Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk

Back on the Charolais Corridor Trail for a Photo Walk

Life has prevented me from doing much walking in these past few months, but tonight I couldn't stand being confined and so I walked. I drove to the trailhead of the Charolais Corridor Trail across from Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles, camera in hand, as the sun was beginning to set. The weather was just right for a walk. 

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Sundown from Charolais Corridor Trail, © B. Radisavljevic

Photos of The Sky from the Trail

I will show these sky photos in the order in which I took them so you can imagine you are walking with me. All photos, watermarked or not, are my intellectual property and may not be used without my written permission.

As I started my walk along the trail, a solid band of clouds was just in front of me above the treetops. As you will see later, the color deepened as the sun got lower and disappeared.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
A Band of Clouds across The Sky Over the Trail, © B. RadisavljevicAs you 

As you look at these photos you will notice I love tree silhouettes against the sky, as in the photo below.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Golden Stripe of Sunset behind Tree Silhouette, © B. Radisavljevic

I also like unusual cloud formations like this one. I saw it from many different angles as I walked. It was always in front of me or off to the right of the trail. Here it appears to be disappearing into the oaks below it.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
V-Shaped Cloud Formation on South Side of Trail, © B. Radisavljevic

The trail runs between two housing areas: Riverbank on the north side and the rural properties, many of them small farms, that face onto Oak Lane on the south side. The palm is in one of the yards in the Riverbank tract.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Palm in Yard Across the Fence Along Trail with Clouds Behind, © B. Radisavljevic
I was not alone on the trail tonight. Two families passed me with their dogs. I thought the boy was going to have to carry the little black dog. It was stubbornly refusing to keep walking. Finally, it decided to follow, but only after much urging.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Company on the Trail, © B. Radisavljevic

These large trees are on the side where the small farms are. I love their silhouettes as the sky darkens.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Whisps of Clouds behind Tree Silhouettes, © B. Radisavljevic
This is the same band of clouds I showed you earlier, but now some time has passed. Both its color and shape have changed a bit.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Band of Clouds Across Trail Is Turning Pink, © B. Radisavljevic
There are many more pictures I could have shown you -- over a hundred -- but this is enough to give you an idea of what you missed. This last photo was taken after I returned to the entrance. The trees are on the end of Riverbank Lane, near where I parked. If you live in Paso Robles and haven't walked this trail yet, it's very manageable -- even for those with disabilities. It's mostly level, and you can see it is paved with concrete. Walkers do need to watch out for cyclists, though. I often encounter them here.

Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk
Back to Where I Started as It Begins to Get Dark, © B. Radisavljevic

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Sky Photos from Charolais Corridor Trail at Dusk


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos

Photos As We Returned Home from San Luis Obispo Tuesday

We went car shopping to find a car to replace the one that was totaled in an accident on June 21. We decided to beat the heat by looking in San Luis Obispo. Then we shopped at Costco. The setting sun was gorgeous. We watched the sky show all the way home. I only wish we'd washed the windshield before going up the grade. 

North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos
Shortly after We Started Climbing. Still in San Luis Obispo. © B. Radisavljevic

Here is some of what we saw, but no photos do that sky justice. 

 The Sky Photos Coming up the Cuesta Grade

 These are some of the other photos I took as we climbed the grade to get back to Paso Robles.

North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos
Passing through Santa Margarita, © B. Radisavljevic

North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos
I think we are still in Santa Margarita, but we could have gotten to Atascadero. © B. Radisavljevic


North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos

North Up the Cuesta Grade at Sundown: Photos
Getting Close to Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Detour Through Wine Country on Arbor Road

Detour Through Wine Country on Unpaved Section of Arbor Road

I took this photo while escaping the backed-up traffic affecting almost every route between Paso Robles and Templeton Monday. When I saw South Vine backed up all the way to First Street from Highway 46 West, where I was headed, I turned off quickly on Kiler Canyon to get to 46 through the hills to Arbor Road to 46. It's a tricky detour because if you don't make the turn onto Arbor Road, it's a long slow dirt road to connect to Peachy Canyon Road -- several miles. 

Detour Through Wine Country on Arbor Road
Vineyard on Arbor Road in June, © B. Radisavljevic

I had just rounded a curve when I found a place to pull over and take this photo. Before I was back in the car, a CHP car came by followed by two construction trucks. He probably thought I was lost or in trouble. I reassured him and then asked what was tying up 101 and all the alternate routes. He explained about the work that entailed lane closures in both directions from the 46 West exit. I'm guessing he was leading those construction trucks behind him to the project so they wouldn't get lost. 

If you'd like to take this detour some time or just see what happens if you take the wrong turn, read Kiler Canyon: A Scenic Drive in Paso Robles, California.  Its photos will help keep you from getting lost.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nature in My World

Today is theme day for City Daily Photo Bloggers, and this month's theme is nature. That's a pretty hard topic to narrow down to just a few shots. Most of my posts on this blog are about nature. I will limit this post to shots of three of my favorite nature subjects: sunset, the Cambria coast, and trees.

I never get tired of sunsets. It's hard to choose just one to share here, but there are more in my other posts. See smoky sunsets during last year's Chimney Fire here. You can find photos of the Salinas River at sundown here. I took these shots during sundown from the Steinbeck Winery.  The shots below were taken in my own neighborhood.

Nature in My World
Sunset in my Neighborhood

This shot contains two of my favorite nature subjects -- trees and the sunset.

 Nature in My World

See more shots of these trees framing sunsets here.

My third favorite nature subject is the ocean. My favorite place to take ocean shots is at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, where this was taken.

