Rose Garden


I love the mission rose garden in Santa Barbara. I went early in the morning with my lensbaby macro kit to take abstract pictures of beautiful roses.

Title: White rose morning dew
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: Lensbaby Macro Kit

Title: Falling red rose petals

Title: Orange rose

Title: Red rosebud

Title: Abstract orange rose

Autumn in Colorado


Aspens look amazing during the autumn. The bright yellow color is taking over the green of the leafs.

Title: Yellow aspens
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


In the late afternoon the mountains cast long shadows. Colorado Springs is beautiful.

Title: Long Mountain shadows
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Colorado forest is so lush and green. I love the shadows created by the clouds in this picture.

Title: Colorado mountain top
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a beautiful purple and white daisy. The blue center of the flower looks amazing next to the soft purple of the flower petals.

Title: Purple white daisy
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This little white daisy is picture perfect. The white flower petals stand out against the dark background.

Title: White daisy
Location: Colorado springs, Colorado
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Seashells


I love walking on the beach and picking up seashells. I wanted to show off some of my favorites.

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


Title: Purple red spiral seashell


Title: White purple oyster seashell


Title: Rust brown seashell


Title: Inside the seashell


Title: Small spiral seashell

Pink


Pink is one of my favorite colors. As a kid I always had fun playing with Snapdragon flowers in my mom’s garden.

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


This is a beautiful pink water lily.

Title: Pink water lily #1
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Hydrangeas are amazing ornamental flowers. In Asia pink hydrangeas have a special meaning. “You are the beat of my heart”

Title: Pink Hydrangeas beat of my heart
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a fully open pink water lily.

Title: Pink water lily#2
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Pink wildflower unidentified.

Title: Pink wildflower #1
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Snakes


Ribbonsnake’s have amazing colored stripes that run along the body.

Title: Ribbonsnake
Location: Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This Mexican Milk Snake has a color pattern alternating bands of white, black and red. “Red and black, friend of Jack; red and yellow kill a fellow.”

Title: Mexican Milk snake
Location: Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Red Corn snake is a small docile snake. He has beautiful orange colors. Corn snakes feed on rodents.

Title: Red Corn snake
Location: Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Texas rat snake has a voracious appetite. This snake will typically bite if handled, though their bite is harmless.

Title Texas rat snake
Location: Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This Jungle carpet python has vibrant yellow and black markings. I think the carpet python is the most beautiful pythons in the world.

Title: Jungle carpet python
Location: Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Beautiful Flowers


This is a White Gaura flower. I love the light pink and white colors in this flower. This ornamental plant can survive lengthy periods of drought.

Title: White Gaura flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This flower is hanging from a small tree called Brugmansia. I love standing under the huge yellow flowers from the Brugmansia tree.

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


I love blue eyed daisy’s. They are part of the Osteosermum family. The steel-blue core and white petals are beautiful together.

Title: Steel-Blue eyed daisy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Pansy’s make me think of Alice and Wonderland. Red and yellow are an amazing color combination.

Title: Red and yellow pansy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Dahlia is a BIG pink flower. It’s native mainly in Mexico and Central America. The Sunset Pink color is beautiful.

Title: Pink dahlia flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Grassland


I love tall ornamental grasses. This is white feather pampas grass. I love how fluffy this grass is its beautiful in the afternoon light.

Title: White feather pampas grass
Location: Ventura, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Purple Fountain grass is my favorite ornamental grass. I love the burgundy-red purple color of this grass. I like the lines the grass creates in this image.

Title: Burgundy purple fountain grass
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Zebra grass is bright and bold colored. The green and yellow bands stand out against the darker green background. I love this rare and exotic grass.

Title: Yellow green zebra grass
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Pennisetum alopecuroides is a small ornamental grass. It looks so fluffy in this picture. I love the golden and green colors.

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


This is another pic of Purple Fountain grass. The colors are not as bright in this image. I like the shapes the backlit grass creates in this picture.

Title: Wave of purple fountain grass
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Kansas Prairie Wildlife


This is a monarch butterfly from the tallgrass prairie in Kansas.

Title: Prairie butterfly
Location: Emporia, Kansas
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This Collared Lizard blends right into the rocks. I almost walked right past this little guy.

Title: Collared lizard
Location: Emporia, Kansas
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Lots of little spiders were on the end of the grass.

Title: Little spider
Location: Emporia, Kansas
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Praying mantis are beautiful. I love how he is shaking his head making it blurry in this picture.

Title: Praying mantis
Location: Emporia, Kansas
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Spider


I love walking around botanical gardens with my camera. I found this huge spider killing a bee in its web. This spider was a little camera shy hiding in a leaf.

Title: Killing a bee
Location:Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a much smaller spider at the same botanical garden. His silk is so thin it looks like he is floating on nothing. I love how vibrant the colors are in this image.

Title: Invisible spider web
Location:Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is the same spider from the image before this. After walking along his web he hung out on this vibrant green leaf.

Title: green leaf spider
Location:Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is the last spider I found at the botanical garden. His web is beautiful and the best part of this picture.

Title: Spider in a web
Location:Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Critters


This is a beautiful bearded dragon. They have the ability to change colour in response to temperature changes. I love the colors in this image.

Title: Bearded dragon
Location:Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens:55mm f/2.8 AI-s


I had so much fun shooting this Crested Gecko. He has hair like projections found above his eyes, resembling eyelashes. He looks amazing in contrast to the clear blue sky.

Title: Crested gecko
Location:Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens:55mm f/2.8 AI-s


I took this photo of a tarantula spider at an exotic animal farm in Los Osos, California. I love the sharp detail in the hairs of the spider. Tarantulas are beautiful arachnids.

Title: Tarantula spider
Location:Los Osos, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens:55mm f/2.8 AI-s

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