A Saturday Adventure

I spent some time along the coast on Saturday. We stopped in San Francisco to take some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge from a direction not seen often. The city behind the bridge mimicked the shape and lines of the bridge.

We changed directions a bit and headed to Point Reyes National Seashore. The drive was interesting. During the rains this winter and early spring there have been mud slides and other dangers along the road. There is even some closed roads due to damage. I spent more time paying attention to the driving, bicycles and other traffic that no pictures of this portion of the trip were taken.

But at the seashore I felt more like I was on a safari. Harbor Seals, Turkey Vultures, Crows and Tule Elk… oh my.

I met a lovely couple where we saw the Tule Elks. They were pulled over and that is what caught my eye before the Elks did. I am so glad they had pulled over. I was excited to get a chance to see this herd.

 

California State Fair Photo Contest.

My May 3rd 2017 I will need to choose at least one photo, possibly more, to enter into the California State Fair’s photo contest. There are 15 divisions with between 2 to 10 classes.  The competition is open to Amateur photographers both adult and youth, and the entrant must be a California Resident. I can not submit a single photo in multiple divisions, so I am considering which of the following I want to do, and of course what to submit. I would love feedback on the photos I post as possible entries. Or even suggestions on any of my previous photos that may work well for this.

Per http://www.castatefair.org/photography/

Division 27 – Animals
Class 1 – Domestic/Pets
Class 2 – Farm Animals
Class 3 – Wildlife (non-captive)
Class 4 – Animals (captive)
Class 5 – Insects/Bugs/Arachnids

Division 28 – Architecture
Class 1 – Bridges
Class 2 – Cityscape
Class 3 – Monuments
Class 4 – Rural Buildings
Class 5 – Urban Buildings

Division 32 – Fair (Any County or State Fair)
Class 1 – People
Class 2 – Places
Class 3 – Things

Division 34 – Landscapes
Class 1 – Landscape
Class 2 – Nightscape
Class 3 – Panorama
Class 4 – Seascape
Class 5 – Skyscape

Division 35 – Life in California Note: Photo must be taken in California.
Class 1 – CA Agriculture
Class 2 – CA Landscape
Class 3 – CA Nature
Class 4 – CA Water/Drought

Division 36 – Nature
Class 1 – Flora
Class 2 – Macro
Class 3 – Weather
Class 4 – Any Other

Current candidates:

 

 

Results …

Answer Votes Percent  
Butterfly and Thistle 47 21%  
Smoke no mirror 23 10%  
sunset on treasure island 19 8%  
moorings at emerybille marina 18 8%  
Sunset at cliff house #2 13 6%  
Vulture in Black and White 13 6%  
Sun Touched Redwood 11 5%  
Vulture in color 10 4%  
Glass Coral #2 9 4%  
Harness 7 3%  
Love’s Bouquet 7 3%  
Glass Coral #1 6 3%  
Petal in Pink 6 3%  
Fallen Redwood 6 3%  
Moss 5 2%  
masts emeryville marina 5 2%  
Desert Drive 4 2%  
Fairy #2 3 1%  
Fairy #1 3 1%  
Mermaid #1 3 1%  
Desert Flowers 2 1%  
Vegas Sunrise 2 1%  
Mermaid #2 2 1%  
Sunset at Cliff house #1 2 1%  
Fairy #3 1 0%  
Almost Full Moon 1 0%  
Fire Touched Redwood 1 0%  
Hill-Cat #1 0 0%  
Hill-Cat #2 0 0%