New Hein Natural History Photography Web Site!
After many years of cobbling together my web galleries through a combination of hand coding and a number of different HTML gallery generators (and getting progressively farther behind in keeping them updated), I have transitioned to a new site hosted by Zenfolio. The new site will be much easier to update and expand - the new Penguins Gallery is an example of a gallery I have been hoping to create for years, but the activation energy for coding it was too high.
New Web Store
The site has significantly enhanced e-commerce capabilities - you can order high-quality prints of any photo in the galleries and have it printed and shipped to you directly by Mpix photo labs. These prints are lower cost than the hand-printed exhibition prints I previously offered (and which are still available for select images). You can also create your own custom photo note card sets rather than being restricted to the fixed sets I offered previously.
The new site is "live" and linked in to my home page. I am still in the process of transferring older images and galleries to the new site. This may take some time to complete and I may not transfer over all of the older images. However, the old, "legacy" galleries will still be available through the "Legacy Galleries" link on the home page or on the bottom of each page in the new site. I welcome any constructive comments, criticisms, or questions about the new web site.
Direct Link to the New Site: http://photos.heinphoto.com
Link to New Galleries: http://photos.heinphoto.com/galleries
Link to Featured Images Gallery: http://photos.heinphoto.com/featured
Link to the "Legacy" Galleries: http://www.heinphoto.com/gallery.htm
I welcome any constructive comments, criticisms, or questions about the new web site.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
July is the time to visit the Sierra Nevada mountains so we gathered with friends, endured the holiday traffic, and landed in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. We were treated to fantastic flowers, spectacular landscapes, beautiful birds, and of course, BIG trees.
The Republic of Panama
We made our first-ever trip to Central America in June, visiting friends in the Repuplic of Panama. Many of the photos in the linked gallery were taken in Los Altos de Cerro Azul, which is located in the mountains outside of Panama City. However, we were also able to spend several hours exploring the famous Camino del Oleoducto (Pipeline Road) and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center in the lowlands near the Panama Canal. We were only able to spend a week on this trip - we are already trying to figure out when we will be able to return.
A few links:
- Petrels in Panama - Cindy and Les Lieurance's blog documenting their move to Panama and the amazing birds and wildlife they encounter.
- Neotropical Butterflies - features butterflies from Mexico through Central America to Amazonia, Argentina, and Chile.
- The Ginger House - A very nice guest house in in Los Altos de Cerro Azul. The owner/proprietor, Picasso, is also a talented chef.
The Many Faces of Mount Diablo
A gallery of my favorite landscape images
taken of, on, and from Mount Diablo
I have been meaning to put together a gallery of my personal favorite Mount Diablo landscape images for several years and have finally gotten around to it. If you click on a thumbnail in the gallery/index page, a large version of the image will be displayed along with the image title at the top and a more detailed description at the bottom. Many of these images are framed and on display at the Save Mount Diablo offices in Walnut Creek, California:
Save Mount Diablo
1901 Olympic Blvd, Suite 220
Walnut Creek CA 94596
Photo Gallery of the Concord Naval Weapons Station
I have been intimately involved in reuse planning for the 5100-acre Concord Naval Weapons Station. As a result, I have had the opportunity to photograph the base from many different places - from the air, from the ground, from the perimeter, and from the ridges of the Los Medanos Hills above. I have uploaded a gallery with a small sampling of those images:
Concord Naval Weapons Station Photo Gallery
If you have an interest in learning more about the Concord Naval Weapons Station you should also check out the following resources:
Behind The Barbed Wire - John Keibel's book on the history of the base
Worth the Wait - The Improbable Transformation of the Concord Naval Weapons Station - An excellent article by John Hart in Bay Nature Magazine
Concord Community Reuse Project - The City of Concord's web site dedicated to reuse planning for the Concord Naval Weapons Station
Save Mount Diablo's CNWS Web Page - includes links to additional sources of information and other resources
The East Bay Regional Park District's proposal for a great urban park at the Concord Naval Weapons Station
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2010 Hein Natural History Photography Calendar
The 2010 Hein Natural History calendar is finished! It includes images from Florida, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and as always many images from California and the wild lands around Mount Diablo.
