This trip was for a school assignment. The first three images made up the assignment. The rest were for you and me. Is Shea not a beautiful girl? Well, both Kitty and Shea, really. The lake is low. There were few birds here aside from the Geese, an Egret, and a Heron.
This shoot was made towards the end of March and things were just a bit greener. There still wasn't a lot of Wildlife to record. There were no Eagles, no Herons, and no Egrets here either. The blue-green algae bloom is very high this year so I had to keep the girls away from The water. We hike a trail that brought us up higher for a new perspective and to keep us away from the shore. Not so much fun as usual for the hounds or the photographer (phew - that uphill stuff wears me out). Still, DelValle is a wonderful place to lose your mind for a minute.
This year has been relatively slow wildlife-wise. Again, the blue/green algae bloom is big this year, which may have something to do with it. Others have said they've seen the Eagles, but I haven't yet. We still love it here and hike it all the time. We'll go back again this week to see what's up. If I spot the Eagles, I'll be renting a boat early in the day to catch them fishing again, I hope. It was still brown here in March. This year, we did not have a great rainy season.
Sometimes Mother doesn't lend us her wildlife to view or to capture. In those times we must make do with what she does give us, and that's usually something wonderful anyway. This day was one of those days and I was quite pleased with the results. Aside from getting out in the fresh air and under the sun, blue skies, and puffy clouds, I had my fur balls with me and it's always fun watching them frolic. I trekked the Oak Grove Trail again...so beautiful here.
My second shoot of the year found me back at Delvalle. Aside from some Geese and one lonely Pelican, there wasn't much wildlife to shoot. So, I spent my day setting up some Panoramas and other landscapes. Not too shabby. I'm headed for the Bay tomorrow to shoot some waterfowl at Bair Island Wildlife Preserve.
For the first shoot of the year 2021, this was a new experience for myself and the dogs. The west side of the park is still closed, so I couldn't get to the Equine Staging area where I could capture the Eagle nest. Instead of following our normal routine and walking the East Shore Trail, we hiked the Oak Grove, Black Sage, and Cedar Mount Trail to the top of Cedar Mount, elevation 826 feet. This is on the opposite side of Delvalle Road from the lake.
See the map in the first image: The white circle shows the park's entrance kiosk. The blue arrow points to the boat ramp and the East Shore Trail. The blue circle shows the Oak Grove trailhead. The summit is circled in pencil black. This was a beautiful trek through the Oak Groves to the top, that beat the heck out of my poor old legs. (Phew - 😓. I made it up to one point that overlooks the campground and in the distance, you could see the area where the Eagle Nest is located (image #58), though I still can't pick it out of the clutter. I made some images of the groves, some panoramas, and a few candid shots of the girls at play, to include a video of them coming back after they got out of my sight while I was shooting the lake.