May 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
This is week 4 of the 5-week class…so it was our second to last one. Every class has been awesome and has exceeded my expectations. However, week 4 might as well have been titled “Animals Kristina would love to have”. A macaw, a rabbit, a kinkajou, bonus time with the sloth, and….a hedgehog. Yes, I would love to own a hedgehog, but unfortunately they are also illegal to own as a pet in California.
Of course we saw lots of animals, but I will highlight just a few here.
African Pygmy Hedgehog
Cute little hedgehog face
Kinkajou peeking through the hole
And… we got bonus time with Lola the two-toed sloth! So of course I am showing you more pictures that I took of her:
I have to thank the Wildlife Learning Center for offering this amazing class. Tomorrow is the last of the series, and I am so very sad that it is ending.
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May 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
The Amgen Tour of California , which happens to be the largest bicycle race in the United States, breezed into Santa Clarita, CA with an exciting finish of Stage 3 on Tuesday May 14 and out of Santa Clarita, CA on Wednesday May 15. I had the opportunity to shoot this sporting event last week, and it was such a fun experience.
Here are a few photos from the finish line, where the cyclists finished the race from Palmdale to Santa Clarita. Peter Sagan won that stage:
The start of Stage 4 — from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara –was a much more relaxed atmosphere. I was able to get some candids of the riders before they took off:
It was really fun to step out of my comfort zone and try to utilize some of the concepts that I have learned from the likes of Dave Black and Scott Kelby. Of course it will take a lot of practice and shooting a lot more sports — but the main thing is that I had so much fun making these images!
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May 22, 2013 § 1 Comment
Week 3 of the Adult Zoology class at the Wildlife Learning Center exhibited a variety of animals, and a lot of the class about adaptation was spent in the reptile room. We saw a lot of neat animals, but I am highlighting just a few here.
We started off by seeing how the Fennec fox, native to Africa, adapted to the harsh temperatures of the continent by having huge ears (to release heat) and small paws (a smaller surface area to take up heat as it travels).
Our class then got to see some tricks from Merlin the Macaw. This bird’s personality was as colorful as his beautiful feathers — evident as he showed us his tricks to get treats.
Then we headed into the reptile room. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive about this portion of the evening, but we met some pretty cool reptiles, like this Skink:
And I think one of the cutest little geckos I met was this Eyelash Gecko– named so because the ridges above his eyes look like, you guessed it, eyelashes:
This adorable little red-Eyed Tree Frog was our amphibian of the evening.
The highlight of the evening was seeing this little guy…Can you guess what he is?
When he unrolled himself and peeked his little head out, we saw this:
He turned out to be a Three banded Armadillo!
I have never seen an armadillo in person, so meeting this guy was definitely a treat.
Thank you to the Wildlife learning Center for this awesome five week class! Check out my experience with the first two weeks of class here.
And thank you as always for stopping by!
May 14, 2013 § 1 Comment
May 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
I have always loved animals, and love visiting the Wildlife Learning Center. Imagine my excitement when I found out that they were offering an interactive adult zoology class for five weeks!
Last week was my first class, and of course I took some photos to share with you all. We started learning about the different animal classifications, starting with insects such as the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach:
This Indian Stick insect:
And this scorpion (I did not touch this little guy):
We moved onto learning about amphibians by looking at this African Bullfrog:
And then moved onto learning about reptiles like this baby American Alligator:
We then learned that birds are closely related to the reptile family, and saw this blind screech owl that was rescued:
The softest little animal that was brought out for us to learn about was the Sugar Glider, a marsupial (there were actually four rolled up in a blanket, I was able to catch this one as he got out — yes it had to be held so that it wouldn’t glide away):
And out night ended with a showing of this grey fox:
I look forward to the next month of classes. Thank you to the Wildlife learning Center for offering this type of outreach to adults, and for doing great work!
And thank you, as always, for stopping by!
May 6, 2013 § 6 Comments
It has been a long time since I have posted–I have had some personal health obstacles within the past 10 months, and am finally getting back to blogging!
I have some exciting news to share with my wonderful readers, I have recently gained interest in having my images hanging in a few different locations. Currently, I have six images hanging at a spa in Santa Clarita, CA– what is more calming than some beautiful macro nature images?
Here are the six images that were chosen to hang:
Night Blooming Cerus
Cana Lily with Water Drops
Of course you can contact me about ordering any of these images for the walls of your home of to give to someone you love!
Thank you as always for stopping by!