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Vacations Past: The Snowy Egret in the Garden

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The egret sat with his back to me, blindingly brilliant in full sun. In order to avoid overexposing his feathers, I had to ratchet up the shutter speed, and in doing so caused the background (shady ground) to go black. No loss. I think it makes this photo interesting.

I know it’s counter to conventional wisdom about photography, but I much prefer a full, bright sunlight as opposed to the diffused light given by cloud cover. Perhaps it’s because I developed my “style”, as it were, in Southern California, where a photographer rarely gets that coveted cloud cover.

The Snowy Egret in the Garden
25 March 2009
Japanese Gardens, Van Nuys, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part III)

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The little green heron with his prize!

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The Heron Hunting (Part III)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part II)

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Part I.

The Heron Hunting (Part II)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting

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I spent probably half an hour watching this guy and taking his picture. I’m sure D thought I was nuts!

The Heron Hunting
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Drake in the Grass

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This guy was just a very stereotypical California dude — laid back, just kind of hanging out, working his tan in the sun.

The Drake in the Grass
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Lizard in the Mud

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Another garden, another lizard! I found this guy working hard on his pushups, which is a way that lizards communicate with each other. I wonder what he was trying to say to me.

The Lizard in the Mud
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Brown Pelican and His Stare

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At the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, there’s quite a lot of wildlife to see. Perhaps the most special is the Brown Pelican, a species that has been threatened by human activities. While D and I were there, there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, flying back and forth from the lagoon and the open sea. We sat on the beach where the ocean fed into the lagoon, I taking photos and he poking a stick at some unidentifiable organic matter he found floating in the water.

At one point, something in the lagoon startled them and they all took off, flying over our heads to the open sea, then back over our heads again to the lagoon to settle, at which point this guy looked down and seemed to stare right at us.

The Brown Pelican and His Stare
05 June 2008
Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu, CA