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Photography - 2009
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Morning Fog over Lake Elsinore
Feb 15,2009

A thin sheet of fog covers the lake and the
lower flanks of the hills to the east of the
city.  Taken after a night of stargazing.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
San Jacinto Overlook North
Feb 22, 2009

The view to the north from the top of the
San Jacinto tramway.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
Mt. San Jacinto through the snow
Feb 22, 2009

The peak of San Jacinto dimly glimpsed
through the clouds from lower down the
slope.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
Whiskey Lake Panorama
Mar 22, 2009

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron
17-50 f/2.8 lens.
Redwood Mosaic - fisheye view
Mar 22, 2009

This image is a combination of 6 frames
shot in Redwood National Park, CA and
then combined in Photoshop with a lens
correction fisheye effect added.  Some
redwoods grow more than 350 feet tall, and
this shot gives a sense of how big they are
up close.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
Sunset over Grants Pass, Oregon
Mar 22, 2009

I stopped for gas in Grants Pass on my way
north to Roseburg, OR, and I got a shot of
the sun setting behind a bridge.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
Shasta Cinder Cone
Mar 25, 2009

Mt. Shasta was lost in the clouds, so I shot
this image of the northern cinder cone
from a rest stop around 15 miles away.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Novoflex, Nikon
180mm f/2.8 lens
RTMC
May 23, 2009

The view north from the OPT booth at
RTMC at Camp Oakes, CA

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens
Craig
June 13, 2009

Craig keeping watch while his owners Eric
and Meredith set up their tent while
camping near Idyllwild, CA.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens
Mount Laguna Meadow Panorama
June 21, 2009

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens.
Eight Legs
Aug, 8, 2009

Tarantula walking across my campsite at
Blue Jay Campground off Ortega Highway.

Canon Rebel XSi (450D), Tamron 17-50
f/2.8 lens
Radiance
Sept 19, 2009 Highway 395 North, CA

The sun about to set behind the Sierras

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Palomar Dome Lights
Sept 12, 2009 Palomar Observatory, CA

200" Hale telescope lit by lights above

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Bristlecone Pines
09-20-09 White Mountains, CA

The Bristlecone pines in California's
Inyo/White mountains northeast of Bishop,
CA survive under incredibly harsh
conditions.  They grow in areas usually
considered to be above the timber line -
10,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation under
alpine desert conditions - and they
tenaciously cling to life even when growing
out of a thin soil that is mostly broken
shale and dolomite.  In fact when the harsh
winds or the slow decay from a tree's roots
losing water for too long causes that tree to
topple, new branches will grow if even a
thin strip of living tissue connects to a good
root.  Many of the mature trees are half
alive and half dead, with green needles and
new young pine cones interwoven with
bare clawlike branches

The ancient Bristlecone pines are the
oldest living things on earth, with some of
the oldest specimens more than 4,700 years
old.  They exhibit a stark reminder of the
tenacity of life in the face of adversity.

All pictures Canon Rebel XSi 450D and
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Processing done in Photoshop CS2
Antennae
09-20-09 White Mountains, CA

Dead Bristlecone pine with two trunks -  
Patriarchs Grove at 12,000 feet elevation.

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Fossil
09-20-09 White Mountains, CA

Dead Bristlecone pine growing out of
dolomite in the Patriarchs Grove at 12,000
feet elevation.

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Tunnel through the Trees
10-03-09 Holy Jim Trail, CA

Low hanging trees create a tunnel near the
trailhead for the hike up to Santiago Peak.

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Capture
10-03-09 Holy Jim Trail, CA

A spider snares a meal in the water near
Holy Jim falls

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Cajon Fire and Mt. San Antonio
10-03-09 Santiago Peak Trail, CA

The smoke begins to rise beyond Mt. San
Antonio (also known as Mt. Baldy)

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Towers on Santiago Peak
10-03-09 Santiago Peak Trail, CA

These are some of the transmission towers
on Santiago Peak (the taller peak of
Saddleback Mountain).

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Desert Sun
10-17-09 Joshua Tree National Park, CA

The desert sun refracts off the branch of a
Joshua Tree.

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Clinging to Life
10-17-09 Joshua Tree National Park, CA

A lone bush holds on to a rocky hillside

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Standing Against the Sun
10-17-09 Joshua Tree National Park, CA

A line of Joshua Trees near Keys View

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Shadows on the Rocks
10-17-09 Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Shadows lengthen as sunset approaches

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Lake Elsinore Overlook at Night
10-24-09 near Lake Elsinore, CA

The view of Lake Elsinore seen from the
road to Blue Jay campground

Canon Rebel XSi 450D
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
30 sec at ISO 100