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Common Ground

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 28mm ISO 200 1/50 f/22 Lr4, TpzSim; PsCS6

This is one of the passageways to the park in the center of our housing development.

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Huntington Library, Art Galleries & Gardens

Nikon D80 44mm ISO 100 1/6 f/22 +2EV -2EV PSE9 PMXPro

We spent a few hours, yesterday, at The Huntington, in Pasadena, California.  This property was originally developed in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, a railroad magnate.  The house in this image is Mr. Huntington’s original home on the property, and it currently sits in the middle of 120 landscaped acres (out of a total 207) which consist of the Library, (a world class research library holding many original first editions), art galleries and botanical gardens.

During post processing of the image above I lightened the leaves of the foreground tree, and lightened the tree trunk in order to bring out some detail.  The lawn and the driveway directly adjacent to the tree trunk were “burned out” and I, rather crudely, painted in the lawn.  I have not yet mastered the ability to correct the sky tones, as seen in the image above, and as seen in the “glow” between sky and tree tops in the image below.

Nikon D80 24mm ISO 100 1/8 f/22 +2EV -2EV PSE8 PMXPro

As with any proper manor house, the house is surrounded by a huge expanse of lawns, with a large slope on the south side of the house, and a long tree and sculpture line “alley” on the north side of the house. We elected to not get any shots of the alley, as impressive as it is, because it was too hazy a day and we would not have been able to discern the San Gabriel Mountains in the background. The various gardens are spectacular and require 40 full time gardeners and 100 volunteers to maintain.


Backyard Afternoon

My suburban backyard in Southern California.  I spent some time one afternoon challenging myself to find interesting images in the yard. These, and all other images in this blog are taken from the perspective of a man sitting in a power chair, and everything in this group is hand held.

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We have three fairly massive Bird of Paradise plants that have thrived since they were planted by Judy as seedlings. No blooms at the time these images were captured, but their leaves are always amazing.

The succulent Red Apple would overrun the yard from ground level if we allowed it.  And the Bouganvilla does an admirable job climbing the walls.

The irrigation is fairly sparse and the lawn may not be as deep a green as we’d like, but it does make a good carpet.