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Life on the Edge

The edge has been cut by flood waters in this desert wash in Coachella Valley. Last month’s rains have brought out some wildflowers.

Desert wash with wild flower.
Desert wash with wild flower.
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Through the Looking Glass

The picture above is a reflection of the picture below on the glass of some pictures on the wall, which was taken through a picture window! It is interesting to me how the man, who is in both pictures really seems to stand out in the reflection.

Sunset through a picture window.
Sunset through a picture window.

Desert in Bloom

Here are a series of pictures playing with desert wildflowers,  landscapes, scale and observation. The flowers are quite small, the dandelions were the largest, so it was difficult to get a viewpoint that has both the flower and the overall sense of the desert that I wanted, to show the flowers as a frail and fleeting bit of color in a harsh environment.

These two are both taken with the same stand of dandelions at approximately the lower right rule of thirds intersection point:

These flowers are shown first looking down from above, neither is particularly obvious in the shot of the desert floor. But they are pretty and colorful when I put the camera on the ground beside them.

This blue flower was more noticeable from a distance. I deliberately did not try to exclude the piece of debris as the desert is full of it after being used as an informal garbage dump for so long.

Light and Warmth

This is an experiment. I took three pictures of each subject one with the sunlight coming from behind, one from the side, and lastly front lit.

Driftwood and crocosmia leaves:

Dandelion:

Cherry blossoms:

Daffodils:

It is interesting to see the effects side by side. In general I tend to like the back lit and side lit ones a bit better. What do you think?

Big Point of View

The first wildlife I saw at Kichwa Tembo was these elephants:

Elephants.
Elephants.

I got really excited going through my pictures that evening to find that these same elephants were in the top photo, one that I took as the plane was descending.  These photos are a few years old, but I thought the difference in point of view was interesting. I seem to have Africa on the brain lately, this is my third post in a week from that trip.