Patchy Spring Flowers

A patch of Purple Owl's clover (Castilleja exserta) in sage scrub at the slopes of Lake Hodges, California. April 2019.

The wildflower displays in spring here are often “patchy” – what I mean with that is: it’s no Carrizo Plain, where flowers carpet the entire plain, and overtake hillsides. Instead, the flowers here come up in spots between the taller shrubs, in particular in coastal sage scrub, which is less dense that chaparral.

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Summer Storm Clouds in the Mountains

"Cloud Cushions" -- Hochkalter peeking through clouds of a summer storm. The barely visible snowfield is the northernmost glacier of the Alps, called Blaueis (blue ice). Bavaria, Germany, August 2010.

Additional photos from my summer hike to Zwiesel peak in August 2010, as part of my “Farewell Tour” before I moved to California. These black & white impressions are all new. It may not look like it, but the original images were all rather low in contrast. Eliminating the color allowed me to freely with the textures and tones more freely, and I quite like how this set of images turned out, even though they’re ten years old now.

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