Seeing a stingray way up close

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Aug 222020

This morn­ing as I was walk­ing to Pt. Dubai (seen in the dis­tance in shot three) and was about 35 yards from this boy he was return­ing a ray to the ocean. Twen­ty min­utes lat­er I was return­ing from Dubai and could see the boy work­ing away heav­i­ly reel­ing in anoth­er fish with his bent rod. Yet anoth­er ray, so I stopped to chat with him and his very friend­ly dad and took these shots. “Could it have been the same ray?” I asked. The man was very cer­tain it was not.


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My best shot yet of the La Conchita neon palms

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Aug 202020

I’ve loved these guys ever since I first noticed them dri­ving by La Con­chi­ta at night. So since I’ve been bik­ing in and around dawn I’ve stopped to take pic­tures with my Sony cam­era a few times. But I’ve nev­er been able to hold the Sony steady enough for a clear image. So I bought a Joby Goril­la­Pod 500 tri­pod that allows me to wrap its legs around the top bar of the bike­way bar­ri­er to pro­vide a sta­ble base for the long, 265′ foot shot across the 101 to the neon palms in the dark. This morn­ing was try num­ber one and things swam swim­ming­ly.

My best shot of the morn­ing.
The red streaks are car tail lights zoom­ing along the 101
(click to see the full size)

A cou­ple more shots where I like the effect of the tail lights fly­ing by

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Exploring Padre Juan Road and 101 Overpass

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Aug 142020

I’ve always been fas­ci­nat­ed with the Padre Juan Road over­pass on Hwy 101, six miles north of Ven­tu­ra. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a vehi­cle on it. Last week I was look­ing on Google Maps and dis­cov­ered that the Road winds up the Padre Juan Canyon, changes names once or twice then ends up near Fos­ter Park and Hwy 33 above Ven­tu­ra on the way to Ojai. So I’m think­ing “inter­est­ing bike ride”. This morn­ing I did my first recon­nais­sance only to find a locked gate a half mile off Pacif­ic Coast High­way. Oh well, still fun and inter­est­ing pok­ing around on a famil­iar but nev­er explored area.

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