BALD EAGLES AND WILDLIFE AT THE KLAMATH BASIN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES
Recently Randy and I headed to the far northern part of California to photograph Bald Eagles. The eagles winter at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge primarily at the Tule Lake Refuge and the Lower Klamath Refuge. We had joined a Meetup, Bay Area Photography Events, for this adventure. A link to a gallery of my images from the adventure is at the bottom of this post.Read More
Today I took a long hike. Randy is away visiting relatives so I went on my own…manless hiking. I had invited some lady friends and my sister but I guess they couldn’t get rid of their men because no one else decided to join me. Of course, they may have been working or they may have not wanted to go hiking on the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains in an impending storm. Either way it ended up I went alone except for my NEX5 camera. This was ok. First I went to the local surplus store and bought a lightweight rain jacket. I was going to wear my big heavy one but if it didn’t rain I would be stuck with a big heavy jacket to carry around, not the greatest thing when you’re hiking.Read More
Yellowstone National Park
In 1872 the United States established the first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park. The main reason for the park’s establishment was to protect and preserve the geysers. But the area was also home to an incredible array of wildlife including grizzly bears, bison, elk and wolves. Unfortunately those wolves eventually vanished and by the 1970s, there was no evidence of a wolf population in Yellowstone. In 1995 66 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, coming from grey wolf populations in Alberta, Canada. This was highly controversial, and still is. Photographing those wolves was instrumental in our desire to visit Yellowstone.
Over the holidays Randy and I decided to explore a place that his father had told us of; an old quicksilver mine and ghost town called New Idria. Randy’s father had been there a long time ago. The mine was opened in 1854 and was named after the world’s second largest quicksilver producer in Idria, Slovenia. The town grew up around the mine with the local population eventually reaching more than 3,000 people. The mine was closed in 1972 due to falling quicksilver prices. The town still contains many historic buildings although many buildings are in extreme disrepair and the furnace building and some other buildings are fenced off.Read More
This is a beautiful area. The sunrises and sunsets are great. Huge cumulous clouds turn pink and orange. The ocean varies in color from deep blue to a brilliant aqua in the shallows. I did do some snorkeling (when I forgot my dive belt and again when I attempted some over-under shots) and really enjoyed cruising over the reef with brightly colored fish and healthy coral. I would have liked to do more but there was the danger of komodo dragons coming into the water. And the currents could be dangerous to snorkelers also.Read More