Elephant Seals Aņo Nuevo - 10 February, 2007
Posted Mon 19 February 2007
Shot February 2007
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On the weekend of Feb 10th I traveled up to Aņo Nuevo State Reserve, the site of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. During mating season, which runs December through March, you're allowed supervised hikes out to and amongst the colony. On the particular day we were there, it was absolutely pouring rain and winds were easily gusting upwards of 40-50 mph. Needless to say, this made for some of the most difficult shooting I've ever done. My primary goals were to not get killed by a 2.5 ton elephant seal and to somehow manage to remain standing against the elements. Taking pictures became somewhat of a lower priority. With autofocus completely useless due to the sheets of blowing water and copious drenching of the front lens elements, I essentially shot what I could without really being able to see much of what I was doing. The resulting images from this little foray are nothing to write home about, but I did at least manage to get a few that are moderately in focus.