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A collection of images from this year’s Joshua Tree workshop.  We had a great group of 10 participants who produced some very memorable images.  I found myself not pulling out my own camera much on this trip, but did manage a few pics in the 4 days in the park along with a quick stop in Antelope Valley for the poppy bloom on the ride home.

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Some images from this past weekend on the Porter and Brothers Ranch properties in Watsonville.   Both are owned and managed by the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.   I spent Saturday afternoon scouting both locations for photo ops and on Sunday gave a tour to fellow photographers Efren Adalmen and his lovely wife Denise.  California poppies were out in full bloom and the lupine are not far behind.   About another 2 -3 weeks and the hills should be  a patchwork of purple.

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A few pictures from an afternoon at Antonelli Pond on the West Side of Santa Cruz.

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Some images from the recent Frans Lanting Spring Workshop.  We had several locals participating and others from as far away as Germany.  Our shooting locations included the UCSC Arboretum, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Elkhorn Slough, Point Lobos State Reserve, Garrapata State Beach, and Asilomar State Beach.  We had an especially good morning on Captain Yohn Gideon’s pontoon boat in Moss Landing.  The weather and light were perfect and Yohn maneuvered us into great position for photographing the abundance of birds, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, etc. Plans are already in the works for a fall workshop in late October.  

 

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The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has been doing some great work protecting our local natural resources, and to date has protected close to 12,000 acres.  They’ve recently acquired Star Creek Ranch, a 1,200 acre property in the heart of the Pajaro Hills.  The Ranch provides crucial habitat for wildlife and fish including mountain lion, bobcat, endangered California Red-legged Frog, and steelhead.  It also acts as an important link to other large habitats and with Pescadero Creek running right through it, drains an 8,000 acre watershed that flows into the Pajaro River.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Ranch (which is considered extremely important as a climate change refuge in Santa Cruz county), and spend an afternoon photographing this gorgeous property.  I was treated to lush spring grasses, gusty winds, wildflowers, oaks galore, and a sweet sunset.  In the coming year(s) I hope to help the Land Trust document the seasonal changes and critical biodiversity found on the Ranch.

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