Jul 042013

bunny bath 1743

bunny bath 1744

Remember my “BIRD BATH” images from a few days ago?  Well, it looks like this bunny spied a good thing and decided to try out the spa himself.  Sorry that the photos aren’t better but we were fairly sure that if we raised the window blind, the bunny would take off, so I had to shoot through it.  In the bottom image, the bunny is so relaxed he’s sleeping, albeit with one eye open.

Jan 122012

Another one from Santa Barbara last May. On our third day, the sun finally came out and we, like many others, enjoyed a morning at the beach Here a woman is walking her dog… which there is a lot of on this beach. In the background you can see a surfer swimming with his board.

Processed in Topaz Simplify – Buzz Sim

May 212011

This coyote has been roaming through the park in the early hours… but last weekend he came through again “late in the day”  — that is about 8:30AM!   I was driving back in from an errand and only had my Canon SD950 with me,  which isn’t zooming as quickly as it used to in its younger days.

The  coyote stayed in the shadows and thus you can hardly see him in the original image.   If it wasn’t for our cool photography software, I would have had to just delete this image.  But, I ran it through the HDR Stretch in Topaz Adjust, which brought him out of the shadows.  Then when I brought it back to Aperture, I adjusted the hues to get it back its natural colors.

When I cropped it, I decided to leave a lot of space between us and the coyote… to help give the feel of him sneaking past us. When I tried a crop to show his mangy self off, it lost some of that wild coyote feel.

You should see the bunnies scrambling whenever the coyote comes strutting through.

Mar 182011

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm’ 4:55Pm MST (Canon SX10, no tripod)

I’m sure when this bird feeder was hung in Celia’s Rainbow Garden in Quartzsite, that neither of these two were the intended guests.  Surely, each is taking advantage of a bit of “fast food.”

This image was cropped and then processed in Topaz Adjust using the “Clarity” preset.

Note:  Paul Winer in the previous photo is Celia’s father.  Celia died in 1995 when she was only 8 1/2 years old from a viral infection that hit her heart.  This is her story as told by her mother: http://www.celiasrainbowgardens.com/Story/.  The gardens is one of my favorite places for “photo walking.”