In Retrospect: Mono Lake CA

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Natural Tufa Deposits
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

These photos have been in my archives, unused, until today. Just over 5 years from the day they were shot. I love what I have been able to do with them and have no qualms about admitting to using every trick in my limited bag to make them look good. Or, at least, presentable.

Natural Tufa Deposits
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

“The tufa is a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water. Geothermally heated hot springs sometimes produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine. It should not be confused with hot spring (thermogene) travertine. However, Mono Lake’s tufa is thermogene. Tufa, which is calcareous, should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock with a similar etymology that is sometimes also called ‘tufa’.”

And if I understood what I just said, I would have explained it in English. But I basically copied that information from Wikipedia.

Lynn and I had been married a little over one month when we decided to spend 5 days camping in Yellowstone Park with her sister and brother-in-law. On our way home, we stopped at Mono Lake because I had seen photos online and wanted to see the tufa in person, so to speak. We had not slept well. We had been cold, uncomfortable, and neither of us had showered in 5 days. We were not in good moods – either separate or collectively. We did not appreciate the tufa then.

We do now.

Natural Tufa Deposit
Mono Lake CA
June 24, 2012

 

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

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52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLEGE: WEEK 21-PEACEFUL

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For this week’s instalment of the 52 Week Photo Challenge, The Girl That Dreams Awake has chosen ‘Peaceful’ as the prompt.

Mt. Charleston NV November 27, 2016

Mt. Charleston NV
November 27, 2016

I get this feelin’ I may know you
As a lover and a friend
This voice keeps whisperin’ in my other ear
Tells me I may never see you again

I get a peaceful easy feelin’
And I know you won’t let me down
‘Cause I’m already standin’
Yes I’m already standin’
I’m already standin’
On the ground.”

Written by Jack Tempchin • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

There is a beauty, and peacefulness, in the most harsh of desert landscapes.”

Written by Emilio Pasquale

Happy New Year to you all.

Peace!

Raison d’etre

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Caliente Station

Caliente Station

I love raisons. My wife hates them. She says there’s just too much concentrated sugar in all dried fruit. Maybe that’s why I like them? But having said that, I know we’re not talking about dried fruit but rather what makes us do what we do.

In her Daily Post for this challenge, Krita writes that “Raison d’être is a French term, meaning ‘the reason or justification for existence.'” But why should I have to justify my existence. Cogito ergo sum as Rene Descartes proposed, and that should be enough for anyone. Yet, all my life I’ve had to justify my existence. We all do. It’s not enough to sit in a corner and think, then expect to receive any kind of adulation or remuneration for doing so. OK, unless your name is Rene Descartes.

Mine is Emilio Pasquale. And my raison d’etre- besides trying to keep my wife happy all night and day- is taking photos and maybe, one day, creating a piece of art that someone else, besides my wife, will want to hang in their home.

Addendum

After I posted, I realized what I said was not entirely true. Photography fills that creative need for me. I feel at peace when I’m out with my camera. Hunger, pain, or any of the bodily functions that normally rule my daily existence are of no concern when I have that camera to my eye. I can only relate it to how a hunter must feel when he or she is on the scent of something exciting. Yet I do not destroy.

I preserve!

Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons – April

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Calico Basin

Calico Basin

This is the fourth month of Cardinal Guzman’s The Changing Seasons. If you click on that link, you can get all the rules. In short, I am taking one photo a month in an area near Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas called Calico Basin. Supposedly, you will then see the changing seasons. But, as I have explained each month so far, this is Las Vegas. Pretty much a desert. So winter looks like summer which looks like spring that looks like fall. Got it? So the above image, shot in early April, is my spring shot. It is a pano image- two photos merged side by side in lightroom. Summer, winter, and fall won’t look much different. But this month I have a bonus for you good people.  And you bad people, too. There is actually a Changing Seasons St. in Las Vegas. See that palm tree behind the sign in the image below? That palm tree will be just as green in summer, fall, winter, and next spring. Except it will probably be a bit taller by then.

