Road Trippin – Tucson

My husband and I have never seen Austin, TX but have heard all about it, so we finally made the decision to go see it for ourselves! I decided to drive from San Diego plotting my route to maximize photo opportunities and meeting my husband’s flight in Austin where we will stay for a week. So far it’s been an easy, fun, relaxing and rewarding trip.  My first night was in Tucson where I visited the well know St Phillips of the Hills church. An historic and very beautiful church akin to many of the Missions you see up and down the coast of California built under the direction of Father Junipero Serra.  This first installment highlights a few of my favorites from the church and surrounding Tucson area.

St Phillips of the Hills Church Door

Bird nest in a Cactus

Thanks Spain!

It’s always nice when someone comes to visit us in San Diego and we are forced to slow down and revisit some of the great places around town that we take for granted.  One of those places is Cabrillo Point.  A beautiful historic site about which the NPS says  “ In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.” The Point is named in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer,  who in 1542 stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.   For most of San Diego this wonderful Park has much to offer. A breathtaking overlook to the bay, the city and Coronado Island; tide pooling; whale watching – during the annual migration of Pacific Grey Whales to Mexico from December to February; Military History and hiking on the 2 mile Bayside Trail.

There is also the crown jewel -a wonderful historic lighthouse The Old Point Loma Lighthouse which is one of the original 8 lighthouses on the west coast. It still stands where it always has restored to exhibit a tiny slice of life from the 1800’s.  Here is an interesting piece of information regarding the lighthouse from the NPS  “Did you know that, back in the mid- to late-1800s, children of light keepers at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument had to row a boat from Point Loma to Old Town San Diego to get to school?” No I didn’t!  If you would like to learn more about this beautiful and interesting historic place look here: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

Enjoy a view from the Point without having to visit! Beginning with the foreground is Coronado Island Naval Air Station, the San Diego Bay, city views and finally the hills of Mexico in the distance.  The other shots are of the Old Lighthouse interior staircase and exterior shot.  Please visit www.MScott-Photography.com for archival prints, photo cards and boxed sets.  If you like what you see I invite you to comment!

Lomography – Art or Commerce?

Like so many things that are “re-discovered” Lomography which started out in Russia as inexpensive, unique, and charming is now huge, mass-produced (in China), and commercial. However, I admit I do love the feel of the photos produced with these mainly plastic, inexpensively produced, but super cute (!) cameras. I particularly like the videos. Maybe it’s because it calls up memories of my childhood but somehow it feels new and familiar all at once.  Whatever the reason I have decided to cautiously dip my toes in the Lomography waters…literally… with my first purchase of the Fisheye no 2 and underwater case. I was looking at a GoPro but decided this was a (slightly) cheaper more interesting option – for now.  I am also dying to buy a La Sardina or Diana but mainly for the looks! When thinking up marketing strategies I am the poster girl they are all thinking of.  Put it in a pretty, unique, or cute package and I will buy it eventually.  This time though I have wisely decided to wait and see what I think of this first camera before spending more money that could go toward digital lenses I want.  Stay tuned for my trials and errors in the coming weeks.

I am venturing down this road simply for the creative challenge and to stimulate a new/old way of thinking about what makes an interesting photo.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride as one minute I am thrilled with the new features and cameras, and in the next disgusted with the rise in prices, the number of societies and chat rooms, competitions and opinions! Something that was fun and simple now seems subject for enormous amounts of debate.  It also remains to be seen if I have the time and patience to actually “develop” film, scan negatives, and otherwise learn all the quirks and tricks necessary to produce interesting authentic Lomo images… I say authentic because great images can be produced with digital cameras and creative editing to give the feel of Lomography.  Is that cheating? Is it a valid art form as well? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you are a “lomographer” what cameras are you using, what are your best tips and favorite film types? If you have not thought about trying Lomography-why?

The images here are all digital with “Lomography” editing…. Experimenting with the style until my camera shows up!  My site and gallery here: www.mscott-photography.com

Sometimes a Solo Road Trip Is Just The Right Thing

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For various reasons it didn’t work out for me to join my husband on a sailing trip this week. This is rarely the case and I don’t mind as we do most of our traveling together.  BUT this week is my birthday! and I admit I was feeling a little lonely and put out to have to celebrate it alone. ..So I made a mini plan and am on a road trip to Sedona for three days…. It has been years since I last visited and I found a wonderful spa resort L’Auberge de Sedona that had an open cottage on Oak Creek so here I go. I also booked a solo trek with a guide into the back country for a photography adventure! I am pretty excited now,  but when 6am rolls around and I need to get up for said adventure on Monday  I suspect some of my enthusiasm will disappear! In the meantime, before I got very far from my own house I spotted this old cemetery on a hill that I had never noticed.  It is VERY  unusual. There is no real road to get to it, you need to climb up a steep loosely packed dirt hill, yet there are many graves there – some appearing very old…it also seems part potters field actually, part old and forgotten cemetery and part newly used cemetery! I’m not sure what to make of it; I’ll let the pictures tell part of the story.