2010 Hein Natural History Photography Calendar
2009 Hein Natural History Photography Calendar
Each fall I create a unique limited-edition
calendar containing some of my favorite images captured during the past
year. I try to include a mixture of landscapes, plants, and animals,
and also try to match the image with the season as best I can. The
calendar is printed single-sided on 8.5x11" cover stock and is spiral
bound at the top. I only print a small number of these unique
2009 Hein Natural History Photography Calendar
Pelagic Trip to the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctiary
I have added a gallery from a recent pelagic trip we made to the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary:
Cordell Bank Gallery
My Blog also contains an entry on pelagic trips to the Cordell Bank and on pelagic bird photography:
Pelagic Birding Trips to the Cordell Bank
I have launched a blog to supplement this web
site. The blog will contain additional photos and other content that
may not fit with the natural history image galleries on this site. The blog is much easier to update, so it will likely contain more current content (and I
will make sure to announce any new additions to the main web site on the blog). I
will continue to use the Heinphoto web site for my nature, wildlife, and
landscape image galleries.
June 2008 -
Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
early June we headed east on a quest to experience the beauty of the
forests, coasts, and mountains of the Northeast in Spring, while at the
same time accomplishing one of Claudia's life goals. We spent ten
days on a Wings Birding Tours trip
to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Follow any of the links below to
visit the trip gallery to see how we did:
December 2007 -
Images of Trinidad and Tobago
|We spent the
2007 holidays acquainting ourselves with the amazing wildlife, beautiful
landscapes, and friendly people of Trinidad and Tobago. The links below will lead you to galleries
from each of these unique Caribbean islands.
| Images of Trinidad
Asa Wright Nature Centre
| Images of Tobago
Cuffie River Nature Retreat
Diablo Magazine Threads of Hope
I received one of Diablo Magazine's
2007 Threads of Hope Awards in December. The award is for my
volunteer contributions (many of which are photo related) to Save Mount
Diablo, a local land trust and conservation organization. The
award is a great honor for both me and for SMD. If you are
interested, you can read about all five of this year's winners on the Diablo Magazine web site.
Islands of New Zealand and Australia
|During December of 2005, we
spent 18 days aboard the "Spirit of Enderby", a small Russian polar
research ship, on a Wings Birding
Tours and Heritage Expeditions trip led by Steve Howell and other outstanding
naturalists. The purpose of the trip was to study and photograph seabirds
and marine mammals on and around several unique and beautiful subantarctic
islands located on the Southern Ocean near New Zealand and Australia.
We visited Snares, Enderby, Auckland, Macquarie (Australia), Antipodes,
Bounty, Campbell, and Chatham Islands on a 2382 nautical mile loop that
started and ended in the city of Dunedin on the South Island of New
Zealand. Click on any of the images below to view galleries of
photos from each of these unique and beautiful islands:
Chatham (Shy) Albatross
The Chatham Islands
The Southern Ocean
The Many Faces of
Mount Diablo Photo Exhibit
December 2005 Update: The exhibit at the Pacific Bay Coffee
Company has finished. However most of the images in the exhibit have
been moved to Save Mount Diablo's new offices, where you are welcome to
visit and view them:
1901 Olympic Blvd., Suite 220
Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
Snow on North Peak
|During the month of November
I will be exhibiting some of my photographs at the Pacific Bay Coffee Company in
Walnut Creek. Most of the photographs will be from around Mount Diablo,
however I may slip in a few photos from some of my other favorite places.
Many of the photos will be available for purchase. There will also be a
"Greet the Artist" event on Sunday, November 13th from 2-4 pm. Details
Here is a link to an article
on me and the exhibit in in the Walnut Creek Journal - the story also
appeared in the Concord Transcript, and the Contra Costa Sun:
Photographer has eye for mountain
The Many Faces of Mount Diablo
The Photography of Scott Hein
Exhibit Location: Pacific Bay Coffee Company
1495 Newell Ave.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(Corner of Newell and South Main St.)
Exhibit Date: November 2 - 31
Hours: Mon-Sat 6am - 7pm, Sun 7am - 5pm
Greet the Artist Event: Sun. Nov.
