Thursday, September 27, 2007


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This monument at the entrance to the state park provides, for the visitor, fascinating background on the preservation of Bodie, the once "wild and wooly" gold-mining town in the the Eastern Sierra region of California. I am a newly converted and enthusiastic fan of this state park--you can probably guess that from all the photos you see here featuring old structures, wagons, etc in the town. I could have shot there for a week and still found things to intrigue me. I hope you will click on the image above, and when you get to the gallery please stick around to see some of Bodie, as well as other Eastern Sierra scenes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Photographers Supporting Photographers

Doug Stockdale, who posts some haunting images at, takes the time to lay out a description of a photographer’s exchange in the southern California area. It sounds like a terrific organization.
Stick around to browse after you soak up the valuable info. You will never again view those roadside memorials without thinking of Doug and his homage to those poignant scenes.

I'm Not Alone in My Madness

If my post titled "Training for New Careers" and the comments about shooting from a moving vehicle, made you smile or shake your head, check out Beau Harbin's "Speeding Monument" post today at It seems I'm not the only one who sometimes can't resist shooting even when it's not practical to pull over and take that "serious" shot.


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When we stopped for gasoline on the way to Bishop from Bridgeport, we were treated to this view just across the 395. Not a bad scene to look at while the tank refills.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Training for New Careers

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On the way back from Bridgeport, I started teasing my husband that I was working on my technique for shooting out of helicopters. That would explain all the shots I took through the windshield or hanging outside the window, as Jim guided the RV along the 395 at roughly 65 miles per hour. This one wan't quite straight and there was more than one throwaway shot, but it was a great learning exercise. My technique for quickly setting exposure improved another notch. This experiment also increased my appreciation for IS lenses.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Rain, Rain, Stay and Play--Come Again Another Day

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This afternoon, I stood inside the door and deliriously shot pictures of plants covered with beautiful raindrops. Yes, I am giddy. You can't imagine what an amazing and welcome sight this rain has been to those of us in southern California. It's been a long time since we had anything more than a fine mist--just enough to to remind of what we were missing. And the sound! As exquisite as any symphony I have ever heard. Could this be the beginning of the end of this drought? That's something to dream about tonight.