Simplify – A Theme Thursday Post

I started back to school this week so I did not have a lot of time to play around with photos and blogging this week.  It has also been raining quite a bit up here, so my adventure days have been cut short or nonexistent.  I did make it out last Monday for a trip to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, but it wasn’t adventure enough to warrant it’s own blog post.  I’ll have to save that for when I am able to explore the park and the trails more extensively.

Last night I was thinking about what I wanted to do with this theme and knew that I had a lot of ocean photos that were “simple” photos.  Mainly just water, maybe a lone rock in the middle of the ocean, but mainly just lots and lots of ocean water.  I knew I had a tons of these photos in my files that I hadn’t used for anything and thought this was the perfect format for them.  Below are pictures taken during three different time periods at three different locations.

This first picture is from Dry Lagoon Beach in Trinidad.  This beach is located right across the street from the RV resort I was staying at when I first moved up here in August.  This picture was taken during that time period, late in the afternoon. The lighting in this picture is too bright and gives the photo a dull look that I actually quite like.

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This next picture was taken last month at the beach just south of my office.  I was playing with my new lens and capturing the different stages of the waves.

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The next two photos are from my  hike on Trinidad Head.  The top one is the most simple, yet beautiful picture. I love the focus on the water with just a little bit of sun and land off to the side.  The bottom one has that focus on the sunlight and a cool solar flare in it, but is still so simple.

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Make sure to check out Theme Thursday at California to Korea to see more photos and different takes on simplicity.


Trinidad, CA

Trinidad is a tiny little seaside town that is located about 10 miles north of my apartment.  I love it in Trinidad and have spent a few days up there hiking over the past few weeks.

On New Years Eve I hiked the Trinidad Head Trail, which is a little over a mile loop with fantastic views.  It was a beautiful day and I was happy to be able to finally check this trail off my to do list.

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As you start up the trail, you have a beautiful view of the beach.

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A couple of shots from different point around the trail…

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As I completed my loop I came back around to this stunning view of the town.  I think this was my favorite shot of the day.

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My next trip to Trinidad was a few days later with my roommate and the weather was quite different.  It was grey and dreary and threatened to rain on us at any moment.  We were still able to see quite a bit of the town and hike down to several of the beaches.

I’m going to pause for a moment here and throw in my Theme Thursday post for this week since the photos I am using were taken on this particular adventure.

The next two photos are my contribution to today’s Theme Thursday over at California to Korea.  The Theme today is “find your focal point.”  I’m actually not too fond of the second picture, but I liked that the background was white and blurred. I just wish the bird wasn’t so dark.

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Back to the adventure…

We had started our adventure looking for the casino while failing to pay attention to roadside signs.  We had all day so we just took a Sunday drive up Patrick’s Point Drive where we spotted some sea lions (Okay, Andy spotted the sea lions.  I would have totally missed them).  The first picture is the normal view of the rock.  Take a look at the bottom right hand almost corner of  it and you will see come brown specks.

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Zoomed in, you can see that they are sea lions!

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A scenic view from along Patrick’s Point Drive:

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We then headed back south and along Scenic Drive, where the casino is actually located.  We quickly found the casino and decided to take advantage of what little daylight we had left and see what else there was to see along Scenic Drive.  We stopped at Luffenholtz Beach County Park and explored the beach and the views there.

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The picture below is the beach the birds were on, this is also a view from the trail pictured above.  ZooDay 230

And below is the view to the left of the trail…

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This past Sunday we went up to Trinidad State Beach and did some hiking.  Here are a few shots from along the trails.

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The picture below is of Megwill Point.  This is my most favorite place I have been to so far.  Unfortunately, WordPress decided you did not need to see any other pictures of this particular spot.  For some reason it did not load all the photos I had selected.  The picture below is where the trail pretty much ends. You come down the trail, down some slightly scary steps, and onto a large dirt surface with stellar views of the ocean all around you.  Tinidad 100

Okay, I had to hop over to Facebook and download another picture of this spot to give you some perspective (I’m at work and do not have access to all my photos).  Below is the view from the end of the trail, before you head down the stairs.


