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Photographs of the Week – October 27, 2014

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For the last many months, I have been neglecting my duties as a blogger.

And I missed my self-imposed deadline of October 1st to have completed my travelogue entries of The Big Trip. My new deadline is December 31, 2014.

I got inspired to post today because of a picture I took of the partial eclipse a few days ago. On Thursday, October 23, I drove to Davenport CA and climbed to the top of a high hill overlooking Bonny Doon Beach and the Pacific Ocean. It also offered a broad view of the sky. At home, the sky is obscured by tall redwoods.

I had brought two sheets of dark glass meant for Chris’s welding visor. They worked well to track the slowly progressing eclipse with my naked eye. I also experimented putting one pane over the lens of my tripod–steadied camera and was delighted with the results. It’s not actually a very good photograph but it came out better than I expected. The eclipse is obvious and you can even make out some sunspots at the center. There’s a total eclipse in 2017 and I plan to have my photography skills in shape for that.

Also included is a photo I took on Sunday capturing two surfers paddling by a floating sea otter.

This morning I watched a black turnstone (a new bird for my life list) bathe itself in some tidal pools.

And lastly, waves. I’ve been taking lots of pictures of waves recently.

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