Blue And Yellow Macaw

Blue And Yellow Macaw

Came across this fellow while he was getting an afternoon snack. He didn’t seem to mind me, though…Large version available here.

California Scrub Jay

California Scrub Jay

Large version available here. I followed this one around for about fifteen minutes, and he let me get surprisingly close. It’s almost like he’s striking a pose…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity, Or: A Pacific Morning

A Pacific Morning

This week’s challenge calls for serenity, and it reminded me of a shot I took during a morning walk at the Kona Coast Resort in Hawaii.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed, Or: Sunny Docks

Sunny Docks

This week’s challenge calls for shadows, and I recalled a brief visit to Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow, Or: Autumn Is Late

Autumn Is Late

This week’s photo challenge calls for something yellow, so I had to go a little further into my photo folder. This was one of the first test shots I took with the Nikon D3300. I’m not crazy about the subject matter, but the colors turned out great!

Hiking On Mount Diablo

Hiking On Mount Diablo

Hey, folks. Yesterday’s Daily Prompt was all about the summer solstice. Specifically, what you did with all that extra sunlight during the longest day of the year. I got up bright and early, got dressed, ate, grabbed my old hiking stick, and went to Mount Diablo. Despite its sinister name, the mountain and the surrounding state park is one of the most beautiful natural places in the Bay Area. You can spend hours walking is well-marked trails, enjoying the spectacular views along the way. Going in the summer is kind of ill-advised, though; it’s dry and hot up there at this time of year, and the recent drought has dried up all of the streams. My mother and I used to hike the mountain once or twice a month when I was a child; I like to think my appreciation of nature came from those long treks. This time, however, we couldn’t go so far. We had other errands to run, and Mom’s knees aren’t what they used to be. After three hours, we called it quits and headed back to civilization. At least I got a few great photos while I was there!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art, Or: Pailoa Bay, Hawaii

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Worf of Art, Or: Pailoa Bay, Hawaii

Humanity has produced some incredible art throughout its history. However, Mother Nature trumps them all in raw beauty and spectacle. This was taken last week at Pailoa Bay, along the legendary Road To Hana. I thought places like this only existed in postcards. But that’s exactly what it looks like, no color filters or tweaking at all! If you love nature photography at all, put this – and the Road To Hana entirely – on your bucket list.

I seriously didn’t want to leave.