There is something so entrancing about a road, a hill, the sky beyond. I think I remember where I took this – but I am not sure. Now I want to find it!
It’s been awhile since my last post – just over a month. Part of that has been limited time because of a bunch of things going on in our lives, as well as a shift into focusing – and refocusing – on painting. There is not enough time in the day! But, a lot of times painting is an indoor activity, and I miss the outdoors. Cabin fever sets in.
Yesterday was finally a relatively taskless day (compared to every other day!), so I went to the bank, went to have a camera repaired, only to have it fixed right then and there by the store owner, and thence, on to the local botanical garden. With rain coming up today, I knew the garden would be closed to the public, and with rain forecast for the next few weeks, it will be closed for some time.
It was an absolutely lovely day, and I got a few good pictures of old friends, like ancient oaks and spring bulbs, and the cactus on the top of the hill.
Even though many parts of SoCal are a deadly brown, many of the plants are imported from areas of the Mediterranean, and many are evergreen. With a few judicious choices, even the desert we are becoming can have the green of other parts of the world.
Well, the fact is, I am way too busy and far too short of time to do this proposed 365 project. So, instead of doing a 365, I am just going to go back to looking at things and taking pictures of what I like. I’ve been quite unhappy with my inability to commit to the project . . . I seldom quit anything I start.
So, here is a tree, which is something I enjoyed photographing very much.
We spent a day in Bodie, California, a silver-mining ghost town in the middle of the high desert in northern California off Hwy. 395. It’s a photographer’s paradise, a state park, and a place with a very interesting history. The dry air keeps it preserved – as preserved as it can be – and the drive out is lonely.
While this is a pretty bleak looking landscape, it also shows you how the heat of summer dries the winter grasses. One match, and whoosh! Too many fires already in California.
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!
About a week ago I took delivery of an Agfa Isolette III, refurbished and CLA’d. It came with me to Colorado, and film went through the x-ray machine a few times. I didn’t take a lot of pictures with it, but did do two rolls, one of Portra 400, and one Ektar 100. Altogether, the pictures were ok, but part of it is simply learning how to use a new camera. A few I really liked – this is not one of them – but I did like the leaves on the water and the colors which resulted. Next time, I will drop the iso 20-30% for greater saturation with negative film.