UC Davis Arboretum Spring Exploration

Rain is needed here in Northern California, but I’ll take the great Spring weather opportunities and photograph all the beautiful scenery.  I joined Anne and Laura last weekend as we made our way to the UC Davis Arboretum. I tried out a new Black Rapid Kick sling camera strap and my neck was happy with the change. Waiting to add an Op/Tech  safety tether and Kirk clamp so that I can use my Really Right Stuff  L Bracket  and tripod easily. Then I will feel secure with my equipment. Switched between two lenses; my Nikon 24-120 lens for my landscape shots, and my Nikon 70-300 to capture wildlife. After watching a documentary about Vivian Maier, a street photographer, I keep my eyes open to capture interactive stories. I’m looking for ways to expand my skill of observation. Spring has sprung here in Northern California. Trees in bloom, turtles sunning themselves, and ducks following nature’s call. People out enjoying this perfect weather, picnicking, catching some rays, biking and jogging,  couples sharing meaningful looks, and dogs and their people spending time together. I hope you enjoy some of the images I captured. What says “Spring” for you? For those not enjoying Springtime, Winter will give way to this time of color soon.

Red Bud tree blossoms.
Red Bud tree blossoms.
Enjoying the green of Spring.
Enjoying the green of Spring.
Strolling along
Strolling along
Great Egret hanging out
Great Egret hanging out
I agree, it's a beautiful day!
I agree, it’s a beautiful day!
"I'm concentrating on dinner."
“I’m concentrating on dinner.”
"I gotcha!"
“I gotcha!”
Magnificent plumage on this Great Egret.
Magnificent plumage on this Great Egret.
These large waterbirds are Double-crested Comorants. They have pretty green eyes.
These large waterbirds are Double-crested Comorants. They have pretty green eyes.
Caught this family observing ducks. Mom grabbing a cell phone snap.
Caught this family observing ducks. Mom grabbing a cell phone snap.
Western Scrub Jay consuming a tasty treat. Just not my first, second, or tenth choice.
Western Scrub Jay consuming a tasty treat. Just not my first, second, or tenth choice.
"Make room for me! I'm coming aboard."
“Make room for me! I’m coming aboard.”
A family of turtles out enjoying the sun!
A family of turtles out enjoying the sun!
Posing squirrel watching something.
Posing squirrel watching something.
Love the shape of this tree.
Love the shape of this tree.
Looks like green carpet.
Looks like green carpet.
My street photography tells a story!.
My street photography tells a story!.
Grafitti looks like petroglyths
Grafitti looks like petroglyths
Artistic Restroom on UC Davis campus
Artistic Restroom on UC Davis campus
My kind of "Selfie" with friends.
My kind of “Selfie” with friends.
Impressionistic style photograph
Impressionistic style photograph