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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 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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Random photo #37: Upon reflection

An egret is reflected as it rests on a partially submerged log in the waters of Smith Canal in Stockton.

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Blood moon rising II: The sequel

Early Wednesday morning watchers of the night sky will be able to witness the second “blood moon” of the year (the last one was on April 15). A “blood moon” happens during a total lunar eclipse. Light from the sun, which mostly is blocked by the earth, bends through our planet’s atmosphere. Particles, such as [...]

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Random photo # 36: Smoke gets in your skies

The setting sun tries to shine through smoke stained skies from the King Fire in Eldorado County over a stand of trees in Tracy.

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Random photo #35: Float like a butterfly

A butterfly rests on a wild sunflower growing along Highway 4 near Roberts Road in Stockton.

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Fond of fronds

Give a photographer nothing to do and what happens? He takes pictures, of course! I arrived a bit early to an assignment to photograph former St. Mary’s football standout Devin Lagorio at St. Mary’s Sanguinetti Field in Stockton. He played and coached semi-pro ball in Slovenia over the summer after graduating from Pacific College. As I [...]

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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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