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June 19, 2015

yosemite aerial

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A few photos I took while in California. Quite a nice experience for the senses where everything is big. It included many grandiose views of the ocean, the mountains and of course, wine tasting in Napa Valley.

photo: california

April 17, 2014

yosemite_falls_by_al_lau

yellow_wildflowers_by_al_lau

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yosemite_rock_by_al_lau

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I took some photographs while in California (that are excellent for computer wallpaper or textures). The state is especially beautiful during the Spring season, before the powerful sun turns the grassy hills into brown. In the High Sierras, where there is fresh snow melt, the waterfalls are full-on flowing majesty, however, in the lakes of the valley, it is evident that the drought is still a big problem.

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This is my little illustration of a Monarch Butterfly.  I, thankfully, had the opportunity to see the orange beauty in person, during a road trip on the coast of California, at the right time of year.

Monarch Butterflies are known for their massive migration between Canada and South America. They can be viewed gathering in clusters in the pine or eucalyptus trees at points such as Pismo Beach or Pacific Grove, CA, both in October.

During the Spring and Summer,  the butterfly’s eggs are laid upon the leaves of milkweed plants.  After four days, caterpillars hatch and feed on the milkweed for two weeks.  Next, the caterpillar spins a web on a leaf for its Chrysalis to hang from.  A metamorphosis into a fragile, yet majestic winged insect occurs at this phase after about two more weeks.

The migration exceeds the lifespan of the Monarch butterflies which is only two months, but the next generation continues the trek south (or north depending on the time of year), hence making for an amazing journey for such a small creature.

road trip: california

March 6, 2009

These photos are from my San Diego to San Francisco road trip, Oct 29 – Nov 10. Sorry for the delay, but now with new blog, I can go into the hard drive archives and share more goodies.

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