Weekend Sky #58: Birthday Skies

I didn’t ask for anything this weekend, except for a little trip up the coast to an old beach town we used to visit when I was a kid. I spent three glorious days with my husband and daughter while taking photos. I managed to narrow down my photos to a few for Hammad’s Weekend Sky #58. I’ll share more photos in the coming days.

As soon as we arrived at the inn, which is situated on a cliff above the ocean, a hawk started hovering right in front of my face. He was stalking ground squirrels, who were freaking out and screeching warning sounds while trying to hide in the ice plant flowers. I took many photos, naturally.

Hawk scoping out squirrels below and getting ready to land; captured with 300mm DSLR lens over windy skies at Pismo Beach, California.

Hawk cruising above sky near Pismo Beach, California, with pier and sand dunes in background.

Hawk floating above cliffs for another attempt at a meal, with Pismo Dunes and cloudy sky in background; captured with 300mm DSLR lens.

Hawk taking his time finding the right squirrel; captured with 300mm DSLR lens.

Red-tailed hawk flying in bright sky at Pismo Beach, California; captured with 300mm DSLR lens.

Perfect ecosystem for hawks and other predatory birds; view from Pismo cliffs in central California.

Not to be outdone by Saturday’s sky, Sunday’s sunset was even more breath-taking (and perfect for my day).

A look back at Pismo cliffs in central California–aka Hawk’s Paradise; captured with 70mm DSLR lens.

Perfect birthday sunset in Pismo Beach, California; captured with 50mm DSLR lens.

I hope everyone had a peaceful weekend!

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

17 thoughts on “Weekend Sky #58: Birthday Skies

  1. A wonderful opening photo Dawn. So good to get those great Hawk photos. Hope you had a fab birthday.
    I did have to laugh though. I didn’t know that Pismo Beach was a real place as Bugs Bunny was the only person I have heard mention it before 😂

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    1. Thank you! 😊 Haha…didn’t even realize about Pismo and Bugs. Makes sense…the studio he was created at is not far from there. It’s a good vacation away from the city.


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