This year the rains brought a spectacular showing of blooms to California. Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the "Super Bloom" places to visit in early April, 2017. It is about a 4 hour drive from South Bay Area, making a day trip feasible. It's an amazing spot to explore, especially during the 2017 super bloom. If you have the time, it is worth the drive to see the amazing spectacle.
Last weekend, despite the rainy weather in the Bay Area, I decided to drive to the ocean to watch the sunset. It was raining pretty much all the way to the beach, but some sun patches over the hills kept my perfect Sunday sunset image alive. I chose Pigeon Point Light Station for my sunset watching and it was one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. Heavy clouds added a perfect texture to the sunset canvas with the lighthouse on the foreground and my Sunday Sunset image was born.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse located on the coastal highway (Hwy 1, 5 miles south of Pescadero, CA) is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast. The lighthouse has been guiding mariners since 1872 and it is the tallest lighthouse (tied with Point Arena Light) on the West Coast of the United States and still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.
My September solo road trip began at 6am, Saturday Sept. 10th. Final destination was Mono Lake & Mammoth Lakes - over 5 hours driving from SF Bay Area through Yosemite National Park, HWY 120 (part 2).
When arrived to the lake, I recommend to stop by the Visitor Center. The view of the lake from it is amazing. Very friendly staff can help you with any questions you might have. Also, they have a little store with photography books and post cards.
Best location to get beautiful photos of lake towers is South Tufa side. Parking is $3.00 per car and I believe the park is open 24 hours.
Mono Lake is one of the Eastern Sierra's most spectacular natural wonders. It is believed to have formed at least 760,000 years ago. The lack of outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. Depending upon the amount of water in the lake at any given time, it contains approximately 280 million tons of dissolved salts. So much water was diverted back in 1941 by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power that evaporation soon exceeded inflow and the surface level of Mono Lake fell rapidly. As a result, alkaline sands and formerly submerged tufa towers became exposed. For more info about Mono Lake visit www.monolake.org
And now it's time for some photos : ) Enjoy! Your comments & questions are always welcome.
Driving on Hwy 120 through Yosemite to my final destination (Mono Lake | Part 1) took me about 6.5 hours. The park is so beautiful that I couldn’t resist making stops by so many amazing spots on the way there. Hwy 120 runs through the most famous Tioga Pass road, the highest highway pass in California – elevation 9,943 ft/ 3,031m.
I enjoyed every mile of my solo drive through the most scenic national park.
The first park to offer Beautiful Wild for purchase is Northern California’s wonderful Edgewood County Park & Natural Preserve – the location where I took many of the book’s photos.
Please visit their Educational Center to find the book.
I’m happy to announce that finally, my second book, Beautiful Wild, has been published and I have started fulfilling pre-orders.
In this photographic essay of California wildflowers, I strive to showcase the impressive colors, out-of-this-world shapes and characters unimaginable for the casual visitor of this beautiful state. Filled with a diverse and often surprisingly exotic flora, Northern California will astound you with its flowers’ incredible complexity, diversity and unique characters. As usual, I have made each photograph in the flower’s natural environment.
As a sequel to my first book, Subtle Beauty, Beautiful Wild features close-up photographs that show new angles of these precious creatures of Nature in a different light and from new perspectives.
More books are being printed and will be soon ready for shipping out. Order your copy today (and please allow a couple weeks for delivery).
Thank you all who have supported me throughout this project.
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BEAUTIFUL WILD will feature exquisite collection of California wildflowers. To be published in early 2016.
Edgewood Park is one of my favorite destinations for wildflower photography, but today this beautiful butterfly caught my attention.
The Acmon Blue is a North American butterfly, which can be found mainly in California. The early Spring males are easy to spot because they are very brilliantly blue. Females in the Spring are also blue, but by the Summer their top wings become more grayish in color. Each butterfly lives for a total of one year, but only for 10 days as an adult
I discovered this ocean creature during my weekend trip to Pescadero beach, CA. While researching what these are I came across some news post stating that these animals - know as "by-the-wind sailors" or Velella velella started washing up on Oregon and Washington State beaches sometime in March - April. Then they started showing up in California.
The animals usually float on the surface in the open ocean, riding wind and weather currents in search of food using a hardened, triangular "sail". In years when the wind changes direction, they are pushed toward shore - and almost certain death. The mass stranding happens about every three to six years.
Very interesting but sad fact...