Friday, April 12, 2024

Trees, Fog, Clouds

Trees, Fog, Clouds (San Geronimo Valley) - Marin County  2024

Another January photo. Taken with a Nikon Z7II / 24-200mm lens.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Runners / Pond, Fog

Runners (San Geronimo Valley) - Marin County  2024

Pond, Fog (San Geronimo Valley) - Marin County  2024

January . . . very cold. The runners came up from behind and quickly vanished into the fog.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Waterfall / Fence and Vines

Waterfall, Vines (San Geronimo Valley) - Marin County  2024

Fence, Vines (San Geronimo Valley) - Marin County  2024

Seasonal waterfall, that is. These photos were taken last January, during periods of heavy rain.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Winter Backpack - 7 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Big Pine Lake, Snow - Sierra Nevada  1974

Young Pine, Snow, Clouds - Sierra Nevada  1974

The final pix of my 1974 snow backpack. I have to be honest . . . this was basically it for me as far as snow backpacking was concerned. I've tried using snowshoes a few times over the years, and they're OK, I guess, but I've never used them on a regular basis.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday Hawk Blogging

Hawk - Marin County  2023

Taken last July. Making a lot of noise! I used an Olympus EM1II with a 14-150mm lens.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Winter Backpack - 6 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Temple Crag - Sierra Nevada  1974

Temple Crag. Neat. Some online photos show a lake in front of the peak, but not this one.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Winter Backpack - 5 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Steam Laundry - Mojave  1974

The route to the Sierras from Los Angeles goes through the desert town of Mojave. So I would have gone through here on my way to my 1974 Big Pines backpack.

There have been a few extra photos taken in Mojave on the blog, by the way.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Winter Backpack - 4 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Snow, Creek - Sierra Nevada  1974

Mountains, Snow - Sierra Nevada  1974

Again, for these photos I used a Nikon F SLR with a 50mm lens. (I also had a 135mm lens, but don't remember using it here.) Film was Panatomic-X developed in FR X-22 fine grain developer.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Winter Backpack - 3 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Canyon, Snowfields, Lake - Sierra Nevada  1974

Frozen Lake, Pine Trees - Sierra Nevada  1974

There are a number of lakes on the Big Pine Lakes trail, but I'd guess that I only made it to the first or second lake. When I got there I set up my tent and bear bag (can't remember about the bear bag - did I bother with one? There were no bear cannisters at the time.) 

As I looked around at the setting . . . snow, trees, granite summits in the distance I thought to myself "How barren and sterile. Why did I bother struggling all the way up here?" At that point I clambered into the tent and took a well-deserved nap.

After a short rest I exited the tent, looked around and thought to myself "Wow! This is amazingly gorgeous. Snow, trees and granite summits!" This was one my earlier experiences of how altitude can be mood-altering.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Winter Backpack - 2 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Falling Water - Sierra Nevada 1974

Granite Slope - Sierra Nevada  1974

So I've never seen some of these photos before. It took me a while after scanning the top photo's negative this year to figure out exactly what I was seeing. 

Contact sheets: so, in the olden times I'd take a developed roll of film and cut it into strips. In the darkroom these strips would be pressed against a sheet of photo paper, under glass, and exposed to light. After developing the paper, the result would be a series of mini-photos, a physical record of one’s work that could be used in the future. In this case, 50 years later. 

Back then it wasn't possible to make prints of all the photos on each roll however. Had to pick and choose. So like I said above, most of these photos have never been seen before, even by me. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Winter Backpack - 1 (Big Pine Lakes, 1974)

Trees, Snow, Granite Cliffs - Sierra Nevada  1974

Trees, Snow - Sierra Nevada  1974

After my Sierra Club winter backpacking excursion I decided to try a solo winter trip. I took the trail near Big Pine up towards some lakes high in the mountains. At this point in time I really don't know if the above photos are of a snow-covered meadow or a snow-covered lake. Maybe a lake because I set up my camp near a lake.

Below, a photo of me in my winter garb, ice axe and all, taken during my earlier Sierra Club hike.

Mike, Backpack & Stuff - Sierra Nevada  1974
(Photo by P. Brown)


Monday, April 1, 2024

Monday Geese Blogging

Geese (Lake Lagunitas) - Marin County  2024

An iPhone photo. Compare to earlier 2022 shot also taken at Lake Lagunitas.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Branches, Sunlight, Lake

Branches, Sunlight, Lake (Lake Lagunitas) - Marin County  2024

Standing on the trail, camera (Nikon Z7II) pointed down towards the lake. Sunlight streaming in from the right.

Might make an interesting print.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Sebastopol Sightems

Wash Plus (Sebastopol) - Sonoma County  2024

Brick Wall, Drainpipe (Sebastopol) - Sonoma County  2024

Our diners group in January met in Sebastopol for a nice meal at a Japanese/fusion-type restaurant.