Tuesday, January 29, 2008

January in Bear Valley

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Posting here has been sporadic, at best; but, I expect to do better within a few weeks. I am looking forward to having more time to spend on my websites and on photography, in general.
Yesterday,we spent the day in Bear Valley—signing papers and making it official. Early next week, we get the keys to our house and we will officially own two mortgages—we hope that doesn't last very long. It was lovely to spend some time there and remember why we are doing all this work.
The shot above was taken in one of the community campgrounds. I have a feeling I will be spending some time up there with the oak trees. The snow had fallen the night before—more snow fell during the day—and turned the entire valley into a wonderfully picturesque scene. I didn't want to be cooped in offices and busy with the final "walk-through". On the other hand, I wasn't eager to go for a long hike, since the warmest it got all day was about 34 degrees. Not the ideal weather for a southern californian and former central Texas gal. I was by far happiest when we had time for a drive around the valley and a little bit of shooting from outside the car window. It looks as though, I will have to get over being such a wimp about the weather.


  1. Anita,

    I meant to comment on this image sooner, but the new job and a nasty cold over the last week has kept me pretty much "offline".

    This one got my attention instantly. For one thing, it remind me a little of New York's southern tier (a former home). More importantly, it does a wonderful job of projecting a sense of peaceful solitude. I can almost smell the fresh snow and the cool air. I also love the understated color. It would be easy (and tempting) to "overdo" the clouds and sky, but it wouldn't have been nearly as effective.

    A wonderful photograph. Hope the move is progressing smoothly!

  2. Paul, you made my day. I am delighted that this photograph communticates to you exactly what I felt. This is a very special spot in the valley. Even as I was tinkering with exposure, framing,and focus, I could feel my breathing slow and my heart lighten.
    I am so sorry to hear that you have been slowed by a cold. Feel better soon. In terms of packing,I see light at the end of this long, long tunnel. Thanks for visiting.


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