Monarch butterflies

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I was just looking back at a shoot from last October at my favorite botanical garden. This year Monarch butterflies had a late migrating season and were still around southern California into late October early December.

Title: Monarchs at the garden
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This Monarch is hiding in this purple flowering bush, but he could not hid from me and my camera.

Title: Purple flowers and a Monarch
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Monarch pollinating purple wild flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Resting Monarch butterfly
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Eager Honey Bees

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I went to the Carpinteria garden recently and found an unusual amount of honey bees hanging around the garden, this gave me the opportunity to capture a bunch of bees up-close including this little guy.

Title: Eager bee
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

This honey bee was busy pollination this white rose flower long enough for me to get a really good shot of him.

Title: Honey Bee and white flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

This photo is so up-close you can see the little pollen sacs on the honey bees legs. The pollen sacs are an important part of the pollination process. When the bee flies away, it carries the sac to other flowers, allowing pollen to fall out of the sacs and onto the flower.

Title: Honey Bee pollination
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

The best part of visiting this botanical garden is all the different variety of exotic flowers that attracts lots of different wildlife such as these honey bees.

Title: Honey Bee on a purple blue-eyed daisy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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A walk in the New Jersey woods

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I love exploring different regions and finding what’s on the ground. In this case, it was the woods of New Jersey and I found such amazing mushrooms like this one.

Title: Broken mushroom
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Even morbid subjects can be beautiful, as this skull shows that nature can be quite beautiful in it’s own way.

Title: Fish skull
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A very unique mushroom.

Title: Mushroom on a log
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

There’s always little pieces of grassy moss poking through the strangest places.

Title: Green grassy moss
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Cityscapes of New York city

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They call New York the concrete jungle for a reason, it has many buildings that offer beautiful sky lines.

Title: Concrete jungle
Location: New York city, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A slightly cloudy day made for better photos, and nicer weather since it was quite warm.

Title: Summer in the city
Location: New York city, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The center of attention is the new World Trade Center, which stands quite tall among the towering skyscrapers of the financial district.

Title: Towering skyscrapers
Location: New York city, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The dark clouds are really rolling in now, but it felt quite nice.

Title: Dark cityscape
Location: New York city, New York
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A day at Point Pleasant beach

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These pictures were taken in New Jersey right before summer started, and it was quite windy!

Title: Point pleasant beach
Location: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

In the background you can spot a colorful palm tree which is part of the summer tradition of the Jersey shore.

Title: Jersey shore
Location: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Part of the boardwalk on the Jersey shore, which has a storied history and has seen over a million feet.

Title: Point pleasant boardwalk
Location: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Don’t rub your eyes, these are real palm trees in the north east. They must be a special kind.

Title: Palm trees in New Jersey
Location: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Summer garden

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some pink flowers, so I think it’s about time we appreciate the pink colors of this world.

Title: Peach Blossom in bloom
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A great example of pink and purple mixing well together.

Title: Erodium cheilanthifolium Heronsbill
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Pink and white is also a great combination, and these anthers make it seem like the flowers are dancing.

Title: Peach Blossom flowers
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A surprise orange flower that pops out like none other.

Title: Bright orange California poppy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Plant life up close

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Flower macros give us a view we rarely get to see, which is the inner workings.

Title: Pear blossom flower bud
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

What looks like spray paint on this green plant is actually the natural coating it has. It’s amazing how many patterns nature can come up with.

Title: Plant on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Red is such a vibrant color that it can immediately catch the eye. Did it work for you?

Title: Abstract rose petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love this Lampranthus flower with it’s unique colors like sun fire yellow and light purple, which both compliment each other.

Title: Lampranthus in bloom
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Pacific coast sea life

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It’s time for more macro pictures of the beach, showing every grain of sand and every detail on this lonely sea shell.

Title: Tan seashell
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This lady bug was climbing on the rock ever so gently, giving me enough time to capture it perfectly.

Title: little lady bug
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I’m not quite sure what this was, but it definitely looks interesting and shows that nature can intertwine itself with anything.

Title: Strange sea life
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Sea weed bulbs are interesting to look at up-close, they look like they will pop at any moment!

Title: pacific seaweed
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Cute cat

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I took a little break from blogging for a few weeks. I’m back and have lots of new awesome photos to share with all of you. I have not shared any pictures of my cat in a while… so enjoy!

Title: Sleepy kitty
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Fluffy cat

Title: Cat yawn

Title: Green eyes

Natural life upclose

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Most people don’t get to experiment with macro photography, so I am very lucky to have the means of capturing natural life in upclose form.

Title: Center of a bell flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Some of the most iconic photographs are water droplets, and I feel like this image captures the delicate balance of liquid and solid meeting as one.

Title: Waterdrops on a green leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

More morning dew drops on the flowers bring that extra spice of life to this picture.

Title: Waterdrops on a daisy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love flowers and love their detail, how about you?

Title: Light purple daisy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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