After our time at Megwill Point we headed back toward the car.  We decided to walk the main road and had a fun adventure crossing a washed out section of it about halfway back.  Once we got back we went into the town of Trinidad for lunch at wonderful little cafe that has excellent vegetarian and vegan options.  After lunch we walked through town and went down to Old Home Beach to explore.  There we got to see more Sea Lions, but I didn’t have my zoom lens to capture any pictures of them.  I did get a beautiful picture on the way down to the beach and a couple of fun shots of the water though.

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I’ve really enjoyed exploring Trinidad the past few weeks and look forward to more adventure days in this tiny little seaside town!


Sequoia Park Zoo

Last weekend I visited the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, CA.  It’s a small zoo and it always seems to be raining whenever I want to visit, but crummy weather or not, it’s worth the trip.


Micaela, over at California to Korea, is hosting a “rule of thirds” Theme Thursday so I thought I would incorporate it into my zoo post today.   I actually do take a look at the Theme Thursday schedule before I head out on my adventures with my camera so I can work on my photography skills (or you know, work on acquiring said skills).   Thank you to Micaela for coming up with challenging themes and hosting Theme Thursday.  I missed it when it was gone and am really happy it is back!

On with the zoo post!

Sequoia Park Zoo is one of the smallest accredited zoos in the U.S.  It sits on five acres and packs a lot into that little space! It has a barnyard exhibit and petting zoo, an aviary, red pandas (that I unfortunately did not get to see), an otter exhibit, and much more!

I’m just going to go ahead and let the pictures tell the rest of my zoo experience.  The first three are for my Theme Thursday people so the captions will have a little more information that just animal names and information.


Crested Screamer. I think the fence pole in this one is throwing off my rule of thirds here. I didn’t pay much attention to it until right now and now it is all I can see. I’m still going to leave the shot here because I love this bird!

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Roster in the Barnyard area. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the day. I just love the colors on this guy!

Duck in the aviary

Duck in the aviary

The cutest pig ever!

The cutest pig ever!

These goats were awesome!

These goats were awesome!

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Cute Cavies

The majestic bald eagle

The majestic bald eagle

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Silly Alpaca

I think you can tell that I really liked the barnyard area of the zoo.

If you would like to see more Theme Thursday posts, please head over to California to Korea.  Feel free to link up if you would like to participate too!  I also have a photo in my “Winter in the Redwoods” post that fits this weeks Theme Thursday.  You can check it out here.

Close-up Theme Thursday

This is supposed to be a close-up portrait theme, but I never follow the rules so why start now.  Besides, I don’t know anyone here well enough to start taking close-up pictures of and I already used the cat for a portrait picture last week.    So this week I give you close-ups of plants!

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As always, make sure you head on over to California to Korea to see the rest of the Theme Thursday submissions.  Micaela also has a little announcement in her post today that is pretty exciting!

Catchlights Theme Thursday

This weeks theme was catchlights.  What are catchlights, you ask? A catchlight is the “light source that causes a spectacular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image.”  I don’t know about spectacular, but here is my effort for the week…

I love this picture.  I feel like he is saying, “Really, Human? Don’t you have better things to do with your life?”


I’m sure if you head on over to California to Korea you will see a much better representation of catchlights than this.

I did go out hiking this past week and have some great photos to share next week for our close-up Theme Thursday, so stay tuned!

Silhouette Theme Thursday

Yesterday I went on a Wellness Hike at work.  Once a month the Wellness Committee hosts a hike to get us out of the office and moving (I know, I know, it sounds like a rough place to work, but I manage).  I decided I didn’t want to bring my camera with me because I wanted to get to know my co-workers a little more and not focus on photos.  I really could have done both and wanted to kick myself all the way down the mountain for not having a camera.  I did have a cell phone though and did get ONE decent photo for today!


To see more silhouette photos, visit Micaela at California to Korea.

Throwback Theme Thursday

This past week has been pretty rough for me.  I’ve been struggling to keep up with my statistics class (just a note to all of you who are thinking of taking statistics online….DON’T DO IT! It’s HARD!) so all of my free time has gone to homework and the rest of it to sleep.  For some reason I can’t stay awake past 9:00 pm this week.  Maybe it’s all the statistics.

My point of all this rambling is that I didn’t get around to taking any photos for Theme Thursday this past week.  I had planned on hiking yesterday after work to incorporate the Redwoods with the theme, but a change in carpooling didn’t allow that.  So instead of being a huge flake like I usually am with this blog, I decided to suck it up and contribute SOMETHING this week.  I am determined to get back on some sort of schedule with my posts.  So here we go….

