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August 2009

Giant Sequoia Tree Photo

California, Sierra Nevada, Trees, Yosemite

My in-laws live year-round very near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. It only takes a few minutes for me to drive in and reach the Mariposa grove of giant sequoia trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum), so I will often go into the park early in the morning and take a run through the trees before anyone else arrives. This time I put my hiking boots on and brought a camera, hitting the trail about 6:30. There was nobody around, not even another car in the parking lot. I made a stop at the Bachelor and Three Graces (how can one not stop here?). Eventually, I found the most photogenic tree of the morning along the upper loop trail, lit nearly in its entirety by early morning sun while the surrounding trees were shaded.

A giant sequoia tree, soars skyward from the forest floor, lit by the morning sun and surrounded by other sequioas.  The massive trunk characteristic of sequoia trees is apparent, as is the crown of foliage starting high above the base of the tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California

A giant sequoia tree, soars skyward from the forest floor, lit by the morning sun and surrounded by other sequioas. The massive trunk characteristic of sequoia trees is apparent, as is the crown of foliage starting high above the base of the tree.
Image ID: 23259
Species: Giant sequoia tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum
Location: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Giant sequoia trees, roots spreading outward at the base of each massive tree, rise from the shaded forest floor, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California

Giant sequoia trees, roots spreading outward at the base of each massive tree, rise from the shaded forest floor.
Image ID: 23258
Species: Giant sequoia tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum
Location: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

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Keywords: sequoia, giant sequoia tree, photo, picture, image, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove, Sequoiadendron giganteum.

Gift from the Sea

Surf

A wave truly is a gift from the sea**. We are baking in a heat wave right now in Southern California, and the only respite is water. I have not been out to photograph waves for a really long time, so I decide to go out this morning since even if there is no surf it is too hot to go running or work out at the gym. At 7am I arrive at my favorite barrel spot, the one place that almost always has at least a little bit of hollowness even when the waves are tiny. I am pleasantly surprised by beautiful conditions. The water is pure glass, there is not a speck of wind, and decent little tubes are coming in every few minutes. Wow, only one guy is out here, while up the road at Cardiff Reef I can see a ton of people including what looks like 10-15 sweepers. How nice to have this little stretch of beach so empty. The water felt great, cool but not cold. I bagged a few wave photos in spite of the fact I am using my slowest-frame-rate camera body (1DsII). Labor Day will be here soon and that, along with the start of school, really clears out the water. The best months of surf are just ahead. I love living near the ocean.

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave, Cardiff by the Sea, California

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave.
Image ID: 23293
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California, USA

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave, Cardiff by the Sea, California

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave.
Image ID: 23294
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California, USA

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave, Cardiff by the Sea, California

Cardiff morning surf, breaking wave.
Image ID: 23297
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California, USA

** With apologies to Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Keywords: surf, wave, photo, ocean, sea, morning, picture.

A Note To Visitors

General

Please link to this website!

Do you like these photos? I hope so! I’ve gone to a lot of effort to not only take these photos but put them on the web for you and others to enjoy. If you like them, please consider linking to my web site. That’s right, make a link to my site (OceanLight.com) from your Facebook page, MySpace page, your Twitter account, your favorite internet community or from your school’s website. Linking to my site is a cost-free and effective way to support my photography efforts since your link will raise the visibility of my website and, hopefully, lead photo buyers to use my images in their publications. If you do link to my site, drop me a line and let me know. I’ll do my best to respond personally and say “thanks”.

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Student Questions About My Photographs and Requests to Use My Images

Since this site was first published on the web in 1996, I have received many questions from students worldwide regarding my photos and the animal subjects I photograph. Regrettably, constraints on my time do not permit me to respond personally to all questions these days.

I also receive numerous requests from students and well-meaning organizations to use my images in school reports and on school or personal web sites. Please know that these images are costly to produce and I cannot give them away in high resolution form without a fee. However, you may use a printed copy of one of my images in your printed report, see below.

Printed Reports:

Students may use the images appearing on my site (OceanLight.com), in printed reports only for use in an elementary school, middle school or high school setting, provided that all three of the following conditions are met:

  • The image is not altered in any way. This means that the watermark credit embedded in the image (if there is one) remains intact. I hope you understand, the watermark embedded in the image really needs to be there. The reality of the internet is that if I don’t put my name in the image, people will use it without even mentioning me or the fact that I worked hard to produce the image.
  • The image is reproduced in printed form only. It may not be copied to another web site, emailed to others or stored on a computer server.
  • A link to my website (Oceanlight.com) is created on your Facebook or MySpace page, Twitter account or your school’s website, and a written acknowledgement is included in the report, with a statement like “Blue whale image copyright Phillip Colla / Oceanlight.com.” See above for how to make a link to my website.

If you are really curious about the copyright, you can see my Full Copyright Statement.

