Early Spring along the Guadalupe River

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The last week of March along the Guadalupe River in San Jose, CA was full of the common indications of Spring: heavy rain,  mating rituals, nest building, and chick rearing.  I observed a Mocking Bird collecting man made materials along the river bank. It then flew to a near by tree were it started weaving the fibers into an existing nest. The nest was made up of many other man made materials like plastic and cotton.  Another evening I came upon 3 Great Egrets and 2 Great Blue Herons hunting in a close proximity to each other, in the same grass field.  It was an exiting experience to be surrounded by the Greats. They were snapping up insects and frogs while cackling back and forth to one another. That evening, I also witnessed a pair of Red Shoulder Hawks canvasing the orchard together looking for rodents and resting periodically.

The trash piles along the Guadalupe River grew larger during the last week of March due to heavy rain storms.  Debris were found at six feet high, wrapped around trees. Large collections of trash, 20 feet in diameter, were visible from the trail.  The largest pile contained shampoo, household cleaner, medicine, spray paint, sports balls of every kind, propane tanks, a pallet, plastic bottles, motor oil bottles, and much more. We will have our work cut out for us at the Guadalupe River Clean Up on April 30, 2011. (see article below)

On the evening of March 30th, 2011 I spotted a pair of adult Kill Deer watching over two new born chicks.  As I approached, the mother pretended to be hurt to distract me from the chicks.  She began flopping around and calling loudly.  She would then fly a short distance away from the chicks to try to get me to follow. The father flattened himself on the ground and did not move a muscle.  The two chicks stayed close to father, but as I got closer the father joined in and began putting on his show.  As to not aggravate them further I got my shot and left the parents to tend their young.

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About tpsgreg

My name is Greg Kerekes and I am a Naturalist. I have a fascination with the natural world and I want to share what I discover to remind people what they are a part of. I consider photography a necessary means for capturing the magnificent beauty I experience in the neighboring wild. With my photography, I hope to preserve events as a way of validating their existence in order to focus attention toward the taken for granted connection between all objects in the universe. My photography promotes exploration, personal discovery, and acquisition of knowledge through the passing of time, experience, and persistence but most of all the connection between us known as the circle of life. I began to realize the connection with my environment at a young age. I grew up along the American River in Sacramento, California. My spare time as an adolescent was spent biking, hiking; studying the plants and animals; and catching butterflies along the river parkway. My experience wasn’t restricted to the American River; every Summer my family would take a road trip to a National Park somewhere in the United States: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades and many others. I picked up a camera in 2005 after realizing that catching butterflies was destructive. I can study the butterflies through pictures without causing them any harm. With this realization, my world expanded and I was now able to study anything I wanted in this manner. I began to photograph plants, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and the habitats they live in. After High School I attended Sacramento City College where I learned the digital and darkroom process and began making digital and silver gelatin prints. After the completion of my Certificate in Photography at Sacramento City College I moved to San Jose and began attending San Jose State University. At this institution I began to explore the antique processes of photography like Cyanotype and Gum Dichromate which use exposures from the sun rather than a light from an enlarger in the darkroom to create the image. Currently, I spend my time documenting the wild, natural life in San Jose working to coexist with the urban environment. I continue to travel extensively every year to further the tradition of natural exploration instilled by my parents. My objective is to set an example, raise awareness, and make a difference for the betterment of our society and planet, all while photographing what drives me the most, the connection between us and our environment.
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2 Responses to Early Spring along the Guadalupe River

  1. Deloris Coppin says:

    Hello Greg,
    I have been enjoying your pictures for a while and it is nice to see that our young adults are worthy of our praise.Thank you for caring so much for our environment.
    Peace,
    Deloris

  2. Some good photos there! As well as some depressing photos, but that’ll be cleaned up soon enough! :)

    -Alex

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