Category Archives: Nature

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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Another reminder

Just a reminder that we’re still taking submissions for the readers’ photo challenge assignment: Flowers. You don’t necessarily need a fancy DSLR camera. I took the above photo of lupine growing wild at the Stone Lake National Wildlife refuge near Elk Grove with a simple iPhone3GS.  The deadline is April 20. The best examples will [...]

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Reminder

Just a reminder that we’re still taking submissions for the readers’ photo challenge assignment: Flowers. They can be of wildflowers out in the countryside or potted plants blooming in your backyard. The deadline is April 20. The best examples will be published in the Record on April 29 with an online gallery of all the [...]

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Assignment: Flowers

When I was a young photo student at Sacramento City College, one of my favorite things was the lab work. OK, processing film was more or less a solitary task and boring, but I loved making prints in the communal darkroom with the other students. Not only did you see your own photo slowly appear [...]

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A first

This photo that I shot of the sun breaking through some clouds over a stand of trees near the northern county line outside of the town of Thornton represents a first of sorts. It ran in the Local section of the Record on March 7 which was my birthday, but that’s not reason it’s special. [...]

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