Category: Photography

  • Bee on a rock rose

    Bee on a rock rose

    Today I learned how bees carry pollen after I took pictures of some in our front yard: it’s that yellow glob on this guy’s rear flank. I also learned (Wikipedia: Honey Bee Defense) that honey bees kill intruding wasps by “balling” them, surrounding them to overheat the wasps and deprive them of oxygen. Stingers are…

  • Bird Portraits

    Bird Portraits

    I have been working on taking pictures of birds using a portrait lens. These are all taken usually next to a dish of seed. Gear is a Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera (EPM-2) with Oly 45 mm f/1.8 lens (90 mm on a 35mm); Pixel Oppilas remote; Amazon basics tripod or Smallrig clamp tripod.   

  • Protected: College Cove

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  • Sunol and Coyote Hills Birds

    Sunol and Coyote Hills Birds

    These are all from either Coyote Hills Regional Park, or the Maguire Peaks Loop Trail in Sunol Regional Wilderness, except for the scrub jay who was in my backyard.

  • Women’s March Oakland

    Looking good today, Oakland.  60,000 people marched (that’s 15% of the population of the city!) no arrests, lots of good signs.

  • Bay Trail Bike Birding

    Bay Trail Bike Birding

    After reading The Thing With Feathers and then Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, I started being more interested in birds. Then I bought a Sibley Guide, and it got a little more serious. I’ve always enjoyed the Bay Trail, on several occasions riding SF to Berkeley or the reverse. This weekend I rode from…

  • American Southwest Pictures

    American Southwest Pictures

    New pictures of the American Southwest roadtrip — Berkeley, California to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, are now up on  This was the first time in years that I’ve taken out my SLR, and it was a fun time and place to take pictures.  The full moon helped to create some eerie effects, particularly at the…