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Sunny Cove, Santa Cruz, CA – October 1, 2011
Just north of Sunny Cove is a very popular outcropping for Cormorants, Gulls, Pelicans and other sea birds. I have my tripod set up on the south side of the cove – looking northward. Sunny Cove is one of our usual walking destinations. We sometimes walk the 3-4 blocks from our cottage to the beach and then walk up past Corcoran Lagoon and the beach and on up to Sunny Cove. Just before Sunny Cove you have to hug the cliff and walk on the rocks. You can’t pass this way if the water is too rough or high. In that case you have to go up the steps on 18th, 19th or 20th street. I can’t remember which one. Sunny Cove was a regular family beach hangout when I was a kid.

Lone Pine
17 Mile Drive – Monterrey, California – August 1, 2011

Seacliff State Beach – Aptos, California – March 31, 2011
Seacliff is a California State Beach located off Highway 1 in the town of Aptos about 5 mi south of Santa Cruz, on State Park Drive. The beach is most known for the concrete ship SS Palo Alto lying in the water. For me, it is known as a good place to find water birds.

Why is there a ship at the end of the pier?
Was it built there — or did it sink there?

In 1910 a Norwegian civil engineer named Fougner thought of using concrete to build ships. It wasn’t until 1917, when wartime steel shortages required the use of cement for construction that Fougner’s idea was used. Three concrete ships were built. Two, the Peralta and the Palo Alto, were built at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Oakland, California while the third, the Faith, was built in a shipyard in Redwood City, California. The Peralta and the Palo Alto were built for wartime use as tankers, however World War One ended before ship construction was finished — so they were never used.

The Palo Alto remained docked in Oakland until 1929, when the Cal-Nevada Company bought the ship with the idea of making her into an amusement and fishing ship. Her maiden voyage was made under tow to Seacliff State Beach. Once positioned at the beach, the sea cocks were opened and the Palo Alto settled to the ocean bottom. By the summer of 1930 a pier had been built leading to the ship, the ship was remodeled. A dance floor on the main deck was added, also a cafe in the superstructure was built, as was a fifty-four foot heated swimming pool, and a series of carnival type concessions were placed on the afterdeck. The Cal-Nevada Company went broke after two seasons — then the Palo Alto was stripped, leaving the ship and the pier to be used only for fishing.

Coast of Maine – July 17, 2008
I’m going to finish off my July 17th trip with some coastal shots. Since I took these so long ago, I don’t remember their exact locations. Maybe Shawn will want to step in and add locations. This first 2 photos were taken with my Nikon D80 with either an 18-55 or 55-200 Nikon lens. These are the lenses that came with my camera. The last 3 shots were taken with my Tamron 200-500 zoom.

Lunar Eclipse – February 20, 2008 – Vaughn Bay, Washington
Here are three photos that I digiscoped just as the moon went into total eclipse. I have little experience with night photography, so this was a bit of an experiment. Hey! Can you see the man in the moon? He’s wearing sunglasses.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

View from Fir Island, Washington – February 17, 2008
Our mission today was to find the swans and geese that are supposed to be in the fields in this location. This first photo shows the magnificent view from this location. The next two photos show a FEW flying Snow Geese we found.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, f7.1, 1/3200 sec, ISO 800, Manfrotto tripod

Heceta Head Lighthouse – Oregon Coast – July 17, 2007
On the way up the Oregon coast we stopped at a pull-out to take a few photos of this lighthouse in the distance. If you don’t know, I have a thing about lighthouses. Two large paintings of lighthouses adorn my living room walls.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 380mm, 1/125 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Vaughn Bay, Washington – May 27, 2007
I occasionally take a photo of the bay in front of our house. This shot is taken toward the left where the boat ramp is located. This boat must have been launched just before I took the photo. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/400 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Capitola, California – Looking north from the Capitola wharf – April 3, 2007
We had breakfast on the Capitola wharf before heading out to do some birding. I had my gear with me so I took this photo looking toward Santa Cruz. The dots in the water are surfers, not birds. After breakfast I started taking some photos of the birds near the wharf.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/500 sec, Manfrotto tripod

March 17, 2007
The leaves are beginning to pop out and the rainbow is a promise of better days to come. This is a photo from our deck looking left toward the east. There are less and less water birds as they take off for their summer habitats. I’ll miss them, but I’ve found a sole reason to look forward to winter. The Canada Geese will hang around and we continue to see Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons. A visit by a tern or Osprey will also be a welcome spring/summer sight.

