Posted in Birds, Destinations, Marine Life, marine mammals, Nature, Reserves, State Parks, Uncategorized, Wildflowers, workshop, tagged Elkhorn Slough, Lanting workshop, Monterey Bay, Point Lobos, spring, Wildlife on May 21, 2013 |
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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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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of assisting my good friend Jason Bradley with his annual elephant seal workshop. Our trip was timed to coincide with the peak of activity at the rookery near San Simeon. It’s truly one of North America’s most spectacular wildlife experiences. On a typical day you can expect to see several thousand seals on the beach, vicious territorial battles between males, mating, nursing pups, and possibly a handful of births. This year we had the rare opportunity to witness a small sea lion sneak into the rookery and feed off a nursing mother alongside her pup. The mom did notice something was a bit off, but allowed the sea lion to nurse for a few minutes before chasing it off. For more info about these amazing marine mammals and the rookery… http://www.elephantseal.org/
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