and we walked through Chinatown and Union Square where I took snapshots of them just like any other tourist. (I had lived in San Francisco for three years in the early 80's but I had never really done any usual tourist things). Later we met up with my youngest sister, Debbie, her husband Don, and their grand-niece Grace. We had dinner, took Don to the airport, and then drove to my house in Santa Cruz. Debbie and I stayed up drinking a glass of wine and talking until about 2 in the morning. She and Don plan to travel to the Azores in the spring to find traces of our ancestry.

In the morning we took a walk through one of my favorite places, Neary Lagoon.

This is a portrait of my sister Debbie I took in the children's park at the lagoon. My sisters are my very best friends.

January 1

Samrag 12 years ago
I have the same problem... that is not being able to post everyday - ok ok - I am able, just can't be bothered... but I take photo each day, and just post them few at a time when I get a change. You can do the same (it is outlined as allowed in the rules of this group).

Wish you all the best for the 2007.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 2, 2007

I saw the loon again today; but it was too far away for any good photographs.

The weather had promised "plenty of sunshine"; but zip-a-dee-doo-dah it was a rather dark and cloudy day. After work, I drove south to Elkhorn Slough to see what I could see. Sometimes the light was so lovely on the water that I just sat there and watched it. Backlighting like that does not make for great shots of birds but is a thrilling experience nonetheless.
Tomorrow, perhaps I will go to the slough before work in the early morning.

Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
luckywhitegirl 12 years ago
huh. That's a loon? It doesn't look very big. Somehow I thought they were rather large birds, but what do I know? I'm from Florida. I don't think we have them down here. Or maybe we do. I don't know much at all about birds. We do have those white things though... what are those called? Everyone makes such a fuss over them? Sandhill cranes? On second thought, those are grey. With a red spot somewhere.

Okay okay you can stop laughing now! I do know what a seagull looks like !!!

Happy 2007!!

luckywhitegirl's daily photo diary
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
No, this is not a loon. This is a long-billed curlew. The loon, like I said, was too far away for good photographs.
Here is a photograph I took of the loon a few days ago:
Perhaps I will have a new one tomorrow.
White things are probably egrets. No, I am not laughing at you; I have just started getting to know birds myself since last August when I started photographing them.

Happy 2007 to you too. I will enjoy looking at your diary.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
A walk in Neary Lagoon after work.
I am a gardener. I spent the day pruning fruit trees. After work, I went to Neary Lagoon to see if there were any wood ducks or herons. There are always about a dozen night herons hiding in the reeds just a bit too far away for my feeble attempts. Today, I focused on reflections in the water and reflections in myself.

January 3
Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
beautiful pics !
I'll be back !
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
I think that I will post small size photos here since 365 medium size photos will take forever to upload!!

Instead of lunch today, I took a walk in the field behind the arboretum. The field is part of the University of California at Santa Cruz. I have seen quite a bit of wildlife there before such as meadowlarks, white-tailed kites, deer, red-shouldered hawks, black phoebes, flickers, etc. Today being overcast and drizzly the field was rather quiet. On my walk back to my truck I took the path through the arboretum. I was able to get some shot of quail and a California thrasher. Just seeing a thrasher is thrilling but to actually be able to take a few fairly good shots of one was very exciting.

Here is a photo of one of the deer I saw.

January 4, 2007
Samrag Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Samrag (member) 12 years ago
@3.jan: That is a cool photo...and I don't even know why. Just like it Upside down,,... but not in focus... but not clear... Great shot!!!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
:P yeah, my photos are rarely in focus--especially when they are reflections of things.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 5, 2007

There was a flock of quail in the olive orchard this morning. I love to hear their cry.

After work, I drove down to Elkhorn Slough. Today there were white-tailed kites, buffleheads, scoters. a scaup, gulls, egrets, loons, common goldeneyes, greater yellowlegs, various sandpipers, otters, sealions, and vultures.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i want your life -
You sound like you have a very interesting life yourself.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Saturday January 6, 2007

There were about 20 or more black-capped night herons in the eucalyptus tree in Moss Landing today.

I should have stayed home and worked in my own garden and cleaned house etc. but instead I called my friends Judy and Jeanne and we went for a walk in Elkhorn Slough. Judy is an expert birder and it is always fun to go with her. Jeanne and I are just beginners. Afterwards we ate dinner in Moss Landing. I had a tamale at The Whole Enchildada followed by a slice of key lime pie. All that fresh air and exercise made us hungry. We saw so many different birds.

