A Point Lobos Day

I went to Point Lobos with a Meet-up friend. We hiked around the perimeter of the park taking the North Shore Trail. We ended our day here after 5 hours of hiking at Bird Island.

We saw sea lions, otters, Cormorants, gulls of all types, a Black-crowned Night Heron, and wonderful seascapes.

We had hoped to get a nice sunset set from Bixby Bridge but the sun wasn’t setting there exactly so we moved further north to Rocky Point. We had a lovely dinner in the restaurant. Unfortunately the fog bank rolled in and marred the sunset, but did not dampen the mood or ruin the day in any way.

Here are a few shots from the day.

Nikon D300s with Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 70-300mm VR AF-S

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac.   All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac.  All Rights Reserved.

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Dawn

This shot was taken in Pescadero, California just before the sun crested the Santa Cruz mountains.  I’m standing in a mustard field in front of Pigeon Point Light Station. There was poison oak all over the place here. It’s a good thing I’m not allergic to it.

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At a Safari Rest Stop

I went to Safari West last week-end with 9 members of a Meet-Up group. We are photographers. Safari West is a little slice of Africa in Santa Rosa, CA.

What a neat experience it was to see so many different and exotic birds, and animals up close. Many of the birds and animals roam freely through the park where we drove. We stopped right next to a giraffe, zebras, and a we had a close encounter with a female ostrich. She didn’t want us to leave so she cleverly positioned herself near the gate so we couldn’t drive through. We ended up backing up and going out a different way. Which turned out wonderfully. I wouldn’t have seen the swan in this post if we hadn’t gone this way.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved. Flamingo Ripple

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved. Screamer Crane

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved. Scarlet Ibis

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved. Swan and Cygnus

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” ~Ansel Adams

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Safari West
Santa Rosa, CA
African Experience
Exotic Animals
Birds

I went to Safari West with 9 others in my Meet-up group. We rode in an open expedition jeep. Taking turns to ride on top. It was a fun day filled with lots of laughter, and sightings of some really gorgeous animals and birds.

Adventure Awaits on the Sonoma Serengeti
Picture yourself among some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Come close with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and many of the other 600 animals that inhabit the preserve. Take an exciting three hour, safari drive and explore the wildlife preserve, traveling first in an authentic safari vehicle and then a trek around the inner grounds.

It may not be Africa, but it’s close! With animals roaming and running free outside your safari jeep this safari escape is the closest it comes without requiring a passport.

The wildlife park is designed to give the animals the ability to interact and roam about freely, as well as engage our guests in a once in a life time experience — an African luxury safari in the wine country.
~Safari West

Flamingo Nursery



Flamingo Nursery, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Safari West
Santa Rosa, CA
African Experience
Exotic Animals
Birds

I went to Safari West with 9 others in my Meet-up group. We rode in an open expedition jeep. Taking turns to ride on top. It was a fun day filled with lots of laughter, and sightings of some really gorgeous animals and birds.

Adventure Awaits on the Sonoma Serengeti
Picture yourself among some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Come close with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and many of the other 600 animals that inhabit the preserve. Take an exciting three hour, safari drive and explore the wildlife preserve, traveling first in an authentic safari vehicle and then a trek around the inner grounds.

It may not be Africa, but it’s close! With animals roaming and running free outside your safari jeep this safari escape is the closest it comes without requiring a passport.

The wildlife park is designed to give the animals the ability to interact and roam about freely, as well as engage our guests in a once in a life time experience — an African luxury safari in the wine country.
~Safari West

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.”~ Louisa May Alcott

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum- California Natives
Santa Cruz,CA
Garden Path

I’m playing with CS5 and really enjoying the neat filters and new techniques. Content Aware is amazing. I giggled when I used it to get rid of an unsightly light fixture in this photo.

Bixby Bridge Southern View



Bixby Bridge Southern View, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Big Sur
Hwy 1
Southern View

This is the main pull out on the ocean side of Hwy 1.

Uploaded or downloaded can never remember which I’m doing, the trail of version of CS5 after the email from Adobe told me my boxed CS5 will be shipping any day. They offered me the trial to use until mine arrives.
So many more sliders, and option. Full blown ACR is awesome! This is my first edit with CS5. This is another shot taken early that day which I shot at ISO 1600. I do love the D300s! No noticeable noise is great.
So I’m going a bit crazy learning Win 7 and CS5 at the moment. I do not have a head for these programs. I only wish the Kelby book for CS5 was released now too. Sadly, it’s not coming out until Aug.

Pj helped me go through all the sliders and ACR. Not too much done to this one. Recovery, fooling around with the adjustment brush on the sky, and I cropped off a bit to right, and resized it.
Thank you PJ!

Uploaded by dmzajac2004 on 30 Apr 10, 7.22PM PDT.

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