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Indian Canyons Snow Capped Mountains

Landscape Photography, snow, Indian Canyons Palm Springs, Mountains, clouds, sunset

The Stare

Street Photography, staring back, black and white, people watching, humorous situations
I am not a street photographer, but when I saw this gentleman sitting with his back against the statue of the chef, and noticed how much they look alike (the white shirt, chubby cheeks and beer belly) I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take his picture. I snapped a couple of pictures and that got his attention, so he turned his head and gave me that look of curiosity and mild annoyance. My first instinct was to put he camera down, but instead I snapped one more picture. I am glad I did, because his stare is so expressive it overshadows everything else in the picture. It is the picture. What do you all think?

Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse
It was getting late in the day and we had no intention of stopping, but the scene and the light were amazing. So I parked on the side of the road (I did not bother with the tripod) and took a couple of quick shots. I am glad I did. What do you think?

San Simeon School House

San Simeon School House
W. R. Hearst had this school house built for the children of the workers he employed at the castle.


Light Impressions-future father

I would like to wish all the fathers (and the soon-to-be fathers) a happy Fathers’ Day.

George Washington Dentures

Light Impressions-George Washington Dentures
The glass enclosure than the direct overhead lighting created interesting shadows and ghosting that I tried to emphasize in this picture. I hope you like it.
About the dentures, they are exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. the placard states “Dentures owned and worn by George Washington. Lead base fitted with human and cow teeth, and teeth made from elephant ivory; brass wires, steel springs.”

Reclaimed By Nature Again

Light Impressions-Reclamed By Nature Again

I took this picture couple of years ago and somehow never got around to post it. If you like it you will probably like this picture from the same place.

Two Crows

Light Impressions-Crows

Here is some very interesting information about crows that I snipped from an article titled The Mystery of Animal Grief in TIME Magazine by Jeffrey Kluger:
Nobody feels cuddly about crows. They're too big, too loud, too mean. They scavenge with the greed of buzzards, prey without the grace of eagles and even chase down children who come too close to their nests. They are the dark symbols of human mythology--portents of plague, of sorcery, of evil. There's a reason the proper term for a flock of them is a murder of crows, and it's not because we like having them around.

But there's something deeper going on in the soul of a crow. An animal that inflicts death so readily seems deeply moved when one of its own kind dies. A dead crow lying in the open will quickly attract two or three other crows. They dive and swoop and scold--emitting a very particular call that summons up to a hundred other members of the flock. With near ceremonial coordination, they land and surround the body, often in complete silence. Some may bring sticks or bits of grass and lay them next to--or even on top of--the remains. Then, tribute paid, they turn and fly off.

"Crows form lifelong pair bonds and might be mated for 20 years," he says. "When one dies, we've seen the survivor just standing above it looking at it."

The Edge

 Light Impressions-The Edge

This picture shows the back a building on Front Street in the Old Town section of Temecula.

Why THE EDGE? because when I took this picture I liked how because of lighting and perspective, the two sides of the building appear so different. And when I edited it I tried to emphasize that contrast, that edge. Well, it turns out that there is a nice restaurant called The Edge at this address, which I found to be an amusing coincidence, and an appropriate name for this picture.

Signs of Spring

Light Impressions-Signs of Spring

I never get tired of taking pictures of the same tree and the same blossoms in my backyard because they are just beautiful, and because I always end up with something new and different. Love it!