Tall Tales From The Field

Wildlife

Flora And Some Fauna At Kaibab National Forest

Recently shot near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some Of The Wildlife At Capitol Reef NP

Pronghorn on the run.

 

Wild Turkey

 

Endangered Species


Death Valley’s Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, is a landscape of extremes.  Extreme temperatures, extreme elevation changes and extreme dryness.  Because the basin is at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level,  the average high temperature in July is 116 degrees F.  The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees at Death Valley in 1913.  Little wonder that I and most others visit during the winter months.

Badwater is surrounded by soaring peaks and eroded sandstone formations.  Snow-covered Telescope Peak,  standing at 11,049 feet, is quite a contrast to the salt flats at Badwater Basin. The salt flats are approximately 200 square miles in area and are formed when rain flushes minerals from the nearby hills and mountains to the flats of Badwater. The high heat and dryness ( DV only receives 2 inches of moisture annually) evaporates everything except the salt.

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The salt flats at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A lone coyote at Death Valley's Badwater Basin

You wonder how this lone coyote survives in this environment.

 

The salt flats at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The salt flats of Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Death Valley National Park, California

 

 


Images Of 2016

My favorite images from 2016. I enjoyed the adventure of capturing them all for my website Dawn2Dawn Photography   Looking forward to a great 2017. Happy New Years everyone. Watch in HD at full screen. Music is “Stranger Still” by Vetiver and can be purchased at iTunes

 


Jackrabbits On The Run

It was getting dark out and I was in my vehicle when I noticed some movement out the passenger side window. I picked up the camera and shot as quickly as possible as a jackrabbit was chasing another. They were moving really fast!  Thus the blurriness.

 

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Marine Birds

Some marine birds spotted along California’s Pacific Ocean Coast.

 

A seagull stands on one leg along the California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

A seagull flies along the California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

Seagulls fly along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

 

Seagulls fly along California's Pacific Ocean Coastline near San Simeon

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The Heckle and Jeckle of Condors

A few months ago I captured the massive  California Condors in flight in the post  http://wp.me/p1XNt4-1rR.  This month I caught them relaxing, barely budging. They knew they were being photographed. Looks like #4 has a keen interest in the other one. These birds are about 4 feet in length so they stand pretty tall.

 

Two California Condors are perched on the cliffs at Big Sur , California

 

Two California Condors are perched on the cliffs at Big Sur , California

 

 


The Best Images Of 2015- Good Memories

All of these images and many more are available for purchase as prints  at dawn2dawn photography.  Use promo code Prints25 for a 25% discount.  Click on first image below to start slideshow.

 


What do an Elephant Seal, a California Condor and a Zebra have in common? A Zebra?

They were all photographed last week along California’s Central Coast. I was thrilled to see the Condors as they hovered along the steep cliffs just south of Big Sur. The Zebras were grazing at Hearst Ranch near San Simeon and the Elephant Seals were chillin just a bit north of San Simeon.

An elephant seal beaches near San Simeon, CaliforniaThey use the sand as a sun blocker. Looks like an SPF 30

 

An elephant seal beaches near San Simeon, California

Must have a headache.

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

A California Condor flies along the Central California Coastline near Big Sur

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

They have a wingspan up to 10 feet. Average lifespan is 60 years old!

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

Most of these were tagged. This one is number 70. As you probably know, Condors are on the Endangered Species List. There are approximately 425 left in the world although at one time there were only 27.  Conservation efforts by Ventana Wildlife Society  amongst other groups made these images possible. There are 75 along the Big Sur Coastline.

 

A California Condor flies along the Central Califonia Coastline near Big Sur

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon

Zebras graze along the California Coastline at Hearst Ranch near Hearst Castle at San Simeon.  You don’t have a real castle if you don’t have a herd of Zebras.

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon

 

Zebras graze along the California Coastline near San Simeon


Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

To get to the other side?

Maybe

So I wouldn’t run it over and have it for Thanksgiving?

Yes!

I actually shot, eh photographed, this Wild Turkey the other day at Zion NP through my windshield.

 

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