Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

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Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by Zach_Lim » October 19th, 2015, 9:29 am

Hey guys,

Hope everyone is doing well. To begin, my condolences to Kent's family and friends. I never met him but respected him a lot.

I haven't really been posting much, as I have been busy with work and getting ready to fly out to Toronto this week for a few days to play a punk festival. I was able to get out into the mountains and creek walk this past weekend with some great results! I have come to realize that salamanders are now my favorite herps to search for and photograph- their habitat is stunning, generally cool and comfortable (for me), they make fantastic photo subjects, they are under-rated, there is generally no "drama" when it comes to them (unlike snake people haha), and my girlfriend finds them adorable (as do I)!

I recently picked up a 100mm Macro lens and have been practicing.

California Newt

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Yellow-eyed Ensatina

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Santa Cruz Black Salamander

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Arboreal Salamander

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Some inverts of interest-

Giant Water Bug

*Largest I have ever seen and it climbed into my palm after I flipped it, so I figured, a quick in hand was possible! :/

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California Banana Slug

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Vivid Dancer Damselfly

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Thanks for looking, everyone! I really got into bettering my photography this year after being introduced to Instagram and seeing amazing photographs from all walks of life. I really hope to continue learning and bettering my hobby!

-Zach

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Re: Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by Porter » October 19th, 2015, 11:57 am

Nice :thumb: thats awesome you got a mac! Im checkin em out on my phone right now. I like that 1st shot of the Arboreal and the huge herp eating water demon. Also, the prtrait of the banana slug. Cool to see all the detail and color on those things. Lets hit the field

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Re: Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by yolodave » October 19th, 2015, 11:14 pm

I think you got an album cover there with that damselfly Zach.

Dave

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Re: Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by El Garia » October 21st, 2015, 5:05 pm

Why are you holding a Lethocerus?? :crazyeyes: Them things bite hard! :lol:

I'm really liking your macro work, Zach. Very, very nice! I especially like that A. lugubris with it's chin in the air.

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Post by Calfirecap » October 21st, 2015, 6:46 pm

That Damselfly looks like it was coming to get you, and I agree with Dave, that would be an awesome album cover.
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Re: Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by ZantiMissKnit » October 22nd, 2015, 8:01 am

Great photos, Zach! West Coast salamanders are on my short list of things to see; I want to work on my eastern life list, too.

I found a juvenile water bug living in a "pool" in ATV tracks, along with a bunch of tadpoles and a juvie nerodia.

ImageDSCN5918 by Andrea, on Flickr

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Re: Some Bay Area Salamanders from this weekend

Post by JAMAUGHN » October 22nd, 2015, 8:44 am

Excellent photography, Zach. That waterbug is imposing!

JimM

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