I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday, whatever it is you may celebrate. Personally, I simply celebrate the fact that we get time off during this wonderful part of the year. I’ll be spending several days with my parents in the cold North of California looking for Bald Eagles, followed by a week of exploring in Oregon, hopefully with some fresh snow somewhere in the mix.

I’ll leave you with two new images, the first being from my previous trip to Owens Valley. I have a soft spot for those swaying grasses, and when they catch the low angle light from behind, they really come to life. Meanwhile the fall colors contrasted nicely with the turquoise Rabbitbrush.

“Dancing in the Sun” ~ Owens Valley, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D2 mkII, 70-200mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/18, 1/6th sec

I recently revisited this older image to get back into the mood for bird photography, as it’s been quite some time. I took this image of a Short-eared Owl a few years ago in Ithaca… I hope I can still handle the cold as I could back then! Two years in Southern California tends to make you go ‘soft’.

“Short-eared Owl” ~ Ithaca, NY
The Tech: Canon 20D, 500mm + 1.4x tc, monopod
Exposure: iso 800, f/5.6, 1/1250th

Lastly, here’s one of the more beautiful Christmas trees I’ve ever found – from a snowy adventure last year! Be sure and save some time this holiday season for a peaceful wintery walk in the outdoors, I don’t know about you, but the holiday traffic is driving me crazy, and I can’t wait to be out in the boonies. See you next year!

“Winter Sequoias” ~ King’s Canyon NP, CA
The Tech: Canon 5D, 24-105mm, tripod
Exposure: iso 100, f/16, 0.4 sec

4 Comments to “Happy Holidays!”

  1. Hi Floris.

    Wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays as well, Floris.

    Thanks for inspiration and friendship throughout 2009 and I hope the story continues… 😉
    I`ll be watching you…muahaha.

    Take care.

    Best Wishes
    Seung Kye

  2. Vrolijk Kerstfeest Floris! Very much enjoyed your work this past year and I am sure this will continue in 2010. Actually I have not the slightest hint of a doubt.

    Really looking forward to the images you’ll return with from Southern Oregon. Will you too be snow-shoeing around Crater Lake and shooting birds in Klamath Falls? Just out of pure curiosity!


  3. Hi:

    Merry Christmas from Spain. Thank you very much for your very nice photographs and interesting comments.


  4. Steve Sieren says:

    Hey! Hope you had a great holiday Floris. Can’t wait to see what you got up in the North East part of Californi. I liking the back ground of the Owens Valley.