A typical winter day in Southern, California. Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, on old Route 66 in Glendora, CA; the San Gabriel mountains in the background.
Two more images from our visit to The Huntington, Saturday.
The image above was captured on the walk way leading up to the Entrance Pavilion, and every time I look at it, it brings to mind how green and inviting Mr. Huntington and his successors were able to create in a normally very arid landscape. The benches in the image are significant, as the represent the many benches that have been placed in strategic locations throughout the property, providing an inviting place to stop, sit and contemplate anything.
After HDR and tone mapping my processing consisted of jut lightening the mid-range shadows and doing a little overall image sharpening in Photoshop Elements.
This is the obligatory tourist shot of the Japanese Garden, taken from a driveway, there is actually a shaded viewing gallery with a long line of benches just above and behind the position where I was when we captured this image where visitors can contemplate the Japanese Garden in comfort..
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.
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.
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.
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.