Storms, City Lights & A Super Moon

These photographs were shot recently while spending a few days in Santa Fe , New Mexico.  I was located at an overlook on a road leading up to Ski Santa Fe.

 Thunderstorm Near Santa Fe
Thunderstorm Near Santa Fe
Santa Fe Thunderstorm
Santa Fe Thunderstorm
Santa Fe at Dusk
Santa Fe at Dusk
The Lights of Santa Fe
The Lights of Santa Fe
Super Moon Over Santa Fe
Super Moon Over Santa Fe
Santa Fe Super Moon
Santa Fe Super Moon
Super Moon Over Santa Fe
Super Moon Over Santa Fe

SUNRISE at 75

SUNRISE at 75

While visiting Moab, Utah and surrounding area, I became a member of the Seventy-Five Percent Century Club. I had decided that on my 75th birthday to treat myself to a photography field trip to shoot the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park noted for its sunrise photographs.
I arose at 4:30 AM and shortly departed on a forty- five minute drive out to the arch. Thank goodness for 24 hr. 7-11’s – COFFEE. Once I arrived at the parking lot, I began the twenty minute moderately strenuous hike to the arch. Upon arriving at the arch, I joined a group of 25 or 30 other photographers who had traveled from other parts of the world to capture the sunrise. By this time the sky was beginning to show the first signs of daylight so we all positioned our Nikons and Canons and prepared for the big shoot.

DAYLIGHT
DAYLIGHT
DAWN
DAWN
BEGINNING OF SUNRISE
BEGINNING OF SUNRISE
SUNRISE
SUNRISE
SUNRISE AT 75
SUNRISE AT 75
A NEW DAY AT MESA ARCH
A NEW DAY AT MESA ARCH

12 Things In Nature

12 Things In Nature

These are 12 photographs of things in nature I shot while roaming around America. The rainbow photo means to me that there is always a “Pot of Gold” at the end.
A Spider's Web on a dewy morn.
A Spider’s Web on a dewy morn.
The Caverns
The Caverns
Rufus Hummingbird guarding its territory.
Rufus Hummingbird guarding its territory.
Bison - An American icon
Bison – An American icon
 Joshua Trees
Joshua Trees
Hot Spring
Hot Spring
Yellowstone's Upper Falls
Yellowstone’s Upper Falls
Blue Crab on the move.
Blue Crab on the move.
Saguaro and Ocotillo cacti  in bloom.
Saguaro and Ocotillo cacti in bloom.
Perfect Balance - The Balanced Rock
Perfect Balance – The Balanced Rock
Taking a break
Taking a break
Chihuahuan Desert Rainbow Maybe a Pot of Gold
Chihuahuan Desert Rainbow
Maybe a Pot of Gold

Start Spreading the News – NY – NY

Start Spreading the News – NY  – NY

I have attempted to present the flavor and energy of a day in New York City. I only wish I could have captured the sounds, the smells, and the tastes of the city. I call upon you to use your imagination and emotions while viewing these 13 photographs.

Click each photograph to enlarge.

Going through the Holland Tunnel for a day in NYC
Going through the Holland Tunnel for a day in NYC

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hustle and bustle of Broadway
The hustle and bustle of Broadway with its many shops and theaters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site of 911
Site of 911
The Corn Beef sandwich was huge and delicious at Carnegie's
The Corn Beef sandwich was huge and delicious at Carnegie’s. One of the many delis in “The Big Apple”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Park
Central Park
The gold tower is the Chrysler Bldg. with the Queensboro bridge in the background. Photographed from atop the Empire State Bldg.
The gold tower is the Chrysler Bldg. with the Queensboro bridge in the background. Photographed from atop the Empire State Bldg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way to somewhere in NYC
On the way to somewhere in NYC
Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC skyline photographed from Lady Liberty. Construction cranes just to the left of center is the 911 site.
NYC skyline photographed from Lady Liberty. Construction cranes just to the left of center identufy the location of the 911 site.
The Empire State Building photographed from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center The construction cranes in the background is the site of 911. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can also be seen.
The Empire State Building photographed from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island can also be seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hustle and bustle of Times Square
The hustle and bustle of Times Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island photographed from atop of The Empire State Building
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island photographed from atop of The Empire State Building

 

 

 

 

 

The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty

 

 

 

Seals of La Jolla, CA

The Seals of La Jolla

Close to the downtown area of La Jolla, CA is a small cove protected by a concrete breakwater called the Children’s Pool or is better known by the locals as the “Casa”. This was once a child’s swimming area but is now a protected “Seal Sanctuary” where Harbor Seals and Sea Lions play, cavort, and give birth to their young, called “pupping,” and molt.
Harbor Seals spend 30% to 40% of their time hauled-out (come out of the water onto dry land) each day in order to survive. The reasons for hauling-out is to molt after the breeding season at which time they shed all their fur, give birth, and for reasons unknown. They are not just basking in the sun as many may think. Pupping season is December 15 thru May 15. Molting season is mid-June to mid-August. The average life span of a Harbor Seal is 20-25 years.

I visited the “Casa” just after the pupping season. Can you find some pups in the second photo? I spotted eight – I think.

The first photo shows the coastline with the “Casa” in the distant background.

La Jolla, CA Shoreline with The "Casa" in the background
La Jolla, CA Shoreline with The “Casa” in the background
The "Casa" Find the pups
The “Casa”
Find the pups

 

 

 

 

 

Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal
Two Sea Lions at play
Two Sea Lions at play

 

 

 

 

 

Harbor Seal - La Jolla, CA
Harbor Seal – La Jolla, CA
Laying back at the"CASA"
Laying back at the”CASA”

 

 

 

 

 

Hauled-out at the "Casa"
Hauled-out at the “Casa”