excursions

Joshua Tree Trip Report - March 21-22, 2009

Note: This trip report is so huge, I’ve posted two versions on both of my blogs. The stories will be the same, but the photos will be different. On this blog you’ll find mostly the insect photos I snapped on the trip while on my other blog, kolbykirk.com, you’ll find the flower/scenery/non-bug photos.
I arrived into [...]


Arboretum Insects 3

Returned to the LA Arboretum this weekend for a bit of photogging with a friend. The weather was a bit chilly and humid, so subjects were difficult to locate. However, we did find a few insects that we haven’t seen before. Although adult ladybugs have been easy to spot the last [...]


bsb.com : the website

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while.
Most blogs that begin with that sentence usually signify the beginning of the end.  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while usually translates to, I’ve been busy with things that are now of more importance to me and I might not post here again.  This is NOT the case [...]


Arboretum Insects

Today was the day of our group photography outing to The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, as mentioned earlier. I used my Canon 65mm MP-E lens most of the day, but switched to the 100mm near the end. All in all, it was a great day to be outdoors. Spring [...]


Nicaragua, Redux!

It’s official. My next international trip will be to Nicaragua! I’ll be going back to the Central American country on November 26th and spending 18 days backpacking.


22nd Annual Los Angeles Bug Fair

Who gets excited for bugs? I do!
Who has been wanting to go to the annual Bug Fair? I have!
Who spent seven hours walking around the Natural History Museum like a kid in a candy store? I did!
Who’s the biggest geek? I am!!


Mother’s Day Macro Photography

Happy Mother’s Day, all you moms out there! And Happy Mother’s Day to you, Mom (when you read this). I didn’t spend time with Mom today because my Sister kidnapped her and forced her to go down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What a bummer for her.
Instead of spending time with Mom, [...]


Shell Collection

I was cleaning out a closet and found a shell collection I made when I was a teenager. Now that I have a good camera, I thought I’d capture the beauty and exquisite details of some of the shells. I found many of these shells while beach combing or snorkeling in Orange County [...]


Joshua Tree Trip Report

I’ve returned from a long weekend in Joshua Tree and have been basking in the memories. It was one of my most enjoyable trips to the national park. The weather was in the mid-80° F, a full 10° cooler than in Los Angeles that weekend. Wildflowers were in bloom, some for the [...]


Huntington’s Chinese Garden - Members’ Preview

Today was The Huntington Library’s exclusive opening of the Garden of Flowering Fragrance. Being a member, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to see this new area of the Huntington.
From their website:
Some 10 years in the making, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, or Liu Fang Yuan, is now slated to open to the public [...]