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January 2008

CaliforniaPelicans of La JollaSeabird

Pelican Portraits

More photographs of the California race of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) from a recent morning in La Jolla, between storms. These show the bright red and olive colors that the large gular throat pouch takes on, as well as the dark brown hind neck and yellow head feathers, that are…
January 30, 2008
CaliforniaHarbor SealWildlife

Photo of Seals on the Sand

On a recent morning I dropped by the pelican bluff and found it pretty crowded so instead I shot harbor seals just around the bend. It was a fine morning and I had the beach to myself at the Children's Pool. Here are a few portraits of the harbor seals…
January 24, 2008
La JollaSea Lion

Photo of La Jolla Sea Lions

There is a big spawning aggregation of market squid assembled on the sand flats at about 60' off of La Jolla Shores beach right now. As a consequence, many California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are now in the area, feeding on the squid and hauling out on rocks to rest…
January 23, 2008
Pelicans of La JollaSeabird

Mavericks … Not

The Mavericks Surf contest was held today. No, I did not shoot it, unfortunately. I took photos of pelicans instead, not quite the same but the best I could do under the circumstances. Check out our Guide to Photographing Pelicans in La Jolla. Brown pelican closeup showing characteristic winter mating…
January 12, 2008
Beautiful Views of San DiegoLa Jolla

Photo of UCSD Library at Night

This is Geisel Library, the central library at University of California, San Diego (alma mater). These two particular photos are composites, each consisting of three images with varying exposures, combined on the computer. Without using this approach, known as HDR (high dynamic range), the shadows would be totally black and…
January 11, 2008
Photo of the Day

Sheet of Water

We recently stayed at a hotel in La Quinta. In the lobby was one of those modern fountain things that created a thin sheet of water. Behind it the lights of the restaurant are showing. Random. Water sheets over a fountain, blurry water, abstract lights are visible through the falling…
January 9, 2008