A Bit of Color: Loquats for the Picking

A break from the silent 365 project.

Spring is here!  In my area, orange trees are in blossom, filling the air (i.e. my back patio) with sweet smells.  Flowers are blooming, bulbs are emerging, and the butterflies are flying around!  We have not seen such abundance in nature for years here – drought and fire.  Today, it is cloudy and overcast, the sky is ominous.  It even rained while I was out for a short hike through Wildwood Park to catch what remains of the super bloom.  I took my trusty OM-1 and 55mm macro lens and a roll of Provia slide film.  I’ve really begun focusing on using film, and enjoying it a great deal.

This image was taken with Fuji Superia 200 and a Niikon N90S camera, and my first roll through this new-to-me camera.  The lens is likely my 28-85mm macro lens.  Having a film camera with autofocusing is a new one for me – I have an F100 but it is a little quirky – and it performs beautifully.  ITh just finished a roll of Ilford HP+ 400 iso, shot at 800, and in development (if the lab doesn’t screw it up) at +1.  We’ll see what happens!

Anyway, a few words from yours truly, in need for a spot of color!

Pointy

This is a tree in the local botanical garden.  There are two of them.  I keep forgetting what they are called.  In the fall, they drop their leaves, and all their spiky bark shows much more clearly.  In the spring, leaves of green and big, pink flowers.

A part of me would like to sit up in the tree when in bloom and covered with leaves, but getting up there leaves a bit to be desired.

White Dome Geyser

Out of all the geysers in Yellowstone National Park, this is by far one of my favorites.  It’s a small dome, probably about 10 feet tall (which is very tall, really, for a dome), but it spews a wonderfully unpredictable little geyser – or big geyser – depending on its mood.  This one is called White Dome – a perfect name for a real beautiful geyser.

Taken using an Olympus OM-1n, Oly 35-70mm lens, Cinestill 50 film, and scanned in a Pakon.

Over the Edge

Today is an uncropped panoramic film image of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. We were here in July-August of this year, and not in the best of shape for a crawling / climbing tour of this remarkable cliff dwelling. Instead, as I’ve done before, I leaned over the edge of a balcony built high above and took my pictures.

Cinestill 50 Daylight film is used here, along with the OM-1n. There are four images here, turned into a pano in CS6. Cropping would take away from the awesome quality of the overlook and the amazing buildings below.

Click on the image to see it larger.  No retouching done!