About

About

Started in February 2016, the goal with this website is to promote Orange Countians and visitors of this beautiful land to get out from in front of their television and enjoy the outdoors. Every photo and video you see on this website was shot by Mark Girardeau who owns all copyrights except for the sea otter photo and the photo of Calico Ghost Town.

"I love spending as much time outside as possible, I am very familiar with much of California and try to explore as much of it as possible especially Orange County where I reside which is why I got the idea to create this website which first started off with just an Instagram account in 2016 because I love sharing my photos and videos with others and helping educate others about our natural history and why it is important to take care of it. I don't disclose locations of certain animal species due to the animals safety like mountain lions and certain bird species especially nesting sites. I ask that upon giving information about these awesome places, I ask that you please respect them, don't disturb the animals, pick up trash, and obey posted signs."

This website is inspired by my Father Greg who passed away from brain cancer in 2014, he introduced me to so many awesome things outdoors and how to respect others, after taking care of him for three years, I made it my mission to live how he wanted me to.

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or media inquiries at "mark@orangecountyoutdoors.com"

Mark Girardeau

Photos of my adventures just since 2014

Mount Whitney
Swimming in a glacial lake
Badwater Basin
John Muir Wilderness
Swimming with a honu in Hawaii
Supai Indian Reservation meets Grand Canyon
Somewhere in Utah
Mountain Biking in Colorado
Snorkeling in Miami
Hollywood
Swimming in freezing Lake Tahoe in winter
Powder in Jackson Hole
Big Sur
Valley Of Fire
St. Louis Arch
Somewhere in Utah
Lake Tahoe
Forest Falls
Northstar Ski Resort
Mark Girardeau

Why create Orange County Outdoors?

I wanted to create a place where people can learn about Orange County's outdoors with it's wildlife, events, beaches, parks, and other outdoor features all in one place. I'm not affiliated with any organization like the county or state parks, therefore I can provide information about ALL of Orange County and not limit the info to a specific area within the county. Also I LOVE sharing my photos and videos with the people and doing my part to educate others about taking care of what we are so fortunate to have here. This is not a profit monetarily for me but a profit of feeling accomplished about helping others.

Please enjoy some of my work that has been featured by the media just since 2015

National Geographic:

Gray Whale Ménage à Trois

Huffington Post:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Orange County Register:

Shark watching goes high tech

Gray whale rolls around at the beach

More whales getting entangled

Tangled Whales

Quadruple sea lion release

Beautiful Sunsets

Sea Lion Release

Gray Whale Ménage à trois

Waterfalls

Bald Eagles At Irvine Lake

Mom And Baby Gray Whales Visit Boat

Magical Whale Turns Up Dead

Whale Watching Gets Dangerous

Entangled Whale Disentangles Itself

ABC Los Angeles:

Mountain lion causes concern to residents

Mom And Baby Gray Whales Visit Boat

Bald Eagles

Instagram: Bald Eagle

Instagram: Mom And Baby Gray Whales

ABC Chicago:

Mom And Baby Gray Whales Visit Boat

ABC Houston:

Magical Rainbow Whale Turns Up Dead

NBC Los Angeles:

Scarlet the whale dies

Rescued sea lions released

Mom And Baby Gray Whales Visit Boat

Instagram: Mom And Baby Gray Whales

Tuna Crabs Wash Up On OC Beaches

CBS:

Blue Whale Dwarfs Ship

CBS Los Angeles:

Scarlet the whale shows up dead

The Weather Channel:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Instagram: Lightning

Grind TV:

Rare Bryde's Whale

Breaching Whale Reveals Entangled Ropes

Entangled Whale Frees Itself

Mom And Baby Gray Whales Visit Boat

Massive Pod Of Killer Whales Off Orange County

KTLA Los Angeles:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

The Dodo:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Fox News:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Ric O' Barry's Dolphin Project:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Los Angeles Times:

Scarlet the whale shows up dead

The Patch:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

New York Daily News:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Univision:

Gray Whale Washes Up On Beach

Fox San Diego:

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

LAist:

Magical Whale Turns Up Dead

Accuweather:

Gray Whales Visit Paddle Boarders

Daily Breeze:

Magical Whale Turns Up Dead

The Telegraph - UK:

Blue Whale Dwarfs Ship

MSN:

Blue Whale Dwarfs Ship

Massive Pod Of Killer Whales Off Orange County

Yahoo:

Blue Whale Dwarfs Ship

Rare Bryde's Whale

Magical Whale Spouts Rainbow

Seattle Pi:

Rare ETP Killer Whales

Awesome Ocean:

Massive Pod Of Killer Whales Off Orange County

Daily Mail - UK:

Whale Spouts Rainbow

Univision:

Dead Whale washes ashore

ABC New York:

Cow/calf gray whales visit boat

Magic Seaweed:

Great white sharks appear off OC Coast