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Endless Fields of Mustard.

 

!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

 

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I was a little disappointed the cows have not arrived yet

持續三個早晨的指定動作:天未光我先到,然後日出,再來牛兒。現在還差幾分鐘牛才到。

Clearing Storm from tunnel view.

 

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The Unending Beauty of Yosemite.

  

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Nibbles in California Having a blast chatting up Squirrels

Thank you Maureen for the amazing testimonial you wrote for me. Your kind words are so appreciated! Check out her beautiful photos here www.flickr.com/photos/maureenbond/

 

Also, my favorite group Worldworx choose me for the artist spotlight this month. This was such a nice surprise! Check out the link if you have the time.

 

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Enjoy your Sunday!

 

This shot was taken in early winter, but it could easily have been taken during the summer or fall. There are only two states the land knows here--spring green or golden brown.

 

Happy Fence Friday everyone and Happy Cinco de Mayo.

 

Butte County CA

Portrait of a California king snake at CALM.

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View On Black

 

This guy had a cell phone in his hand and was taking pictures of the sunset.

 

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, CA

Shandon Chapel near Paso Robles California

Wildcat Falls under speckled light.

 

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Santa Paula is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. Situated amidst the orchards of the fertile Santa Clara River Valley, the city advertises itself to tourists as the "Citrus Capital of the World." Santa Paula was one of the early centers of California's petroleum industry. The Union Oil Company Building, the founding headquarters of the Union Oil Company of California in 1890, now houses the California Oil Museum. The population was 29,321 at the 2010 census, up from 28,598 at the 2000 census.

The area of what today is Santa Paula was originally inhabited by the Chumash, a Native American people. In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition, first Europeans to see inland areas of California, came down the Santa Clara River Valley from the previous night's encampment near Fillmore and camped in the vicinity of Santa Paula on August 12, near one of the creeks coming into the valley from the north (probably Santa Paula Creek). Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, had previously named the valley Cañada de Santa Clara. He noted that the party traveled about 9 to 10 miles (14 to 16 km) that day and camped near a large native village, which he named San Pedro Amoliano. The site of the expedition's arrival has been designated California Historical Landmark No. 727.

 

Franciscan missionaries, led by Father Junipero Serra, became active in the area after the founding of the San Buenaventura Mission and established an Asistencia; the town takes its name from the Catholic Saint Paula. Santa Paula is located on the 1843 Rancho Santa Paula y Saticoy Mexican land grant.

 

In 1872 Nathan Weston Blanchard purchased 2,700 acres (10.9 km2) and laid out the townsite. Considered the founder of the community, he planted seedling orange trees in 1874. Several small oil companies owned by Wallace Hardison, Lyman Stewart and Thomas R. Bard were combined and became the Union Oil Company in 1890.

 

In April 1911, Gaston Méliès moved his Star Film Company from San Antonio, Texas to a site just north of Santa Paula.

 

The large South Mountain Oil Field southeast of town, just across the Santa Clara River, was discovered by the Oak Ridge Oil Company in 1916, and developed methodically through the 1920s, bringing further economic diversification and growth to the area. While the field peaked in production in the 1950s, Occidental Petroleum continues to extract oil through its Vintage Production subsidiary and remains a significant local employer.

 

A 500-acre (200 ha) master-planned community of 1,500 homes is expected to expand the town significantly when it begins construction in 2016.

 

The California Aqueduct is a system of canals, tunnels, and pipelines that carries water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern and Central California to Southern California.

Standing guard for the covey. This guy is the chosen one to put himself at risk to warn the others in the covey of impending danger. The California Quail or Quails in general are one of a handful of birds that can be called out from the bush by the sound they make to join back in to the covey. I called him out with my IPhone using the app "iBird Pro" North America.

Another bird that reacts to their own call is the Ridgeway aka Clappers Rail

Sometimes I feel so lucky to live in such a wonderful place. Today was one of those days.

 

Allen's Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin

 

Member of the Nature’s Spirit

Good Stewards of Nature

 

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Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.

Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination.

Santa Monica was long inhabited by the Tongva people. Santa Monica was called Kecheek in the Tongva language. The first non-indigenous group to set foot in the area was the party of explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who camped near the present-day intersection of Barrington and Ohio Avenues on August 3, 1769. Named after the Christian saint Monica, there are two different accounts of how the city's name came to be. One says it was named in honor of the feast day of Saint Monica (mother of Saint Augustine), but her feast day is May 4. Another version says it was named by Juan Crespí on account of a pair of springs, the Kuruvungna Springs (Serra Springs), that were reminiscent of the tears Saint Monica shed over her son's early impiety.

 

Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, Sawtelle on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.

Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination.

Santa Monica was long inhabited by the Tongva people. Santa Monica was called Kecheek in the Tongva language. The first non-indigenous group to set foot in the area was the party of explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who camped near the present-day intersection of Barrington and Ohio Avenues on August 3, 1769. Named after the Christian saint Monica, there are two different accounts of how the city's name came to be. One says it was named in honor of the feast day of Saint Monica (mother of Saint Augustine), but her feast day is May 4. Another version says it was named by Juan Crespí on account of a pair of springs, the Kuruvungna Springs (Serra Springs), that were reminiscent of the tears Saint Monica shed over her son's early impiety.

 

"Dans la vie comme en photographie, il faut savoir saisir le moment"

 

Lew Yung-Chien

 

In life and photography, seize the moment.

 

(60 biscuits chinois- 60 chinese cookies)

The contrast present on a bright day at Mono Lake is a bit of a challenge. This image was created from 5 RAW images ranging in exposure from -2 to +2. NIK Software was used to process and assemble the final image from the 5 RAW images.

 

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The Death Valley Dunes

 

   

 

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This is an old picture of the sunset at Santa Cruz.

This guy was so fascinated with the sunset that he stood still for four minutes.

Jumped out of the car to take these last pics after a wonderful but long day at the park! These shots are actually from last summer and i edited them slightly.. :-) !!!

… the California Poppy, such a beautiful and irresistible sight in person! The textured background here includes a mesh fence surrounding the flowers at the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach.

 

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I knew the place from the 1960's movie called 'Zabriskie point' in which a hippy couple run away from the city and make love hidden in Zabriskie point badlands. I took so many pictures of this place, it was hard to decide which one was best. But then I spotted a couple holding hands in the distance. You can barely see them but it adds a romantic touch to the scene and it also gives a good sense of the scale.

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