Gaviota Peak 2013

18 02 2013

View to the east from Gaviota PeakView to the east from Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota Peak
Ceanothus on Gaviota PeakRyan and Maya Amid the Ceanothus at Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota PeakRyan and MayaCeanothus on Gaviota PeakCeanothus on Gaviota Peak
Ryan Amid the Ceanothus at Gaviota Peak

Gaviota Peak 2013, a set on Flickr.

Here are a few photos from my Gaviota peak hike last Saturday (Santa Barbara county). It was gorgeous day, and our native ceanothus shrubs were in full bloom and covering the peak and surrounding hillsides. The aroma was amazing! Additionally, it was a clear day that offered 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside – rolling oak covered hills, the Santa Barbara coastline, the sparkling, blue Pacific ocean and the Channel islands in the distance. This is one of my very favorite hikes on the California Central Coast!

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My New Photography Web Site

20 06 2012

It’s fairly basic, but my new professional photography web site, Michelle C. Torres-Grant Photography,  is up & running!





Pinnacles National Monument

14 03 2012

I created a new photo “Super set” for one of my favorite places to hike, comprised of multiple hiking excursions beginning October 9, 2010 (I plan to continue to add photos to this set from subsequent hikes). Pinnacles National Monument is located in the Gabilan mountains east of central California’s Salinas valley. The pinnacles themselves are the breathtaking remains of an ancient volcano. Pinnacles National Monument hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as diverse plant communities. The caves are also very fun and interesting places to explore.
Pinnacles National Monument, a set on Flickr.
Bear GulchGetting Brain ZappedAlien EncounterCave FunBear Gulch ReservoirIMG_0015
IMG_0016Rock TunnelIMG_0033Pinnacles_Panorama1IMG_0049IMG_0051
IMG_0052IMG_0060IMG_0065Where's Kurt?IMG_0076IMG_0082
IMG_0084IMG_0091IMG_0093Pinnacles National MonumentPinnacles National Monument PanoramaIMG_0106




Delphinium Blues

10 03 2012

Due to a lack of rain, this year is not likely to be a banner year for our native wildflowers. I was, however, very happy  to see some of my favorite California native wildflowers, Delphinium parryi (Larkspur), while hiking Bowden Ranch late this afternoon in San Luis Obispo, California. I added three photos from today to my Delphinium set on Flickr.








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