Beautiful California nature

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Like a perfect image of the sunset, this flower’s shadows shows how deep and vibrant it really is.

Title: cup of gold
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Capturing catepillars is harder than it looks, as this shot tooks several tries to get it just right.

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

Purple is my favorite color and this flower spoke to me with it’s subtle gradient of light and dark purple.

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

This could double as an image of the midwest but it’s actually in California.

Title: waves of green grass
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Botanical life up close

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Green is the color of life, nature, and vibrant plant life.

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

This spider was ever so gently hanging onto this leaf just long enough for me to capture it’s still beauty.

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

This red and green leaf looks really waxy, quite unique among mostly matte flowers.

Title: red grape vine leaf
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This is one of my favorite flowers. It’s perfectly round and sticks out a mile away.

Title: miner’s lettuce
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Garden by the sea

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This succulent stands out for it’s different colors that blend into each other, from bright green to dark red.

Title: Red green Aeonium valverdense
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One of my favorite things about visiting gardens is the many different types of plants, including this one that could be mistaken for a treat!

Title: Burgundy silver stone succulent
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Before plants can bloom, often times they look droopy however this one has a unique color pattern ranging from dark grey to bright red.

Title: pig’s ear flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Peeking out ever so slightly from the leaves, these stems are ready to bloom into a full flower.

Title: Crown of thorns
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Beach walk to the lighthouse

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The old light house hiding behind the hill of sand shows the test of time, and how structures can make an impact on environment.

Title: Top of the lighthouse
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The other side of the beach offers an amazing view of the Boney Mountains, and the dramatic turn to flat land.

Title: Boney Mountains from the sea
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love taking macro pictures of sea weed bulbs, they tend to look quite alien.

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

Recently I have found bees crawling on the sand near the ocean, and managed to capture this one while perfectly still. Quite a rare feat to do!

Title: Beach bee
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Botanical

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I managed to catch the early morning dew on this yellow leaf and was quite excited to see just how many water droplets can fit on one space.

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

It may look like this flower is washed out but that is a combination of yellow and white tones on the leaves.

Title: Black-eyed Susan vine
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Roses are often seen as bright red, fluttering pedals and perfect thorns but some Roses have different types of beauty with pinks, light reds and even brown.

Title: Beautiful decay
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This lonely flower was budding at just the right time to capture it entering the world compared to it’s counterparts which are still not quite there yet.

Title: Echeveria succulent flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Rustic mushroom photography

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These photos were also taken at Seaside Garden, however flowers weren’t the topic this time. It took quite some time to find various mushrooms after the recent rain storm in the area. The pay off was well worth the search.

Title: Mushroom top
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


These tiny bulbed mushrooms were hidden in brush, looking a little burned and withered but still pretty nonetheless.

Title: Hidden mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Often times we find mushrooms in dark and dank places, but these were more out in the open considering the environment. What caught my eye was the pack of bulbous mushrooms looking pristine except for small specs of dirt.

Title: Group of little mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A little sun behind the flat capped mushrooms show you just how close these were to being exposed, however not all mushrooms require darkness to thrive.

Title: Rustic mushrooms
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

The beach up close

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I love using my macro lense because it offers a perspective that normally cannot be picked up by the human eye, like magnifying unique bubbles on the sand.

Title: seafoam
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This lone crab was crawling around on the beach, scared but curious at the lense I was pointing at it. Luckily it stood still for a second for me to capture.

Title: crab on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


These bubbles in the sand are made by small crabs burrowing under and creating air holes, quite crafty.

Title: holes in the sand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Water is the perfect catalyst to a great photo, and this one I captured shows the ripples of time hitting the solid rock.

Title: ripples over a beach pebble
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Birds of the pacific coast

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Birds tend to congregate around large bodies of water, and on this day there was a large amount of birds hanging out by the tide.

Title: Fly away seagulls
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The little lake by the ocean is home to many different species of birds, and if you’re lucky, you will see the occasional pelican.

Title: Hundreds of seagulls
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


They all fly away in unison, ready to catch some food.

Title: Pacific coast seagulls
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This seagull was soaring ever so gently over my head as I managed to capture this rare photo.

Title: Seagull flying overhead
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

California is thirsty for rain

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People all over the country may take rain for granted, but in California, we have been welcoming any type of moisture. This photo was taken back in February 2014 when we saw our last rain, which shows you just how rare it can be in this area.

Title: thirsty for rain
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A beautiful end to a wet day in Southern California. These clouds blanketed the sky for quite a while, giving off an ominous dark vibe.

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


One of the last pictures I have where the ocean hasn’t taken over the pier fully. At this very spot right now, there are waves that constantly hit the pier, however in this photo, the tide was still far out.

Title: Hiding under the pier
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Love at sunset

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Sometimes it’s hard to capture birds on the beach because of how skiddish they are, but I managed to get up close to this group just as they were flying away.

Title: Gold coast seagulls
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Since the tide has gone down a bit, we discovered how much moss the rocks have. This is from months of constantly being under water, so it was like finding bright green treasure.

Title: reflection of mossy beach rocks
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Romance on the beach is what makes life so great.

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


Walking away into the sunset, looking calm and at peace with the world.

Title: Sweet sunset silhouette
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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