A HOO-HOO-HOOT of a Tale….

The Owls of Kit Carson

Based on true events!

 Chapter ~ 1

Once upon a time there was a family of owls that moved into a recently vacated high-rise condo in a very lovely park setting…The Mama owl, being a bit young, naïve and shall we say avante garde chose the very swank and modern condo at 30f Palm Ave. It was a non traditional choice in the Owl community with its open floor plan, giant skylight encompassing the whole roof, and unobstructed panoramic views.  Mama was completely captivated by its sleek good looks without a thought to the family she would have in the near future. Perhaps we can blame her lack of judgment on the very recent and shocking news that she would soon have three owlets! Three! Why she was not quite ready to give up her own late nights out on the town to stay home and care for one owlet not to mention three.

As mother nature would have it, soon the babies were born.. One look and Mama owl was so smitten with her three cream-colored fluffy owlets that she didn’t immediately realize it was going to be a problem to house all of them in a one bedroom studio… As the days passed she grew into an excellent Mother and fierce protector  ever vigilant in her watch. And so the family settled in together for a few short peaceful weeks.  I say few because, well….as we all know babies eventually become teenagers and that’s when Mama Owl’s troubles began…   To be continued…..

 

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Word press weekly Photo challenge: Together

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Enjoy this photo of a Mama Great Horned owl and her babies “together in their nest!
Stay tuned for the full story of this family coming to a blog near you soon! Trailer: It has drama, rescue!, heartbreak, suspense and handsome firemen…who could ask for more…

A Life Saved!

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As some of you may know I found a hummingbird nest while on a hike at nearby Blue Sky Canyon about two weeks ago and was able to photograph the mama sitting on her nest from QUITE a distance with my 300mm maxed out! I have actively searched for hummingbird nests in the past with no luck at all and now I see why. They are virtually impossible to see even when you know where they are!!

Here again is the original photo of the Mama

Well we were able to get back to the park over the weekend and I was eager to check on the nest. When we found it again I felt like something wasn’t right. There was only one tiny baby peeking out at me and with the big storm that we just had in mind it prompted me to look around on the ground by the nest. Lo and behold there was a baby lying on the ground and at first glance I thought ” Oh no! it’s dead!” But as I watched I could see it breathing. I alerted a park ranger who was nearby and they placed the baby back in the nest. Which I didn’t know you could do successfully. There was barely room for two of them and he perched precariously on the edge of the nest panting from stress. I wasn’t sure what would happen but when we came by at the end of our hike I could see he was now snuggled into the nest more. Good Sign! Today I returned to check on things…no mama in sight ( they need to feed every 20 minutes) so I snapped a few pictures of the nest with both birds snuggled in there tight! Alive! Yay! Here you go let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

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Focus 52 Weekly Photo Challenge- Pastel

Welcome to spring,  without a doubt my favorite time of year!! So I know this looks like and orchid but I am here to tell you this is a macro of a wisteria blossom. Who knew those little tiny blooms were actually miniature orchids! : )  Enjoy your Easter weekend everyone, a time of rebirth and hope.

Can you see it yet?

Went for a walk in Blue Sky Canyon yesterday with my Shadow and as luck would have it  timed our trip perfectly to come across a Ranger led hike.  Usually I would make a wide berth as I prefer my nature hikes on the quiet side and not surrounded by a gaggle of people, BUT their first discovery was a mama hummingbird manning her nest! I HAD to stop when I heard that.  It took me a full five minutes of staring from a multitude of angles while the Ranger was pointing directly at the nest for me to finally see it!! That is how well mother nature works to protect her creatures. It was in the center of a tree right next to the path – yet I had to struggle to see it! Oh but it was worth it as you will see below.

Now we have many, many hummingbirds in our yard at home. They come to the feeders regularly but I have never been able to spot a nest even though I have tried many times believe me! I was informed by the Ranger to please not get close at all as the eggs will not hatch if the mother is worried or stressed. I took this with my 300mm maxed out which produced a photo a tiny bit soft.  It was also very overcast and I was shooting into the center of the tree. All in all happy with my result. Her nest is so beautiful I would like my home to look just like it! If this doesn’t put a smile on your face nothing will!                 Limited Edition Prints available here.