Sunday, March 1, 2015

Afternoon Jog

She's getting ready to go for an afternoon jog, but first stops to enjoy the flowers...

Oh, and always important to stretch out those tight muscles before jogging!

OK, she appears to be ready.  On your mark, get set... GO!!

Ha, that was easy, Grandpa! Let's do it again!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hilltop Park, Signal Hill, California

This is a perfect location for skywatching! To the south and west, Long Beach, the Harbor, and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

And to the north (on a clear day like this particular day) you can even get a clear view of downtown Los Angeles.

But don't forget the people around you! It's super-easy to get wrapped up concentrating on the sky, the clouds, the sun, what lens to use, etc., and you aren't paying any attention to the people around you (other than trying to make sure they don't block your shot). Yet you might be missing out on the best shots!!

Back up a bit, pay attention to the people around you enjoying the sunset, use the beautiful sky as your backdrop, and you just might find that these turn out to be your favorite shots of the evening!!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Old Postcard

I really like this old postcard titled "Smoke Trees and Desert Road Near 29 Palms, California". Yes, this looks like a lot of the desert roads out in my neck of the woods in 29 Palms.
I don't know exactly where this road is, but on the back of the postcard, it says "We started out on road like this to Key's View. It got rougher, and the ruts were deeper as we went farther." No signature, no stamp... the postcard was never sent. I wonder if they ever made it to Keys View, or if they gave up, turned around, and went home? Or perhaps got stuck is some deep sand and had to get pulled out?
Unfortunately, the postcard is not dated. But it really got me wondering about the roads in Joshua Tree National Park (back then a National Monument) and when they were paved. I contacted David Denslow, Lead Park Ranger, Joshua Tree National Park. He did some quick research for me and found out the road to Keys View was given a hardened surface in 1954, but wasn't officially "paved" until 1984. That would mean this postcard was pre-1954. It's hard to imagine what driving through the Park was like pre-1954 on these sandy, rutted roads. What an adventure and a challenge it would have been. And back then, it would have been a very remote area! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Last Light of the Day

I took these photos from the Huntington Beach pier a few weeks ago, just as the sun was setting. I had a minute or two of this golden light, then it was gone!
F/10, 1/200sec., ISO 200, 200mm

F/6.3, 1/160sec., ISO 200, 200mm
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