Exotic purple flowers


I was so excited that this Hong Kong Orchid Tree was in bloom.This purplish red flower is huge almost 6 inches across.

Title: Hong Kong orchid tree in bloom
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a photo of a Hong Kong Orchid that has not bloomed yet.I love the contrast between the reddish purple flower and the big fan leaves.

Title: Hong Kong orchid flower-bud
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Aechmea distichantha is a tropical flower native in Brazil.I love the crazy flower on this ornamental plant.

Title: Aechmea distichantha flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love purple osteospermum flowers.This daisy-like flower can be blue, yellow and purple colored.

Title: Purple osteospermum daisy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This last photo of the day is also a beautiful purple osteospermum. The common name for this flower is blue-eyed daisy.

Title: Purple blue-eyed daisy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Gazania Flowers


This is a collection of beautiful Gazania flowers.The exotic flowers are native to Southern Africa.I love the brilliant shades of yellow and orange on the flower petals.I hope you enjoy this beautiful flower as much as I do.

Title: Red Gazania flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Gazania sun

Title: Gazania fire

Title: Gazania red and yellow

Title: Gazania yellow flower

Exotic Flowers


This is a photo of a small yellow Mexican tulip poppy.

Title: Mexican tulip poppy #2
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Lone purple daisy. I love the colors in this photo.

Title: Lone purple daisy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Angel’s trumpets are beautiful big yellow flowers. I love the shape of the Brugmansia flower.

Title: Angel’s trumpets
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This last flower of the day is a fuchsia. Fuchsia flowers attracts a lot of hummingbirds and butterflies.

Title: Fuchsia flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Tuolumne Meadows


Yosemite National park is so huge I could spend a lifetime photographing the vast beauty of the park.This is a small collection of photos from Tuolumne Meadows a less traveled part of the park.

Title: Tuolumne Meadows lake
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The tall grass in the meadows are beautiful.I love the shadows cast from the mountains

Title: Shadows cast from the mountains
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


You can find small lakes all over Tuolumne Meadows. This lake even has a small beach.

Title: Sunkissed mountains
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love all the lines in this photo. Yosemite is a beautiful place.

Title: A silent wind still blows
Location: Yosemite National Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Flower Friday


I was on hike in Carpinteria and found lots of local wild flowers in bloom. This is a white daisy flower.

Title: White daisy #2
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 105.0 mm f/2.8

Title: Purple and white aquilegia flower


Title: Blue and yellow pansy flower


Title: Blue and white pansy flower


Title: White and blue Aconitum flower

Colorado


Beautiful view of Denver Colorado from the mountains.

Title: Denver Colorado from the mountains
Location: Denver, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The landscape of the mountains outside Denver is amazing.

Title: Sun in the mountains
Location: Denver, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this during a day hike in Colorado Springs.

Title: A tree can make a good friend
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The green trees look beautiful against the cloudy blue sky.

Title: Trees stand strong
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Star Trails


This is a group of Star trails. I took this first photo at 1:30am.

Title: 1:30am Star trail
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens:14.0 mm f/2.8


I love experimenting with long exposure photography. This photo was taken at 2:00am.

Title: 2:00am Star trail
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 14.0 mm f/2.8


This photo was taken looking straight up at the sky. I took it at 3:30am.

Title: 3:30am Star trail
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D700
Lens: 14.0 mm f/2.8

Channel Island Boat Ride


I love going on the Island Packers boat ride. You get the best view of Anacapa island.

Title: Don’t die in the ocean
Location: Channel Islands, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


You can see the lighthouse and Arch Rock on the east side of the island.

Title: Far away arch rock
Location: Channel Islands, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The best part of the boat ride is always the wild life. We got lucky and rand into a pod of bottlenose dolphins.

Title: Bottlenose dolphins in a line
Location: Channel Islands, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Bottlenose dolphins live in pods of 10–30 members. This is a pod made up of females and young dolphins.

Title: Mother and baby dolphin
Location: Channel Islands, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a group of common dolphins. Common dolphins live in much bigger pods. It was amazing to see all the young dolphins.

Title: Common dolphins at play
Location: Channel Islands, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Foggy Beach


The fog was thick on the beach. You cant even see the end of the pier in this photo.

Title: Fog at the end of the pier
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love the dreamy feeling in this photo. You can keep walking into nothingness.

Title: Walking into nothingness
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The fog started to dissipate exposing the entire pier.

Title: Fog started to dissipate
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is another surreal dream like photo. I love the contrast between the sand and the sky.

Title: Running in a dream
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Sierra Nevada Mountains


This is a small creek near the lake. The water is ice cold.

Title: Small creek near the lake
Location: Florence Lake, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The small sequoia saplings look beautiful in the dappled light of the forest.

Title: Sequoia saplings
Location: Florence Lake, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Its amazing that sequoia trees can grow in such harsh environments.

Title: Tree patterns fill the mountain top
Location: Florence Lake, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is the view of a small valley we camped in.

Title: Two trees in the valley
Location: Florence Lake, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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