A Day at the Bay – Half Moon Bay

Red Sail

Red sail at Half Moon Bay

It was one of those occasions where our anniversary and Father’s Day fall on the same day. To mark the occasion we took a day trip over to Half Moon Bay to enjoy something new for us. That’s right. We have never been to Half Moon Bay even though it is only about an hour and a half drive from home. Oh yeah, we’ll be going back.

Crab and Seafood to Go

Pretty sure that is not a crab.

Keeping with the times, this fish has apparently decided to self-identify as a crab. Should we be concerned? There are no proven links between fish identity confusion and humans, who are usually just confused.

Three boats

Three boats – Half Moon Bay

There is just something about small boats like these I saw tied to the dock. I really like the greens and blues, and will admit to bumping up the saturation just a bit. I was also using a polarizing filter on most of these shots, though it is not the norm for me.

Half Moon Bay marina

Half Moon Bay marina

You can really see the effects of a polarizing filter on this shot. Without it the sky would likely be washed and the highlights in the boats would dominate. The filter also helped the water to be more defined.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans playing follow the leader.

Before turning for home we stopped along the beach and I was able to catch pelicans flying up the coast in search of dinner.

Over the beach

Over the beach at Half Moon Bay

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Pretty bird, ugly lake

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

One of the things I like about living where I do is that I can get up in the morning, take a stroll a couple blocks down the street, and see wildlife. In a previous post I wrote about the egret that has been at the lake several mornings. In this post I feature a Black-crowned night heron, and as much as I want you to see the bird in the photographs, it is not easy to be blind to the deplorable condition of the water in Yosemite Lake. Pretty bird, ugly lake.

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

If this heron could cry, I am sure it would. I will just leave it at that. There just aren’t words. Almost every day I walk down by the lake and manage to see beyond the pollution, taking in the beauty that I know is there. Yes, I have been part of community efforts to clean up the park, but only so much can be accomplished by volunteers, and health and safety concerns keep volunteers from completing some of the most needed tasks.

Another reason I don’t have much to say on this is what this blog is essentially about. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let them speak.

Black-crowned Night  Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Stockton has incredible potential and is slowly moving forward, but there is much work to be done.

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Morning at Yosemite Lake

Egret

It has become a regular early morning at Yosemite Lake for this egret and me. For the most part it was staying out in the middle of the lake today. That made it a little difficult to get a good shot, but every now and then it would fly over to these branches in hopes of spearing a fish.

One can learn a lot about patience and persistence from these rather majestic birds. They wait patiently staring at the water for an unwary fish to swim by. This one waited in the middle of the lake and flew over when a fish disturbed the water. The it flew back and waited. Several times, back and forth, until persistence and patience finally reaped a tasty reward.

Egret diving for a fish.

Waiting…waiting…waiting…wham!! The egret stuck its head fast and deep into the water. An impressive attempt, but a miss. Back to its post to repeat the process.

Egret flying with a fish

A few minutes later my egret friend is rewarded and flies away with a fish in its beak.

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When I first heard Martin O’Malley

Martin O'Malley

I first heard former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley when he spoke at the California State Democratic Convention in 2014. His remarks sounded like a presidential stump speech and I suspected then that he had plans to occupy the White House. My suspicion was confirmed when I opened the newspaper this morning.

Yes, I still read a print copy of our local newspaper – some days.

According to the Associated Press, “O’Malley plans to announce his presidential intentions on May 30 in Baltimore.”

Of the three announced candidates, O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Hilary Clinton, my support goes to O’Malley. Though Clinton may still have the best shot, from a sheer momentum standpoint, at getting the nomination, O’Malley would be the better pick to lead this country into the future. And, I am not convinced Hilary can win a general election. Of the three, O’Malley is our best shot at keeping the White House.

Yes, this goes against the majority thinking of the party, but the majority is rarely correct.

This is my photography blog, so I’m not going to say any more about the presidential race in this post. You can see the rest of my pictures from the 2014 CA State Democratic Party Convention on Flickr.

Technical Stuff

For anyone interested in the technical data this photo was made with a Canon 60D with a 18-135mm lens at 120mm, f/5.6, shutter speed 1/60, ISO 800. The camera was handheld using only the available stage lighting.

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Barn at Sunrise

Barn at Sunrise

There is just something about a barn at sunrise. I drove by this barn several times before seeing the shot I wanted. The sun was just barely above the horizon and the ground fog had not quite burned off. Great conditions for this early morning shot. The filtered light coming from the side has nice glow, and I like the transition in the sky from gold to blue. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Early morning reminds me that each day we get a do-over, a chance to make whatever we messed up in previous days right. The failings of yesterday can be shed and new opportunities await. There is just one requirement. No wallowing in yesterday’s mud allowed. You have to rise up with the fresh dawn to a fresh start. You have to press on.

The small group Bible study I am a part of has reached Romans 5 in our study this week. So, this verse also comes to mind when I think of do-overs:

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:2b-4)

A new day, a new hope. That is what I see in each sunrise. Putting behind past sufferings and persevering to strengthen my character and give a brand new hope.

What do you see in a sunrise? How does a new day, a do-over, affect you?

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