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Monday - May 28, 2007

Pepperdine Palm

[Pepperdine Palm]
Details: 1/400 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 65 mm focal length (35 mm equiv.)

'Hardly seemed fair to have a big bunch of photos from California and not include any palm trees! So, I think this will be the last photo I post from my trip to California. This photo was taken on the campus of Pepperdine University.

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Saturday - May 26, 2007

Music and Art at Pepperdine

One of the things we did on my trip to California was stop in at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine to see some Jim Dine drawings. When we walked into the gallery, we saw a young man talking to the two young ladies manning the reception desk. Yes, it's very likely they were three Pepperdine students. It was about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, or so. And, nobody else was around. As Gail, Ivan, and I started walking around, looking at the art, the young man walked into the main gallery, picked up a guitar on the bench and started playing. Classical guitar. It was beautiful. The acoustics were lovely. What a treat.

[Classical guitar player]
Details: 1/10 sec at f/2.8, 200 ISO, 40mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

[Classical guitar player]
Details: 1/10 sec at f/2.8, 200 ISO, 40mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

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Malibu Seagull

Details: 1/125 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Did I mention taking a whole bunch of photos on my trip to California? Well, I did take a whole bunch of photos on my trip to California. I took this one from that same restaurant in Malibu. The one where we kept seeing the brown pelicans fly by. Look at those tail feathers!

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Tuesday - May 22, 2007

Brown Pelicans

[Brown Pelicans]
Details: 1/100 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Another from my California trip. We ate lunch at a beach-front restaurant in Malibu one day. And these huge brown pelicans kept flying past us. They were all flying north. I have no idea if that means anything. But, I never saw any flying the other direction. The thing that amazed me the most about them was how close to the water they'd fly. They'd fly so fast. And so low. It was really most amazing. Sadly, I didn't really get any good shots of them. They were too fast for me. But, this one's not bad as a small web-sized photo. It's not at all suitable for printing. But, it's not bad for the web.

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Monday - May 21, 2007


Details: 1/400 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

One last flowering succulent from my visit to the Huntington. This is apparently from the aizoaceae family. Look at those purple tips!



Okay, I think I'm done with the Huntington. At least for now.

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Friday - May 18, 2007

Kalanchoe marnieriana

[Kalanchoe marnieriana]
Details: 1/125 sec at f/3.5, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Another wacky flowering succulent from my visit to the Huntington. The kalanchoe marnieriana. AKA the mariner's kalanchoe. It's native to Madagascar.

Here's a wider shot that gives you a feel for the whole plant:

[Kalanchoe marnieriana]
Details: 1/80 sec at f/3.2, 64 ISO, 55mm focal length (35mm equiv.)


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Wednesday - May 16, 2007


Details: 1/50 sec at f/7.1, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

He didn't really seem to want me to take his picture.

'Reminded me of me! I was at a retirement party last week and was doing a very good job of avoiding the photographer. I'd walk to another part of the room any time she'd get near. She finally just confronted me as I was walking down the buffet line with a late-comer and asked to take my picture. I'd been doing so well! Dang. I had to let her take the pic.

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Saturday - May 12, 2007

Crossed petals

Yep...another photo from the Huntington...

[Yellow flowers]
Details: 1/500 sec at f/6.3, 64 ISO, 150mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I believe these are cheiridopsis blooms. I really like the way the petals from the two flowers intermingle.

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Thursday - May 10, 2007

Long-n-skinny vs Short-n-round

Details: 1/200 sec at f/5.6, 64 ISO, 28mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

I love the contrast between the cacti reaching for the sky and clumps of cacti that look like snowballs. Cool.

By the way: yes, I took this photo at the Huntington.

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Sunday - May 6, 2007

Huntington Hummer

Details: 1/160 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Not surprisingly, this may be my favorite photo from my trip to the Huntington. I was so surprised to see the little hummer. And, happy I was able to capture him. Frankly, I'd forgotten we'd seen a hummer. I was going through my photos and wondered why there were three of this particular group of cactus flowers. The photo above is a tight crop, by the way. Here's what the three photo thumbnails look like in my photo browser:

[Hummingbird thumbnails]

Those aren't the sort of photos I'd normally have. Certainly not three of 'em in short order. There doesn't seem to be any real composition going on. So, I zoomed in, thinking there must be more. And, lo! There was a hummer! Fun. And, as often happens, the first photo had the best shot of the little guy. If we hadn't had somewhere to go later that afternoon, I might have easily spent 30 minutes getting multiple good shots...boring Gail and Ivan to tears. I'm so happy I got a good shot in the few seconds we stopped to admire the little fella, though.

And, if you want to see more photos of hummingbirds, I've got plenty of 'em. Here's the first one I took last summer when I went out to visit my grandmother. If you go forward from there (clicking the right-hand link at the top of the page as you go), you'll find about 10 or 15 more interspersed among the next 20 photos or so.

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Thursday - May 3, 2007

Aloe Rupestris

[Aloe Rupestris flower]
Details: 1/200 sec at f/7.1, 64 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Most of the photos I took at the Huntington were in the Desert Garden. I just can't get over the fact that all those cacti have such gorgeous blooms. No idea what the "common" name of this guy is but his scientific name is apparently aloe rupestris...so there.

And, just for fun, another close-up:

[Aloe Rupestris flower, close-up]

'Looks kinda like a bunch of bananas, eh? Weird, plastic-y bananas. With orange feelers, no less! But, way cool.

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Wednesday - May 2, 2007

Bird of Paradise

Another flower from my trip to the Huntington:

[Bird of Paradise flower]
Details: 1/80 sec at f/3.5, 100 ISO, 200mm focal length (35mm equiv.)

Officially, it looks like this is a Strelitzia reginae. I prefer the old "Bird of Paradise" moniker, though. I can...you know...pronounce it and all!

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