Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brazilian Dancers in Bolinas

We were in Bolinas, California on the 4th of July. Bolinas is a small coastal town outside of San Francisco in Marin County. It is tucked betwixt the up thrust mountains and the coast. The only way in and out are along twisty-windy mountain roads. Therefore it is semi-secluded. 

Each year they have a rather informal 4th of July parade that ends with a group of Brazilian dancers. The parade started at 11:00 am and the coastal for had not cleared…just yet. As you go down through the images, note that the sky starts out gray and turns to blue.

So here’s the challenge for a bird, bug and boat photographer; work with these energetic dancers, take the lighting conditions as they present themselves, walk backwards AND DON’T MAKE THEM LOOK BAD!

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

That was a wonderful learning experience. Okay, I admit that I felt right at home with all these feathers. Would I do that again? Are you kidding? When’s Carnival?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red-tailed Tropicbird

These Tropicbirds were found on Kilauea Point on the north end of Kauai. The nesting season for the Red-tailed Tropicbird is from March through October. They nest under vegetation or on cliffs near the coast. Although they are graceful in the air, they are very awkward on land, unable to walk forward They feed by diving from great heights to catch fish.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pacific Coast Flycatcher

©2014 Steve BorichevskyThis is one of my “comfort birds”. Once the Pacific Coast Flycatcher and the Cordilleran Flycatcher were considered one species. They form two distinct populations in the west.

When I was living in the mountains just out side of Boulder, Colorado, each year I had a pair of “Western Flycatchers” nest under my deck. I would be greeted in the morning with a sharp seeet call from outside my window.

Time moves on and the species are split and I no longer live in my happy place.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kilauea Lighthouse

On the north end of the Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands is Kilauea Point. Below are sundry images of the Kilauea Lighthouse in different lighting conditions and vantage points.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hibiscus tiliaceus on Kauai

Now before you say, “Steve, turn down the saturation!”, I must interject…this is what it looks like. And unfortunately, bringing it into Live Writer and then up to Blogger diddles with the colors a tad. But along the river bank on the left hand side are these really wonderful Hibiscus plants with thousands of yellow flowers.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

They yellow hibiscus is the Hawaiian state flower. This hibiscus is Hibiscus tiliaceus. 

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