13, 2-4 pm With live blues & ragtime music from The Real Placebos
Spring and Summer
|It has been a busy Spring and Summer with
much work on and around Mount Diablo. It was one of the best Springs
in recent memory for wildflowers, culminating in the rediscovery of the
Mount Diablo Buckwheat (see below). We were also able to sneak away
for trips to the Mojave desert in late Spring, and to the Sierra (Alpine
County) in early Summer. Check out the updated recent work page for a summary of
images from this Spring and Summer
The Mount Diablo
On May 20th 2005, I was asked by Seth
Adams, Save Mount Diablo's Director of Land Programs, to join a small group
of biologists and reporters to photograph a plant that hadn't been seen for
69 years: Eriogonum truncatum, the Mount Diablo Buckwheat.
In most modern botanical references, Eriogonum truncatum is listed as
"presumed extinct". The last documented observation of this
plant had been in 1936 by Dr. Mary Bowerman, one of SMDs founders, and
the author of "The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo, California"
(originally published in 1944, and revised in 2002 with Barbara Ertter,
Curator of Western North American Flora at U.C. Berkeley's Jepson
However, on May 10th, 2005, a small
population of about 20 plants was rediscovered by University of
California botanist Michael Park during a routine plant survey in a remote
section of Mount Diablo State Park. The location of the discovery is
being kept secret until a long-term management/recovery plan can be
developed. However, the location is on land that was preserved by Save Mount Diablo.
I was told that the hike to the location
of the discovery would be long, hot, steep, and rugged. As a result, I
left my tripod and other equipment in the car, and took only my camera and
two lenses - my favorite macro lens to photograph the plant, and a
wide-angle zoom lens to photograph the habitat and the people.
Consequently, all of my images were taken hand held with available light.
After publication of the
initial exclusive story by Contra Costa Times reporter Mike Taugher (with
photos by Times photographer, Cindi Christie), the news
spread rapidly. When the Associated Press picked up the story (and my
photographs), the news went worldwide. More information abut the
discovery, and links to a few of the news outlets that used my photographs
can be found below.
Save Mount Diablo Press Release: Mt.
Diablo Buckwheat rediscovered
San Francisco Chronicle: Flower species thought extinct found blooming on Mt. Diablo Grad student
spots type of buckwheat last seen in 1936
National Public Radio: Wildflower Thought Extinct Rediscovered in Calif.
CNN: Wildflower feared extinct rediscovered
ABC News: Wildflower
Feared Extinct Found in Calif.
8 May 2005
30 January 2005
After receiving many requests, I have opened a web store to allow the on-line purchase of photo gift cards,
limited-edition calendars, and fine art prints - check
26 September 2004
9 May 2004
|Save Mount Diablo's Four
Days Diablo hiking/backpacking trip starts in Walnut Creek and ends
four days and almost 40 miles later near Brentwood. In between, the
Diablo Trail passes through six parks, while only crossing two public roads.
The Diablo Trail is a testament to the hard work done over last 30+ years to
expand and protect the open space and habitat around Mount Diablo.
Sunset on the Daiblo Trail
24 April 2004
(Cyprinodon nevadensis mionectes)
|Spring is a great time to visit the desert, so
we headed south for Death Valley. A thunderstorm chased us from the
Panamint Mountains all the way into Furnace Creek. We spent the next 3
days exploring Death Valley and the surrounding desert hoping to find
migrant birds, spring wildflowers, and any reptiles or amphibians who might
choose to reveal themselves to us. Little did we know that the Desert
Pupfish would become the star of our trip. From Salt Creek in Death
Valley to Saratoga Springs and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, we
"discovered" the pupfish and the unique desert springs they inhabit.
