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I added two Monarch Butterfly images to my Macro Gallery that I captured in our back yard today. I caught him on the flowers of our Carolina Jasmine hedge. This is a good sign, having them show up this early in the season. That tells me we will have a great display of these beautiful creatures in southern California this year. Monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies, some say, and are considered the “king” of the butterflies, hence the name “monarch”. They migrate north and east into the USA from Central Mexico in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly.
I was selected as a finalist in a photography contest for “Cowboys & Indians” magazine. My photo, “Indian Warriors Crossing Little Bighorn River” is featured under the Action category, on page 85 of the February/March 2017 issue of “Cowboys & Indians”, the premier magazine of the West. Please visit my “Cultural Events” photo gallery to see the complete collection of images I captured at this event. These were taken at the “2016 Little Bighorn Reenactment” in Crow Agency, Montana.
I have recently started post processing some of my favorite color images to black and white using Adobe Lighteroom and the latest version on Silver Efex Pro 2 from Google NIK software. All of my images are captured in color on my DSLR camera in the raw format. Rather then have my camera take a monochrome image I take all of my pictures in color, which has all of the color data, providing a very dynamic file to work with. These Fine Art black and white images I posted were converted from color using my own creativity and processing technics. This is not considered photo manipulation but a way to desaturate the color channels in the image file. This diversifies my portfolio by adding a Black and White Gallery.
I just posted four new Butterfly photos in my Macro Gallery. I captured these photos in the Butterfly Jungle Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park using my 300 MM telephoto lens to get close and personal to the butterflies without disturbing them. They have butterflies imported from all over the world in this beautiful display. If you are visiting San Diego in April please check out the Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is located 30 miles north of San Diego
We recently took a tour down the west coast of Oregon and California in our Motorhome. We started in Astoria, Oregon and ended in Monterey California. We stayed on the Pacific Coast Highway all the way down. I captured two scenic and historic lighthouses on the California Coast, Battery Point Lighthouse and Point Cabrillo Light Station. We also took a side route though the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City, California. The pacific Coast Highway is one of the top driving detonations in the United States. I feel it is the one of the most picturesque drives in the country. We spent time in in Astoria and Waldport Oregon where I captured some great sunset shots.