Category Archives: Nature

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: For the birds

The subject for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment is for the birds. Actually, it is birds. The trickiest thing about photographing birds of almost any type is that they can be very skittish. It’s very difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of one or even a flock of them. A [...]

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Mother Nature Monday #1: Rollin’ down the river

I’ve been participating on social media in something called the “7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.” It calls for people to post on social media one photo a day for a week that epitomizes the beauty of the natural world. I’ve had so much fun with it that it’s inspired me to add a new standing feature [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: On cloud nine

The current Reader Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. Fortunately we had several cloudy days within the 2 week time period of the challenge. While some readers did some traveling to shoot their pictures, most took advantage of the cloudy conditions close to home. Seventeen readers sent in 83 photos and showed that having one’s head [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Clouds

“Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way.” – “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is clouds. With the drought over the past several years something that was in short supply were not the [...]

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Asking for the moon

On September 27, a rare celestial event occurred: A supermoon eclipse. A supermoon is a full or new moon that happens when it is closest in its slightly elliptical orbit around the earth. It appears 14% bigger and shines 30% more light than a normal moon. Supermoons occur about once in every 14 moons. A [...]

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Random photo #53: Blue oak

The blue hour descends over a valley oak tree growing in a vineyard on Live Oak and Angier Roads in Lodi.

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Readers Photo Challenge: This land is your land

The subject of this month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment is landscape photography. There are several types of pictures that you can take of the natural world. Close-ups can capture the small realm of flowers and insects. Wildlife photography records the beauty of animals. Landscapes capture the grandeur of the great outdoors. Fourteen readers sent in [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Lay of the land

Very few places in world have such varied scenery as does America. From the Sonoran deserts of the southwest to the sweeping plains of the Midwest to Rocky Mountains to New England’s fall forests and of course Yosemite and the Sierras of California, there are very few places in the world that can match the [...]

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More fall

There’s just a couple of days left for the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Fall color. Leaves on trees everywhere near and far are now changing with the season so finding a subject should be easy to find. ________________________________________________ Here are the rules: 1. Entries can be emailed to coto@recordnet.com. Type in “Fall Color” in [...]

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Color my (fall) world

Fall color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. New England is famed for the fall color of its forests, and rightly so. But if the East Coast isn’t included in your travel plans there are places much closer to home to photograph the changing of the seasons. The June Lake Loop [...]

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