February 17, 2010

Calla Lilies at Rodeo Beach

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photo by Donald Kinney

On Monday I decided to brave the holiday masses of dogs, kids, and people down at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.   (((okay, okay, I suppose kids are people too, but I was trying to make a little joke there)))   Usually on weekdays only a hand-full of dedicated goof-offs (((like me))) are down there, although the Rodeo Beach area is a popular school field-trip destination for kids.

Anyway, it was a fine day -- even though the fog was advancing towards the shore at a fast clip -- by the time I left the area was completely socked-in.

At the north end of the beach hikers have two options -- they can either take the scenic and steep route closest to the ocean, or take the route I took that day, the old paved road that eventually -- with more huffing and puffing than you would ever imagine -- will take you to the ruins of the launch control for the Nike-Herculese missile site at the top of Hill-88.   (((now, I ask you, who other than the U.S. Military would name a glorious mountain Hill-88?))).   Anyway, you don't have to hike far up that road before you notice a great stand of Calla Lilies down in a soupy bog.   I thought I should hike down and see if I could get a couple photos.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Vertical shots just don't seem to come naturally to me -- it's just not the way I normally see -- but recently I've been trying to remember to turn my camera on-end when the situation calls for it.

Actually, I think I should probably try concentrating on shooting square photos -- I do a square crop job to one of my photos each day over at the DailyDuo.   Or maybe I should think about shooting round photos -- after all, isn't that the way we see with out eyes?   Hmmm...   Just thinking aloud, but I think I might be on to something here.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Here you go, another vertical shot.   Notice the brand new bloom starting to unwrap.   Mother Nature is pretty amazing, isn't she?

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Melinda said...

I love the verticl pictures Don. It makes you realize just how tall and slender these beautiful flowers are.

Eleonora said...

Stunning! Thank you for sharing

Tomate Farcie said...

Love these shots.

(PS. Not sure about "kids are people, too." OK, maybe kids but definitely not teenagers who are a completely different species ;)

photowannabe said...

The last shot is a definite prizewinner. I love the new bloom spiriling upward.

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