January 5, 2021

Four at Sunnylands

All were shot at Sunnylands using Ilford HP5 Plus film.

Sunnylands (13)

Sunnylands (9)

Sunnylands (10)

Sunnylands (2)

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December 15, 2020

Four Slides

Gas Prices in Boston - February 2002
Gas prices in 2002
at a gas station in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Kodachrome.

New England Stream
Probably along the Muddy River in The Fens, Boston
. Kodachrome, 1988.

George Washington Bridge (1)
Entering the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey
. Ektachrome, 2001.

Xmas Cactus (7)
Christmas cactus
, Kodachrome, 1988.

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December 10, 2020

Four From The Living Desert

All of these were shot at the LIving Desert on Rollei Retro 400S film.

Nolina - Living Desert (17)
A nolina

Cholla - Living Desert (30)
A cholla

Creosote Blooms - Living Desert (27)
Creosote with blooms

Living Desert (33)

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February 7, 2020

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens

Last weekend I went and explored a little bit of the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens (map). Somehow I had never heard of these gardens until just a few weeks ago. Here are a few of the photos. The complete collection of photos is here.

UCR Botanic Gardens (0010)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0009)

UCR Botanic Gardens (0005)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2941)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2937)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2936)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2938)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2931A)

UCR Botanic Gardens (2928)

UCR Botanic Gardens - Datura (2924A)

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January 5, 2020

Some Infrared Photos

Most digital cameras filter out infrared light before it gets to the sensor. The early Canon Powershot G cameras (G1, G2 and G3), however, allowed some through. I used to have a G3 and all I needed to do was put on a deep red filter to take infrared photos. But the G3 was stolen. Some years later I acquired a used G2 to do the same thing, but it was old and had a few burned out pixels. Those are easy to fix in editing if you've only got one photo, but it gets pretty tiresome to fix the same 12 tiny specks on every photo if you've got a lot to edit, so I haven't used it in a long time.

Last month, I acquired a Canon G12 from LifePixel that they converted to shoot infrared. They remove whatever internal infrared filter there is and then install an internal deep red filter. I already had a regular G12, so I was completely familiar with the camera and the two cameras could share some equipment. Here are some of the resulting photos:

Train Passing Through Palm Springs Amtrak Station (0438)
The Amtrak station in Palm Springs

Target (0413)
Target in Cathedral City

District East (0411)
New housing behind the Target

Joshua Tree at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0549)
At Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve (0545)
A cholla at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0530)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0522)
At Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0507)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0483)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0471)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0477)
Big Morongo Preserve

Big Morongo Preserve (0450)
Big Morongo Preserve

Desert Plants (0366)
In Desert Hot Springs

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June 1, 2018

U.S. Botanic Garden

Some photos from my visit there about a month ago.

U.S. Botanic Garden (4644)

Cleistocactus winteri (4782)

Nepenthese 'Miranda' (pitcher plant) (4762)
Pitcher plant.

U.S. Botanic Garden (4746)

Yellow Kangaroo's Paw (4709)
Yellow Kangaroo's Paw.

Parodia warasii (4665)

The complete set of photos from the U.S. Botanic Garden can be seen here.

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July 28, 2016

A Different Sort Of Map Of L.A. Restaurants

This map shows restaurants in Los Angeles that are identified with one of the 50 states. For Massachusetts there are two places: the Dunkin' Donuts downtown and Malibu Seafood in (where else?) Malibu.

It even lists four California restaurants, one of which is Smittens ice cream which comes from San Francisco.

Missouri gets only one entry, a St. Louis style barbecue. Fortunately, the map also includes a Kansas City, Kansas, barbecue joint: Charcoal Silverlake, although when I look at their website their description of how they cook their meet is not Kansas City style.

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July 27, 2015

Payoff From The Rain

Red Cactus Flowers (1770)

Red Cactus Flowers (1766)

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June 1, 2014

Succulent Flower

Succulent Flower (2337)
This is a plant I got from my friend Emrys last year
. He lived in Concord, California, which has a warm, dry season, but never experiences heat like we do here in Coachella Valley. The succulent is still in the very lovely pot that Emrys put it in. It's in a spot with a little shade and it gets regular water. It didn't seem to be dying, but I couldn't say it was thriving either. Just sort of at stasis. And then today I saw this flower stalk on it. Apparently all it needed was four sequential days of trans-100° heat to achieve rapturous joy so that it could flower.

Here's a picture of the leaves if anyone would care to give it an identity.
Succulent (2338)

I don't know what it is.

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April 27, 2014

Jumbo Rocks Campout

These are some photos from the Great Outdoors campout at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park a couple of weeks ago.

