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SPIRIT STANDING STILL - a blog about photography, mostly

"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." (Minor White)


California, or Giverny?

March 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Wildflowers, "torrey Pines state reserve", "photo impressionism"Torrey Pines impressions #1Photo impressionism

I must have flowers, always and always - Claude Monet

Southern California’s wildflowers continue to color the landscape.  If the orange poppies of Lake Elsinore embody the inland heat, Wildflowers, "torrey Pines state reserve"Ready to unfurlTorrey Pines State Natural Reserve then the purple hues of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve reflect its cooler ocean climate.  A different color palette, but the same painterly feel.  Mother Nature is a masterful impressionist, but I enhanced the feeling by adding a little photo impressionism of my own to some of the photos.  As an added bonus, the thick fog rolled in, setting the stage for my favorite image of the day (with nary a flower in sight).  The images seen here, and several others, have been added to the California Spring gallery.  I hope you’ll take a look.




Fog, "torrey Pines state reserve"When the fog rolls inTorrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Mad with joy

March 18, 2017  •  1 Comment

"california poppies", "walker canyon"Flower meditationWalker Canyon.

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us - Iris Murdoch

"california poppies", "photo impressionism", "walker canyon"Cascade of poppies #2Walker Canyon. Photo impressionism. For the last several drought-ravaged years, California has truly felt like a ‘planet without flowers’.  But finally, an abundantly rainy winter has sparked new hope.  The land has turned green, the wildflowers have sprouted and the show is well under way in Southern California.  These images are from Walker Canyon north of Lake Elsinore.  The orange robe of a Buddhist monk harmonizes with the flowers, as though he were clothed in poppies.  I experimented with a subtle artistic filter on some images, like this cascade of flowers, to convey the painterly feeling of those masses of color.  I’ve started a new California Spring gallery, with several images from that memorable morning in Walker Canyon, and hope to add more in the coming weeks.

Oaks of Blue Sky

March 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

oaks, "blue sky ecological reserve", photoimpressionism, "photo impressionism"Mystical forestBlue Sky Ecological Reserve. Photo impressionism.

There is a fine effluence surrounding the wood, as if the sap had begun to stir and you could detect it a mile off. Such is the difference between an object seen through a warm, moist, and soft air and a cold, dry, hard one. Such is the genialness of nature that the trees oaks, "blue sky ecological reserve"Misty morningBlue Sky Ecological Reserve appear to have put out feelers by which our senses apprehend them more tenderly. I do not know that the woods are ever more beautiful, or affect me more. (Journal of Henry David Thoreau, March 10, 1859)

I visited Blue Sky Ecological Reserve the other day - something of an exercise in frustration, since most of the trails were closed.  But the oak grove was open, and it was a fine time to be there: early morning, with the fog just lifting.  It added a softness to the air, echoing Thoreau's words on this date.  The image above has a touch of photo impressionism, to enhance the mystery.

Botanical meditation

March 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

bamboo, "long exposure", "motion blur", "Motion study"Bamboo in slow motionMotion study

Bamboo, long exposure motion study.  A quiet moment from a recent visit to the botanical gardens.

Happy Birthday, Grand Teton National Park

February 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Chapel, "Grand Teton National Park", Infrared, "Menor's Ferry", "buckrail fence", "black and white"Teton view, Chapel of the TransfigurationGrand Teton National Park. Digital infrared.

Celebrating Grand Teton National Park, which was established on this day in 1929.  I have had many happy returns to this gem of our National Park system!

(Teton mountain view, Chapel of the Transfiguration, digital infrared)

Favorite Sites / Recents Reads

  In the Moment: Michael Frye's Landscape Photography Blog

 Carol Leigh photography blog

 David du Chemin photography blog

 Fine Art Landscape Photography of Seung Kye Lee 

 My Modern Met "where art enthusiasts and trend spotters connect over creative ideas"

 Ian Plant Dreamscapes photography blog

 William Neill's Light on the Landscape photoblog

 Art Wolfe blog

Recently read, and highly recommended:

The creative habit (Twyla Tharp)

The museum of extraordinary things (Alice Hoffman)

Jane Gardam's "Old Filth" trilogy: Old Filth, The man in the wooden hat, and Last Friends

The good Lord bird (James McBride)

Snow hunters (Paul Yoon)