Friday, August 31, 2012
Every day, after I park, I walk past a nice patch of Goldenrod and California Thistle. Yesterday, that inspired me enough to stop for photos, then produced the urge to check conditions on the college's nature trail. Maybe I would find ripe Gooseberries!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In that state of mild anxiety, I was startled by the discovery of a dried-out carcass just below a blossom I was photographing. Here's that blossom:
So, to summarize my Monday experience during a round trip to Reno: I still wonder why most of the flowers blooming in late August and September are yellow. At least they keep my interest during that sometimes depressing period between seasons.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
We knew the old Argentine Lookout was in bad shape, having visited last summer. But, it's still there, inviting someone to get hurt and sue the government for leaving it there. Whether the lookout is eventually demolished or not, it's still an exhilarating place to visit. Great rock formations and views down to recognizable places along Highway 70. Always fun to look back on Quincy and realize how small we are. Met an old codger from Oklahoma, a Viet Nam veteran who said he was a traveling man, trying to see all the beautiful places he could in his remaining days. He said this spot was among his favorites. Had some pretty good stories, too. He had a closer encounter with three Sasquatches in Alaska and a Black Mamba at the edge of the highway near Santa Barbara. I wondered if it was Viet Nam or Oklahoma that caused these hallucinations, or if he was just having fun with me. AS we descended the beautiful rock stairway from the lookout, I took a few shots in the direction of Sierra Buttes, always a dramatic presence on the southern skyline. Then a little more exploring in Brady's Camp where I photographed the remains of Leopard Lilies and Corn Lilies that had bloomed several months ago. All in all, an interesting trip which helped me get used to the period "between seasons." Here, as a photographer, that means between summer flowers and fall colors. I remember a similar period when I lived at Tahoe. For most residents it seemed to be a depressing period between summer water sports and winter skiing. It might have had something to do with the flow of money. Being a teacher at the time, September and October paid the same as mid-winter, so I was happy. When one pays close attention to nature, all seasons have their attractions. I'm thankful for that.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
The smokey sky from the Chips Fire can be seen in the background.