Category Archives: Nature

Fine feathered friends

I shoot hundreds of assignments a year, and occasionally there are a few days that what I shoot seems to have an unintentional theme. I had one of those days a few weeks ago. In the morning, I had an assignment to cover WWII-era veterans being flown to an air show at Travis AFB via [...]

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Random photo #22: F/8 and bee there

A bee crawls across an sunflower at the Boggs Tract Community Farm in Stockton.

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Blood moon rising

In the very early minutes of April 15 people living in North and America were witnesses the first of a series of celestial events. A full lunar eclipse heralded a set of four eclipses to come over the next year and an half, an event known as a tetrad. A full eclipse is also known [...]

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Wild and wet

There are just two of days left for the Readers Challenge wildflower assignment. While Saturday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, there’s a chance of rain on Sunday. But don’t let that deter you because a little wet weather can be a boon for photographs of wildflowers. A light sprinkling of rain can add a [...]

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Walk on the wild side

I recently took a walk near the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Elk Grove. Perhaps it’s due to the drought and spring rains that have only come recently, but it seems that some of the wildflowers are a bit late and are just now starting to bloom. I saw emerging lavender carpets of long-beaked [...]

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Now back to our regularly scheduled program

For those who realized that the previous post was an April Fool’s Day prank (and for those who didn’t, too), here is the photo in living color.

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April 1 News

April 1, 2014 – The Record has just announced that starting today all photos printed in the paper and on its Web site Recordnet.com will be in black and white. As printing costs skyrocket all papers are looking for ways to save money and not having to buy the cyan, magenta and yellow inks can [...]

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Readers Challenge Assignment: Flowers

Wow. I am truly humbled and a bit overwhelmed at the response that we got for the Record’s first Readers Photo Challenge (its semi-official title). The theme was “flowers” and from potted plants to wildflowers 40 readers sent in a total of 123 photos! All the flowers are beautiful but there’s a difference between taking [...]

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Comet chasing

On March 10 I went on the hunt for the Pan-STARRS comet. News reports and science websites said that the comet would be visible to the naked eye near the western horizon just after sundown during several days around the middle of the month. I went out to Buckley Cove Park overlooking the deep water [...]

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Flotsam and jetsam

“And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring.” — Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) from “Cast Away” (2000) One of the favorite spots for people to photograph is the beach. The sun, sand and grand vistas of the [...]

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