Night Time is the Right Time – Part 2

Inspired by an article I read and a visit from two of my nieces which landed me in downtown San Diego very late into the night I took this series of the Gaslamp district and part of San Diego’s waterfront after dark. Enjoy!

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Night Time is the Right Time – Part 1

Inspired by an article I read on Tuts and a visit from two of my nieces which landed me in downtown San Diego very late into the night I took this series of the Gaslamp district and part of San Diego’s waterfront after dark. Enjoy!

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USS Midway

Coronado Bridge

Thanks Spain!

It’s always nice when someone comes to visit us in San Diego and we are forced to slow down and revisit some of the great places around town that we take for granted.  One of those places is Cabrillo Point.  A beautiful historic site about which the NPS says  “ In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.” The Point is named in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer,  who in 1542 stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.   For most of San Diego this wonderful Park has much to offer. A breathtaking overlook to the bay, the city and Coronado Island; tide pooling; whale watching – during the annual migration of Pacific Grey Whales to Mexico from December to February; Military History and hiking on the 2 mile Bayside Trail.

There is also the crown jewel -a wonderful historic lighthouse The Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is one of the original 8 lighthouses on the west coast. It still stands where it always has restored to exhibit a tiny slice of life from the 1800’s.  Here is an interesting piece of information regarding the lighthouse from the NPS  “Did you know that, back in the mid- to late-1800s, children of light keepers at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument had to row a boat from Point Loma to Old Town San Diego to get to school?” No I didn’t!  If you would like to learn more about this beautiful and interesting historic place look here: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Enjoy a view from the Point without having to visit! Beginning with the foreground is Coronado Island Naval Air Station, the San Diego Bay, city views and finally the hills of Mexico in the distance.  The other shots are of the Old Lighthouse interior staircase and exterior shot.  Please visit www.MScott-Photography.com for archival prints, photo cards and boxed sets.  If you like what you see I invite you to comment!

Mojave Mojo

Back from a long weekend outside of Kernville, CA; Stayed at a beautiful cabin on the edge of the Sequoia National Forest.  It was located 7 miles, and a twenty degree temperature difference , straight uphill from Wolford Heights.  Wanted to ride the whitewater even though the river isn’t that great this year but had our doggie with us and nowhere to stow her while we rafted – so next time!

To get there from here (San Diego) you need to drive across a large stretch of the Mojave. I wouldn’t want to live in the desert but I do love to drive through it. It feels like anything could happen and is full of interesting things to see.   If you haven’t been –  It’s not like the Lawrence of Arabia type desert with flowing sand dunes. It’s a rugged, harsh landscape; full of rocks, hills, hard packed sand, cacti, Joshua trees and scrub. Here are a few shots from my view….  For more of my work look here: MScott-Photography.com

You can NEVER have enough Cactus ….or gifts for that matter!

Could be Iraq!

Word press weekly Photo challenge: Together

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Enjoy this photo of a Mama Great Horned owl and her babies “together in their nest!
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A Life Saved!

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As some of you may know I found a hummingbird nest while on a hike at nearby Blue Sky Canyon about two weeks ago and was able to photograph the mama sitting on her nest from QUITE a distance with my 300mm maxed out! I have actively searched for hummingbird nests in the past with no luck at all and now I see why. They are virtually impossible to see even when you know where they are!!

Here again is the original photo of the Mama

Well we were able to get back to the park over the weekend and I was eager to check on the nest. When we found it again I felt like something wasn’t right. There was only one tiny baby peeking out at me and with the big storm that we just had in mind it prompted me to look around on the ground by the nest. Lo and behold there was a baby lying on the ground and at first glance I thought ” Oh no! it’s dead!” But as I watched I could see it breathing. I alerted a park ranger who was nearby and they placed the baby back in the nest. Which I didn’t know you could do successfully. There was barely room for two of them and he perched precariously on the edge of the nest panting from stress. I wasn’t sure what would happen but when we came by at the end of our hike I could see he was now snuggled into the nest more. Good Sign! Today I returned to check on things…no mama in sight ( they need to feed every 20 minutes) so I snapped a few pictures of the nest with both birds snuggled in there tight! Alive! Yay! Here you go let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

Focus 52 Weekly Photo Challenge- Pastel

Welcome to spring,  without a doubt my favorite time of year!! So I know this looks like and orchid but I am here to tell you this is a macro of a wisteria blossom. Who knew those little tiny blooms were actually miniature orchids! : )  Enjoy your Easter weekend everyone, a time of rebirth and hope.

Can you see it yet?

Went for a walk in Blue Sky Canyon yesterday with my Shadow and as luck would have it  timed our trip perfectly to come across a Ranger led hike.  Usually I would make a wide berth as I prefer my nature hikes on the quiet side and not surrounded by a gaggle of people, BUT their first discovery was a mama hummingbird manning her nest! I HAD to stop when I heard that.  It took me a full five minutes of staring from a multitude of angles while the Ranger was pointing directly at the nest for me to finally see it!! That is how well mother nature works to protect her creatures. It was in the center of a tree right next to the path – yet I had to struggle to see it! Oh but it was worth it as you will see below.

Now we have many, many hummingbirds in our yard at home. They come to the feeders regularly but I have never been able to spot a nest even though I have tried many times believe me! I was informed by the Ranger to please not get close at all as the eggs will not hatch if the mother is worried or stressed. I took this with my 300mm maxed out which produced a photo a tiny bit soft.  It was also very overcast and I was shooting into the center of the tree. All in all happy with my result. Her nest is so beautiful I would like my home to look just like it! If this doesn’t put a smile on your face nothing will!                 Limited Edition Prints available here.

Thank you! Gracias! Merci! Grazie!

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to tweet and comment about the latest Focus 52  Photo challenge shot. I can thank Mother Nature for her awesome timing bringing rain when I needed it! : )

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