Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.
I had no idea September and October is Tarantula mating season. It was one year ago at this time Jen and I ran across another tarantula.
I told Ray about how we’d come across a Tarantula on our Whitewater River hike and he mentioned he’d just heard on the TV this was mating season for them. I Googled Tarantulas and their mating habits and found the following link. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/10/11/californas-tarantulas-are-on-the-move-during-mating-season/ I feel sorry for the males. What a solitary life male Tarantulas lead before they finally leave their burrows where they’d lived for 5 – 8 years to look for a mate and then die six months later. Females live for 25 years!!!
I was close to this guy…..maybe 2 few away. He didn’t seem phased by me. I had no idea at the time he was on a serious instinctual mission.
This morning, like other mornings before I leave to go hike at 5:20am, I look up at the dark sky to see if there are clouds. If there are clouds (which there haven’t been over the last number of months) I bring the Canon 5d Mark III on the hike (rather than the Fujifilm or iPhone camera).
This morning I brought the 5d Mark III. There were lots of clouds.
I was hopeful for some good morning color. The moon was still up. I was excited. But it was one of those mornings I call a fizzle. The light just didn’t manifest the way I wanted it to. Until…….minutes before the end of the hour long hike hike, the sun rose above the horizon and illuminated the San Jacinto range for 30 seconds or so.
The light came and went but my excitement remains. It doesn’t take much to make me happy!
Jen and I wanted to move forward today on completing Unit 4 of the New York Institute of Photography course we are taking. I was really looking forward to getting back on track with studying, shooting and completing the course. So when JJ was here last week talking about an upcoming photo shoot he had and needed tips on portraiture photography I invited him to join me and Jen today.
Boy did we have fun using the small green guest bedroom for our home studio. It was cramped but we made it work. It was great learning from each other. And did we laugh a lot? Yes we did!
I happened to get a number of wonderful shots and hope you’ll check the rest of them out. Clicking this link will take you to my Portfolio website http://gottago.smugmug.com/Nature/Extreme-Skies/30590234_hVBScF#!i=2640610777&k=pXnXtrz. Selecting the Slideshow option once on this website will display the photos the best.