Nature in My World
Driftwood on the Cambria Coast at Moonstone Beach
See more views of the ocean along the California Central Coast here.

See more oak tree shots in Deciduous Oak Trees in Winter

What is your favorite nature subject?

See the photos other City Daily Photo Bloggers chose for this theme here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

These Trees Frame Most of My Sunset Photos

The oak lives right across the street from me. The palms live across the intersecting street from the oak. From my yard, I can frame the sunset between them. My only frustration when photographing the sunset in this frame of trees is the streetlight in front of the oak. 

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

It's a bit darker in this photo. As often happens, in order to get the sunset shot I want, part of the oak gets cut out. 

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

Sometimes the oak solos in the photos.

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

Sometimes the palms stand alone. 

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

I Think God Made Trees to Complement Sunsets

Of course, there are many other reasons I love trees. They provide shade in summer, turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, provide tasty fruits to eat, and turn lovely colors in the fall. In winter blooming trees provide beautiful reminders that spring is coming soon. They provide places for birds to nest and perch. What's not to love about trees? 

Okay, I do know they drop unwanted seeds in the fall (but the squirrels and birds love them.) Sometimes they drop messy fruits. Raking those lovely colored leaves in autumn is a tradition I like much better than those horrible noisy blowers too many people use now, but I understand that some people consider raking or blowing leaves a chore. I personally think the pros of growing trees far outweighs the cons. Our lives would be much poorer without them. 

I Do Love Trees -- Especially These Trees

What do you love most about trees? Which trees do you like best? Do you have a favorite tree that means something special to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments. 


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Celebrate Birds Every Day

How Will You Celebrate Bird Day?

I celebrate birds every day. Do you?

 Celebrate Birds Every Day

Here's why I celebrate birds.
  1. They fill our world with song. 
  2. They eat insect pests in our gardens. 
  3. They are fun to watch in the wild and in our yards.
  4. They give us eggs.
  5. They hunt rodents that damage our gardens and crops.

Some Ways to Celebrate Bird Day

Do some birdwatching.

Take a walk and see how many different kinds of birds you can spot. Try to capture them on camera. Make a video of their songs. I personally use two cameras. Both give me half an hour of HD video if needed. My Canon PowerShot SX410 IS features a 40X optical zoom. That is very important when capturing birds that go high in trees. I also use an obsolete Nikon CoolPix that's smaller and will fit in a pocket. Fortunately for me, both cameras fit nicely in the shoulder case featured in the PowerShot bundle below. It's really handy to always have both cameras and extra batteries and SanDisks along, and they all fit in the bag with my ID and other small things I need.

If you aren't a photographer, you may want to take along binoculars. A good pocket field guide is also nice to have along.

 Bushnell Falcon 133410 Binoculars with Case (Black, 7x35 mm) Nikon COOLPIX B700 20.2 MP 60x Optical Zoom Super Telephoto NIKKOR Digital 4K Wi-Fi Camera (Black) + 64GB SDXC Memory & Accessory Bundle Canon Powershot SX410 IS 20 MP Digital Camera with 40x Optical Zoom and 720p HD Video (Red) + NB-11L Battery & AC/DC Battery Charger + 9pc Bundle 32GB Accessory Kit W/ HeroFiber Cleaning Cloth Fvstar Kids Binoculars Pocket Size Compact 8 X 21 for Bird Watching Watching Wildlife or Scenery Lightweight Waterproof and Fogproof (Blue) The Bird Watching Answer Book: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Birds in Your Backyard and Beyond (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) Bird Watching Record: Bird Watching Log Bird Watching for Kids: Bite-sized Learning & Backyard Projects Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America

Do Something Creative with Your Bird Photos

Use an editor like Fotojet or PicMonkey to make a collage. Both have free versions. I use the premium versions of both because I think it's worth paying for the extra features they provide. 

I also like to make products at Zazzle for fun and profit. Here are some of the gift items I've made that feature birds. 

Put Up a Bird Feeder

I confess I haven't done this yet, but I want to. Many of my friends love watching the birds flock to their backyard feeders. Some even keep a special camera to watch them and play back the video later. If you don't have a bird feeder yet, the selection may overwhelm you. Here are a few of the most popular. 

Get a Bird Bath for Your Feathered Friends

Birds appreciate water. Sometimes when I've been working in the garden with the sprinkler on the birds fly through the water just as children run through sprinklers. Birds need water, and it's not always easy for them to get during a hot summer. I've wanted a bird bath for a long time, but so far I haven't found the right place for it. I do admire those my neighbors have when I walk by them. So do the birds.

How Will You Celebrate Birds?

However you do it, get the whole family involved if you can. Whether you watch birds in the wild or in your backyard, enjoy them. Learn to recognize them by their looks and their calls and songs. Feed them if you are so inclined.

As you can probably tell my photos, I like to watch birds in and around the water. I see many other birds, but the waterfowl are the easiest for me to photograph because they aren't always moving. Even if they are moving, it's usually in the water or on the ground -- not flitting from branch to branch as you are trying to focus on them.

I hope I've given you some new ideas on cultivating the birds in your environment or reminding you of something you've wanted to do but not done yet. Maybe today is the right time.

 Celebrate Birds Every Day


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Climb as High as You Can

Climb High

These roses used what they had available to climb as high as they could. In this case, it was a dead pine tree. Now it's become a trellis. 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Climb as High as You Can
Roses Climbing Dead Pine Tree to the Top
The roses took advantage of the opportunity that presented itself and used it to get to the top. Is there an opportunity you haven't used that could take you where you want to go?

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