Monthly Archives: December 2014

Our 10 Favorite Photos of 2014

Our 10 favorite photos of 2014 (in no particular order) are… 1) Artists Palette at Sunset, Death Valley, California The sunset cooperated quite nicely for this photo, with the clouds lighting up in a brilliant display of pinks and yellows.  … Continue reading

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Lesser Yellowlegs

                                    This Lesser Yellowlegs was photographed along the coast of California (Moss Landing) in December 2014.  The Lesser Yellowlegs is a member of … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Eating a Big Clam

Sea otters feed throughout the day, as sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight each day.  This equates to approximately 10-15 pounds of food per day.  This sea otter appeared happy with his prize after foraging … Continue reading

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Flying Pelican

Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) live on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.  They generally fly low to the water in single file or by themselves looking for fish just below the surface.  When a pelican spots its prey, it swoops … Continue reading

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Sea Otter in Eelgrass

This sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is resting comfortably in eelgrass (Zostera marina), which is a type of seagrass in the Elkhorn Slough (an estuary in Moss Landing, CA).  Eelgrass is important for combating global warming by soaking up carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, Death Valley National Park, CA

These beehive-shaped kilns were erected in 1877 with the purpose of converting pinyon and juniper trees into charcoal for use in two nearby silver mines.  The kilns are 25 feet high and well-preserved.  In fact, they are considered to be … Continue reading

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Red Rock Canyon State Park, California

This rock window arch was photographed along a hiking trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park.  Red Rock Canyon offers desert scenery, badlands, interesting rock formations as well as the opportunity for hiking and camping.  Red Rock Canyon State Park … Continue reading

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Moving Rocks, The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park, CA

                                The moving rocks are an interesting natural phenomenon that occur at an area called “The Racetrack” in Death Valley National Park, California.  When conditions … Continue reading

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Artist’s Palette at Sunset, Death Valley National Park, CA

Artist’s Palette is is famous for its varying rock colors, located along Artist’s Drive in Death Valley National Park, California.  This beautiful 9-mile, one-way loop road provides evidence of Death Valley’s volcanic past.  The highlight of the drive is Artists’s … Continue reading

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, CA

These are the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park.  The sand dunes form when sand from eroded canyons and washes is blown by the wind and gets trapped between the mountain ranges. These sand dunes are home to … Continue reading

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