In the height of this dry, dry summer, looking back on the green leaves and bright red berries of the toyon is quite refreshing.
Christmas berries – also known as Toyon – is a California plant with bright, red edible berries which are good in apple pie. ‘Tis the season to see them!
The rains have begun to turn our dreary California landscape into a bright green. This little puddle is now a pond.
While a lot of California is considered to be “out of the drought”, where I live, we are still considered to be in drought conditions. We have more storms on the way, which will help with our drought, but the aquifers are still below normal levels. Unless California considers continuing stringent water control and water storage problems, these rains will mean nothing if we have little rain in the years to come.
These leaves are soft and fuzzy, a spot of green in a patch of dried grasses. I rather liked the pattern these leaves made in the field.
The day we were out was gloomy and grey. The coastal fog was slung low overhead. We came from a sunny inland valley and ended up in the May Grey (now June Gloom) of the California coast. Colors pop on such days.
Where I live, there are few places that are damp or lush. Here, in the undergrowth of the riparian woodland, alongside a creek (or nearby to avoid the poison oak) these tiny flowers grow, only to fade away as summer approaches.
The rains have arrived in California, easing a four-year drought. Brown has turned to green and the miracle of life returns. I took this yesterday morning around 7 a.m., heading west with the sun behind me. This is a pano of two images, using the Nikon V1 and 32mm lens.
Even though they can cause a bit of damage left unchecked, these vines and their flowers are so cheerful!
Another medium format image using the Agfa Isolette iii. In reading about the 6×6 or square format for photography, the approaches recommend playing to the symmetry of the square by using circles, equal areas, and centering of the central point of the image. Didn’t do that here . . . maybe I should revisit this rather large plant?
It is a lot harder to focus – and stay focused – with this all-manual camera, too! I should have focused on the center of the stems . . .