Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading

Scanography as a creative outlet

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Last year, I attended a photography workshop and one of the participants showed her scanography work.  I was dazzled, and thought I would dip my toes in.  Throwing some interesting things on a flat bed scanner seemed simple, as I learned scanography is an entirely different technique that requires different skills. Continue reading

Lensbaby Challenge: Week 4

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This week I tried to face down my nemesis….the dreaded Plastic optic.  I had to find peace with the fact that nothing would be sharp, I’m shooting through plastic after all.  And then I remembered, some of my favorite photos of all time, I took in my early days as a photographer with the Plastic Optic (focus has always been a challenge for me, so it was freeing). Continue reading

Square Roses from the Huntington Gardens

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Mary and I go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, CA about once a quarter.  I am a bit of a bibliophile, so I love the library and its exhibits – if you have never seen a Gutenberg Bible, a Shakespeare First Folio, or a Audubon Birds of America – they are all there in one room!  However, the real reason Mary and I go there so often is the varied and beautiful gardens.  The roses are in full bloom right now.  Here are some favorites. Continue reading

Photographing the Carrizo Plain

 

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The wild flower season in Southern CA started off so promising with good rain in December and January.  However, a persistent “high” over the Pacific Southwest has kept most of the El Nino rain since then in Northern CA and the Sierra Nevada.  There is some color on the Grapevine near Gorman, but it is not a big bloom.  We also just heard that the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a total bust this year.  So, Mary and I made the long 3 hour drive up to the Carrizo Plain to find some flowers.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Carrizo Plain Wild Flowers – Look. See. Imagine. Create.

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Because of drought conditions in CA, we have not had a good wild flower season in 5 plus years.  With some good rain in December and January, we are getting some blooms here and there.  Mary and I have been chasing the flowers as best as we can (given our full time jobs) the last month or so.  We made the 3 hour drive up to the Carrizo Plain last weekend and found a few good patches. Continue reading

Super-bloom in Death Valley Right Now

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Mary and I were in Death Valley last weekend and though we really wanted a flooded valley from El Nino rain, we got something as rare – a wild flower “super bloom”.  Because of good rains in December and a nice warm spell in late January and early February, the Desert Gold flowers have exploded.  This is the best wild flower season since 2005.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading