Sunset

Drama, anyone?  Our cloudless desert skies are rather boring, so seeing this was wonderful!

Dark Clouds

Another view from the Poppy Reserve in California.  Kodak Ektar 100, Olympus XA4, scanned using the Pakon 135.

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.

Vista

A hilltop view, complete with bench.  Here, you can sit to watch the sunset off to the west . . .

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.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates start out as flowers, and then turn into . . . pomegranates!  They are fun to watch grow throughout the season.

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