Samuelson's Rocks (5860)
We visited Samuelson's Rocks again

Samuelson's (5842)
We were able to find the site of Samuelson's cabin for the first time

Samuelson's Vehicle (5848)
And Samuelson's parking lot

Scott in Samuelson's Cellar (5846)
This is Scott in Samuelson's cellar
which was in pretty decent shape.

Jumbo Rocks (5907)
The Jumbo Rocks campground was completely filled

Jumbo Rocks (5897)
There were Joshua Trees and rocks

Jumbo Rocks (5892)
I think I was standing in front of my tent when I took this shot

Great Outdoors HIke
That tortoise again

Desert Flowers (5857)
Flowers were abundant

Cypress at Jumbo Rocks (5881)
Fellow campers informed me that a few million photos of this cypress and and rock were already on the internet

Crown Prince Lookout - Live Oak Canyon Loop (5918)
We went looking for the Crown Prince Lookout
which was an observation point during World War II. We made a wrong turn. The lookout is in those rocks over there, which we did not explore.

Cactus Flower (5926)
Flower with bugs

Many more photos here.

Bonus. Here's a brief GoPro video of our lunch spot one day.

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May 5, 2013

Photos From The Jumbo Rocks Campout

North View Trail Pano
Panorama on the North View Trail.

Alien Footprints At Jumbo Rocks (4614)
This is where the aliens climbed the rock on their way back to the rocket ship.

Camp at Jumbo Rocks (4603)
My newest tent - a little two-man model from REI.
It is destined to suffer the trials of Burning Man.

Fallen Joshua Tree (4623)
A fallen Joshua Tree
. As you see, they have no tap root. We saw several live Joshuas down during this campout and on the hike earlier in April. These were probably due to the big windstorms we had in March.

Jumbo Rocks (4611)
Jumbo Rocks campground.

Moonrise at Jumbo Rocks (4626)
Pink moon rise at Jumbo Rocks.

Joshua Tree National Park (4627)

Joshua Tree National Park (4633)

Joshua Tree National Park (4645)

Rock Anteater (4644)
Anteater rock.

Rock Face (4642)
Face on a rock.

Huge Nolina (4636)
The biggest damn nolina I've ever seen, by far!
I had no idea they could reach this tremendous height. Nearby was a huge clump of nolinas that weren't as tall, but much more massive. Obviously, this little area was ideal for nolinas.

The complete set of photos is here.

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Hike in Joshua Tree

Earlier in April I went on a hike with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree while the blooms were still blooming.

Joshua Tree Bloom (4581)

Cactus in Joshua Tree (4599)

Yucca Bloom (4587)
The Mojave yuccas were blooming too.

Hike in Joshua Tree (4600)

The complete set of photos is here.

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April 22, 2013

A Visit To The Gardens At Sunnylands



Sunnylands (4399)

Sunnylands (4398A)

Sunnylands (4402)

Sunnylands (4406)

More photos.

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April 16, 2013

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower (4393)
A cactus in my yard that had never bloomed before.
Had a few of these blooms for a day and none since.

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February 17, 2013


cholla pieces stuck to a human leg
Not me, not my photo.

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August 15, 2012

Something Loves This Weather

Prickly Pear (3038)

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April 20, 2012

Boy Scout Trail

Yesterday I hiked the Boy Scout Trail with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park. It was my first time on this trail, which is about 8 miles one way from the main park road to near Indian Cove campground. We did a car shuttle, so we could avoid hiking back and uphill. Temperatures peaked at around 90° up there yesterday.

Boy Scout Trail
Map of the trail.
We hiked one way, roughly south to north.

Boy Scout Trail Elevation Profile
More than a thousand foot drop going in our direction.

Boy Scout Trail (0732)

Boy Scout Trail (0739)

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0769)
There were flowers.

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0770)

Mojave Mound Cactus (0733)

Joshua Tree Bloom (0740A)
Including a few Joshua Tree blooms

Yucca Bloom (0771)Yucca Bloom (0729)
Yucca blooms.

Indian Paintbrush (0745)

Watering Trough (0756)
An old, sanded-up watering trough.

The complete set of photos is here.

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July 31, 2011

Cactus & Ants

Cactus Flower (0025)
This is from well before the rain.

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May 13, 2011

Cactus Flowers again and again

Cactus Flowers (1818)

Cactus Flowers (1817)

Cactus Flowers (1816)
These two blooms are on the same plant
. As the bloom ages it turns from yellow to orange.

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May 8, 2011

Yet More Flowers

Cereus Blooms (1814)

Flower (1788)

Cactus Flower (1787)

Cactus Flower (1786)

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