Birds from Today

March 29, 2009

I had a pretty busy weekend, and didn’t manage to get anywhere photographically interesting (i.e. no flowers).  Here are some birds I managed to find at Lake Los Carneros this afternoon.  Nice to see that I can still find a variety of birds without having to spend a lot of time searching. 


“Red-tailed Hawk”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Common Yellowthroat”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Sora”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Cooper’s Hawk”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


Another Deer, Another Sunset

March 28, 2009

Here are a bunch of non-flower photos from my wednesday trip to Figueroa Mountain.  After spending some time at the hill, I wandered around looking for deer and other mammals.  I managed to find a small group of mule deer and a very busy squirrel.  Still hoping to see a fox or something even more interesting on one of my trips up there.  The sunset shots were an extra bonus to the day.  When I left Santa Barbara, the skies were perfectly clear, with no clouds forecast.  I was quite happy to see some high clouds glide in as the sun set.  I was also glad the herd of cows decided to stop standing in the middle of the road on my way back in the dark!  Hopefully I’ll be able to get out there several more times while the grass is green and the flowers are blooming.  


“Eating on the Run”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Fertility”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Broken Link”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Descending”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Final Moment”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA

Figueroa Mountain Flowers

March 27, 2009

It’s amazing how quickly the wildflower displays can change.  The following photos from Figueroa Mountain will look quite similar to the ones from last week, but there are definitely many more Poppies blooming now.  It should really be spectacular this weekend for those wondering where to go.  Just as I arrived at the hill, the sun started filtering through some wispy clouds, which really helped bring out the colors.  


“Mythic Road”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Purple Pair”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Complementary Colors”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Fading Away”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Lupine in Line”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Choices”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA


“Soul Patch”  –  Figueroa Mountain, Santa Barbara County, CA

Rainbow at the Lake

March 25, 2009

What better way to finish off the weekend than with an amazing rainbow arcing over the lake by my house.  My roomate was nice enough to text me about the rainbow and I raced out the door with my cameras.  The first photo is a composite of four individual photos stitched together.  I need to do some more work on it, but wanted to share a photo of the entire rainbow even if it isn’t perfect.  If you look closely, you can see a faint double-rainbow.


“Full Rainbow”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Swallowed by Color”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Watery Treasure”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“The Source”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

Some from Sunday

March 25, 2009

Sunday’s weather forecast suggested it would be a good day to stay inside.  Intermittent rain was forecast with strong winds to follow.  Well, the rain arrived very early in the day, and then nearly clear skies developed shortly thereafter.  However, the forecasters were spot on about the wind.  Still, it seemed like a good idea to get out of the house, even if most of the bird life was tied to the trees.  I started the morning by heading to More Mesa where I found a Savannah Sparrow hiding in the brush and then a White-tailed Kite soaring acrobatically above the bluffs.  Shortly afterwards I saw what was probably a dove racing through the sky away from an unidentified raptor.  I didn’t get any photos worth posting but they confirmed that the raptor was a Peregrine Falcon!  I think the erratic winds probably saved the dove’s life.  

In the early evening I went over to Lake Los Carneros and tracked down a Flicker hammering away on a dead tree branch.  A short walk down the path brought me to a beautiful Kingbird illuminated by a narrow shaft of sunlight.  Luckily the wind had died down somewhat and a large flock of Swallows briefly surrounded me.  They really seem to enjoy flying more than any other bird I know.


“More Mesa in Spring”  –  More Mesa, Goleta, CA


“Carving – White-tailed Kite”  –  More Mesa, Goleta, CA


“Flicker in Motion”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Kingbird”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Follow the Leader”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Crossing Paths”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

Water as Art

March 22, 2009

I’m not sure I’ve told anyone, but I really love taking pictures of dew on grass.  Yesterday I spent a really relaxing morning walking around Lake Los Carneros looking for interesting compositions.  I can’t wait for more misty mornings!  Here’s the end result of thoroughly soaked pants and shoes…


“Water Fall”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Epiphany Awaits”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Collective Purity”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

The Hunt Continues

March 22, 2009

Yesterday evening I ran into fellow photographer Bo Criss at Lake Los Carneros.  We both happened to converge on the same Great Blue Heron; and while chatting, we missed getting shots of it catching its first gopher.  Luckily the heron stayed put and caught another one minutes later.  Instead of eating it immediately, the heron took flight and flew across the lake.  Check out his site for more shots of the heron and many other great bird photos.  Prior to running into him I captured a nice shot of a Great-tailed Grackle from above.  The iridescence of the feathers really came out clearly in this particular photo.


“Great Blue Heron Stalking”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


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