This afternoon I finally got out for a walk – the weather was not in the high 90s by 10 a.m. It felt so good to be outdoors after nearly 6 weeks inside or in the shade, trying to keep from melting. In general, heat doesn’t bother me, but exercising and sweating in such temperatures gets to me, and it seems this year has been particularly intense. The only walks seem to occur at night, once the sun has gone down and the sidewalks quit sizzling. Our air conditioning ran non-stop a few days in a row, which is unusual for us, but that gives you a sense of the heat – but at least our humidity is relatively low, unlike the southeast.
I decided to play with my Instax Wide by FujiFilm. Normally I just take a picture here and there with my instant cameras but thought it would be fun to use it as the camera to record today’s wanderings. Thus, in no particular order, a few scenes from my afternoon’s perambulation. Click on an image to move through the gallery.
The temperatures this summer, locally and worldwide, seem to have been – and continue to be – brutal. Finally, nights are cooling down and the day’s highs are 85, not 105, in Fahrenheit (not C fortunately!).
Film, two images merged in PS6. Cosina CX-2, Agfa Vista 200.
The last week has been so hot- nearly 100F for several days – and sticky with 9% humidity! Yeah, laugh, but in a dry climate you become so aware of moisture, it’s absurd.
Right now, as I write this, the sky is yellowish with smoke from the nearby forest fires. The entire western US is ready to go up in flames, and when I think of our upcoming road trip, all of which is through the western US, I wonder if anything will be left for us to see.
Thus, an overcast day is just what I would like to see. Rain would be great.
This was taken with the Olympus XA4 and Fuji Pro 400H film.
Another photography film panorama, this time with only two images. Mount Clef is not really high – probably only a few hundred feet off the valley floor. Where I live, it is a series of valleys, located within the first mountain range in from the Pacific. Nonetheless, the hike up Mount Clef provides views around, out to sea, and into the deeper valley – the Santa Rosa Valley – behind the ridge. Right now, it’s rattlesnake season, so one treads carefully, on the trails, and looking around as you walk. Dogs are tightly on leash, if you have any brains.
Another image using Fuji Velvia 100 taken in March. Clouds are not “normal” in the dry areas where I live, so are very much appreciated by yours truly!