On the Outside Looking In

I’ve been editing and reviewing my years of taking photos.  This was shot in 2003, and I never realized just how darn funny it is!  This is at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium in California, taken with the Olympus C3000Z.

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Poppy Fields Redux

I think this may be the last of all my images of the California Poppy Reserve from last March.  Here, the view is up the hill, looking into a ring of clouds.  Taken with the Olympus XA4, Kodak Ektar, and scanned by moi using the Pakon 135.

Rancho

Where I live, it is law to have about 30% of all land to be dedicated to open space and parks.  It keeps congestion at bay, though it does raise the cost of housing to obscene levels.

This was taken during an early morning hike, and looking back on the trail, I saw this.  It rather epitomizes what California once looked like, not all urban sprawl and gnarled freeways.

A View of Mount Clef

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.

Over the Hills and Far Away

Panoramas allow me to capture the grandeur the vast outdoors has  . . .

There are a number of different programs which do panos, one being a leap from Lightroom to the pano functions of Photoshop, MS ICE (image composition editor), and so on.

Most people do panos in digital.  I like to do it with film, too, as it is a bit of a challenge – and it requires a  bit of thought . . . after all, there is only so much film, far less than the room on an SD card!

And here we are:  A 5-image pano of the poppy fields at the California Poppy Reserve last March, in the 50mph winds.   The middle of the image doesn’t look too bad when smallish, but if you click on it twice, you will see a lot of blur in the center.  Not a fab job, but the job it does is there – it shows you the stunning beauty of the fields.  With less wind, the picture would have been a lot more successful.

Orchid Flower Tree

This is a tree that I visit every spring:  the orchid flower tree, or orchid tree, or something like that.  It is covered with these ridiculously luscious flowers, and seems as if it is from another world altogether.

Salvia

Salvia is the Latin name for sage.  There are so many kinds!  Russian, Mexican, hummingbird, white, purple . . . the California climate where I live is perfect for so many.  If I could, I would fill my garden with them – the pungent aroma, the colors, the variety are endlessly fascinating.  Additionally, they are easy to grow and don’t need much water.