Fremontia

This is one of my favorite shrubs in California – the Fremontia – it blooms for a short period, and the bright yellow blossoms make a dramatic presentation.  Always worth finding!

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Dead Amongst the Living

These leaves caught my attention the other day when I was out looking at the spring flowers in bloom.  It’s irony was not lost on me.

Flexilette

 

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of all the destruction-construction going on in the house, a moment on eBay, and this little camera caught my attention:  a twin lens reflex 35mm camera.  It is an Agfa Flexilette, made only for one year (1960-61 I think).  It was a bit of a bidding war and I was really happy to get it.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to play with it, but it is loaded up with Lomo 100 and I hope, as the domestic chaos winds down, I can get it out to see how it does photographically.  Mechanically, it’s smooth as silk, with large knobs and dials, which make it work very nicely.

Oh, BTW, I took this picture with my new tablet – an iPad 2018 (I had to replace my dying Samsung) on my new floors in my still-empty studio!

Cactus Flowers at Sunset

About 3 weeks ago I dropped off some slide film I finally finished up.  The problem was I couldn’t advance my film or rewind it halfway through the roll.  Off to the neighborhood repair shop, and voilà!  Just a this and a that, and the film worked.  I advanced a few and finished up the roll.

This is a view of my neighbor’s garden – he has one of the finest “southwestern” gardens I have seen because it is well kept and not full of weeds.  At sunset, with soft light, a row of blooms – quite lovely.

I was hoping to get a lot of photography done this week since I am off from work, but instead I decided to break my wrist and finger on Easter Sunday, just to do something different.

First Daffodils

These are some of the first daffodils in the botanical garden.  I don’t know if I will be able to see too many more as there is rain predicted over the next two weeks.  When this happens, the gardens close down to keep erosion on the hilltop and trails to a minimum.

Cactus, Shadows

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.