Humpback Whale Pictures (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whale

I was fortunate to assist Dr. Dan Salden of Hawaii Whale Research Foundation on the waters near Maui for quite a few years studying humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), and have some interesting photos that came from those efforts.

North Pacific humpback whale, breach, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui

North Pacific humpback whale, breach.
Image ID: 00205
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA

Keywords: humpback whale picture, megaptera novaeangliae, stock photo, image, photograph.

Alien Spaceport Discovered In California

Aerial Photography

Last year on my flight home from Albuquerque (where I went to photograph birds at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge), our plane was driven off-course by a strange stream of magno-gravitronic pulses, and we found ourselves over an area of California not normally seen from commercial planes. The pilot requested that all the passengers lower their window shades. As everyone else did so, I noticed outside my side of the plane curious patterns on the ground below. It appeared to be some kind of airport carved into the desert below. I snapped off a photo of it, then noticed that the 6’5″ “flight attendant” was rushing down the aisle toward me with a serious face. Fortunately, he tripped and fell as another magno pulse rocked our plane. This gave me just enough time to pull the flash card with the photos from my camera and replace it with another before he then confiscated my gear. “Dude, this is not Burma,” I thought, but decided not to resist. Once we landed I got my camera back from another burly “flight attendant”, but all the images had been erased.

Anyway, once I got home I pulled the card containing the surreptitious image from where I had stashed it (you don’t want to know) and viewed it in Photoshop. This is the one image I got before Mr. Man got my stuff:

A top secret, high security alien spaceship depot in the desert east of the Colorado River.  Long suspected but only confirmed to exist for the first time with this photograph, this is a derivative high tech interstellar flight complex arising from work originally conducted at the (nonexistant) Area 51.  Strangely, certain curious aspects of this location, such as the circle and long oval tracks which support landings and liftoff of gravity drive Martian and Saturnian craft, are not shown on Google Earth, while other features in this photograph area such as the long ovoid skateboard track are indeed seen on Google Earth and can be matched to this image.  The US Government will likely deny the mere existence of this bizarre Martian landing area, Alien Spaceship Landing Field

A top secret, high security alien spaceship depot in the desert east of the Colorado River. Long suspected but only confirmed to exist for the first time with this photograph, this is a derivative high tech interstellar flight complex arising from work originally conducted at the (nonexistant) Area 51. Strangely, certain curious aspects of this location, such as the circle and long oval tracks which support landings and liftoff of gravity drive Martian and Saturnian craft, are not shown on Google Earth, while other features in this photograph area such as the long ovoid skateboard track are indeed seen on Google Earth and can be matched to this image. The US Government will likely deny the mere existence of this bizarre Martian landing area.
Image ID: 22130
Location: Alien Spaceship Landing Field, California, USA

It appears to be some kind of alien spaceport. It could be where Elvis and Michael Jackson are. I think all the TARP money is really going to this place. Maybe its a gigantic doomsday neutron-meso-meta-particuloid accelerator capable of creating a miniature black hole to devour liberal California. What I find curious is that some features in this image can be matched against Google Earth’s imagery, while others cannot. Could Google’s images be subjected to government scrubbing before they are loaded onto the Google Earth servers? I smell a conspiracy. Check out the Google Earth view of this same location. You be the judge of whether something fishy is going on:

From Google Earth, this shows the location of an apparent alien spaceport, but the image appears to have been altered to hide the existence of the facility.

From Google Earth, this shows the location of an apparent alien spaceport, but the image appears to have been altered to hide the existence of the facility.

I am undertaking considerable personal risk in sharing this information. If my blog disappears, or I suddenly go silent and stop posting for a while, please start asking the difficult questions on my behalf.

Bodie State Historical Park Photos

California, Sierra Nevada

I recently made a banzai road trip run up to Bodie State Park, near Mono Lake, to make some photos. I got to the park gate about 30 minutes before sunrise, and to my delight found that only two other photographers were there that morning. Solitude, at sunrise, in one of the finest ghost towns in the country. (OK, granted, Bodie is not technically a “ghost town”, but I think of it that way.) I basically had the entire town to myself and did not bump into another person for at least an hour. It was quiet, cool, with clear skies and dew on the grass. I spent about two hours wandering around, peering around into the old homes, barns, shops and town halls.

I have posted my Bodie State Historic Park photos on my website.

Wagon and interior of County Barn, Brown House and Moyle House in distance, Bodie State Historical Park, California

Wagon and interior of County Barn, Brown House and Moyle House in distance.
Image ID: 23106
Location: Bodie State Historical Park, California, USA

Wheaton and Hollis Hotel, interior of pool room and parlor, Bodie State Historical Park, California

Wheaton and Hollis Hotel, interior of pool room and parlor.
Image ID: 23110
Location: Bodie State Historical Park, California, USA