Boulders & Buckwheat

It feels like there’s always time for some Southern California “summertime hues”, and I’m still collecting images for a portfolio themed around that topic and its colors and subjects. So far however, it doesn’t look as coherent as I’d like to, so perhaps more images are needed.

These three photos though came together nicely in the meantime, despite the fact that a bit of time lies in between the individual images, and that I was not looking for this combination of boulders and plants in particular:

It’s sure nice when my system of ratings and color labels works and helps me find and combine photographs like these. ;)


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13 thoughts on “Boulders & Buckwheat”

  1. I don’t think my own ratings would help me group together images like this as well as you have from different times. Perhaps something I should work on, but likely the work of doing so across an archive would be a disincentive. I do look at groups of keywords now and then, but it is only pure luck I might find enough for a portfolio. Nice set here and I like thee theme. Works well for triptychs I imagine.

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    • Thanks, Mark. When I’m collecting photos for a potential portfolio, I give them a temporary color label (mine’s purple). That way I can exclude the photos that I’ve set away for (any) portfolio collecting from the regular stuff. Occasionally I browse those collections, and that’s when this combination caught my eye. :) The real challenge is perhaps to catch certain “themes” in the first place…

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  2. I also love the colors of chaparral, especially now when the buckwheat has turned russet. Also how it nestles along paths and in between boulders. I have so many images trying to capture the magic that I feel when I’m amongst it all, but never quite am able to evoke the reality of the beauty that’s there. It’s such a subtle beauty. I think some of these are very successful in capturing what I feel Alex.

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    • Thank you, Jodie! I’ve been photographing those summer colors of the sage scrub and chaparral for a while, but before that, it took me years to appreciate them in the first place. When I first moved here I saw nothing but brown and dry and struggling stuff – not understanding that it is the plant’s normal summer dormancy, and that they spring back to life with the first winter rains. Nowadays, I love the fascinatingly “odd” colors of those plants in summer. I’m happy to hear that some of them work for you.

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  3. Not everybody can see and capture the subtle beauty of a Southern California summer! I love the ruddy hues of the Buckwheat against the sandstone.

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    • Thank you, Terry. As I said in my reply to Jodie, it took quite some time before I was able to “see” and appreciate these color combinations. I like the expression “subtle beauty”, that describes it very well. :)

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  4. The color palette and textures in these sorts of images are always a pull, together with the very soft light. My eyes keep going back to the first one, likely for the red bounded by both boulders and browner tones. Over the last few years I’ve slowly been putting more thought into trying to create these sorts of collections, something I’ve really never done. Now I just need to start doing it (easier said than done).

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    • Thanks, Todd. I look forward to seeing some sets you’ll put together. I’d suggest starting small, with just 3-4 photos that work really well together. I often fall for the trap of wanting too much soon, and including more images that aren’t really a great much for the “core” of the initial inspiration that I had… :P

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  5. Mmm, they’re very attractive and work well together. Such cool colors on the boulders! As someone else said, the way the buckwheat (and other plants?) nestle among the boulders is so beautiful. I can see how it would take time to even notice that, then more time to figure out how to photograph it well. Wonderful images!

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