The photos are a reflection of myself.

American Avocet
American Avocet
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
hey! i could have sworn i was looking at a black crowned night heron but then its plummage changed to an american avocet - hmmmm :P

were you attracted to the reflection? - i am - my window at work looks out on a quiet corner of Digby harbour and i love it when the birds "stand on themselves" as it were - the grebes like this corner when the tide is high - i could not have indentified them unitl i saw your photos - thanks - you will be my daily bird lesson it seems ;P
Yes, I had posted a heron but I changed my mind once I uploaded some of the photos of the avocets I took today. I took about 400 photos today but deleted over 1/2 and only posted about a dozen of them. That is how it goes--and thank goodness I use digital! Actually I could never afford to use a regular camera with film so I guess I wouldn't have photography as a hobby.

The herons and avocets are in my photostream still. I wouldn't use me as a daily bird lesson!! Along with photography I am just a beginner at birding.
aback account [deleted] 12 years ago
WOW, the shots are soooo beautiful.
Amazing that you see so much wildlife every day.
And can name them (or your friend can, whoever ;)

House cleaning, pah, walks are much better :D!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 7
A really gorgeous blue-sky day.

After preparing for my radio show, I took a walk on the beach near the station (KUSP--http://www.kusp.org). On one side of the beach is a large lake filled with grebes, cormorants, gulls, mallards, and geese. It is lined by tall Eucalyptus globulus. In the trees were ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, cormorants, black phoebes, sparrows, blackbirds, starlings, and in the distance a hawk. On the beach there was a small pond left from high tide. In it was swimming a male bufflehead.

I stood for a while there taking lots of photos but it got late and I needed to rush to the station in time to start my radio show. I do a program of music from around the world every other Sunday afternoon for two hours. members.cruzio.com/~gypsy/gv/GV_index.html

Male bufflehead
Male Bufflehead
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 8
Another superb blue-sky day. The prediction is for a cold front coming in about Thursday though. I have no complaints, we need more rain.

I again skipped eating lunch in favor of taking a walk in the lagoon. I think the black-capped night herons are starting to be in their breeding plumage. They are too far away for my lens but I took a few shots just to have a closer look. I will not post them though. I will post many of the shots that I took of a young hawk though (in my photostream).

Male mallards
Mallard displaying
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
that is definitely green - i mean beautiful - i mean great shot
weather is the opposite here - we need sun before we start to mildew like the union guy in Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion
2007 Inside out
Jonathan how do you post a link to your thread like that?
msspider66 12 years ago
beautiful mallards! They are my favorite kind of duck. Lucky you to be able to see such lovely creatures during lunch.

[Ms Spider66]
I like mallards but I wouldn't call them my favorite duck. I am not certain I have one; but I am very charmed by buffleheads at the moment. I would be hard pressed to decide on my favorite bird too. That changes depending on what I am looking at I guess. :D I do feel lucky to live in Santa Cruz where there is so many beautiful places to be outdoors and to travel to Corsica for a month once a year (an absolutely spectacularly beautiful island).
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
Thank you to both Samrag and Jonathan Riverwalker for showing me how to post the html code. I am just putting it here for future reference.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
aback account [deleted] 12 years ago
your diary is so bright and SPLASHY. i adore it
Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
well definitely
a lot of feathers !
keep it up
see ya !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 9

Most days the first thing I do when I leave the house in the morning is go to the gym and work out. That is my favorite way to start the day. My friends wonder if I am crazy. "Don't you get enough exercise working as a gardener everyday and dancing two or three times a week?" No. I need to have a full body work out and stretch before I go to work. And then I like to end my day with a walk. Today I walked on Twin Lakes Beach after work.
I was surprised to see so many birds, both in the pond that sits where the sand meets the road and in the lake across the street. There were of course the usual suspects: starlings, pigeons, gulls, mallards, hybrid geese, cormorants, scrub jays, and blackbirds. There was also an egret, a small group of willets, and three golden eye--one male and two female. They quite far away but I think I managed to get some good shots. I haven't looked at those yet.