22 February 2004
| Audubon Canyon Ranch is a
wildlife sanctuary located on the Shore of Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County,
California. Each Spring hundreds of pairs of Great Blue Herons and
Great and Snowy Egrets return to the large rookery in Picher Canyon to nest
in the tops of Coast Redwood trees. However, in mid-February things
are still quiet in the rookery, and you can take time to appreciate some of
the other inhabitants of this beautiful canyon. The winter rainy
season is the time to search for salamanders and on this particular day we
were rewarded with Rough-skinned and California Newts, California Slender Salamanders (both red and gray morphs), Ensatinas,
and the magnificent California Giant Salamander - in this case the
aquatic larval form. Images of these amphibians can be viewed on the "Recent
Work" page along with some early Star Lilies (Zigadenes)
and beautiful little Red Hygrophorus Mushrooms, which were poking
their caps up through the redwood litter on the floor of Picher Canyon.
21 September 2003
It has been a long time since the last general update of this
site. During that time, I have developed a custom script for my image
management database that will allow me to generate new gallery pages much
more easily. Along with that capability, I have changed the look and
feel of the gallery pages.
Check out the "Recent Work" page for a few
of the images that have been added since the last update.
10 January 2003
Public Slide Show: We will be presenting a program on
our trip to Antarctica at the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society meeting on
Thursday, February 6th in Walnut Creek California. Our presentation
begins at 8:05 PM. Click the following links for directions and the program description.
Chinstrap Penguin on Nest
26 December 2002
King Penguins on South Georgia Island
|During November and December, we spent 19 days aboard the Russian vessel,
Grigoriy Mikheev, on a Wings/Oceanwide
Expeditions trip exploring the Southern Oceans and Antarctic Peninsula.
I have created a preliminary set of galleries to share some of the images from this amazing trip. Please stay
tuned, since I am planning to add more detail to the galleries, and more
information about the trip in the coming weeks.
13 October 2002
|The first two weeks of October are magical in the Eastern Sierra.
Aspens that grow along the creeks and canyons draining the Eastern slope
of the Sierra Nevada glow with the yellow, orange, and red colors of
fall. I have added a trip
gallery of landscape images taken from Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy
Canyon, Conway Summit, and the June Lake Loop in the Mono Basin, as well
as the South Fork of Bishop Creek in Bishop Canyon.
Lee Vining Canyon
Even though it still feels like summer, we know that fall has
arrived with the south-bound shorebird migration. Monterey Bay is
a great spot to witness this migration. From the mouth of the
Carmel River and the Pacific Grove coastline, to Elkhorn Slough and the
Moonglow Dairy near Moss Landing, you can usually find some excellent
shorebird habitat. I managed to capture a few good shorebird images
during a recent visit with friends to Monterey
When we visit Monterey, we usually check out the open
grasslands just north of the town of Marina. During the late fall
and winter this area is great for raptors. Although we we were a bit
early for winter raptors to be expected, we decided to check this place
out anyway. To our great surprise, we discovered a Crested
Caracara perched on a fence post. In the United States, Crested
Caracaras are typically only found in Florida and along the Texas/Arizona
border with Mexico. There has never been an accepted record for
When you find an out-of range raptor like this one, a
question that usually arises is whether the bird is wild, or has escaped from a falconer
or other private collection. Unfortunately, unless there are obvious
physical signs, it is usually difficult or impossible to determine the
origin definitively. This bird didn't show any obvious signs of
captivity, so we just enjoyed (and photographed)
it. My only other encounter with this species was through the heat
waves of August and a cyclone fence at the Sells dump in South-central
Arizona. Needless to say, this was a much more pleasant experience!
White Mountain Peak
We visited Mono
Lake and the Eastern Sierra over the Fourth of July (including a pass
through Yosemite National Park and a trip to the White Mountains) .
