Aug 052010
 

I’ve got to say, I really love the Don Edwards Nature Center. It’s a great place for a short or long hike, there are Jack Rabbits, Egrets, Swans, Ducks/Geese, etc. It’s almost never packed, and provided you have parked outside of the gates, you can stay till sundown.

Don Edwards Nature Preserve

My only caveat is to dress in layers to prepare for the chill of the evening. I never do this, so am forced to leave pretty soon after the Sun goes below the horizon… my fingers, hands, and even arms start to get clammy. Yes, I go in just a t-shirt and jeans. Not the right attire by a long shot.

This trip was kind of spur of the moment. I just needed to get out and move around, get some air, and feel a little closer to nature for a while.

I brought my 70-200/2.8 and 17-50/2.8, though I ended up shooting most shots with the 70-200/2.8. I still shoot with the Sony A700, so that hasn’t changed. Also brought the two pocket wizard plus II’s and the new PW->shutter release cable I made. Everything except the tripod went into the Lowe Pro Classified 160 AW bag, and the tripod I hefted along.

First off, let me say… Don Edwards is beautiful. Even when the tide is out and the water levels are low, it is still gorgeous to behold in any light.

As the Sun is setting and everything goes golden, then purple… it’s just dazzling.

The last few times I went with my monopod. Oh… did I mention there is a strong in-bound breeze? Yeah, a monopod will not cut it. The Manfrotto 190XProB with the ball head on it will more than happily weather the wind, however. The pan base was a real plus as well, since I had intended to take some pano images.

Anyways, images coming soon. You would not believe how long those stitching apps take to work… -_-;;