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October 2010

Blue Whale Aerial Photos

Aerial Photography, Blue Whale, California, GeoBlog

Blue whale aerial photos

This blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) was photographed from the air as it surfaced off the coast of Redondo Beach (near Los Angeles, California) to exhale and take a new breath, before diving underwater to feed on krill.

Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California

Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100′ in length and 200 tons in weight.
Image ID: 25953
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Redondo Beach, California, USA

Blue whale swims at the surface of the ocean in this aerial photograph.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California

Blue whale swims at the surface of the ocean in this aerial photograph. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100′ in length and 200 tons in weight.
Image ID: 25952
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Redondo Beach, California, USA

I recorded the GPS position (latitude, longitude) each time I took a photo of a blue whale. Curiously, the blue whales remained in a small area directly over the submarine canyon that lies offshore of Redondo Beach, as seen in the below screen shot from Google Earth. My hunch is that the krill upon which the blue whales were presumably feeding was gathered in, or near, the canyon. You can click the image below to bring up the Google Earth display, showing the images superimposed where they were photographed above the Redondo Beach submarine canyon.

To see more blue whale aerial photos, or stock photos of Balaenoptera musculus, click on the links or use the search box at upper left.

Keywords: blue whale, aerial photo, Balaenoptera musculus

Skip Stubbs in the Sea of Cortez (2010)

Skip's Trips

Once again my friend Skip Stubbs has been diving in the Sea of Cortez with his pals. It seems like that’s all he does! This time he was shooting underwater panoramas (in addition to his usual video) Yes, the same multiple-image stitched panoramas that all of us are shooting these days, only he made his underwater. Click to see more!

Click the image above to see some of the stills that Skip captured in the Sea of Cortez this year! You can also see a sampling of Skip’s past trips.

North Lake, Dusk to Dawn

Astrophotography and Night Scapes, California, Sierra Nevada

I suppose photos of North Lake shoreline in fall are cliche, in part because of the internet and the fact that so many photographers now visit this small area to photograph eastern Sierra fall colors during a few weeks each October. I still have yet to be there when a really good sunrise light show goes off. That said, it is a beautiful spot and I always enjoy at least one sunrise strolling the shoreline of North Lake each time I visit Bishop in the autumn. As I was editing my recent set of photos from Bishop Creek Canyon I found that I had, without intending to, garnered a series of nice images that capture views of North Lake across to Paiute Peak at different times of day. Not all of these are keepers, but they make an interesting set. I think I will keep #1, #2 and #5. These were taken in about a 12-hour span earlier this month when I was up there with Garry McCarthy.

Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Colors

Sierra Nevada

Photos of Eastern Sierra Fall Colors and Aspen Trees in Bishop Creek Canyon

Like moths to the flame, Garry and I made a banzai run* up to Bishop Creek Canyon to get some fresh air and check out the fall colors last weekend. The quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) had been turning for about a week or so. We knew we missed the great conditions earlier in the week and indeed the photographic conditions were just so-so, with beautiful near-summerlike weather and nary a cloud in the sky. Most aspen trees at the higher elevations had good color but many were half stripped of leaves due to the recent storm. Lower elevations still have a ways to go, with much green still at Aspendel and the intake ponds. June Lake and Convict Lake are still early, peaking in perhaps a week or two I would guess. As for crowds, they were not too bad: we encountered just one photo group workshop and we only had to kung-fu a few pesky medium format photographers along the shore of North Lake each morning (note: for this I recommend the Gitzo limited edition “Crowd Special” that quickly transforms into bo and nunchaku). OK, that last part is a lie. Here are a few images in chrono order. Life is good!

Sage brush and aspen trees, autumn, in the shade of Bishop Creek Canyon in the Sierra Nevada, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Sage brush and aspen trees, autumn, in the shade of Bishop Creek Canyon in the Sierra Nevada.
Image ID: 26060
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Sierra Nevada mountains and aspen trees, fall colors reflected in the still waters of North Lake, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Sierra Nevada mountains and aspen trees, fall colors reflected in the still waters of North Lake.
Image ID: 26061
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Sierra Nevada mountains and aspen trees, fall colors reflected in the still waters of North Lake, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Sierra Nevada mountains and aspen trees, fall colors reflected in the still waters of North Lake.
Image ID: 26062
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Fall colors and turning aspens, eastern Sierra Nevada, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Fall colors and turning aspens, eastern Sierra Nevada.
Image ID: 26065
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Bishop Creek and aspen trees in autumn, in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Bishop Creek and aspen trees in autumn, in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.
Image ID: 26074
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Bishop creek and turning aspens, south fork of Bishop Creek in the eastern Sierra Nevada, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Bishop creek and turning aspens, south fork of Bishop Creek in the eastern Sierra Nevada.
Image ID: 26071
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Aspen trees, with leaves changing from green to yellow in autumn, branches stretching skyward, a forest, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen trees, with leaves changing from green to yellow in autumn, branches stretching skyward, a forest.
Image ID: 26073
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Aspen trees, fall colors, reflected in the still waters of North Lake, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen trees, fall colors, reflected in the still waters of North Lake.
Image ID: 26077
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

Aspen trees in autumn, fall colors, eastern Sierra Nevada, Populus tremuloides, Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains

Aspen trees in autumn, fall colors, eastern Sierra Nevada.
Image ID: 26083
Species: Aspen, Populus tremuloides
Location: Bishop Creek Canyon Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA

*banzai photographer (n): (1) a photographer with a working spouse and multiple kids each of whom has lots of activities that require driving all over the place during the week, help with homework in the evenings, and then driving all over the place on the weekends; (2) a photographer who crams five days of photography into a single weekend; (3) a photographer with a banzai attitude about life; (4) a photographer who photographs banzai trees.