This has to be one of the most "photogenic" trips that one can
make in California. It also encompasses a wide range of
habitats: from high alpine at Tioga Pass and the White Mountains to
the Great Basin desert in between, so there are many excellent
opportunities for "naturizing". I created a special
gallery in order to deal with the large number of the images from this
Finally, I have added a number of "miscellaneous"
images from other trips and events that have happened this
summer. Highlights include an image of a Black
Skimmer from the Martinez Regional Shoreline (an unusual sighting for
this part of California), and a great sunset
image from Mt. Diablo State park taken on the hottest day of the year
(so far). My personal favorite though is my first-ever encounter
with a Bumblebee Moth,
which is a bee mimic that is related to sphinx/hummingbird moths.
Barbecue Terrace Sunset
30 June 2002
- Just when I thought summer had arrived for good in our part of Northern
California, I stumbled on some remnants of Spring. All it took was
some elevation - a couple of hikes near the summit of Mt. Diablo (3849 ft)
produced some nice wildflower,
butterfly, and lizard images. The California
Whiptail image is notable for me personally as it is the first time I
have seen this species on the mountain.
- A quick weekend trip to South Florida for a wedding provided enough time
to visit the Wakodahatchee
Wetlands in Palm Beach County. This is an amazing place with an
outrageous assortment of wildlife including cooperative Least
Bitterns, Green and Tricolored
Herons, Purple Gallinules, American Alligators, Florida
Redbelly Turtles, Least Terns, nesting Purple Martins, etc, etc.
The wetland is managed by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department,
which should be commended for the effort and expense it has invested into
this extraordinary wildlife area.
- I have created an event gallery for the Spring
2002 Save Mount Diablo 4-Day Diablo Trail backpacking trip.
20 June 2002
- I have moved Heinphoto.com to it's own web server, and have made a number
of enhancements to the web site including adding a Search
- I have created a new set of galleries to
share preliminary photos from an event or trip. The images are
unedited, and most of them will never appear in the Natural
History Gallery. However, I needed a place to be able to share
photos from a trip with friends and clients quickly.
12 May 2002
6 May 2002
This has been a great Spring in
Northern California, with excellent wildflower displays and the green,
green hills. In addition to visiting favorite locations like Morgan
Territory Regional Preserve, I was fortunate to be able to hike along on one
day of Save Mount Diablo's 4-Day Diablo Trail Backpacking trip. The Diablo
Trail starts in Walnut Creek and ends 30 miles later at the Round Valley
Regional Preserve staging area. In between it passes through 6 different
parks and open space, while crossing only two roads. The Diablo
Trail highlights 30 years of land preservation efforts by Save Mount Diablo.
Spring is the time of the year to visit the desert. In April we managed
to take trips to both Southeast
Arizona and California's
Mojave Desert. One of the highlights of our trip to Arizona was
encountering large numbers of Ramsey Canyon
Leopard Frogs, in several ponds at Beatty's
Miller Canyon Guest Ranch in the Huachuca
Mountains. These frogs were only "discovered" in the
late 1980s, and are considered to be the rarest North American frog
species. The Beatty's have done an amazing job of providing habitat for
these threatened amphibians. The Beatty's Orchard/Ranch is also arguably
the best place in the US to watch hummingbirds.
The Mojave Desert is probably quite an obstacle for migrating songbirds to cross on their
spring migration. Water is scarce, and oases like Butterbredt Spring
and Galileo Hill stick out like sore/green thumbs. As dawn breaks at
Butterbredt, western migrants like the Wilson's
Warbler descend in large numbers to take advantage of the water, cover,
and food that the oasis provides. Not far to the East, the lawn at the
Silver Saddle Ranch and Galileo Hill is often covered with multicolored
songbirds like Western Tanagers, Hooded
Orioles, Wilson's and Yellow Warblers, and Lazuli Buntings. Desert
wetlands like the Piute Ponds on Edwards Air Force Base, provide critical
habitat for both nesting and migrating shorebirds and waterfowl.
13 March 2002
- Springtime in the East Bay Hills of Contra Costa County, California can be
quite spectacular. I have added a few new images of local open
space landscapes, including one image that shows the boundary of the
Higgins property with Black Diamond Mines
Regional Preserve. This remote and wild corner of the park will have
houses backing up to the fence line shown in this image if the city of
Antioch follows through on development plans for Future Urban Area #1.
