Saturday, November 29, 2008

Elkhorn Slough November 2008

Paul Doherty came down on a beautiful Saturday after Thanksgiving. We loaded up the boats and headed for Elkhorn Slough. Reports of a giant swell coming in from Alaska and a pretty strong offshore wind as we were driving down had us imagining wild conditions, but it was perfect. Light breeze and warm and sunny.





Had not seen PD forever and it was great to have a chance to get caught up on the way down. He is off to Terra Del Fuego for some serious paddling in January.








We poked around in the canals looking for leopard sharks.








Did not see any, but the seals, sea lions, otters and birds were out in force. Western grebes, merganzers, willets, curlews, brown pelicans, loons, least grebes and cormorants we identified for sure.

















There is a new parking lot/boat launch facility with a nice dock that seems to be appreciated by a certain crowd you don't want to be downwind of.








Paul had his usual great store of science and adventure stories. From first ascents of 20,000ft peaks in Chile to the first westerner televising via satellite link from a remote part of China covering the 2008 total solar eclipse Paul doesn't waste any time being bored. It was a pleasure to see him as always.











These photos all shot with a Canon S2


4 comments:

Jay said...

Hi Mike - PD sent me a couple of these pictures an hour or so ago...I think we may be using the same lens/camera, Nikon D80 with 70-300mm Nikon Lens, very sharp pictures. So good to see pix of your kids, two, the twin Johns and then the triplets are very good ! Things are well here, now fully retired and loving it, I'm still teaching younger folk to climb, believe it or not. Jay

Mike Bolte said...

Hi Jay -

Nice to hear from you!

I'm shooting a D40 but thinking of moving up to a D90 any day. 70-300VR, 16-85VR (great lense too) and Sigma 30 f/1.4 for indoors and *really* sharp images. Mike

Mike Bolte said...

Hi Jay -

Nice to hear from you!

I'm shooting a D40 but thinking of moving up to a D90 any day. 70-300VR, 16-85VR (great lense too) and Sigma 30 f/1.4 for indoors and *really* sharp images. Mike

Jay said...

Mike-

The 18-135mm "kit" lens with the D80 is extremely sharp, I've found, and the 70-300mm VR we both use already. I've not yet done any special effects like you did with John to the three....how good!

I hope we climb again together someday! Maybe PD can facilitate it. Jay