Relax, I am not going to offer up a history lesson today. This term today I am
using to describe the El Dorado Nature Preserve in Long Beach, which exists
alongside a freeway, large flood channel, and suburban housing tracts. It is
true that virtually anywhere in this preserve, you can hear the sounds of civilization around you- cars whizzing by on the freeway, planes flying overhead- but you also hear nature if you will just listen.
For instance, this marshy section of the lake made constant popping sounds plus occasional splashes and plops in the water
would be seen and heard. Look what was basking in the sun on the log to the right of this picture below.
Once while walking through an open sun dappled part of the trail, a big red shouldered hawk flew swiftly by me and silently flew into a copse of trees and
out of my sight. I looked in vain, peering up into the towering Eucalyptus trees for the two great horned owls that were spotted earlier, and reported to me by a
fellow walker, as well as for a snowy egret spotted by one of the lakes, and no,
I did not see Mr. Heron again this time.
Peaceful coexistence above. I couldn’t imagine this scene back home where the predominate turtle species was the
”snapping turtle!” Again note the very interesting shadows in the water- the downed tree limb hosting the turtle as well as the duck’s neck reflected on the water’s surface.
I really like the image above. The reflections in the water, the lack of other
humans in the photo, the pastoral and peaceful setting, it just goes to show
that your camera lens has a magic power, the ability to stop time and to portray
a scene as you might wish it to be, at that exact moment in time. This one photo
has made my day and made the trip worth while. 59 photos taken and only 4 or 5 blurry ones or not focused properly, all made using the “lazy let the camera make the decisions mode” and overall most good, certainly not bad.
Even the “peek-a-boo” shot below had the duck hiding behind the leaves in the plane of focus.
That’s all for now. Just to let you know, I will be off on Tuesday, which by the
way is the day before August 15th. If you have been reading this blog lately, you probably know where I will be going with my camera.
Enough said for now.
Bill McDonald aka Morongobill