Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bird of Prey

I recently was returning home when I heard a commotion. Several bird species swarmed a nearby powerline pole. I quickly found the source.

A red-tailed hawk nabbed a pigeon and landed on top of the pole. Mockingbirds, sparrows and crows dive bomb the hawk as it stood on its prey. I quickly grabbed the camera and tried to get as close as I could for a photo.

This is my favorite of the few pictures I was able to take. Someone walked by and the hawk quickly departed with its lunch.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Longest and Hottest Day

Today was the longest day of the year and, in Los Angeles, one of the hottest days of the year.
These photos represent the farthest north the sun sets in Hermosa Beach. The sun is setting down on the Santa Mountains just over Malibu.

I most have taken over 50 photos of this sunset and, honestly, every one was great. I had a tough job narrowing it down for this blog version.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Rare June Cloudy Sunset

It seems like a couple of months since Southern California has had significant high clouds that create great sunsets. Yesterday was a rare June high cloud sunset. I rushed to the beach to set up for a nice shot.

I picked two photos that represent the best of the evening. Who knows when I will have another good opportunity until late Fall arrives.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sedona Sunset

This goes back a ways but it brings back fond memories of a trip to Sedona, AZ. My friend, Al Z, held his wedding there and I was privlidged to attend it. This sunset was the photo highlight of the trip.