Sunday, January 4, 2009

Natural Bridges State Park

It was getting on towards sundown on the 28th of December. We were looking for a good place to enjoy the show and maybe shoot some frames. I had no idea where B was taking me. We wound up at Natural Bridges.

The first treat was a boardwalk through a eucalyptus grove where monarch butterflies hang out.

Looking up into the trees, there were bazillions of monarch butterflies. (I can’t believe I got away with hand holding the camera at 300mm for 1/6s looking almost straight up!)

Then the sun went down and we were on the beach watching the show.

Sorry, no easy-peasy gull identification lesson today…you are on your own!

The final frame of the day.


Mary said...

I've never seen Monarch's like that! Your outing was spectactular, Steve.

Love those gulls :o)

Kerri said...

WOW! Stunning sunset!
I would LOVE to visit that Monarch Resting Area!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOW!! Those butterflies are great. No Steve, today I cannot choose a favorite picture. The bridge ad the sunsets are stunning!!

Fadil Wimala said...

it's beautiful.. great shots

Marvin said...

All great shot, but the sunset with gulls is my favorite. Awesome!

(For a few seconds after arriving at this post, my head was in Natural Bridges National Monument and I though the tide had really come in.)

Tabib said...

Fantastic shoots, all of it.
You have a steady hand, I believe you from EXIF data here:-
Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 10/60 second = 1/6 second = 0.16667 second

Eve said...

These are just beautiful Steve! I really love that monarch shot too...I can see them moving their wings and I feel like I'm right there. Beautiful sunset...everything!

Steve B said...

Hi Mary, This was my first time too. B says that when they are a lot of them, they are just dripping from the trees.

Hi Joan, I had to discipline myself and actually choose what to post and what not. It was just one of those sunsets where you couldn’t take a bad shot blindfolded.

Hey Fadil, first time commenter, thanks for stopping by.

Wow Marvin, Natural Bridges would be a high tide! LOL! Thanks for pointing out your favorite.

Yes Tabib, I actually timed the shutter release between heart beats. What could I do? I don’t travel with a tripod and this was a once in a life-time shot for me? Next time we go in the day time!

H Eve, I took about three shots. This had a good blend of motion and stillness. I’m happy with it, considering the lighting.

Mary said...

Wow, stunning shots, Steve!

Barb said...

I'm going to have to research Natural Bridges. We visit CA about once or twice a year to bike. When we went to Ocean Grove, I was unable to get good shots of the Monarchs because I didn't have a telephoto (which I now have). However, whether I could hold the camera steady enough is another story!

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