Thursday, October 02, 2014

Early October Sights

Fall arrived with warm temperatures and clear blue skies. It's crazy warm and bright here after a cool and foggy summer. It's definitely get-out-of-the-house walking weather, and so we've be out at the marsh taking a look around. I'm going to do a post next week about the little fire that burned there at the end of August. Interesting to see burned trees and cattails next to lush green ponds. But for now it's all about the birds.

Snowy Egret

Pelican about to take off

American Avocet

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Willets waiting patiently for the tide to come in

16 comments:

  1. I love seeing these photos. Early October is my favorite time in Humboldt County. You love that place just as I do.
    There is something about the light in October and the feel of the air in Humboldt County that is like nothing else I know. Thanks so much, robin andrea.

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  2. I love these coastal and estuary environments with their rich birdlife. Our own versions of Avocets and Egrets have made an amazing comeback over the last few decades - no pelicans though!

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  3. am-- It is surprisingly warm here and absolutely cloudless. I've heard that's Humboldt County in the fall. Beautiful October light and cool nights. Glad you like these pics.

    John-- One of the things we missed the most when we lived in the Sierra foothills was the coastal and estuary environments. It just teems with life here. We love it. I'd love to see photo of your Avocets and Egrets.

    kenju-- Thank you so much for that.

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  4. Looks like the new camera is doing a great job...oh, wait...maybe it's the photographers! Are you sure those Willets weren't happy that the tide was out so that they could comb through the mudflats?

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  5. Looks like that new camera was a good investment. Nice post (they always are), and I look forward to your upcoming post about the fire.

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  6. Scott-- Glad you liked the pics. The Willets do like the mudflats. They sure do get plenty of that when the tide is out.

    Pablo-- I like the camera, but there are some things I haven't quite figured out yet. The fire pics are interesting. I plan on doing the post next week.

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  7. I second (third? fourth?) the comments on the camera and the photographer. The images hold up really well when you click to enlarge, too.

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  8. Mark P-- Thank you so much. I'm still learning how to use the camera. And now that I type that I realize that my enthusiasm for trying to figure things out has lapsed. I'll have to get reinvigorated.

    NCmountainwoman-- We really love the shore birds too.

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  9. I know what you mean by lapsed enthusiasm for technological learning curves. There are simple things about my new camera that puzzle me, and the more complicated stuff, well...

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  10. Phil-- Yes, the simple things on the camera still baffle me. Sometimes I just want to lower the light a little bit. On the old camera I just pushed a little button and the light lowered or got brighter incrementally. There is no button on this camera for that, but there is a freakin' dial that brings up a bunch of numbers, which I have yet to determine their relevancy to the situation. Hence, I have to use Photoshop to play with the lighting after the fact. Aaargh.

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  11. I think it's unanimous about the camera and photographer. Nice photos as always. Our fall is about burned out and the mountain tops are covered in fresh snow. Our walks are good, but I noticed we're walking a little faster. :)

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  12. Dave-- I think there's a mutual admiration society here on our blogs. Always so heartening to hear from other photographers! SNOW! I have to say that one of the things I won't miss about Grass Valley is the cold, snowy winters. There's something to be said for a temperate climate.

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  13. I'll take your word that you are still learning, but your photos are really great. I really need to get up there.

    It's been really hot at home, so we came up the coast for a couple of weeks (just south of Pismo). We were expecting cool weather and some fog. Until today, it's been in the mid 90's every day.

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  14. Pat-- Yes, your trip to the coast definitely coincided with a crazy heatwave. I know that things have cooled off by now. Yay! Thank you for the kind words about the photos. Still trying to figure it all out.

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