Friday Night Photos - I'm Out Of Ideas Edition

so I'm going for a walk (no snow, thank goodness).

Here's Purfleet contemplating the lack of snow.

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We took a trip up to the redwoods and a ride on a steam train through them. They are so magnificent.

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I loved seeing the redwoods of Northern California. Did you ride the Skunk train? And what beach is this? I can smell the breeze and hear the waves. Thanks.

I was able to spend two weeks at Patrick's point SP in Eureka. This was right after I got my first digital camera. Instead of having to just take the perfect shot, I got to click, click, click and took over 500 pictures.

This was taken at Lady Bird Johnson grove. Fun times.

Doh! This is from Patrick's point on the way to the beach.

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This is from her Grove. The trees are bigger.

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It's the Steam Train up at Roaring Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Very tourist trappy but really it's about the redwoods. And kids. Lots of kids there.

Eureka is really the home of the redwoods. They have been there forever. And yes, the first digital camera is the best. Everything one wants and more. Much more. As is more and more pictures. I totally relate. What a lovely picture of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Redwoods live on fog. They have special "leaves" to "drink" the water with. (I just learned that on our train ride Smile )

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How lucky for you to be able to do this. I went camping at Big Basin which is up from the beach. Yes, there are a lot of redwoods there, but not as big or old.

Then there's the ones in Stanislaus county up around Murphy's. They are close to the ones in Eureka. Big Trees. This is what it's called.

Yes, the redwoods strive on fog as do Rhododendrons. The mixture of the green forest with the color of the plants is very striking. These don't do them justice. My memories are that they were much more vivid.

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Doh. Again. Edit to put the next photo in. I seem to be having a ruff night.

Check out this site and see for yourself how incredible this area is. Lots of photos in the images on a search for the park.

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There is such a great expanse of them there and it is so quiet when walking among them. Very special. Big Basin is great too. We take people up there who have never seen them. The Redwoods up north are special to me though.

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@magiamma C'est la vie! LOL Am I the only one here that participated? We resisted forest liquidation, please clap. I'm pretty sure Feinstein did some law later to "save" the Headwaters too. Gee thanks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redwood_Summer

Don't mourn, organize!

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earth first!
peace

P.S. California was 75% covered in Redwood forest when my great-grandparents showed up and proceeded to clear cut the fuck out of everything. Twice. Now climate change is gonna finish off what is left, because of the way they drink. No moisture in the air makes a droopy redwood. "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown." Moar tunnels.

maybe bong hits will balance the ecology
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But shhh, it still doeen't get as much traffic as it should being not that far from the Bay Area.

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Breathtaking! What a magnificent way to lift ones soul Smile

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Thank you. It really is amazing to be in their presence. Smile

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The trees are full of blossoms and the air smells so good.

This is some kind of cherry tree and the blossoms smell incredible.

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These two Canadian geese were just standing in the road as I drove up, but they took off when I rolled my window down. I've never seen geese at the cemetery before.

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The cherry trees were in bloom. That was many years ago. I don't remember their scent but I do remember how gorgeous they were.

We have a lot of orange trees here on the property where I live that are in full bloom. Bees buzzing all around and the scent is heavenly. Especially in the early evening as the sun is setting. Delicious.

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the Canadian geese are far far from their beaten path. I wish I could smell the beautiful pink blossoms. Or just lie beneath the tree and let them fall on me.

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Danni would know if they are out of place better than I would. It was such a surprise to see them just standing there, though. There are two ducks that hang out there. And CROWS

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@snoopydawg Sorry to post and run; very busy. Geese like open, grassy areas often like golf courses. We lived near Eisenhower Jr High School in Taylorsville for a while; I saw a flock of geese out on their sports field when I was going to work a couple times. So seeing them at the cemetery isn't that unusual.
As for your fascination with cemeteries...I like to think they appeal to your inner goth. Blum 3
The eagle nest is about 4 miles north of our place. It is easily visible from the road. Think I'll go by there tomorrow and see if there are any babies yet.

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Which means the temperature is in the high 60's, low 70's. Wonderful time to sit in the garden and watch the birds and the butterflies. Kitties are here too but they're hiding in the Rosemary bushes.

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the kitties must love it. Is that a cactus in the box planter?

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Which makes me very happy. Sometimes I just sit out there and watch them enjoy themselves. Which is a real treat for me since two of them grew up in an apartment when I lived in Manhattan. They adapted to their new California home very nicely.

Yes, that is a cactus in a potted plant. But I don't know what kind it is. To the left of the photo is the herb garden where the kitties like to hide. When they come home they smell good. Lol.

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This garden is beautiful. It looks like it takes a lot of work to keep it up. Where do you live?

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I really love it here. I live in a sweet little guest cottage on a beautiful piece of property here in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. North of Pasadena. Big change from Manhattan, eh?

Actually we have a Gardner who comes in once a week to maintain things in the front part of the garden, which doesn't need a lot of work. It was designed to work well with the dry temperature. What requires work is the back garden where I live. I am battling aphids right now on my mandevillas and trying to get a rose bush that had to be replanted twice to bloom again. But my azaleas are doing great and it looks like we will have a bountiful crop of lemons and oranges this year!

