2013 Best of the Year Countdown #10 — Sunset at Isenberg Crane Refuge

Sometimes you go out to the refuges to watch the cranes and other birds fly in for the evening. Even on a poor night, that’s show is still awesome.

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And some nights, you get a sunset that makes the evening a miracle.

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2013 Best of the Year Countdown #11 — Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse is on the San Mateo Coast, and I’ve tried shooting it from different angles. This is one of my favorites.

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I hadn’t planned on shooting that day, but as I went by, I saw a fleet of Pelicans fly by, and I realized that could make a fascinating composition next to the lighthouse, so I set up and waited. And waited. And waited… And didn’t see another Pelican fly by that day.

But some gulls did, and while that wasn’t what I was originally looking for, I like this as well.

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2013 Best of the Year Countdown #12 — Sandhill Cranes Landing

Sandhill Cranes coming in for a Landing.

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The more time I spend out at the refuges, the more I love watching the cranes in action. Pairs bond for life, and their interactions are complex and you can see the emotion between them. Here two birds are flying into the refuge and coming into a landing near a larger group of birds. Later, one of them started dancing for his special friend.

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Photo of the Day — Sunset on Morro Rock

Sunset on Morro Rock Harbor and Morro Rock.

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One of my most popular images. Available for download as a wallpaper on my Smugmug site, and also available as a print.

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Photo of the Day — Kayakers in the Mist

Kayakers out exploring on a misty day, Pismo Beach, California.

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Photo of the Day — California Sea Lion

California Sea Lion just hanging out, Morro Bay Harbor.

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Hey, got a spare fish you can spare?

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Photo of the Day — Taking Flight

The image that started my love affair with the refuges. Tens of thousands of geese and shorebirds flushed into the sky by a Peregrine Falcon. The cacaphony of motion and sound is simply stunning to watch.

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Taken at Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

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Photo of the Day — Bison in Yellowstone

My favorite shot from my 2008 trip. Getting back to Yellowstone in 2014 is on my planning list.

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