Not fast enough on the manual focus – had him in focus, and then didn’t. Still and all, I was really pleased to even be able to catch this guy on film. Look at those toes! He really did the work – he just sat there, patiently, sitting still longer than most lizards.
Another view from Wildwood, at sunset. Taken with Nikon FM2N, Agfa 200 Precisa film, Elicar 55mm f2.8 Macro 1:1 lens. Post in LR and On1.
Looking down the hill I just climbed up. Sometimes what you see daily surprises you by its beauty. Early morning is the most exciting time of day as everything is fresh and fine!
Here, Nikon FM2N, Lomo 100 film, Elicar 55mm f2.8 Macro; post in LR 6.5 and On1.
California poppies mean Spring! Combined with purple lupines, the mountainsides are a delight to behold. These poppies are in the local botanical garden, but they can show up anywhere. They vary from deep orange to yellow, some with orangey streaks in the center of their golden petals.
Another cross-processed and rescued Velvia image . . . absolutely hideous in CP and barely salvageable in b&w! What’s a girl to do? The camera, though, does a fine job when the user doesn’t mess up. The lens is a Xenar, uncoated, which gives it a particularly vintage quality that modern digital do not have.
Modern day photographer using old-style equipment. Actually, the camera itself was custom-built somewhere in custom-built-camera land, and the pictures I have seen are beauties.
Used to hardwood forests, pine trees, pine cones, evergreens, and non-deciduous plants still seem miraculous, more so in snowy areas. In California, plants for the most part retain their leaves throughout the year but become a dusky color. We also have pine trees, native and imported. Seldom do we find pine cones that are as grand as this one, nearly a foot long, and not chomped up as a tasty treat by the local squirrel gourmands.
The prickly pear cactus is a beautiful plant. Paddles of green rise up from one another, and the flower buds appear on top. The buds are the “pears” and are very tasty! The paddles of the plant (which are really trunks and branches, with the thorns for leaves) are also quite edible. The paddles are cut off, quite carefully, and held over an open flame to remove the thorns. Once done, slice and stir-fry. Very good in scrambled eggs.
Personally, I like looking at them more than harvesting them!