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Working on Some Summer Stuff

02 Sep

San Diego – This past week has been so utterly crazy at school as to roll the energy drain of an entire semester into one week.  At last, the census date has arrived and the idiocy of admissions in dealing with students trying to register and get into the class they deserve and need is over.  Mostly the students lost but that is generally the case.  And with the budget crisis only likely to get worse, maybe far worse before it gets better unless a miracle happens and the state Gods realize education hold more impact in store for their future than prison guards and snail darters.  I’m not holding my breath.

And the national front is no better.  Obamessiah continues his blithering economic fumbling or destruction (depending on whether you think he is just stupid or he is brilliant but hates this country as much as his preacher does) and there is really nothing new to say on it.  Of course the campaign season is young, he has yet to deliver his speech and the debates have not really started in earnest so surely some grist remains for the photographic mill.  But in the meantime…

I needed a quick break visually so returned to the RAW shots from the Bristlecone Pines trip this summer and produced two more for your interest and, hopefully, enjoyment.  This has been a painfully slow process with school stuff intervening.  But at least here are two more…

This first image is from the first afternoon in Lone Pine when i ran over to the Alabama Hills to see what might avail…

There was a great deal of haze against the Sierras.  That jagged peak more or less in the middle is Mt. Whitney, tallest peak in the lower 48, at least by a few feet.  I was drawn by the contrast of the blue haze laying against the mountains and the browns of the foreground.  Here were two very different worlds separated by color.

The next shot is from the flanks of Mt. Whitney itself.  A stream runs down a waterfall and along the Portal road on its way down to the valley.  We went up there the next morning.

I had already taken the shots close to the waterfall you saw in previous posts but then decided to walk down along the stream.  Here is a quiet little nook, perfect to stop and relax, take in the sounds of the stream and the smells of the spring foliage.  It was something that, in the old days, I would have wanted to paint so I decided on an approach that recalled that vision.

Here is a late addition.  It is a shot in the Ancient Bristlecone Pines Forest in the White Mountains looking across Owens Valley (Bishop, CA is out of sight but right below this shot) to the Sierra Nevadas.

OK, now I need to shower and get down to campus.  We just got in two new Epson 4900 printers that need to be installed and profiled so time to get going.

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