Leaf Litter

Leaves of Platanus racemosa (Western Sycamore) on the ground, Los Penasquitos Canyon, San Diego, California; October 2016.

October’s “Photo of the month” is a bit different – an autumnal set of leaves from our native trees. Black Oaks and Canyon Oaks live at higher elevations only, Sycamores and Coast Live Oaks are familiar inhabitants of our riparian canyons (the Sycamores especially with their huge leaves need a lot of moisture so they’re not found outside of the canyons at lower elevations).

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Passage into the Earth

Slot canyon, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, California, January 2017.

My photo of the month for January 2016 is from a desert hike (in fact, the only desert hike I did so far during this cold season) in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness (archive link – 12 more posts are available from that area now!). Two of my friends and I did the loop hike that includes the “Domelands“, the rough Slot Canyon down into a fossil-rich part of the Carrizo Badlands, and back through Anvil Canyon.

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Lichen on Manzanita

Lichen on Mission Manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor), Black Mountain Open Space Park, San Diego, California; July 2015.

My photo of the month for July 2015 is a reminder that there are no shortcuts. I made this photo today, on July 31st. Forgive me if this post is going to get a bit technical, but it’s part of the story of this photo, which is a focus-stack of eleven single images – each one photographed with my 105mm macro lens at f/4.

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