Two for Two – Bobcats!

June 29, 2009

After way too long, I finally have some new photos of the female bobcat.  My last post with photos of her was back in early February!  Since seeing her and the male together, many of us had hoped to see kittens sometime this spring.  After that, she was seen far less often but the few sightings I heard about indicated she looked pregnant.  More recently, I heard that she was seen with a couple kittens tagging along.  The reported sightings of her seemed to have no discernible pattern, making it quite difficult to know when to go searching.  So, it seems I got really lucky seeing her not once, but twice this weekend!  Even luckier, we got to see the kittens playing in broad daylight!!  I find it very gratifying that I now have photographic documentation of the the male and female bobcat together and their resulting progeny.

“Happy Family”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Intermission

June 28, 2009

Wilder cats to follow…

“Time for a Nap”  –  Goleta, CA


Antelope Canyon

June 28, 2009

Finally, here’s my last post from the trip to Arizona.  My favorite place was definitely Antelope Canyon.  It has been high on my list of places to photograph for quite awhile.  The peacefulness of the photos is in stark contrast to the experience of actually being there.  Considering the small size of the canyon, the number of people there during the “light beam” window is incredible.  I’d love to go back in the winter when there are supposed to be fewer crowds and softer / different light.  In any case, we had  a great guide, who did an amazing job of getting us in the right place at the right time and keeping extraneous people out of our images.

p.s.  I recommend clicking on the individual images to view them larger.

“Doubled Light”  –  Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

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Lake Powell

June 28, 2009

On my last full day in Arizona we went on a boat tour of Lake Powell and hiked out to Rainbow Bridge.  Continually checking the weather forecast and planning our days accordingly certainly paid of, as it was a beautiful day.  Being on a boat is the only way to truly appreciate this geologically interesting area.  Here are some photos showing off the scenery.

“Far Mesa”  –  Lake Powell, AZ

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Glen Canyon Dam Area

June 18, 2009

It looks like the monsoon season has already started out here.  We had a nice size thunderstorm roll through yesterday afternoon.  Its timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  We had just finished exploring an area just downstream when we saw the storm building in the distance.  Just as we got back to the truck, the winds picked up and the sky darkened above.  We had enough time to reposition down the road for one final shot before the storm closed in around us.  In addition to capturing the skies, I also managed to find some interesting animals on the ground.  Some even stopped long enough to grab a couple photos.

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“Monsoonal Storm”  –  Glen Canyon Dam, AZ

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Horseshoe Bend

June 18, 2009

On wednesday we drove from Williams to Page and had enough time to run up to Horseshoe Bend after getting set up.  The sky could have been better but we made the best of it.  Little did I know that you had to abandon all fear of heights to get the whole river in view.  Where are my fearless climbing friends when I need them?!?!  This was my first opportunity to try out my new Singh-Ray graduated neutral density filter.  The filter was really effective at reducing the brightness in the sky and improving the exposure of the rocks.

** As always, you can click on each photo to see a larger version.  I highly recommend looking at the larger versions, especially all of my recent posts from Arizona.

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“The Bend”  –  Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Page, AZ

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More Deer – Williams, AZ

June 17, 2009

At the end of my second day in Williams we went searching for the Elk again.  The few that we found were too far away to photograph, so in the fading light, we decided to head back.  Luckily one of us spotted this group of mule deer heading out of the forest.  They seemed more curious than scared and allowed me to get a ton of photos.

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“Mule Deer I”  –  Williams, Arizona

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