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LagunaPic 09.08.14

“Outside the dark is falling, stars are twinkling bright That old hoot owl is calling, every thing’s all right Honky tonk moon.” “Honky Tonk Moon”  by Randy Travis, written by Dennis O’rourke And so, another Harvest Moon rises.   The cool dampness of the air, reminds us; everyone, this long dry summer is listing toward autumn.  With hope that fall rains will ease the burden of drought on California, The Laguna de Santa Rosa runs though the cycle of coming alive in spring,… Read More »

LagunaPic 08.22.14

What with an earthquake putting a little crimp (well, a lot of crimp) in posting photos I shot at the Laguna de Santa Rosa last Friday, Tuesday (today) is my day to catch-up. Without further interruption….. Co-worker Christopher Chung quipped “This is how cows are grown in California”, below. -Kent Porter

A 20 Percent Chance….

When I worked in Texas, there was always a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.  We all took it with a grain of salt mainly because it was always 110 degrees with no clouds in the sky.  Then the monsoon would funnel in.  Usually it meant the chance of rain was greater during that time of year.  I had to chuckle when I watched the Weather Channel  the other day (yes it’s a weakness) and the forecast called for a 20 percent… Read More »

LagunaPic 07.15.14

It’s getting to be that time of the year when the light gets great.  That’s a good thing for photographers who live and die by the Magic Hour.  Yesterday at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, Bud Pozzini of the Double Tree Ranch and Saddle Shop was giving lessons to calf ropers on his plot of  land at the Laguna.   -Kent Porter  

LagunaPic 07.04.14

Fourth of July.  Not a creature was stirring.  Well except the fish jumping and he bullfrogs croaking.  And an owl.  I saw an owl.  Other than, yep, just another quiet night at the Laguna de Santa Rosa. -Kent Porter

Butts Canyon Fire

Much has been written (er…photographed) this year on California’s now extreme drought-see below-It was just a matter of time before fire season caught up with the dry conditions.  It’s not hype.  Conditions are about as critical as it can get for this time of year, save for lightning and offshore (foehn) wind events. Case in point, the ongoing Butts Fire on the Lake/Napa county line has redefined what we think is dry and what is kindling dry.      … Read More »

LagunaPic 06.25.14

Got Laguna?  Why yes, right here.  Flippancy aside, you are correct  to assume that I’ve not trained my camera on the Laguna de Santa Rosa for awhile.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it. I figured there would be good photos to make as the last cold front bobbled over Sonoma County, dropping very little, if any rain.  What was left in the frontal passage was an opportunity to add some depth to the sky while photographing.  All those beautiful clear days-while extremely… Read More »

LagunaPic 05.15.14

A march through the Laguna de Santa Rosa Thursday yielded a ton of bird sightings.  Im not sure what kind of bird it is, there are so many species at the Laguna, but the bird below seemed to be giddy, having snatched a dragonfly in mid air.  The bird kept flying between several different branches, possibly unsure as how to eat the insect. The California quail in the second set of pictures tried it’s best to blend in. -Kent Porter

LagunaPic 05.09.14

Yes, I’m still around and have been out to the Laguna de Santa Rosa.  However, the pictures just haven’t seemed worthy to put them here.  When I undertook the project, I thought it would be pretty easy.  I guess I lost that game show. For whatever it’s worth, here you go.

LagunaPic 04.21.14

There’s a lot of green now at the Laguna de Santa Rosa.  A late season cold front overran the skies and made for very even, saturated light Monday afternoon. -Kent Porter