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N 49 B 396 C 3 E Nov 28, 2021 F Nov 28, 2021
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The endless cycle of shifting tides and surging waves break down this section of rugged coastline in Big Sur California.

The last direct sunlight of the evening exposes all the aged cracks and folds of this coastal landscape. Big Sur is a unique place. A place where redwoods grow in the deep folds of steep mountain. Mountains rising above their former pieces. Pieces which are now given over to the sea.

N 39 B 410 C 0 E Nov 21, 2021 F Nov 21, 2021
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I waited for this fly by. A huge flock of Canadian geese in their classic V formation headed toward the moon. The moon had risen and I stood between them and the moon... I slowly pivoted to the direction I hoped they were moving and was extremely fortunate to get them in formation just under the moon.

For many migrating birds, like these geese, the moon is essential to the timing of their migration as well as to their navigation. A recent study shows that the presence or absence of moonlight also plays a key role in when migratory birds take flight in the autumn.

N 54 B 683 C 8 E Nov 14, 2021 F Nov 14, 2021
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A cold November morning out scouting compositions of Mount Shasta reflecting off a quiet lake. The sun hadn't reached the south end of the lake. As I walked along the lake shore, kept hearing the ground make a sound like someone walking over a field of potato chips... Crunch... Crunch.. Crunch.

The only sound I heard that morning was me walking over frosty ground and fallen leaves.

N 476 B 8.0K C 29 E Nov 7, 2021 F Nov 7, 2021
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Sourced by underground springs surrounding Mount Shasta, this section of river flows through a lust riparian corridor.

Mount Shasta typically holds a sizable snowpack that melts throughout the Spring and Summer. (The recent summer, with warmer and drier conditions, the snowpack disappeared fast.) This snow meltwater percolates through its porous volcanic geology emerging as hundreds of springs which feed cold, clear water into the Shasta River, the McCloud River and the Upper Sacramento River.

I'm fortunate to share this image with you all via Explore! Thanks so much for your feedback and encouragement!

Cheers Everyone!

N 49 B 547 C 7 E Oct 31, 2021 F Oct 31, 2021
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Quaking aspen have tons of character in my opinion. The JyM tree has more characters than others ;)

Besides its brilliant fall colors, much of the aspen tree's charming character comes when sunlight flashes against their milky white bark. Add to that the small black scars from lost branches that strongly contrast against the white bark, and in the case of the JyM tree, human names and dates.

Engraving names and dates in trees has been around for a long time. Around the turn of the century (e.g., not 2002), sheepherders grazing their stock in the high Sierra Nevada meadows would etch their name and date in these trees.


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