P52 27/52: Treasures from the Trail

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My hike today turned into a treasure collecting hike. I found lots of trail glass in colors of green, brown, and clear, a little pebble, a little silver button, a penny gleaming off the trail in the bush; my pocket was getting full! Then on the way down I found these little acorns laying in the trail and had to scoop them up too. I carried them in the palm of hand more than a mile down the trail to my car.

When I got home I got out my tripod, Camera, and Speedlights and set about making some images of what I found.

P52 27 of 52 Treasures from the TrailI love this little pick of acorns!

P52 27 of 52 Treasures from the Trail

I wasn’t planning to post twice today, but I suddenly realized I hadn’t posted my image for my Project 52 this week, so these found treasures that made me smile, lightened my heart, and made the hike even more joyful get that honor instead of the image of a rose with a bee that I meant to post yesterday.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm Macro lens| Tripod| SB910, SB600, triggered with an SU800|

I hope you all are having a lovely week-end!

More to come…

MM2:7- Wild Rose and the Bee

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I dug into my earlier 2015 Hiking files for the weekly contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. Nothing I made images of this week worked out well in Monochrome/Black & White.  I’m so glad we have the option of color today because for me somethings just don’t work as well in Black and White. 🙂

MM2-7  Wild Rose and Bee

Check out the other wonderful contributions to this week’s Monochrome Madness2 here.

Panasonic DMC-FZ200| @ 108mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held| Santa Clara County

Summer Solstice Hike

My morning hike up to Vista Point this morning was lovely.  There were butterflies flitting around the wildflowers lining the trail, and about 2 miles from the top there was a plant with several butterflies warming their wings. I think the flowers are Globe Gilia, and the butterflies Variable Checkerspots.

Photo by Deborah M. Zajac

This one must have been cold. It didn’t move when I approached it. It was right in the middle of the trail.

Photo by Deborah M. Zajac

and further up the trail was this lizard warming itself in the morning sun.

Photo by Deborah M. Zajac

Summer temperatures have arrived in Silicon Valley. The last two days it’s been hot. This morning at 6:30am it was warm. The canopy felt wonderfully cool this morning.

The view from Vista Point was marred by fog and smog laying across the valley like a veil, but above it you can see the Diablo Mountain Range. Over there on the right are Mt. Allison, and Mission Peak rising above the haze, and in the valley below are the large hangers of Moffet Field Naval Station.

Photo by Deborah M. Zajac

I walked over to the bench today, and looked back. I loved the blue sky and Moon looking down on me.

Photo by Deborah M. Zajac


Total miles hiked- 8.2

Total elevation gained- 1,962ft

Total time to Vista Point 40minutes

Total time of hike- 3h3m-

Nikon D90| Nikkor 18-200mmVR

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.