Thursday, February 3, 2011

Highway 58

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Things got a bit tense around here yesterday afternoon. I was close to pulling out some hair over computer crazies. I even had a brief fantasy of driving the entire setup to the dump and taking up knitting.  Finally, as of about half an hour ago, the system appears to be normal. At least on the surface. Since the chaos was likely just one of those wake-up calls we get now and then, I am back. Mostly. At least, I cancelled the order on the knitting supplies. Therefore, with things somewhat settled, on to what was to be yesterday's post.

Tuesday was a day for errands in Bakersfield. The Husband normally dreads the trip, but I always look forward to the drive. It isn't the errands that appeal to me it's the scenery along Highway 58. 

Rolling hills, neatly groomed by grazing cattle and dotted with old oak trees, provide miles of beautiful landscape. Rarely can I control my urge to indulge in some drive-by photography while on that stretch of highway, and Tuesday I didn't even attempt to curb my impulses.

Of course, if I had my way, it would take us two or three hours to make the hour drive. I would want to stop every two or three hundred yards even though there are only three or four places that offer an option for pulling off the highway. Instead of trying The Husband's patience (as well as asking him to risk life and limb), I set my camera to shutter priority and shoot away. 


  1. Anita, what a beautiful area you live in. I'd be right there wanting to stop those every few hundred yards as well -- I'm sure even 2 to 3 hours wouldn't be enough time. This particular "drive-by" is lovely indeed. My, my...well done!

  2. Earl - If you and I could find a way to travel along beside the highway and out of traffic, we would have a grand time and, yes, for hours. Not sure how we could pull it off, but it certainly would be fun.

    Of course, I think you live in an incredibly beautiful area. We just want to see it all, don't we.

    Thanks for the nice comment.

  3. Judging from this, it looks like the small risk is worth taking. Beautiful shot.

  4. Ken - That's one of the things I love about digital. Even if all the pictures are discards, I will have had the fun of framing and seeing. A simple delete at the computer, then reformat and I'm ready to go again. Thank you for the kind words about this shot.

  5. Anita, I love the shapes that the clouds cast with their shadow. Very interesting!

  6. Steve - Thanks. Those shadows certainly caught my eye as well. I would dearly love it if there were a pull off at that spot along the highway. I would love to have several tries at this location.

  7. I agree, I would also have a hard time curbing the temptation to stop and shoot and stop again. Sounds like you had a good time anyway.

  8. Mary Ann - I suppose for the sake of our marriage it is a good thing that there are so few pullouts. The Husband does have limitied patience, and I wouldn't have sense enough to stop asking to stop.


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