Dr Marm never without my Nikon!

Twitter Friends—Muir Woods and Bird Views

Deep in Muir Woods

Learned the trick to getting into Muir Woods and good parking is to go early!

@Tuckertown @Torqueflite and @BirdGalAlcatraz and I got there so early, there was no one to take our entry fee.  We did arrive during open hours!

Even a puddle can have a grand view:)

View from a puddle!

Following Muir Woods, we went to the Las Gallinas Water Treatment Plant.  There are many ponds and the birds seem to love the area.

Enjoyed the antics of a pair of American Pelicans–they seemed to be moving in sync!


Bobbing for food!

Down the hatch!

Sipping and swallowing!

Black Phoebe perched near the water.

Just watching...

I did have the pleasure to see a Green Heron for a fleeting moment that landed on a dock in front of me.  I shot first and then asked what it was–good thing, because a quick exit followed my question!

Head shot!

Not quite as clear as I would like, but figured I would share, if other folks haven’t seen one yet!  This was a life bird for me:)

Familiar birds also included the Great Egret and a small flock of Canada Geese in flight!


Canada Geese

I am learning more about birds and enjoy shooting them, but prefer a lighter lens and am still drawn to scenery shots.  Fortunately–my Lensbaby Composer Pro is very light and always at my side!

Lensbaby view of open space

This shot was shared previously on Twitpic, but one of my favorites from the day!

Liked the view!


Was really a pleasure to spend time with Twitter friends–look forward to more visits in the future!



10 responses

  1. A most beautiful series of images, Laura! I love the shots of the synchronized White Pelican swimmers. Awesome close-up of the precious Black Phoebe. I have never seen one of these before. Congratulations on the Green Heron life bird! I often see them at a pond in our area. They have the most beautiful feathers. Your lensbaby shots are so interesting and unique. Fabulous!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    • Julie, Black Phoebes are quite common around here and one of the first birds I learned–thought they were Barn Swallows, but now know they aren’t! Glad you get to enjoy the Green Herons on a regular basis–what a treat! Thanks for your kind and detailed feedback–appreciate it!

      October 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

  2. BirdGalAlcatraz

    These are fantastic! I love that shaft of light shot in Muir Woods and that great puddle shot. Unique & terrific! The bird shots are awesome and I’m so glad you got that Green Heron. Love the pelicans sequence and the cute little Black Phoebe, a favorite of mine. Very nice!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    • Thanks for commenting–think the light is one of my favorite views too. Thankful the Green Heron let me get a shot:)

      October 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  3. cindy

    Beautiful Laura, particularly like the reflected woods. Interesting how water treatment plants attract birds..often included on birding tours. Obviously a grwat day was had by all!

    October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    • Thanks for your view and thoughtful comments!

      October 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

  4. Cynthia L. White

    Wow, super images!

    October 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    • Thanks much for your kindness!

      October 19, 2011 at 3:36 am

  5. Super shots! Great time with Tweets!

    October 19, 2011 at 1:17 am

  6. Dawn, thanks so much! It really was a fun day spent with great folks!! But, you already know that:) We’ll be ready for your west coast visit some day! Until then, I’ll just enjoy your posts and visit vicariously!

    October 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

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