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Mazarin blue butterfly (Cyaniris semiargus)-Here is a close-up from the short Norwegian summer.NATURE PHOTOS by Odd Ketil Saebo, Oslo.
California Poppies and Sky Livermore, CA The California Poppy, the California State flower, is found in abundance throughout most of the state from early spring through early summer. At the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, you can see entire hillsides covered in Poppies and various other flowers. Coverage and bloom will vary from year to year depending on the amount and timing of rainfall during the winter. This particular image was captured along the road in my hometown of Livermore. Whispery, Cirrus clouds provided a dramatic backdrop to an otherwise ordinary Poppy image. A California Portfolio - by Lon Overacker.
Gangly Spiral Galaxy NGC 3184
Credit: Al Kelly (JSCAS/NASA) & Arne Henden (Flagstaff/USNO) - Explanation: NGC 3184 is a large spiral galaxy with a small nucleus and long sprawling spiral arms. Although NGC 3184 contains hundreds of billions of stars, the blue color of its spiral arms comes mostly from relatively few bright young blue stars. The galaxy is not empty of matter between these spiral arms -- the bright stars that highlight the arms were created in huge density waves that circle the center. Visible with a small telescope towards the constellation of Ursa Major, light takes about 25 million years to reach us from NGC 3184, and about 50,000 years just to cross it. NGC 3184 (Hubble type Sbc) is notable for its high abundance of heavy elements and a supernova that has occurred there recently. - Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.
M17: Omega Nebula Star Factory Credit: SOFI, NTT, ESO - Explanation: In the depths of the dark clouds of dust and molecular gas known as M17, stars continue to form. Visible in the above recently released representative-color photograph of M17 by the New Technology Telescope are clouds so dark that they appear almost empty of near infrared light. The darkness of these molecular clouds results from background starlight being absorbed by thick carbon-based smoke-sized dust. As bright massive stars form, they produce intense and energetic light that slowly boils away the dark shroud. M17's unusual appearance has garnered it such nicknames as the Omega Nebula, the Horseshoe Nebula, and the Swan Nebula. M17, visible with binoculars towards the constellation of Sagittarius, lies 5000 light-years away and spans 20 light-years across. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.
Mono Lake Mono Lake State Reserve, CA - The image here of the shores of Mono Lake taken in late afternoon light is a great example of "capturing a moment in time." It can be said that this image is completely unique and can never be duplicated. Why? because the shores of Mono Lake in this image are now completely under water(salt water that is.) In the 1940's, four out of the five streams that fed Mono Lake were diverted to Southern California to provide water. Mono Lake has no outlet and the lake slowly began to evaporate. A few years after this image as taken in 1993, the streams were re-directed to flow in to Mono Lake and the water level began to rise. Today, many of the images you have seen of Mono Lake are long since gone - only to bring new and challenging opportunities to photograph a constantly changing landscape. A California Portfolio - by Lon Overacker - PhotoTripUSA.
Oaks in Spring Mount Diablo State Park, CA Valley and Blue oaks cover much of the landscape at Mount Diablo State park. There are many grand scenics like this along the twisting, turning road that leads to the 4,000ft summit. I love this area during the spring months when the hills turn from brown to green, the poppies emerge and the deciduous oaks sprout new greens. The hills and oak woodlands as the sun drops towards the horizon turn a golden color even Velvia has a hard time matching. The use of long lenses, such as 200mm here, allow a photographer to pick and choose landscapes out of grand scenic views. A California Portfolio - by Lon Overacker - PhotoTripUSA.
Indian Swamp Yosemite National Park, CA The winter of '94 and spring of '95 produced so much run-off that Yosemite Valley was ravaged with floods not seen in 100 years. The effects of this flooding are still being felt today. Despite the natural tragedy, the over abundance of water in the valley provided great photographic opportunities. Indian Swamp, located on the North Side drive just below the towering El Capitan, typically holds water every spring. This particular May found more water than usual and a delightful late-spring snow on the valley peaks. The image was captured on 4x5 using a 90mm lens while literally standing in the water. The morning fog was lifting revealing the scattering of snow on the valley walls beyond.A California Portfolio - by Lon Overacker - PhotoTripUSA.