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March 2008

Photo of the Bellagio Fountains and the Eiffel Tower

Las Vegas, Nevada

Here is another view of the Bellagio Hotel fountains, this time with the Paris Hotel’s half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower (yet another Las Vegas landmark) in the background. Bally’s is just seen on the left, and the Planet Hollywood Hotel is on the right.

The Bellagio Hotel fountains light up the reflection pool as the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas rises above them, at night

The Bellagio Hotel fountains light up the reflection pool as the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas rises above them, at night.
Image ID: 20559
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

More photos of Las Vegas at night.

Photo of the Bellagio Hotel Fountains

Las Vegas, Nevada

One of my favorite attractions in Las Vegas doesn’t cost any money: the superb Bellagio Hotel fountain show in the reflecting pool in front of the Bellagio Hotel on the Strip. Choreographed to music, punctuated with bright lights and showing frequently throughout the day and night, the fountain show is a hit and — a rarity in Vegas — is totally free.

The Bellagio Hotel fountains, at night.  The Bellagio Hotel fountains are one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas, showing every half hour or so throughout the day, choreographed to famous Hollywood music

The Bellagio Hotel fountains, at night. The Bellagio Hotel fountains are one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas, showing every half hour or so throughout the day, choreographed to famous Hollywood music.
Image ID: 20557
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

More photos of Las Vegas at night.

Photo of California Poppy

San Diego, Wildflowers

Here are a few more photos of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) near Del Dios, California. I got lucky with the weather, with lots of sun and blue skies the day I shot these. Now we have leaden gray skies and its supposed to be windy and cold this weekend.

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires.
Image ID: 20497
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms.
Image ID: 20541
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA

See lots more California poppy photos as well as photos of Eschscholzia californica.

Photos of Eschscholzia californica

San Diego, Wildflowers

This field of dreams is a literal carpet of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) on the hillsides above Lake Hodges in Del Dios, California. In October this hill was ablaze with the Witch Creek wildfire, one of the worst fires southern California has experienced. Five months later it is ablaze again with the wild orange and yellow hues of California poppies. Stunning.

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires.
Image ID: 20499
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA

See lots more California poppy photos as well as photos of Eschscholzia californica.

Photos of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Photo of the Day

We went for an easy hike at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta on Sunday. We hit the reserve shortly after sunrise to be there before the crowds and to give the poppies in Elsinore, which we would see later in the morning, some time to warm in the sun and open up. Mike took me to his secret spot where chocolate lilies (Fritillaria biflora) are blooming. We saw lots of them, it was quite a display. Indeed, they look like chocolate. I was more interested in the oaks along the trail, they are bigger so I don’t have to blowout my knees crouching down to photograph them like I would with the lilies. Backlit as they were by the morning sun, the oaks were so contrasty that I had to resort to the old HDR multi-exposure technique to make them look reasonable.

Oak tree and dirt walking path, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California

Oak tree and dirt walking path.
Image ID: 20531
Location: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California, USA

Oak tree and dirt walking path, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California

Oak tree and dirt walking path.
Image ID: 20532
Location: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California, USA

Oak tree and pastoral rolling grass-covered hills, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California

Oak tree and pastoral rolling grass-covered hills.
Image ID: 20538
Location: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California, USA

California Poppies — Bug’s Eye View

San Diego, Wildflowers

More California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) madness. These were shot with a super-turbo-customized tilt-shift-micro-bugeye lens I just received from Canon Covert Services.

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms.
Image ID: 20539
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires.
Image ID: 20540
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA

Photos of Elsinore Poppies

Wildflowers

Last week I spent a few hours photographing the California poppy blooms close to home. Today I got out with a friend and we hiked around the Santa Rosa Plateau and the hills around I-15 in Elsinore, looking for good stuff to photograph. These California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are from today near Lake Elsinore, high in the hills above I-15:

A photographer trains his camera on a bright orange bloom of California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Elsinore

A photographer trains his camera on a bright orange bloom of California poppies.
Image ID: 20504
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Elsinore, California, USA

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Elsinore

California poppy plants viewed from the perspective of a bug walking below the bright orange blooms.
Image ID: 20505
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Elsinore, California, USA

California poppies bloom amidst rock boulders, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Elsinore

California poppies bloom amidst rock boulders.
Image ID: 20520
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Elsinore, California, USA

Photos of Poppies in San Diego

California, Photo of the Day, San Diego

California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) have been blooming all over the place in the San Diego area, courtesy of the terrible wildfires last fall and the perfectly spaced rainfall of the last two months. Here is a hillside that was burnt in October, now coming alive with spring color. My friend turned me on to this little spot.

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica, Del Dios, San Diego

California poppies cover the hillsides in bright orange, just months after the area was devastated by wildfires.
Image ID: 20490
Species: California poppy, Eschscholzia californica, Eschscholtzia californica
Location: Del Dios, San Diego, California, USA