Monday, February 28, 2011

Watery Wednesday / Salton Sea II

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This is a continuation of my images from the Salton Sea, California USA.
My husband and I drove out to the desert to explore this place once again after many years.
The area sits on the San Andras Fault and is just slightly higher than the lowest elevation in the USA, Death Valley carries that distinction.
Water drains into this area and carries with it a high salinity content.
The intensely salty water has changed this area greatly just over the past 40 years.
I used to water ski here when I was a kid and now boating seems to be history, only.
Fish die in great numbers and their carcasses can be found lining the shores of this pretty scene.
Of course, I will post photos of the shoreline soon...
just hold your noses, 'cuz it stinks!
You can find my previous post here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow / Salton Sea - Empty Beach

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We spent some time out at the Salton Sea, (California)  this afternoon.  This was a water-sports' paradise back in the 1950's and 1960's.  Since then the salinity levels have increased so much that the area has a strong stench of dead fish, especially in hot weather.
It was a pleasant 68 degrees (F) today...not too stinky.
I will be posting more photos in the coming days and some will be quite graphic showing the skeletal remains of the fish. The shoreline is covered with birds feasting on very salty fish!
Needless to shoes are outside and will stay there after an afternoon walking the shores of this quite scenic, but stinky place!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Today's Flowers / Lensbaby Work

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A rose from a friend's wedding last weekend.

This is a Magenta Senetti that I have in a pot in my yard.
I used my Lensbaby Composer with the soft focus optic, and macro +10 on these shots...way fun!

Today's Flowers

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SkyWatch Friday, Weekend Reflections / Pastel Light

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This is Crescent Bay at Laguna Beach, California.
It was taken facing opposite the sunset looking southeast on February 17, 2011.
This is one special little patch of sand along our Orange County Beaches.
You can see images while looking in other directions here and here.
HDR with 3 exposures: -2, 0, 2

Monday, February 21, 2011

My World Tuesday, Blue Monday, Watery Wednesday / Golden Sand

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This is a continuation of my evening at the beach last week.
My previous post and this are from Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach, California USA.
No matter which direction I gazed, I saw the most incredible color and light that I have seen in a long time.
The next day...RAIN!

These are HDR photos with 3 exposures at -2, 0, 2 and then fused with Photomatix software.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekend Reflections, Scenic Sunday, Sunset Sunday, Mellow Yellow / There's GOLD in the Sand!

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I spent the late afternoon and evening at this wonderful little cove called, "Crescent Bay."
It's part of Laguna Beach, California.
A storm is supposed to bring us rain all weekend. 
The new weather system brings us a golden sunset!
I wonder if the man on the rocks found a better view???
Hmmm...I'll have to check it out next time!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SkyWatch Friday / 2:21:30

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It is 2:21:30 and the sky is now getting white with over-cast.
The rain will be here soon!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blue Monday, Ruby Tuesday / Happy Valentine's Day

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I saw this valentine on the window of a stationery store.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Lensbaby Composer, double glass optic, f2

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today's Flowers, Mellow Yellow / Iceland Poppies, Indio, California USA

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 It was a beautiful sunny day and perfect for an afternoon drive out to the desert.
I found these Iceland Poppies in the desert region of Indio, California which is in the heart of the Coachella Valley.
February 10, 2011
Lensbaby, Composer, f4, double glass optic

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SkyWatch Friday, Weekend Reflections / Wavy Mirrored Glass

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The glass on the side of this building is wavy and it sure collects quite an assortment of reflections!
It's a business building in Riverside, California.
February 5, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday / A Walk Across the Sand

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Oh, yes...the water is there and a few surfers are enjoying the late afternoon hours on February 6, 2011.
Some watch the Super Bowl while others choose a great beach day!
This guy is about to join the others.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Watery Wednesday / Sugar Coated Water Drops

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The reflections on these water drops remind me of sugar...maybe I'm just hungry???
I put a red and white polka-dot towel underneath a glass plate lined with waxed paper.
I sprinkled water droplets across the plate trying to not allow them to blend together.
A little side lighting, 60mm macro lens and a long exposure created this "master-piece."
Okay...not a master-piece but, it was fun!
One idea leads to the next...more colorful background next time and a lot more water droplets!