This project is very exciting and I am enjoying it very much. I love looking at other peoples threads and of course I love hearing from you.

ebilflindas 12 years ago
Beautiful photos! I especially like the Lesser Yellowlegs...
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i too feel happier when i've done some sweating

it really struck me when my dad was dieing and couldnt walk and i had to wheel him about - a healthty functioning body is a gift to treasure and look after and maintain - and enjoy
that's when i started "seriously" running again - and it sure feels good to be strong and loose and able, dont it -

i m glad to hear u call the project exciting - courage is contagious -
My biggest problem with the project is deciding which photos I take to post to my photostream (that has been a problem all along with flickr) and which one to put here. For instance, today I took about 500 photographs, yesterday more than 300--well you can see that in a years time I will have no memory left on my laptop!! Delete, delete, delete.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
hahahahaha - that is a lot of photos !!

part of the reason i signed on is to encourage myself to take more photos - im ok when im out and hiking but is harder on a busy day like today - my life is a little unbalanced and i thought this project would help me swing it back towards the sunshine ... it is going to be struggle - but who doenst love a good struggle

2007 Inside out
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
That is what I base my life on--challenges. I love to be challenged--oh not in that competitive "sports" like way where I pit myself against the skills of someone else. No, I like to challenge myself to try new things, step outside of my comfort zone and learn something in the process. I don't always succeed, I have the tendency to be rather reclusive in my habits. I work alone and live alone. I like it that way. When I am out on my walks, I make myself smile and greet anyone else I might see. Why not--it costs nothing to be friendly. I wil go a little farther, reach out a little higher, and try to stand taller than my five feet.
Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 10

Started the morning with my usual work out. I was pleased to see another gorgeous blue-sky day; but later the clouds started coming in. There is a cold front heading in with possible rain. At lunch I read my email. My friend Judy sent a note asking me if I wanted to play hookey for an hour or so and go to Neary Lagoon. Well, I asked my boss (myself) if I could take some time out and go outside and play rather than go outside and work. She said yes.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied- billed Grebe
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
what great shots!!! You should some of them to my group!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
you have a very nice boss - so understanding and accomodating - hahaha
Yes, I like my boss very much (:P) except that she never gives me vacation pay, health insurance and never pays me for any time off. If I don't work, I don't get paid. Dang.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
but on the bright side she did give you a gym membership...
2007 Inside out
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... fixed the link, thanks for letting me know!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Your welcome. I have sent one in. I'll send in more soon.
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Now let me get out on a limp here and guess...
... You like birds?

Sam (2007 in Iceland)

ps. against posting in medium like the rest of us Guru slaves?
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... please do, you had many that fit nicely!

... lol... I'm no Guru slave!
= 0 P
Well, I think I said somewhere in here that I would post small size just to keep this thread from getting too long to actually look at. If I am breaking the rules, let me know.

And yes, I do like to photograph birds. They are a challenge for me since they never sit still and pose. I especially would like to learn to catch them in flight (and in focus at the same time! :D) I photograph many subjects, not just birds. Some of my favorite subjects are children and landscapes (especially when I am in Corsica).
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
the thread will split - start to pageify itself - so the guru assures us at 100 comments so you wont have to worry about scrolling too too far -
- check phillipe's if you want to see how it will work -
i for one always click on your photos and see waht else is on your stream... :P
aback account [deleted] 12 years ago
her stream *is* literally a stream in some parts. haha!
man ... the reflections in the 1/10 photo are really clear and crisp!
lovely. so very
aback account [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by aback account (member) 12 years ago
love the january 10 shot.


augmented illusions
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 11
It was supposed to rain today but it didn't. It was cold, crisp and clear with ice covering everything when I woke up this morning.
Took my lunch at the arboretum. Went out the far gate and saw the meadowlarks again. There was a hawk--red-tailed, I think, an American kestrel, black phoebes, and another bird I photographed but haven't looked up yet.

I was able to photograph a spotted towhee for the first time today. That is causing a little stir on my photostream with views and comments.

After work and a pile of errands, I went down to Twin Lakes Beach for a walk. I had fun photographing a female common merganser.

Spread your wings and fly my friends.

Red-tailed hawk
Red-tailed hawk
aback account [deleted] 12 years ago
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
amzing animals - cold and blah here - cold
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 12

Pruning in the olive orchard this morning, listening to the sounds of birds everywhere, robins in the trees, quail in the field, warblers in the air.
Although the sky was blue and the sun was shining, there was an icy cold wind and I had a hard time not being whipped about. My cap kept flying off and olive branches were slapping my face.