Changing Seasons

A Simple Life

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Shoshone CA

Shoshone CA

I was on my own last Saturday and took off for Death Valley to see the last of the super bloom desert flowers. Problem is, I left the house with only half a tank of gas. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, I started to get a bit worried as I watched the gas needle slowly dip towards empty. No other cars and no cell service. I reached the town of Tecopa, NV and stopped in front of a local micro brewery where a woman was unlocking the storefront. She directed me to Shoshone, where the gas would be close to $5.00 a gallon “because it’s in California, but only about 5 miles away. Or you could go to Pahrump where it will be a little over $2, but that’s about 30 miles away,” she said. So I stopped at Shoshone and found this rather uninspiring view that somehow inspired me. Directly across the street from the gas station. Nothing special here- in keeping with the mood of the scene; a straight on shot in JPG that I added a slight paint effect to. You can see the effect in the bushes in mid frame as well as in some of the mountains.

And I never made it to Death Valley.

I will be on my own, again, next week but have learned my lesson. A full tank of gas and lots of water. Maybe I’ll stop at Death Valley Brewery again!

Joe, Laurie, Patti, Stacey, and any other thirsty beer drinkers among you, I’ll be there waiting!

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge 2016 Week 14

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DSCF4613-HDR-Edit-2Cee explains:

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.

I hope that you have a lot of fun with this challenge!  To read more about Odd Ball photos click here.

Meaning of oddball
noun – a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical.

The Changing Seasons – March

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March in Calico Basin

March in Calico Basin

So, I’ve committed a year of my life to Cardinal Guzman’s challenge, The Changing Seasons. His rules are below, which I have amended to fit my needs. And since he did not complain, I hope you will not, either.

This image was shot just 3 days ago on my way home from work. It is a jpeg shot with the Fuji X-T1 and in-camera Classic Chrome film simulation.

The Bureau of Land Management’s website states: Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip….  The area is visited by more than two million people each year.  In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center…. 

Calico Basin (where all my photos for this challenge will be taken) is one mile east of Red Rock Canyon, 16 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock has always been my favorite place to hike in Las Vegas, better than Mt. Charleston and Valley Of Fire. I enjoy the different microclimates in the park and often go there to revitalize myself when necessary. Calico Basin was discovered on a company picnic one year.

As for Cardinal Guzman’s challenge:

These were/are the rules (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Here are the rules for the new, updated version of The Changing Seasons (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

I have added a slideshow which will include all photos to date (see below). But since that can not be viewed on phones- as far as I know, and why are you looking at photos on your phone?- I have also added a gallery of stills. All feedback- good or bad- is welcome.

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Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 11

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Another week, another Share Your World!

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? I have one sibling. An older sister I never got along with as we were growing up. She thought she was my mother and could tell me what to do. She still thinks she’s my mother but Lynn doesn’t like the competition. On the other hand, Lynne is the oldest of 9 children. I don’t think her parents had a tv!

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? I’m very comfortable with the way Lynn drives but, before her, I always had to drive. Now, a lot of times she’ll do the driving so I can look for photo ops along the way.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own? I would like to think that we would light the candles. Or just go to bed early. We have three flashlights but none of them have batteries- which is pretty self defeating. We have about five candles. Five hundred!

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life). Well, I always wanted a dog until I met Lynn. Wait, that came out wrong. I wanted a dog but we inherited her sister’s chihuahua and I can’t stand the dog. Very needy. And Lynn thinks the dog is human and feeds her food from her plate. Then there’s horses- which we both love. Salmon when they’re swimming upstream are fascinating. How many do I have left? I think that’s about it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn has been able to get the house into order in one week while I’m still struggling over where to put everything in my den. So I guess I’m grateful that Lynn was able to accomplish so much in such a short time and I’m thankful I have the weekend to try to get my part of the house in order!

The photo above is from a spontaneous Sunday outing last year. I have not been able to get out to shoot in the last two weeks. I miss it!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!