Theme Thursday this Thursday is Same Photo, Different Angles.

While trying to figure out what pictures I already had in my files that could work for this week, I remembered my Folder of Matt.  A long time ago, in a town far away (Fresno), I was bored  and had a camera and decided to torment Matt by taking a million pictures while he played guitar.

It actually turned out to be a pretty spectacular set of pictures that I swore I would make a flip-book out of one day.  Guess what? I never did that either.  I suck at doing things.

So back to Theme Thursday….

Instead of One Photo, Different Angles I give you; One Matt, different Angles:

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If you click on the collage it will take you to the full set of photos from that day.

If you would like to see people who follow the rules of Theme Thursday themes, then head on over to California to Korea and check out some great photos! 

Theme Thursday – Sun Flare and Starbursts

Okay, okay, so the theme today is really just sun flare, but I got an awesome starburst photo that I have to share and Micaela over at California to Korea DID say there were no rules.

I want to thank Micaela for bringing back Theme Thursday and forcing me to pick up my camera and the blog again.  I’ve been super busy with my new job and going to school full time that I haven’t had a chance to do much here.  Theme Thursday also got me over to Hammond Trail to see my first sunset over the ocean since I have been here!

So without further ado, I give you starbursts and sun flare:

This one is my favorite!

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This one is actually a cell phone picture that I took while bored when I was living at RV Park. This isn’t a filter. It’s all sunlight.
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Now head on over to California to Korea and check out more Theme Thursday Sun Flares!

Thanksgiving Theme Thursday

I’m thankful people still read this!  I’ve been a horrible blogger and haven’t kept up with it since I have been back home in California.  I am happy to jump back into my blogging life with a Theme Thursday.

I’m truly thankful for my family.  For my sister who is always there and willing to go along with whatever crazy idea I dream up…

Me:  Let’s sell ALL of our possessions and live in a van for a year!
Lacy: Okay!

I’m also thankful for my very supportive parents who allow us crazy kids to live out these dreams and give me a place to live (and food, and gas money, and a car to drive) when I come back.

Finally, I am thankful for all the job opportunities that have come my way since I have been back and for the wonderful job that I have with the Raisin Administrative Committee.  I feel very fortunate to be working with such great people!

What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving?

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You can head over to Clan Donaldson for more thankful posts today.

Theme Thursday – Panic

WARNING – The picture at the end is kind of gross, so if you are squeamish about blood, do not scroll down!

Yesterday as I was sitting at the dining room table working on some of my reports I heard the chickens squawking.  I went out to the pen to see what was wrong with them and they were all huddled in the far corner.  Usually when I walk out there they all come running toward me.  Not this time.  I was standing there trying to figure out what the problem was when I saw the hawk.  It was sitting on a low branch right over the pen.  The pen is an open dog run, so it is easy for things to swoop in from the top.  I counted the chickens and noticed one was gone.  There were four huddled in the corner and one over in the opposite corner by itself, and one was just gone.  I searched the woods behind the house and around the yard and couldn’t find the last chicken or any signs of it at all.

I came in the house after I was sure the hawk was gone and read Cari’s post announcing that today’s theme would be panic.  How fitting.  I went back outside to take a few pictures of the panicked chickens to use and then noticed the one chicken that was by himself was injured.  That is when I started to panic a little.

I’m not sure what to do with a chicken that is all scratched up.  I called my mom and she laughed at me, because, really, what do you do about a chicken who just escaped a hawk?  I did look up how to treat it’s wounds online and it is exactly what I would have done without looking it up.  Clean the wounds and put some ointment on it.

Let’s hope the other chickens don’t pick on her and that the hawk doesn’t come back!

Update:  After closer inspection, there is more damage than I thought.  While cleaning her face up, I noticed a huge gash under her wing.  Not sure what will happen, but there is nothing I can do to clean it up or fix it.  I’ve moved on from panic, to just being very, very sad for the poor little chicken.  The picture below looks really bad, but after cleaning up her face it didn’t look so bad.  Her eye is okay, now we just have to worry about the rest of her.

Update 2:  She seems to be moving a little better and her eye is open now.  I’ve contacted the homeowners on what they want me to do and my panic has gone away now that I have the situation under control.


The chicken that got away

The chicken that got away