“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

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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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“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it. ” ~George Weinberg

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.
“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it. ” ~George WeinbergJulia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Big Sur
McWay Falls
Sunset
Pacific Ocean

McWay Fall
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Sur
California
Pacific Ocean
Lagoon

For the history buffs:
After passing through the specially constructed pedestrian underpass, the overlook trail comes out onto the face of a steep bluff about 100 feet above the ocean. The view includes a large sweep of ocean, miles of the Big Sur coastline, and looks directly down into McWay Cove, where a delightful little water-fall drops 80 feet from the granite cliffs. Prior to 1983, it fell directly into the sea, but a major landslide a half-mile north of the cove deposited so much sediment in McWay Cove the the waterfall now lands on a sandy beach. The “new” beach is not open to the public because the surrounding cliffs are extremely unstable.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Tripod

“One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.” Thomas Osbert Mordaunt

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

McWay Fall
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Sur
California
Pacific Ocean
Lagoon

The sun was setting just behind me but before I moved to get that in a frame I just had to shoot this during the Golden hour.

For the history buffs:
After passing through the specially constructed pedestrian underpass, the overlook trail comes out onto the face of a steep bluff about 100 feet above the ocean. The view includes a large sweep of ocean, miles of the Big Sur coastline, and looks directly down into McWay Cove, where a delightful little water-fall drops 80 feet from the granite cliffs. Prior to 1983, it fell directly into the sea, but a major landslide a half-mile north of the cove deposited so much sediment in McWay Cove the the waterfall now lands on a sandy beach. The “new” beach is not open to the public because the surrounding cliffs are extremely unstable.

P.P. Added a little vibrance, and clarity, and wee bit recovery. Slight crop off the right side, and resized.

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

Baby Blue Eyes



Baby Blue Eyes, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Filoli Gardens
Woodside,CA
Estate
Garden
Historical Site
Meet-Up

I met some of my Night Photography Meet-up group before heading up to the city (San Francisco) we toured the house and garden. It’s a beautiful estate. On Sat. it was horribly crowded so getting good shots was difficult. I must go back during the week when less people are about the place.

History for those who like it:
After the 1906 earthquake, many wealthy San Francisco families relocated to the Peninsula and built large estates. A
number of these families made their fotunes in the railroad, mining, banking, and mercantile boom of America’s Gilded Age. Filoli is the last of these estates remaining on all of its original 654 acres. Built by Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II, who lived here between 1919 and 1936, the estate was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth in 1937. In 1975, Mrs. Roth donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today the property is open to the public from February through October with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers.