palm tree

Pelicans, palisades, palm trees, and flare

Pelicans, palisades, palm trees, and flare

Santa Monica, California.

As we were walking on the Palisades I spotted a large group of birds flying north up the coast. As they got closer it became clear that they were pelicans. It’s tough enough to shoot groups of birds flying and then, when the only way to get them is through a group of palm trees getting a decent shot is near impossible. This was the only shot I had time to take and while far from perfect, I’m happy with it as a place marker for an amazing sight to see.

I attempted this kind of shot on an earlier visit to LA and this one I got yesterday may be a bit better.

2014 shot: Pelicans, palisades, palm trees, and flare.

Palm trunks

Palm trunk

Santa Monica, California.

We took a walk along the Santa Monica palisades and I noticed two palm trees with unusual rings on them. I took both RAW and high contrast JPEG images and these high contrast versions looked great to me. The grain added more texture to what was already interesting textured patterns.

Sitting in the sun with a nice ocean breeze was quite a contrast from driving to JFK yesterday morning after the snow storm. I had to blow a foot of snow off our driveway at 4:00 am. just to get the truck out.

Palm trunk

Pelicans, palisades, palm trees, and flare

Pellicans, palisades, palm trees, and flare

Santa Monica, California. I’ve been busy so haven’t posted images from my last trip to Los Angeles and I have another coming up soon so… We took a nice walk along the palisades in Santa Monica and while attempting some more palm tree shots I spotted a large group of birds flying north up the coast. As they got closer it became clear that they were pelicans. At least ten more groups flew by, each one with a large number of pelicans and a few sea gulls. It was amazing and while it was tough to get a shot of them without the palm trees, I’m glad I got a few that show their impressive wings.