14 / 365 Pond at the Corner of the Path

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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.

A Place for Birdsong

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I thought I had left my Werra in Paris when I flew there a few weeks ago for lunch, but I didn’t.  Lucky me!  I found it this afternoon, and that inspired a hunt through the archives for some images I took last year when it first arrived in my hot little hands, all fresh and shiny from Holland.  I currently have it loaded with Fuji Natura 1600, for night work (maybe I will try it for the super moon on the 13th or 14th).

This is one lovely little camera, and a very, very odd one.  It’s a rangefinder, with all controls on the lens, including cocking the shutter and advancing the film.  The lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm, f2.8, and as you can see, it renders wonderfully sharp images.  I’ve got a bunch of colored lens filters, for b&w work, so once the current film is used up, I’m going to try some Acros 100 or Delta 100.

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Along the Path from the Beach

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Another photo from the day at the Carpinteria Bluffs here in California.  Besides the Nikon V3, I brought along the Olympus Trip 35, which is proving to be a fun little camera.  Right now, nearly all the flowers are gone except the most hardy, from seasonal and weather changes, and these cheerful yellow flowers add a bright touch to an otherwise beige, beige, beige landscape.