Week 10 was about going on vacation.
Summer in Alaska has been a mostly dreary affair, so getting out to Southern California was a treat. A 100+ degree treat, but a treat nonetheless.
Before setting out, the start of the week on Tuesday was at home. It was finally time to get a shot of the Fireweed across the street from our house. Fireweed is like the barometer of summer. The flowers bloom up the stalk. When the blooms reach the top, and the plant goes to seed, they produce a fluffy white seed. It looks like snow, and in Alaska, that means the real snow isn’t far behind. It is quite beautiful, and is one of the first plants to come back after a forest fire. The contrast of black, charred trees is beautiful with the fields of reddish, purplish fireweed.
Wednesday’s picture of my suitcase was a little indulgent, but I was working with my tripod and getting long exposures in low light.
Thursday’s shot in the airport with the early morning light has gotten quite a few comments on my Facebook page. I really like this shot. We were walking to the gate, the sun was coming up, and immediately pulled out my camera. I love the quality of light and reflection in this one.
We love to go to Palm Springs. Since we were last there in February, the city rented this fun Marilyn Monroe statue. It is really a nice addition to Palm Springs and the inherent camp and kitsch of the place. It seemed appropriate that I took this picture after getting a mani on Friday.
With it being 100+ degrees in Palm Springs, we took the Ariel Tram to the top on Saturday. From there you can hike to the top of San Jacinto. We did not. The weather was about 40 degrees cooler there. We did hike, and that was where I got the shot of the deer.
I have two shots for this day, and the second shows the quality of the light up there. We were nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. I was shooting with a polarizing filter, but even so, the sky was so blue.
Sunday put us on the road to Santa Barbara. Sunsets in Alaska are quite nice; however, our whacked out day light schedule has them changing all the time. I think the reason I love September so much is because that’s when the sun sets at a somewhat normal time. Regardless, I was so excited to shoot a sunset at the ocean. But! Santa Barbara is on a portion of the California Coast where the beach runs more west to east. And in the midst of summer, the sun sets in a more northerly position. So I didn’t get to shoot the sun setting into the ocean. But I did get this great shot while experimenting with my flash.
On Monday, we walked up and down State Street and then eventually made our way to the beach. I was taken with all the sail boats without their sails.
More vacation to come in Week 11!