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Anyone who shoots outdoors will undoubtedly have opportunities to photograph
birds and I have many. None as brave as this California Scrub Jay,
sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Blue Jay. While walking though San
Francisco's Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park we happened across a lady
holding a peanut in her hand. This Scrub Jay would swoop in with lightning
speed from atop a large pine tree to snag the nut. Unfortunately this
isn't permitted in the gardens and the lady was soon reprimanded for her
gifts to the bird by one of the park keepers. I had a sat the camera up
where she had been sitting and it wasn't long before the bird returned and I
was able to get some fantastic close-ups. If you look at the large version
of this Scrub Jay you can see the details in his feathers.

The scrub jay can be identified by its bright blue feathers with brown to
light gray feathers covering the center and underside of the bird. You
will also note a white row of feathers just above his black eye patch. They
are fairly large for a song bird and not intimidated by much. This one
hopped over to the bench I was sitting on and was within arm's reach.
Unfortunately I had my long lens on and he was simply too close to
photograph at that distance. I chose this image of him sitting in a bush
in front of us for the rich color and details.

If you like birds, bookmark my stream as I have many more to upload.
-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson

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Red, White and Blue with Stars and Stripes. Perfect firework for the 4th of July celebration at Bass Lake, California. Happy 240th America.

© Darvin Atkeson
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This is one of the harder lighthouses to get a shot of. You are always
looking down on it or so too close to it. Point Reyes is well worth a
visit and has a wide variety of terrain in the park. From forested hills
that spread down to the coast to windy bluffs with literally hundreds of
Tule Elk. I definitely recommend a visit to the park if you have the time.
If you plan a visit, plan on a good hike down a very long flight of more
than 300 stairs. Going back up is equivalent of a 30 story building. Not
always easy when toting a large amount of camera gear so pack as light as
possible.

The lighthouse is open only till 5PM. So you need to visit in the winter
months to get the sun setting and even then due to the steep stairs it will
be difficult to get the lighthouse at any large size. It is not a large
lighthouse but it is a good one to visit due to the size and vast nature in
the park. You will definitely enjoy the day at the beach and wish you had a
few days to explore. Summer tends to be foggy and not as good for
photography.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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Lush and green with a true blue sky, this is one of my personal favorite iamges to use as wallpaper. Just click on the All Sizes button and choose the original for 1920 x 1200 wallpaper.

This was taken just North and touching the Redwood National Park in Prairie Creek
Redwoods State Park where the Redwoods meet the Sea. This image is actually
on a VERY large beach. If you go off to the right of the image you end up
on sand dunes and then the beach. However this part of the beach is
covered in grass which is nicely reflected in the creek. Just to the left
of the image is the trailhead to Fern Canyon. It is an incredible canyon
about 85 feet high on either side and covered in layers of ferns so dense
that you cannot make out the rock underneath. The walls of the canyon are
near if not vertical and so narrow that fallen trees cross 40 to 60 feet
above you. I plan to return and try and get better images of Fern Canyon
but you can find several good ones on flickr.

To get there take Davidson Road, which is a dirt road, about 4 to 5 miles
over the coastal hills. It can be done in a car but I would not recommend
it during the winter months. When the road ends, there is a parking lot
for Fern Canyon. To see this spot, head down the trail to the beach. To
see Fern Canyon, head the opposite way up to the cliffs. It will look as
if there is nothing but a cliff, you will walk though a few trees and enter
a well hidden Fern Canyon. If you are lucky as we were, you will have the
canyon to yourself.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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This is of the famous Trona Pinnacles in San Bernardino County just about 50
miles or so south of Death Valley National Park. The site is often used for
commercials, science fiction movies and more. If you do not have 4 wheel
drive, I recommend you go during the dry season and take plenty of water
with you as it is a long trip back to the main road if you get yourself
stuck in the sandy riverbed as many people do. The real trick to crossing
the river bed is to keep your speed up so not to sink in to the sand. Once
you are trapped your trapped and cell phones didn't work last time I
checked. Fortunately I grew up in the desert and learned to drive there and
have not yet been stuck in the sand.

The Trona Pinnacles are the same type of tufa formations as you see at Mono
Lake only a many thousands of years older as Searles Lake dried up. Some of
these tufas are much larger soaring to over 140 ft high. You can mountain
bike or motorcycle though the area but the best thing to do is get out and
hike. Keep and eye out for rattle snakes and scorpions especially when
picking up the rocks. Probably best if you leave them alone as there has
been much damage since I first saw them as a kid.

-Darv
LiquidMoonlight.com
© Darvin Atkeson
California Photographer

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