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@Anja Geitz
All of it.
Not the least of which is your spirit.
Which is reflected therein.

What I’d give to be in such a place. To breath in deeply the fresh scented air of flowers and herbs; pick the lemons from, make the lunch with, and eat in, that wonderful garden.

Maybe in my dreams tonight...

‘nite all.

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Have a standing invitation to come on by whenever you are out this way. I love entertaining in the garden, and trust me when I say you haven't had a real mimosa until you've had one with freshly squeezed orange juice right off the tree! They are my specialty along with homemade peach cobbler. Yummy. Smile

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Had some unexpected visitors this week. Here's the brown creeper that showed up last week:

And the other day this yellow-bellied sapsucker showed up:

I had time to run and grab the camera before he disappeared this time.
I love spring migration; we never know what might show up around here any more!

A mama eagle on her nest a few miles from here:

I'll have to go back and photograph the babies soon. There's another nest close by too but I can't get anywhere near it enough to take photos.

Then today I found these four loons; they were really far away though.



There's not much open water around here yet, so where there is there's lots of waterfowl. I'll keep trying to get some better loon photos.
Cheers!

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Love the eagle peeping over the edge. How lucky to be able to check up on it and watch the babies. And the brown creeper is a cutie pie. I imagine that it is very small. Thank you as always for the bird pictures.

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@magiamma The brown creeper is sparrow-sized.

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magiamama did. How far from you house is the nest? It will be fun for you to watch the babies grow up. I have some type of birds nesting in my patio awning. I saw the babies beaks yesterday. The birds are making a mess of my patio though. The stuff from the nest falls out each time they fly out of it.

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Thanks for hosting bollox.

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It’s been a few weeks of hardly ever holding a camera in my hand. I’ve missed it, and the delight I find in focusing on some alluring moment, and getting lost looking through the lens.

Here are two from a couple weeks ago and two of the photographer, Ron Rosenstock …

Thanks Bollox for posting, even when out of ideas. It must feel promising to not be snowed in.

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It's good to see you again. Where did you take them and what is that in #4? Black and white is a fun medium. I'd love to get back in the darkroom and work with it again. Maybe soon ... I have the perfect spot to do it in. Just need the funds.

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Nice to be back and sharing photos and sentiment.

The third and fourth photos are Ron Rosenstock's. Number three is in Ireland and number four, an iceberg in Greenland.

For some time I missed my darkroom, but now not so much. Will always treasure though the memories and experiences of all that time.

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the first two were taken at my sometimes 'private' beach.

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Thanks for his website. He does incredible work. I love seeing other photographer's work because I get some great ideas.

Love these two

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What is about cemeteries for me?
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Here's another photographer I like. He has a lot of photos of Ogden and Utah. I can't find my favorite one of his. Aspens in full autumn colors and then a group with reds and yellows. Stunning.

Kevin Mikkleson Photography

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for the imagination. Thanks for the Mikkleson photo link. There's hardly a landscape that is more evocative than the canyon lands of Utah. Lots of geologic mystery there.

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Of light and dark in the first two. Great textures and shapes too. Reminds me a little of Caravaggio's chiaroscuro technique.

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especially for its chiaroscuro. There is a definite connection with photography.

Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

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The last time I was in Rome I saw a lot of Caravaggio's work in situ, which is really the best way to see them.

Funny story: I was in my early 20's the first time I visited Italy where my Italian boyfriend took me to the Uffizi in Florence. At that time I knew absolutely nothing about art and I remember thinking to myself how all the paintings looked the same. The same religious motifs, the same style, the same colors. (I laugh at myself when I think about that now Smile )

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Then I came across Caravaggio's "The Sacrifice of Isaac", and even though it was a painting of a religious theme, it was most certainly like none of the other paintings I had seen. You could say it spoke to me.

Years later, after I went back to school, it was that experience that inspired me to take Art History classes. I'm so glad I did. My subsequent trips to Europe were greatly enriched. I still haven't been to the Hermitage, but it's on my bucket list!

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and the startling drama of his work totally 'floored' me. The almost life-size paintings were unlike anything else I had seen before. I also found the religious content secondary to the profound effect that standing in front of those paintings had.

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Just take a look at the agony on the face of Isaac. It brings the story to life in a way the other paintings on the same subject did not.

I was at a lecture once about Caravaggio where we were told that a lot of his male models were boys he picked up in the street and then paid to sit for him. Considering that most of his paintings were commissioned by the church, to be displayed in the church, I found that piece of information perversely interesting.

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especially in contrast to the peaceful and wise look of the sheep to the right of his face.

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for inspiring imagination and creative consideration.

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Talking with you Janis Smile

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White Faced Hornet Nest, with a face in the hole.
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Frank Lloyd Woodrat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusky-footed_woodrat

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His house, because fire insurance demanded 100 feet.
And then they cancelled it of course, after we put in tanks, hydrants, everything. Poor Frank.

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Effin' lizards

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@eyo the great photos and comments!

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are intriguing and quirky, as I imagine you are. Frank Lloyd Woodrat, and Frank himself tethered to a pile of wood brush are evidence ; ).

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and just wonder where that path would lead me to, if I walked that one.

Thanks to all for a beautiful collection and great conversation.

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