2012 Natural History Calendar

2012 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 8.5×11″ cover stock and is spiral bound at the top. I only print a small number of these unique calendars.

2012 Hein Natural History Photography Calendar

I also create a separate “Images of Diablo” calendar for Save Mount Diablo that is a gift to supporters who make an end of year donation of $250 or more.



"Nature in All Mediums"

An exhibit of the artwork of the Mount Diablo Audubon Society
Lynn House, Antioch, California

September 10th - 24th, 2011

Exhibit Information

I will be showing the following four pieces in the upcoming exhibit at the Lynn House in Antioch, California.  The theme of the exhibit is "Nature in all mediums" and it features the artwork of the Mount Diablo Audubon Society.

King Penguins King Penguins, South Georgia Island

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
December Snow Day on Mount Diablo
December Snow Day on Mount Diablo
Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis ssp. lanceolata)
Checker Lily, Mitchell Canyon


Wildflowers, waterfalls, flowing creeks, green hills, blue skies, butterflies, migrating and nesting birds - spring has come to Mount Diablo in a big way and will start slipping away quickly once the rain slows and we get a few hot days.  Spring always keeps me busy and this year is no exception as you can see from the links below!


San Joaquin Kit Fox Carrizo Plain National Monument

Save Mount Diablo Hikes

Bay Nature - Irish Canyon Hike Bay Nature Publisher's Circle Hike on Irish Canyon

Ackerman Property Hike A hike on the Contra Costa Water District's new Ackerman acquisition

Doolan Canyon A hike on the East Bay Regional Park District's new Doolan Canyon acquisition

Roman Catholc Property A scouting trip to the Contra Costa Water District's new Ackerman acquisition

Save Mount Diablo Properties

Save Mount Diablo's Oak Hill Property Images of Save Mount Diablo's new Oak Hill property in Morgan Territory

Journal Galleries

I have created a new "Journal" where I can place small galleries documenting my day-to-day photography endeavors:Mitchell Rock and Mitchell Canyon Images from Mitchell and White Canyon in Mount Diablo State Park

Hardy Canyon Loop, Round Valley Regional Preserve An afternoon hike at Round Valley Regional Preserve


The Beauty of Mount Diablo - Exhibition
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
April 9th - July 11th, 2011

Opening Reception, April 9th from 5 to 7:30pm

I will be showing the following three pieces in the upcoming exhibit at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.  "The Beauty of Mount Diablo" is a cooperative exhibition organized by The Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Save Mount Diablo, and the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.  The opening reception will be held on April 9th from 5:00 to 7:30PM at the museum.  Admission to the reception is free and our friend Stephen Joseph will be signing copies of his fabulous new book, "Mount Diablo: The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure".  Stop by and say hello!

Winter View West from Mount Diablo Mount Diablo Winter Vista

Heritage Oak, Deer Flat Heritage Oak, Deer Flat

Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis ssp. lanceolata) Checker Lily, Mitchell Canyon


Snow on Mount Diablo

It is not uncommon for Mount Diablo to experience a late winter/early spring snow storm.  Such an event occurred this week when several storms passed through the Bay Area dropping the snow level on Mount Diablo to 1500-2000'.  When this happens, the summit road in Mount Diablo State Park is usually closed and the only way to reach the summit is to hike, bike, or even ski the 4-4.5 miles from the Junction Ranger Station (or if you are lucky, Juniper Campground).  I took that hike this morning and here is the resulting gallery of images:

Snow on Mount Diablo - February 2011

Early Spring on Mount Diablo Mount Diablo's Summit The Mary Bowerman Trail

The 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.

Site Status

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.

Whisker Brush

Kaweah River

Giant Sequoia

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.

Blue Morpho

Bay-headed Tanager

White Hawk

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.

Link to legacy news page:  http://www.heinphoto.com/newstuff.htm