Mexico Monday redux, Part 24

This week, a few slides that my Dad had arranged in sequence in the carousel showing some buildings and monuments. I’ve tried and failed to locate some of these structures, like the domed building above and the Catholic church below, but all these photos were shot around 1970 and 1971. Below is a familiar Mexico City landmark, El Ángel de […]

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Magical minerals, Part 2

Here are a few more of the rocks and minerals I found on display in the Mining and Ranching building of the Angels Camp Museum. Borates are crystallized salts that contain boron. They are used in many different applications, from fertilizing plants to forming heat-resistant glass and fiberglass insulation. They’re most heavily concentrated in dry, waterless environments like California’s Mojave […]

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Magical minerals

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I published a post about the California State Mining Museum in Mariposa and mentioned that I wished I could find a mineral museum nearer to where I live. Well, it just so happens that I did find a very nice if small collection of minerals from various places around the world on […]

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Surprise

Sometimes I have to look really hard to find the beauty that inspires me to use my camera. And other times, the beauty just pops up at me unexpectedly, where I least expect it. Like the oleanders I had just trimmed and tossed into the green waste bin. Or the late afternoon sun glowing orange on the side of a […]

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Tafoni

I’ve shared photos of tafoni before, but there are so many incredible variations that I never get tired of looking at them. Portions of Salt Point State Park (including the area of Gerstle Cove) are fairly covered in tafoni. I sometimes find it hard to tear my eyes away from these natural works of art long enough to enjoy the […]

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March memories

It’s been an interesting spring, and I’ve been shooting a lot of pictures. So sometimes it’s nice to go back a bit and share some of the images that I may have overlooked the first time around. Even the ones that aren’t so great have good memories attached to them. I shot these photos with my 600mm lens at Clear […]

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Photo artist

I’ve played around with this fun photo editing website a few times now since I first discovered it in January this year, and I do like some of the finished products. But I’ve also realized a couple of things. I can’t help wishing there were more options. Although there are nearly 40 different cool effects to choose from, after using […]

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