May 15, 2010

old farm, Lobitos Creek Cutoff

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photo by Donald Kinney

The danger of filling my tank with gasoline is that I just might take off for parts unknown. But heck, I've been exploring the hills down behind Half Moon Bay for the past 40 years, so these parts are hardly unknown to me.

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photo by Donald Kinney

But I never noticed this colorful bush before -- I stopped my car and spent a few minutes photographing it from every angle. Inevitably the farmer and his wife noticed me from a great distance. The lady farmer asked, in an unhelpful tone; "Can I help you?" -- I mean, what is that supposed to mean, other than get-the-heck-out-of-here.

Actually I asked her, but she couldn't hear me, what type of a bush this beautiful specimen is. I drove off without finding out but spotted the same bush at a residence yesterday in my hometown. I should find out it's name, but I bet someone in Blogland might know.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And gee, I think it would have been fun to stand around and chit-chat with the farmer and his wife about their ranch, but since I didn't get a chance I can just make up my own little stories about them. I imagine they were City-folk who made some money and retired to a peaceful (((except for the pesky photographers))) little farm on Lobitos Creek Road. All the best to them -- I'll come back sometime when I'm invited.

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Unknown said...

i love the large banner picture (:
and the last picture! Its kinda scary!

AphotoAday said...

HI MULLEH -- You know, I've been wondering waht it was about that last picture -- it is kind of spooky IF some spook were to stick his head out of the blackness...

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Interesting, for I discovered the same type of bush for the first time while on my hike in Annadel Park a few days ago. Only thing different - I didn't take a picture of it.

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photowannabe said...

Love the textures and sorry I don't know the plant either. Barns are a favorite of mine. Trouble is most of them don't have any place to pull off the road to take a picture of them. Maybe I'll meet a kindly farmer sometime and get up close and personal.
Thanks for the Gold Star award Don. It means a lot.

Chris said...

Best guess is Yellow Japanese Rose, or Kerria Japonica. A closeup of a leaf would be more determinative.

i love love said...

the flowers are not sure if they would be perfect as wedding flowers..and i love how the color of the wood is's authenticity lives with the photos..

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