Month: December 2017

New Work: Colusa and Sacramento NWR; learning lessons

With the new job starting — today, as you read this — I’ve been trying to compress some things I’d planned on doing into the time left before it starts, so it’s been busy as I’ve tried to clear the decks for going back to work. That said, I decided to take a day last week and make a day trip up to a couple of the more northern refuges, Colusa and Sacramento NWR. These refuges are about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the house, compared to 2 hours for Merced and 90 minutes for San Luis NWR,...

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New Work: catching up on the backlog

Catching up on my backlog of photos that needed processing, here are a few galleries of images from some short shoots I’ve done in the last six weeks or so. First, in November I made a few trips down to Coyote Valley. One big highlight: running into a Peregrine Falcon that had just made a kill of a Red-Winged Blackbird and was sitting on a pole feeding. In early December, I took along the camera on one of my walks. Highlight of this was a visit by a Bewick’s Wren that scolded me for interrupting it as it foraged...

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New Work: When the Cranes Dance

Some days you get really lucky. On my most recent trip out to the refuges, I stopped by Merced and ran into a small group of Sandhill Cranes in one of the ponds fairly close to the road. They took no notice of me, so I stopped to watch. And then they danced. There’s something incredible about seeing the Cranes dance. It’s an act of joy, part of the process of attracting a mate and building the bonds between a crane pair, and in watching them you can see the happiness in the way the birds move and carry...

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New Work: Birds as Landscape

I’ve been trying to travel out to the refuges as often as I can recently. Laurie and I did that a couple of weeks ago and I realized that an area of San Luis NWR that I’ve been wanting to photograph in fall colors was at peak, and so I made plans to get back the next week in hopes of catching the color before it failed. Unfortunately, we had some strong winds before I got back, and that impacted a lot of the color. This tree, for instance, was in full peak in that first visit, and you...

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So hey, I got a job (and some other updates)

So hey, I got a job (and some other updates) Sorry for the unplanned silence; I had a nice cadence going on the blog going into Thanksgiving and a number of pieces queued up to write over the holiday, and then things changed a bit. I got involved in discussions with a couple of companies, and I ended up getting an offer from one of them, which I’ve accepted. I’m going to manage their technical publications group. More correctly, since this is a smaller startup, I’m going to be most of the publications group, although I expect to be bringing in some contract writers down the road, and if that might be you, ping me in January after I have a chance to start sorting this all out. I’m starting December 18, which gives me a week to find everything, and the holiday week to start digging in and understanding what I need to dig into first, and then I expect to be moving forward by January on things. This is a small start-up doing security software, and yes, I’m not naming names quite yet. The other company I was talking to was also quite interesting to me, but the more I chatted with these folks about the short term and long term goals for me, the more I was sure it was what I wanted. I’m thrilled and...

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