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N 36 B 267 C 9 E Apr 5, 2019 F May 19, 2019
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Erosion forms deep ravines in the packed earth of the badlands in Anza Borrego, as seen from Fonts Point overlook. Kevin and I started in Death Valley National Park and then drove south through Antelope Valley (previous post) and Joshua Tree, through the Coachella valley and on to Anza Borrego following the trail of the 2019 superbloom. I was struggling somewhat with compositions here so I finally decided to just embrace the raggedy erosion lines of sedimentary conglomerate (my geology-studying daughter has me finally learning the terms) leading down from the overlook. They were just catching the first rays of the rising sun and even though in harsher daylight they are pretty ugly, I found a certain rough beauty in the warmer dawn light. Of course I blew out the sun so I cut the top of the image off to let the aperture blade rays do the talking.

If you are ever in the area, Fonts Point is a soaring overlook with Ocotillo plants clinging crazily to the edges of these eroding cliffs, and is well worth the 30 minute drive from Borrego Springs. A river bed meanders through the badlands towards the Salton Sea. As an interesting aside for the curious or paranoid, the recent discovery of another fault line near the existing San Andreas fault that runs along the edge of the Salton Sea has raised speculation that this could be a likely location for the next "big one".

Tags:   Anza Borrego badlands Fonts Point Coachella valley California sunrise erosion sediment river Borrego Springs Salton Sea Pentax K-1 Pentax 15-30mm Ocotillo

N 12 B 200 C 10 E May 5, 2019 F May 19, 2019
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© Darlene Bushue 2019

Normally when we see coyotes around here, they are very skittish and wary of humans. This guy was just the opposite. He spotted us coming down the road, and instead of running off, he stopped and sat in the meadow for some time before continuing on his journey.

Tags:   wildlife nature coyote songdog trickster meadow spring UpperBeaverMeadows RMNP Colorado 2019

N 6 B 26 C 7 E Mar 31, 2019 F May 19, 2019
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© Darlene Bushue 2019

This guy had quite the attitude and air of arrogance as he traveled with the rest of his bachelor pad. Photographed at the end of March, right before the antlers started dropping.

Tags:   wildlife nature bullelk elk EstesPark DryGulchRoad Colorado 2019

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Same evening as the previous shot (Black-necked Stilt), but even later. Here the sun is minutes from disappearing. Those black specks on the water had six legs and evidently were delicious.

The colour and brightness in this processed file are as accurate as memory will allow. The temptation is always to convert these values to something approximating midday; Photoshop's Auto-Color and Auto-Contrast functions will do that, and here it would look terrible. With the sun a flaming ball balanced on the horizon, the hues will be warm, the contrast reduced, and there won't be any true white.

Rare and beautiful light. With permission from these birds and a few others nearby, I got out of the car and worked my way down over boulders to the water's edge, where I shot until the light faded to grey and dusk settled over the lake.

Photographed at Reed Lake, near Morse, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © 2019 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

Tags:   American Avocet Recurvirostra americana Willet Tringa semipalmata wildlife bird birds shorebird shorebirds two water lake shallow evening light sunset light prairie light beautiful wild prairie Reed Lake Saskatchewan Canada copyrighted James R. Page

N 24 B 115 C 11 E May 18, 2019 F May 19, 2019
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Magnolia Warbler

LaBaugh Woods
North Chicago, IL

Tags:   spring 2019 warbler migration magnolia Setophaga magnolia wood warbler family Parulidae


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