When I was a child, I used to lie in bed in the early morning and listen to the wind roaring outside. I thought it was the voices of the angels singing at the top of their lungs. :D

I further froze my fingers off by taking a walk in Elkhorn Slough in the afternoon. I was delighted to find two acorn woodpeckers at the top of a stump who seemed to be playing hide and seek. I thought of them as Groucho and Chico Marx.

The White-tailed kite reminds me of an angel hovering over my shoulder.

Don't get me wrong, I am not particularly religious but there is a small bit of my Catholic upbringing still following me around upstairs in my head.

White-tailed kite
White-tailed kite
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i have only see kites from quite far off and i think they are dark all over - is that possble?
i cant get over the variety of wild life u see on a daily basis - it is awesome = eyes wide open
Inside out
The Mississippi kite is dark where as the white-tailed kite is the color of a snow angel.

I think it is because I am a gardener and because of how I grew up. I have worked outdoors and in the fields since I was five years old. I used to sit in the alfalfa fields and watch the red velvet ants and lay very quietly while pheasant would run by. I cultivated my mother's roses and learn to notice everything going on around me--from the tiniest aphid to the damage left by gophers, etc.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
Saturday January 13, 2007
A day like fine crystal still ringing in my ears.
Cold and clear and all I wanted to do was curl up by the fire with my two cats, a book, and hot tea. I had a thousand errands to do though and so off in the early morning to get them over with. Afterwards I took a walk around Westlake Park. I hadn't been there before. What a lovely, friendly place. I ran into the man who used to prepare my taxes for me. We had a great chat. He lives across the street from the park and was doing some remodeling on his house. He offered me a very lovely wooden file cabinet. Cool. I have wanted one like that for quite sometime but found them too pricey for my tiny budget. So I will go to his house again on Monday to pick it up.

Ruddy duck at Westlake Park
Ruddy duck
msspider66 12 years ago
Lovey shot.

Isn't it great when you are lucky enough to get what you want for free? Enjoy the cabinet!

[Ms Spider66]
Yes, I love it when it works out that something I really want comes my way for free.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
- did you ever get to curl with the cats, tea and fire?
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
I am doing that right now.
YoannLeGoff Posted 12 years ago. Edited by YoannLeGoff (member) 12 years ago
Whouaaa ...
I love animals, and also birds ...
Your diary is fantastic !

Yoann Day's
Merci YoannLeGoff.
Okay, I wil post the photos in medium size as I realize that they are what is important here, not the text. So I will change the ones above to the medium size and continue on like that.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 14, 2007

Woke up early and went for a walk on the beach. It was lovely to find a warm sunny spot and watch the birds playing in the water.
I lost track of time but made it home in time to meet friends to drive down to Monterey for a baby shower. The shower was held about one block from the beach so at one point I escaped with my camera and took a walk along the cliffs.
It was dark when we returned home. I answered a few messages on my answering machine, wrote one or two emails and then went to hear some friends playing music at a local restaurant. There was a good crowd and we all got up to dance (Bulgarian folk dancing).

House Sparrow (or English Sparrow)
House sparrow
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
well that's a full day and a beautiful foto -
you are living well :P
Yes, I enjoy my life, even if I am poorer than a church mouse financially I am rich with good friends, good health and beauty all around me.
msspider66 12 years ago
from your pictures I can tell you are quite wealthy when it comes to being surrounded by natural beauty.

[Ms Spider66]
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 15, 2007
There was ice all over the truck and even later in the morning my back garden was still covered in ice. I did my usual work out at the gym and then on to work. This is pruning season and the days are long. I did go by my friends house and pick up my new file cabinet and a computer desk. He has a gorgeous roll top desk too but he wants $200 for that and my budget is very limited. While there I walked across the street to the lake and took photos of the ring-necked ducks, the ruddy ducks and the yellow-rumped warblers.

When I got home I realized I had no one to help me carry the heavy wooden furniture out of my truck and into the house. Usually the neighborhood is very active and people are out walking and visiting with each other or working in their gardens. Today was quiet. Finally my friend Kim came out of her house and she helped me to lug all of it to my porch.

I love my neighborhood. We frequently have potluck parties or just hang out in the cul de sac visiting. There are cats and dogs and children playing. There are trees and flowers growing and many birds singing.

Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i like this for the green chain link fence and then the "attitude" of the warbler - nice capture ;)
i am judging and assuming that the chain link fence is actually quite a hiedous thing when i say... how great it is that you have shown it in such a complimentary way - how's that for pretentious? LOL
i sometimes see some very beautiful litter but i resist shooting it because of some silly idea i shouldnt "glorify" it - but i dont carry that over, say, to boats that are left to rot or rusty farm machinery

sorry - this is more about me than you, but your photo just got me thinking - this is the first i think to include anything more than water, sky or tree (not counting of course your friend)
thanks for the tea - gnight
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
Well, there is the photo of me in a fun house mirror at the top, and my sister at the park when she came to visit, and now the warbler on the fence. So you are right on that. Yes, the chain link fence is in reality quite ugly but lots of great birds perch on it, so I think of it as the chain of a necklace with the bright jewel held on it.
By the way, how did you like the oatmeal cookies on the little plate next to your china tea cup?
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
nice analogy - :D
Inside out
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i love oatmeal cookies - in fact it is a little freaky that you should ask that - i've got tingles - today, just goofing around (and a lil hungry) i told the office at large that i like oatmeal cookies and would gladly take some anytime - and surprise surprise someone left a pack of store bought on my desk - so when i read what u wrote i just about freaked - wooo -

yours were better - what was that pattern on the cup?
Mine were better because they were homemade--you know the classic recipe from the Quaker Oats box (or is that just a thing in the U.S.?)

The cups are white bone china with curved golden handles and fluffy roses with leaves--one on each side. The roses are Souvenir de la Malmaison (one of my favorite and blooms beautifully in my rose garden throughout spring and summer).
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
the old souvenir de malmaison eh?
our quaker oats come in bags - with the recipe on it - hahaha
how did yu manage to get tea cups with the very roses on them that you have in your garden - or are we pretending?
could i have another little sip of that tea please... to wash down that last cookie
well this is awkward but you poured a little more tea than i thought and a cookie would really go well with all that tea...
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
:D well, have another cookie, I doubled the recipe.

I have about 100 different roses in my garden all grown from cuttings that I took from roses in other gardens.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 16, 2007

Somedays I want to turn my back on the world and go hide in the forest with the wild creatures. I would rather take my chances with the bears.

34, 452 civilians killed in Iraq in 2006.

How many women and children does that number represent. How many young students? How many old people?

Townsend's Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
things sure can get messed up - but dont be too cocky about them bears miss cave dweller - did ya see the movie about the grizzly man - timothy treadwell?

anyway - hugs and take'er cool - hopefully y'all can git that mess cleared up at the ballot box - im purty sure we're getting rid of our idiot but i could be wrong - ive laid some eggs before as my grandfather says of himself
and ive hit some home runs too he adds

nice photo for the mood - no, icant stay for tea tonight - going home and right to bed - but thanks - okay, ill take one cookie for the road - gnight
Inside out
ebilflindas 12 years ago
I would rather take my chances with the bears.

Don't let Stephen Colbert hear you say that! ;)

And isn't that number all the more appalling when "pundits" claim that the death toll over there isn't as bad as it is in some parts of the US? As if that makes it ok--even if it were true!
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
:D I didn't mean grizzlies; just brown bears. When I lived in Yosemite I had more than my fair share of encounters with bears.

As they say, regime change begins at home...

Bears can be avoided; politicians are everywhere.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
that is funny :P
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 17

Still cold and clear, although it did rain last night for a little while.

I will write more later this evening; but today is a busy day with work and then to Monterey for dinner and dancing.

Green Heron
Green Heron
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
i love the crisscrossing of the grass - and the heron's proportionately huge beak - if that is grass and not weeds he isnt a very big "heron" eh - not like the great blue we have here
ParaScubaSailor 12 years ago
I love your bird pictures, they're great!
They are reeds that grow in the lake and provide great cover for the birds. The green heron is much smaller than the blue and even smaller than the black-crowned night heron.

I had circled the lake several times this morning and did not see the heron. I was expecting it to be further out on the edge of the water. Then after one last circle, the light must have been just right and I saw it standing there with its head straight up in the air (like a bittern) trying to remain hidden and look like one of the reeds.

My lesson for today was that life is right in front of me if I just learn to slow down and be patient.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
amen - same ol lessons over and over again , eh - but how wonderful the different presentations - i often wonder though how far can you peel back the onion - meaning - if the answer is to "slow down" and experience the life right there in front of you - how slow do you go? - glad you got this beautiful shot and glad u shared it
Inside out
sunshinecity 12 years ago
your pictures leave me breathless, no doubt!!

such beauty out there!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 18, 2007

My camera gave me a lot of trouble and grief this morning. Maybe the cold weather is affecting it. I don't know. Nothing was working at all for quite a while. I went to work deciding I would try again later. I changed memory cards, lenses, etc. until I finally got it to work again. I popped by the beach of Capitola and took a few shots of snowy plovers and black turnstones and then went back to work again.

Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 12 years ago
@ la - he (?) is not half as snowy as he'd be if he lived here LOL
Inside out
I think it is the color of their snowy white breast and hey, for California it has been damn cold. Thousands of acres of crops such as oranges and artichokes have frozen to death.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
yeah i hear the price is going to go nuts - ya for florida hee hee

Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 19, 2007
My heart is a little bird inside of me. It flutters when I think of him and I think of him always.
He is so far away. When we are together I tell him good-bye before I leave and he always smiles and says "No, hello my Gypsy". in his particular way, deep resonant accented voice.
If my body had the wings of a bird, I would fly to him always.

Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
sweet - in flight and in focus ;)
Thanks. My goal for this year is to take more in-flight photos AND to hopefully have them in focus. That is the challenge.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 20, 2007
When I woke up this morning, I took a hot shower, grabbed a cup of hot tea and went down to the beach in Capitola. I walked out to the end of the jetty and watched the sea otters and the harbor seals. It was a grey and foggy morning and not particularly suitable for photographs. I stood there in the cold and wind for a while then climbed down through the rocks to walk across the beach. There were no snowy plovers today but lots of gulls, black turnstones, and sanderlings. Further out in the ocean was a loon and two surf scoters. I decided to walk under the train trestle and down along Soquel creek to see if I could find the 2 male mergansers that have been there every morning this week. They were not there; nor was the spotted sandpiper. Just the usual array of coots, mallards and gulls. The female goldeneye was swimming along on the opposite bank in the dark shade. As I was standing there, though, a black crowned night heron flew across the creek and landed on a stump.

Black-crowned night heron
Black-crowned night heron

I returned home to clean house; but while doing so, my friend Heidi called and we agreed to meet in the afternoon for a walk along the cliffs. Before I met her I went up to the field near the Seymore Research Center looking for the white-tailed kites.

I did not take my camera on my walk with Heidi, the day was too foggy and grey and we wanted to just walk and talk.
Now I must make something for a potluck with my french conversation group.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
busy busy - what an awesome sounding day - it is great to drop the "machine" for a while eh - i had a similiar day and for the first time in three weeks i was, for two hours, more than two blocks from my camera -
bon apetit ;)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Dropped by for a visit after your note. I am sooooo jealous of the long lens. Fantastic nature shots. Feathers are a favorite - very good job. I will be back !

CollardGreens: Oops
Thanks. I am trying to look at and respond to more of these diaries in the group. I often look at others and read the texts but am a bit shy about commenting. I hope to do better this year--another goal. I have much to learn.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 5 years ago
January 21, 2007

When I look into your dark eyes, I do not see my reflection in your soul.
You are so far away
Even when you are near

Your reflection in mine
Like colored lights rippling on the surface
but etched so deeply below

Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
hoo - love your poetry
(and your photos) here im wondering did the poem push the photo or the photo push the poem if u get what i mean?
i like the brevity for sure - i struggle with all my diaries - details i believe are silly - i write more when im tired - writing like yours here is probably a more accurate portrayal of a day - of emotion for sure
im interested in the choice you made - wavy green lines or more solid blanket of green - nice entry :)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
The first lines were written and rewritten and revised in my head over and over while I was walking around the lagoon.
I had had a busy morning cleaning house and preparing for my radio show. After my show, I needed to be outside so I took a walk in the lagoon; but it was already growing late and not the best time for bird photographs as my shutter speed has to be pretty fast for that. So I decided to photograph reflections instead. I was already thinking about someone far away and emotionally unavailabe.

I took many more photos than I posted but i liked this one best and in looking at it the last few lines came.
Jonathan Riverwalker Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Jonathan Riverwalker (member) 11 years ago
both - i like that - silly me for asking a closed question :D
i had a day yesterday of thinking about her - it doesnt come often any more but when it does - oowee
she only gets in when i m really tired and run down - i first realized i was getting a little strung out during the basketball game friday - the pregame handshakes choked me up a bit LOL
it all makes me laugh once i get my head on straight
nice poem Gypsy - nice honesty ;)
Inside out
Ah yes, but you sound like she and you have perhaps finished whereas he and I have never started.
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