Heerman’s gull. They’re not as common here as western gulls, but I do see them occasionally. This one didn’t feel like trying to fly in the wind, which was blowing other seagulls sideways. And in some cases backward.
#birds #photo #seagull
I found it kind of amusing that the wind was constant enough to keep this sign almost horizontal the entire time.
Waves breaking over the end of a jetty across the way.
Fun fact: I discovered that if the wind is strong enough, it can blow a camera neck strap up and completely off of your head.
Not so fun fact: It was also blowing the tethered lens cap on directly into my face.
#waves #ocean #coast #jetty #photo
A storm blew in over the weekend. After the rain headed inland, I went out to the pier to see the coast…preferably somewhere with railings, because the wind was still dangerously strong.
#ocean #waves #pier #coast #photo
Experimenting with the Pixel 5 camera. Portrait mode does a decent job of imitating depth of field here.
#photo #flowers #park
#moon over power lines.
Distant (well, distant enough) wildfire smoke combining with the Belt of Venus effect just around sunset. The bike path was one of the few places I had a relatively clear view of the horizon.
Best start believin’ in ghost stories…
Walked down to the pier on a gloomy day while my car was in the shop. People were pretty good at spreading out and wearing masks (prob. because the city started fining people back in summer).
Among other shorebirds, I saw a group of a half dozen pelicans whirling around and diving for fish.
#birds #sky #pelican #photo #gloomy
Crows seen through this morning’s fog. I ended up darkening the image a bit, but decided not to desaturate it any further.
#photo #birds #fog
A black phoebe perched on the garage roof, where it landed after deciding I’d gotten a little too close to the fence it was perched on beforehand.
A fox squirrel chowing down on magnolia seeds in the park this morning.
So much for “never eat anything bigger than your head.”
The AI helpfully identified this as a magnolia, somehow missing the squirrel taking up most of the frame. 🙂
A pair of mourning doves that have been hanging out in the front yard lately. Remarkably unconcerned by anyone walking by.
These two doves were just sitting there, totally unconcerned with anyone walking by.
Let the biker beware.
It may look innocuous now, but when it produces zillions of seed pods with sharp spikes on them, it’ll *earn* the name puncture vine.
I *hate* these things, and they grow all along the nearest bike path. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve patched bicycle tires because of them.
Smoky sun, late afternoon.
We’ve had some ashfall over the past week, but for the most part, the air quality at ground level has only been awful, not unbearable. Especially since the heat wave subsided.
But the light has just been *wrong*. Normal clouds in the morning breaking up to reveal a layer of smoke behind them, letting through yellow-orange, almost but not quite late afternoon light at midday. I went out for a walk after work, once it had cooled down and saw this.
#photo #smoke #sun