Early Morning Ponies

Ponies in the early morning – Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

The ponies at Assateague Island National Seashore are always a draw for visitors, and we were no exception. Cindy and I had kayaked down Sinepuxent Bay from the ferry landing the previous day and put in at Tingles Island Camp for the night, then woke up the following morning to explore the surroundings before the heat and insects overwhelmed us. Our reward was in the form of seeing the ponies up close and personal in a natural settings, without the normal hordes of tourons clustered all around them.

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Ponies in the early morning light
Tingles Island Camp
Assateague Island National Seashore
May 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 digicam

Sunrise on the Bay

Yee Tock Chee Park – Sausalito, California

Many years ago I visited Sausalito several times per year for a lengthy and intense business conference, which was quite draining mentally and emotionally. Since the conference usually dragged well into the evening hours, early morning each day was the only time I had to recharge for the next conference onslaught. I would get up before dawn, grab a steaming cup of Starbucks, and meander around the shoreline – looking for photo opportunities and scenes of beauty to brace me for the rest of the day.

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Sunrise over San Francisco Bay
Yee Tock Chee Park
Sausalito, California
November 2007
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd digicam

Published — Southern California Superbloom

Springtime superblooms – Gorman, California

Eighteen years ago to this day, my family and I were all piled into the car, driving north from southern Los Angeles toward San Jose, to see my sister graduate from her first alma mater. As we hustled along on the interstate, I noticed something odd alongside the road up ahead – color! Normally, this section of California is just an undulating mix of ochres, umbers, and siennas — with maybe a little bit of dusty green mixed in for variety. But not this time. No, this time there were shimmering purples and violets, bright cadmium yellows, and luminous oranges.

It was a superbloom! I hesitate to call a superbloom rare – because that term is so overused these days – but this was the first time I’d ever seen it in over four decades, and I was completely blown away by just how much the bright colors were exploding in the hills above us.

Because we were on a tight schedule, we only stopped long enough for a few shots before hurrying on to our final destination, but it was enough. And later this image was entered into a competition and printed in a small publication with a circulation of 58 thousand subscribers. A brief stop that was well worth the effort!

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Springtime superblooms
Gorman Hills Flower Fields
Gorman, California
May 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam