Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simplicity

I am constantly drawn to primal shapes, patterns and textures, in this case, all three.

A Wee Bit Foreboding

I just did not feel like entering.

Just off the Jardine

I love the streets in San Miguel. Right around the Jardine, they are smooth, flat, and highly reflective, and you can see as the late afternoon sun ricochets of the stones.

San Miguel de Allende

A charming narrow walkway in hilly outskirts of town.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Strange Light

We get some pretty dense fog in the Central California Valley. The early morning fog shown here was pretty unusual because it was just beginning to burn off, and the blue sky seemed to bleed through and saturate the fog in such a way that the fog seemed blue as well.

Blurry Eyed

Here is another example where the dense morning fog, which was particulary wet and translucent, offered a strange blue cast to everythng just as the fog was lifting and created an effect as though I was underwater.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Kale

The fall brings some new and different produce to the Farmer's Market such as this colorful Kale. Nature is built upon fractals which is rarely more clearly evident than in this amazing array of leaf shapes and configurations.

Morning Light

The morning light beams through the orchard foliage and lights up the mist hovering between the trees as the air just begins to warm.

Autumn Color

The intensity of color as Autumn turns to Winter is a real pleasure.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Protected

This walnut tree is meant to be protected by this white paint, but from what, bugs, diseases, or roadside attacks from motorists that need all the help we can give them to be sure that they see these trees, and therefore, avoid running into them.

Remains

Mounds of debris are separated from the harvest nuts during the next stage of the process after they have been shaken from the trees and collected.

Nut Harvesting

Shaken from the trees, the nuts are raked into rows for collection using this ominous looking tractor equipment.

Soil Prep

This tractor equipment is a somewhat medieval looking device when taken out of context.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Large Culvert

It must be obvious that I am highly drawn to these primitive forms.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hot Air

The hot air balloon looked as though it was a silken envelope containing a cloud that wanted nothing more than to be released back into the sky.

Burgeoning Balloons

As the dawn broke, the balloons raced to the sky, lifting with ease above the cold morning air.

Balloon Fest

The shadow of a man stood out eerily against the luminous balloon.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Gritty Wall

Textures like this are irresistible for me.

Reflections

The gentle intersecting waves in a cove on the Lake of the Ozarks rendered oily swirls of the evening sky.

Giant Eight Ball

What can I say other than I just love forms like this, plus; the scale is amazing. I also love the detail of light mildew patina that coats the entire structure.

Silver Tank

I am always drawn to primitive forms such as the LP tank.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Flames

Classic car shows must have cars with flames laid down in an outlandishly wild metallic lacquer (much more here)

Cobra 427

Here is the fuel filler of a fabulously red 69 Cobra 427.

Fins!

No car show is complete without the quintessential fins of a 57' Chevrolet Bel Air.

Bulbous Chrome

How can anyone resist 50's era automotive chrome?

Emblem

I went to a classic car show and found tons of wonderful colors and shapes.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Blue Tube

I came across this pile of blue pipes (18" ID) in the middle of a field. The colors and random arrangement of these tubes was irresistible.

Wow

Who needs psychedelic concert posters from the 60's when nature can do this right in your own garden!

Metaphor

Isn't life just like this? You are flying down a road, and it suddenly comes to a stop, you have new choices (left, right, backwards) but you can no longer choose the direction that you had.

Water for Farming

The Central California Valley is covered with a lattice of irrigation canals to support the huge water needs of the agriculture base that is still very prevelant.

Falls

It was the last day in May and all of the falls in Yosemite were still flowing with great intensity.

Everywhere We Looked

Had an exquisite motorcycle ride through the Sierra foolthills including a picnic lunch in the Yosemite Valley. Everywhere we looked were spectacular views and the air was delicious.

Forest Floor

There are spectacular moments of color and form all over the forest floor if you look carefully enough.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shadows in the Snow

This crooked pine tree left its shadow on the snow in such a way it almost looked like a peacock tail.

Residual Effect

As the last remaining snows begins to melt in the shadows of the Sierra forest, the residual of various dust, bark, and pine needles concentrate in spots to leave some eerie patterns of intense color.

Life Begins Anew

As the snow recedes in the high sierras, the meadows begin their cycle again. Each day the snow is retreating a few feet, revealing the once the dried meadow, last seen just before the first snow, now soggy and bare, the meadow will once again be green and grassy within another couple of days.

Corrugated Steel

It was 106 degrees Fahrenheit today in the central California valley. I can only imagine how hot it might be inside this steel structure

Sunday, May 11, 2008

No Parking

Ironically, with a barn washed in colors like these, I had to instantly pull over, park, and take a picture.

Lookout

There is something strange and surreal about this silo. It almost looks like some sort of ancient lookout tower that is all that his left standing amongst the ruins of a lost culture that we know nothing about.

Brief Visit

Our stay on this planet is very brief, with no more assurance of duration or permanence than that which is given a shadow resting on the surface of a bed windblown grasses.

Snow Melt

As the winter's snow melts and the stream are full , sparkling, bubbling and cold, the sun bounces off the rich colors of the rock, showing all it has, having been freshly bathed by the frothing waters.

Salior's Delight

Amazingly colorful and dramatic evening sky.

Tufts

This ground cover could almost be mistaken for some sort of microscopic spores or some other unusual organism.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Raw Water

Makes you wonder doesn't it? What might 'raw water' be in contrast to natural, pure or processed water? Where does it go and what is it used for? (more images)

Bucolic Windmill

Moments like this, no matter how cliche or trite they may be considered, just have to be photographed.

Pipeline

This series of large diameter brilliantly white composite pipes (more images) stood in stark contrast against the blue sky and the rich golden brown of the dried meadow.

Volcano

The sleepy little 'gold country' hamlet of Volcano has 85 inhabitants.

1957 BMW Isetta

This outrageous super mini-car (more images) was painted in a wild metalflake psychedelic orange. The Isetta has a brief a varied history

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Portal No. 41

Clearly, if your are into colorful and rustic architecture, San Miguel is the place to go. I never tire of the colors, textures and shapes here.