Please support Save Mount Diablo in their efforts to preserve open space in rapidly growing Contra Costa
- I have also caught up on a few older images of an unusual Orca, a young
Raccoon, and one of the treats of a fall hike on Mt. Diablo - the Tarantula!
3 February 2002
- I have added images of one uncommon and several common winter birds on the Northern
California coast to the Gallery.
- We will be presenting a program on our trip to the Galapagos
Islands at the February 7th Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Meeting in Walnut
8 December 2001
- Several images in this update are from a
Thanksgiving trip to Morro Bay and the Carizzo Plain National Monument.
- My image of Snow on North Peak was
chosen by Save Mount Diablo for
the cover of the invitation to their 30th Anniversary celebration that will
be held on December 10th. Congratulations to Save Mount Diablo for 30
years of protecting habitat and open space in the San Francisco Bay Area.
3 September 2001
- Save Mount Diablo and the
East Bay Regional Park District have recently announced several new land
acquisitions in the eastern part of Contra Costa County. We provided
Save Mount Diablo with photographs from the Gim/Clyma
and Elworthy-Highland Ridge properties, which will be added to Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, and the Brown
property, which will be land-banked as part of Black Diamond Mines
- On April 28th 2001, Save Mount
Diablo and the East Bay Regional Park District celebrated the
acquisition of Clayton Ranch. This spectacular property has outstanding
views of Mount Diablo's North Peak and will be land-banked as part of
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
- The endangered California Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora draytonii) is one of the many species of wildlife that has
benefited from the great work of Save
Mount Diablo. Please consider supporting this very effective
- Also in this update are some new wildlife
images from the Pt. Reyes National Seashore and from a pelagic birding trip to the Cordell
Bank from Bodega Bay, California.
22 July 2001
- The Galapagos Islands are a nature lover's and nature photographer's
dream. We were fortunate enough to be able to visit this amazing place
on a Field Guides tour during late
June and early July, I have created a rather large gallery of images from this trip. Please consider supporting the Charles
Darwin Foundation to help preserve and protect this wonderful place.
23 June 2001
- Spring trips to Trinity, Siskiyou, and Modoc Counties in California, and Malheur
National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, produced many of the images in this
update (see the "Recent Work"
page). Malheur has been on our list of "must visit" places
for many years, and it didn't disappoint. In addition to nesting Franklin's
Gulls and Black Terns, we had many
pleasant surprises like this Western Screech
- An outrageous reptile hunt at a friend's house in Oregon produced the Gopher
Snake and Red-spotted Garter Snake images. Under one piece of corrugated tin we found 2 Rubber Boas, 1
Red-spotted garter Snake, 1 Gopher Snake, and a Northern Alligator Lizard!
15 March 2001
- Gray Jays are not common anywhere in
California. One of the more reliable places to find them is Van Damme
State Park in Mendocino County, which is where we were fortunate enough to
capture this image.
- Sometimes photographic opportunities arise in your own backyard.
These images of a White-throated Sparrow and Cedar Waxwing were taken in our
backyard during a weekend spent at home.
17 February 2001
- Mount Diablo is a 3800-ft mountain that dominates our local skyline.
A few times each winter, cold storms cover the mountain in a few inches of
snow. I have added an image of the North
Peak of Mt. Diablo taken as a recent storm was clearing. I have
also added several images taken on and around Mount
Diablo to our "special places"
15 January 2001
8 January 2001
- Several images taken over the holidays
including trips to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida and
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California. The highlight of
these trips was a fierce Northern Pygmy-owl near Putah Creek in Yolo County, California.
16 November 2000
29 October 2000
24 October 2000
- New "fall color" landscape images from Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierra. I have also continued adding
older images to several galleries.
4 September 2000
- I am slowly working through my catalog of existing images and have added a
number of them to the gallery. I also added
a few new links to the links page and added a Table
of Contents page to help visitors locate a particular image quickly.
30 August 2000
- The initial launch of this web site.