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Agave at Sunset
Columbine Flower
Wild Rose Bud
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Pier at Sunset
Cyprus by Moon Light
Sunset at Walden Pond
Slot Canyon
Moray Eel
Diatoms
Sea Lemon Nudibranch
Swallowtail Butterfly
Dragon Fly
Meteorite Photomicrograph
Sumatran Tiger Licking Paw
Sumatran Tiger Lying Down
Sumatran Tiger Resting
Sumatran Tiger "Growling"
Sumatran Tiger Yawning
Sumatran Tiger Portrait (Male)
Raccoon Foot Print
Kumayay Pictographs

 

Photography Images

 

Over 12,000 photographs of nature and scientific subjects from Southern California. Please click on a category below to see representative photographs. Click on an image to see a higher quality version. If you have questions about any image, please contact me.

Captive Species
Animal Signs
Astronomy
Birds
Botanical Subjects
Geology and Fossils
Humans in Nature
Insects/Butterflies
Marine Subjects
Moods of Nature
Natural Processes
Photomicrographs
Reptiles/Amphibians
Scenics

 

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Sumatran TigerFlamingo

Captive Species

Many exotic and endangered species are best photographed in captivity.

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Raccoon Track

Animal Signs

Many people go into wilderness areas and believe that there are few animals present, because wildlife is rarely seen during many hours of the day. The way to understand the diversity of animals present in a region is to know what the signs are. Photographs of tracks, scat, scrapes, nibbles, rubs and other signs of animal presence.

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Ring of Fire Eclipse

Astronomy

Astronomical events viewable terrestrially with the naked eye, such as solar and lunar eclipses, meteor storms, star trails, light phenomena, meteorite close-ups, etc. The image above is of a "Ring of Fire" annular eclipse viewed over water in La Jolla, California.

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Ring Bill Gull

Birds

Bird photographs, including raptors, shore birds, passerines, and exotics photographed in the wild and in captivity. Flight, perching, nesting and behavioral photographs for most species. Several endangered species. Nests of some species.

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ColumbineWild Rose Bud

Botanical Subjects

San Diego is one of the most diverse areas in North America for botanical subjects. Most flowering species within the region, including many rare and endangered species. Annual life cycles for common species of flowering plants, trees and bushes endemic to San Diego. Microscopic plant life as well as some exotic species.

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Slot Canyon

Geology and Fossils

Much of San Diego's geology is that of Sonora, Mexico, shifted north due to seismic activity. The County's geological record dates back to around 500 million years. Synclines, anticlines, deposition, erosion, deformation. Local fossils, including marine species found on mountain tops, mastodons, horses, camels, and sloths found in the desert, and dinosaurs under the urban landscape.

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Kumayay Pictographs

Humans in Nature

Humans have been part of the landscape of the Southern California region for at least 5,000 years (some estimates reach as far back as 10,000 years). While this is a fleeting moment in the history of life on the planet, it is a very long time relative to human history. Previous cultures have left their marks for us to find: rock paintings and carving, ceremonial sites, tools & implements, ancient trash heaps and entire villages.

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Swallowtail ButterflyDusky Skimmer

Insects, Arachnids and Butterflies

The most diverse group of animal species, some are living fossils, having changed little over hundreds of millions of years. Many insect, arachnid and butterfly species, as well as life history studies of some social species, and predatory behavior studies of arachnids. Termite and mosquito fossils in amber.

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Moray EelSea Lemon Nudibranch

Marine Subjects

The underwater flora and fauna along the coast of Southern California are just as diverse as the terrestrial species. Some of the photographs were taken underwater and some were taken at the Scripps or Stephen Birch aquariums. Many common deep water subjects, as well as tidepool life: limpets, chitons, snails, lobsters, octopi, nudibranchs, sponges, algae, bryozoans. Marine mammals: gray whale, dolphins, seals and sea lions. Marine processes such as the effect of tides and coastal erosion.

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Agave at SunsetCyprus by Moonlight

Moods of Nature

Many scenes in nature evoke strong emotions in humans. Peaceful streams, violent storms, pounding surf, lonely hill-tops, sunsets, moonscapes, fire and ice. These aren't really Nature's moods, but primeval human reaction to natural phenomena. They are the hardest to categorize.

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Pier at Sunset

Natural Processes

Natural processes are all around us. Weather patterns, the hydrologic cycle, birth-life-death, earthquakes, geological processes, tides, the recovery of an ecosystem after a fire and many others. All require more than one photograph to tell the story (one series on syzygy tides includes a photograph taken every six minutes for twelve hours).

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DiatomsMeteorite

Photomicrographs

Extremely diverse. Microscopic plants and animals, intricate detail and patterns from larger life forms, geological details. Microscopic studies of meteorites. Some of these images appear to be abstract art.

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Rattlesnake

Reptiles and Amphibians

Many local species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as some species photographed in captivity. Rattlesnakes, Mountain King Snakes, Desert Iguanas, Geckos, Frogs, Lizards and some endangered species (such as the San Diego Horned Lizard).

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Mountain ScenicWalden Pond

Scenics

Many of these photographs also fall under the "Moods of Nature" group. Most are landscapes that give an overall feeling of the relationship between plants, animals, the land and light.

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If you have a question about any of these photographs, please contact me. Thank You!

 

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