travel

Windmill Garden

Usually I take shots out the car window of wind turbines as we drive to and from California- they fascinate me. This time, we actually drove over near the turbines so I could take photos to my heart’s content. This one is a bit of a fantasy- a multiple exposure edited with textures and NO RULES for sure! 🙂


One of the 26

Back to the 26 Glacier Cruise in Alaska- here is one of the twenty-six! I think this was just the first glimpse.

Actually, for me, the best part of the above image is the reflection- hence this crop:


Shadow Play

I spotted the shadows on these steps at the Tehachapi train station and loved the lines and patterns they made. I decided to emphasize the graphic design qualities of this shot by doing a little . . . ummm . . .creative editing.


Choo Choo

Last week’s road trip back home managed to yield a few photos despite our disappointment about not getting to Monterey.. We spent the night in Tehachapi and went over to the train station so I could have the opportunity to find something (ANYTHING!) to photograph. We had been there a couple times before and knew there were some old railroad items on display. Below is a view of the wheels on an old box car.

Edited with some grunge textures and filters.


Unexpected

We have just returned from a road trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, and this is the first photo I’ve posted since our return (last week’s and Monday’s photos were scheduled in advance before we left). Our trip was supposed to be a two day business trip for my husband followed by a long weekend in Monterey (which was supposed to include lots of photo opportunities. . .). Unfortunately, I had to take my husband to the ER the second night we were in the Bay Area- and he ended up being hospitalized for 5 days! He is much improved now, and “normal” life has resumed.

On the last day he was in the hospital, I brought my camera with me and photographed parts of an art installation across from the main entrance. Since I first saw it, I had been captivated by this piece of art, which forms a semi-wall in front of the parking area. I decided to practice my multiple exposure skills in photographing it, because I didn’t want to just capture someone else’s art- I wanted to create my own.

When I got home and downloaded my images, I was struck by how the jagged lines resembled the parts of the display I was constantly seeing on the monitor at his bedside- as if they were stacked upon each other. Is this why I was so attracted to it? Or does it represent the chaos of dealing with a medical situation while on vacation? I don’t know- but this is the result.

Shifting Realities:

Being a photographer who likes simple compositions, I have to say I prefer the crop below. It doesn’t look like it represents any of the angst of last week- it now looks more like mountains to me.

Night Peaks:


Art of the North

The Anchorage Museum is fantastic for children AND adults. It not only has exhibits of the art and culture of Alaska native peoples, but also has interactive science exhibits (earthquakes for example). The image below is from their contemporary art gallery.


Life Underground

Some of the Alaska native peoples built smokehouses and dwellings underground like these, seen at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage (I believe they were Yupik).


Cold Sail

Spotted on Glacier Bay while on our 26 Glacier Cruise


Red Sun

No, the skies weren’t really this dark. But the sun was a vivid red due to smoky skies.

 


The Sinking Sun

Eagle River, Alaska


Land of the Midnight Sun

Our visit to Alaska this year took place during the longest days of summer. I was fascinated by the constant sun which glowed bright red with the smoky haze in the air- which I found challenging to capture with my camera. The photo below was taken about 11:15pm from a viewpoint in Eagle River. The sky was actually lighter than it appears here- and the sun was much redder (notice the reflection in the water!). I will be posting more of my sun images in the near future.


26!

We have just returned from a visit to our daughter’s family in Alaska. While the best part of the trip was family time with our dear ones, the best family ACTIVITY was hands-down the 26 glacier cruise on Prince William Sound. We had a few doubts, because the sky has been hazy and smoky due to the ongoing Kenai fire- but despite that, it was a glorious day!

And what are those specks in the foreground, you ask? Sea otters!  We saw dozens- and I grew so used to them, I didn’t even realize they were in this shot at first!


A Day at the Beach

Crystal Cove


Beach Bareness

I never get tired of photographing an uncluttered beach. This was taken at Crystal Cove, which was soon to be packed with people.


Hanging Around Alleys

I so enjoyed exploring this Petaluma alley-  and I think the reason I took this shot was to document the amount of water in California currently- after so much drought.  Look at the ferns growing out of the wall by the drainpipe!