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Hank Christensen
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San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in landscape, bird and wildlife photography (you know, the kind that brings in the big bucks!)
San Francisco Bay Area photographer specializing in landscape, bird and wildlife photography (you know, the kind that brings in the big bucks!)

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A green heron perches next to still water, reflecting fall colors, Redwood Shores, CA.

I came across the following birds on a recent afternoon in Redwood Shores, California. Located right along San Francisco Bay with lots of calm water channels and sloughs, there are usually good opportunities to get close to these wetland species.

For more photos of these wetland birds, see http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2018/02/as-afternoon-in-redwood-shores/

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My German friends can check out the recent February 2018 issue of GeoLino Magazine to see one of my photos of an African caracal. I shot this photo in Namibia in 2016 at the Naan Ku Se Wildlife Sanctuary.

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A harbor seal looks toward the beach from an offshore rock outcropping, Pescadero State Beach, California.

I always enjoy photo locations that offer more than one possibility for a successful photo. Such was the case on a recent morning I spent at Pescadero State Beach for a sunrise landscape shoot. Being along the coast, I knew that chances for wildlife were high, and so I lugged my wildlife/bird lens along with me, even though I was hoping for a magical coastal sunrise shot.

Arriving about 45 minutes before dawn, I hiked up to a vantage point overlooking sea stacks just offshore. By shooting due south, I was hoping to get some wave action around the stacks, with a colorful backdrop of winter sunrise colors. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were not with me, and I got a dull glow to the east and suddenly it was daytime. No sunrise colors, no landscape keepers, nothing.

As it got lighter, I scanned the offshore rocks and saw several groups of harbor seals clustered away from the roaring ocean. Getting these guys on camera was only a quick walk back to the car to retrieve my wildlife gear. Once re-set up, I waited for another 15 minutes until it got light enough to really start in earnest.

For more photos, see http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/12/harbor-seals-at-pescadero-state-beach/

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A male Roosevelt elk ruts in the grass, pulling straw onto his antlers, Elk Meadow, Orick, CA.

Earlier this fall, my wife Kerry and I took a trip up to Redwood National and State Parks in northern California. As we got up to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, we stopped at Elk Meadow, a popular spot to see one of the few herds of Roosevelt Elk that survive in and around the Redwood parks.

As it was fall, we were treated to witnessing rutting season, the time of year where bull elks assert their dominance in the quest for female attention. It was readily apparent who the big, dominant bull was, decoratively adorned with straw hanging from his antlers. The regularity of his bugles told us that he had a high opinion of himself!

For more photos of this lovely gentlemen, see http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/12/roosevelt-elk-at-prairie-creek-redwoods-state-park/

#wildlifewednesday #elk #california #californiawildlife
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Wildflowers adorn the meadows below Piute Pass, Inyo National Forest, CA.

In August my friend Steve and I attempted a quick four day loop through parts of Inyo National Forest. Our plan was to ascend Piute Pass, head down the other side to Evolution Valley, and loop back up Darwin Canyon through Lamarck Col to complete the loop at North Lake. Sounded pretty simple, and going through some beautiful country. What we hadn't planned on when creating the trip was how much snow was still in the mountains from the heavy winter. Even though it was August, snow still covered much of our trail.

As our trip date approached, we saw that not only would we have lots of snow to contend with, but also some very wet weather. Monsoonal moisture was pushing up from the east side of the Sierra, looking to drench our trip. After some deliberation, we decided to push forward, hoping for at least one clear evening or morning in Evolution Valley. I'd certainly put up with four days of rain for one beautiful landscape shot to add to my portfolio.

The climb up to Piute Pass was uneventful, passing a series of lakes on the way to the day's high point. Glaciers clung to the northern slopes of the mountains, feeding small waterfalls. We did encounter several groups of happy campers who had spent the previous night at some of these lakes. I spoke briefly to a man named John and his son Clay who looked like they braved the nighttime rains in good spirits.

As we got closer to the top, I started seeing small fields of wildflowers. It was the right time of year for this elevation, but given how much snow was still in the mountains, I hadn't been thinking of wildflowers at all.

To read about the rest of the trip and see more photos, visit http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/10/piute-pass-loads-of-snow-swollen-creeks-and-busted-boot/

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An osprey perches on the edge of a man-made nest tower, Wolf Island, Ontario, Canada.

On a trip to Ontario Canada a while back, I was able to spend some time photographing some of the area's local birds, knowing that many of what I found there would be new species to me. I quickly found a few local residents, but as my time was short, I wasn't able to get all of them without man-made elements in the frame.

For more photos please see http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/09/bird-on-a-wire-birds-of-ontario/
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A desert tree silhouettes against a sunset sky, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

I captured this tree silhouette at the peak of a glorious sunset in the heart of the Namib desert. I spent some time with this tree, crafting the photo. I wanted to reduce the tree to a graphic form against the beautiful colors of the sky. Because the tree was reaching to the right, I oriented its trunk to the far left of the photo so that it is reaching into the frame and up and over the distant mountains.

After taking a look on the computer, and doing some basic processing, I was really happy with it. That is until I showed it to my wife Kerry, and was met with a frown and shrug of the shoulders. "It doesn't really do anything for me," was the response I remember.

Now to give a little bit of background, Kerry has a great eye for photography and is certainly not one to heap praise where it is not due. As surprised as I was by her reaction, I knew I needed to pay attention to this critique because of her impeccable taste. So what went so wrong?

Continued at http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/05/this-is-a-crappy-photo/

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Evening clouds turn to fire over the mountains north of Azhagappapuram, Tamil Nadu, #India.

I took this photo on the final day of a fantastic trip to India last year. I was in the state of Tamil Nadu, at the southern tip of India staying with my friend Frans. The village in which he grew up is just on the far side of this small lake, so I only had to travel a few minutes from where I was staying to get this shot.

I had been eyeing the sky for a few days, hoping for some clouds at sunset that would catch the last rays of the day. Luck was with me for my last evening in town, as the clouds started to build in the afternoon.

Unfortunately, I did not get the still water that I was hoping for, in order to create a reflection of the southern most expanse of the Western Ghats. In typical southern Tamil Nadu style, wind was whipping across the water at great speed, creating small white caps (definitely NOT what I was hoping for!) In fact, this area is known for its expanse of wind farms, which should have given me a clue that waiting for a calm day was likely an exercise in futility.

Continued at http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/05/sunset-over-azhagappapuram/

#tamil_nadu #sunset #visitindia
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Afternoon light provides enough blue in the sky to compliment the reddish-orange of the dune, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

In this week's post, I explore how to use a location's stories to guide your photography. What better example to use than the spectacular orange dunes of the Namib Desert in Namibia.

http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/03/location-photography-telling-a-story-through-photos/

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Check out my latest post about encountering several of the shy Indian Giant Squirrels. These guys are over 3 feet long, tip to tail!

http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2017/02/indian-giant-squirrel/
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