March 3, 2007
Theler Wetlands is located at the end of Hood Canal. This photo shows the mouth of the Union River as it empties into the canal. I don’t know why they call it Hood Canal because it is a gigantic and long body of water. It is actually a fjord. This is great birding spot and never disappoints.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/400 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Bremerton, Washington – January 15, 2007
You have already viewed and will continue to see photos taken in Port Orchard. I am standing on the waterfront in Port Orchard, looking over at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. The beauty of this area speaks for itself. No wonder I find a lot of ducks in this area. The boat/people exposure allows one to sometimes get a little closer to them.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/500sec, Manfrotto tripod

To tell you the truth, I’m not sure where this was taken. I believe I am on Mr. Desert Island, Maine. I know I’m in Maine, but I don’t know my Maine geography well enough to pinpoint the exact spot. I guess I should have written it down in my notebook. Because I was using the digiscope the boat must be well off from where I was standing. Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

Theler Wetlands – Belfair, Washington – December 2, 2006
There are 2 or 3 duck blinds for hunters on the wetlands – accessible by boat only. I detest hunting. It really seems like an unfair match-up to me. Too bad ducks don’t come with mounted machine guns to even up the odds. I think the guy in the front of the boat knows how I feel about his activities. Hunters say without hunting we’d have too many ducks. Gee, there’s an idea for controlling over-population of people! Same logic!
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 390mm, Manfrotto tripod

Vaughn Bay, Washington – November 29, 2006
The first photo was taken from my deck. It is looking towards the east end of the bay and toward the boat ramp. Vaughn Creek enters the bay at its eastern end. The second photo shows a view towards the southwest. Nikon D80, Nikon 55-200 zoom at 78mm, handheld

Manchester State Park – Port Orchard, Washington – November 25, 2006
This photo was taken from the beach at the state park. The park is east of Port Orchard and there were plenty of birds in the area.
From the park you can drive on a coastal road all the way to Port Orchard and beyond. There are always a lot of water birds just off the road.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 380mm, Manfrotto tripod
Second photo – This is a photo of Bremerton from the Port Orchard waterfront. The naval shipyard is located there. You can see a navy ship on the right side of the photo. The Port Orchard waterfront is a great place to take bird photos in the winter. The water birds that you find there are a little more used to people and you can get closer shots.

Olympia, Washington – October 28, 2006
This lake was created in the 1950’s by damming and dredging the Deschutes River. Some people in the area want to let the lake go back to a natural estuary. Others want to keep the lake as a reflecting pond for the capitol dome.
Second photo – Here is a view of the Washington State Capitol building shot from Capitol Lake.

Theler Wetlands – September 30, 2006

The wetlands are bounded on two sides by the Union River and Hood Canal, and contains a combination of freshwater ponds, forested wetlands, tidal wetlands in salt marsh, and an estuary at the mouth of the river. A 1.5 mile boardwalk and dike trail leads you through the site. The trail is not a loop, so roundtrip is about 3 miles. At the beginning of the trail you walk through dense forest on a boardwalk. When you come out of the forest you turn left. You then take a right to head out to the river trail. When you return, take a right to go out to another boardwalk (looks like a pier). The photo after this one is of the surrounding farmland near the river trail. Northern Harriers hunt the tall grasses so keep your eyes on the farmlands as well as the marshes and ponds. Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, tripod
Second Photo – This is a neighboring farm. I often see a Northern Harrier out in this field. Canada Geese also like it here.

Vaughn Bay, Washington
This photo is from my archives. It was taken with a 3.3 megapixel Olympus C-3030 at 1600 x 1200 and then cropped to current size.
I can’t even tell you what time of year this was. All I know is that it is a sunrise. I’m guessing it was winter, as it looks like the water temperature may be higher than the air temperature. The photo was taken from my deck.