The pond and its curious inhabitants

Just west of the AMF Eagle Lanes bowling center in San Marcos, is a natural habitat with some very curious wildlife and a few weeks ago, after several drive-by’s, I was able to photograph a few pictures of an egret foraging, but in very harsh sunlight; read more here:

http://markmarquezphotograpy.blogspot.com/

However, yesterday, I was finally able to not only photograph the egret, but other wildlife in some wonderful setting sun that nicely lit my subjects.

This shallow marsh is just mere feet away from the bustling traffic of Discovery road, but that does not cause any of the: Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Mallards, and Northern Shoveler to flinch.

This is essentially a field that once had many trees, but as the city prepares for the creek-side project, the trees were removed and with the recent rains, a natural ecosystem of water, herons, and ducks has developed. 

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Carnival in San Marcos, CA

For the past two years, on the corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and San Marcos Blvd, Christensen Amusements sets up shop on a vacant lot for the local community to come out and enjoy rides and food. 

This year, I was able to get close and personal with camera and tripod in hand.

Here are a couple of photos that highlight the event.  To see more photos and the rest of the story, check out my "Narrative" here:  https://mmarquez.exposure.so/the-carnival

 

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New York

First time to the Big Apple.  What a place, so much to see and do and the place never seems to go to sleep.