Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Love my roses, especially the first flush of the year. The cold, below freezing week in January has made my garden the most colorful and prolific that is has been in years. My favs still are the English Roses as they have the most incredible old rose scents. Hybrid Teas are just a pain in the butt and the breeding to get them to be so colorful and repeat blooming has cause them to all but lose their scent. Not a good trait to lose in my book! Anyway...enjoy the few I shot this morning!
Shropshire Lass...a David Austin English Rose...blooms only once, beautiful single that reminds of the wild roses in the great lakes states when I was a kid:
Graham Thomas, another Austin English Rose, I really like those deep yellows more than any other color. Don't know why, I just do!
Midas Touch, one of the few Hybrid Teas I have in the garden....chose it because it's yellow. The unfortunate part is that like so many other hybrid teas it has little fragrance.
Double Delight..the other hybrid tea in my garden, chose because of the color draw back is that it has very little fragrance.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
It was one of those days, overcast "June Gloom" early for the season and I needed sunshine. Luckily a very few minutes away is the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles Crest and Angeles Forest Highways. The mountains trap in the clouds when we have on "onshore flow" or winds blowing off the ocean into the basin leaving us foggy or cloudy depending where we are.
Rather than the usual tasks I played hooky this morning. Dropped my favorite 80's mix CD in place as there is no radio in the mountains and off I went. Simple route with stops to shoot. Up the 2 to the Mountains, a quick left onto the Angeles Forest towards Palmdale, across the bridge and right after the Mediation Temple you make a right onto Upper Big Tujunga and a right onto Angeles Crest and a few short miles on that you are back in the city. There were lots of detours, some places I haven't found the names yet googling, others such as Alder Creek Canyon can't be missed. Of course fun old tunes make zipping through the corners and the uphill swoops even more fun...its all in the rhythm.
Anyway, shot it all in HDR, post processed with Adobe's Photoshop CS2 and the Virtual Photographer. Great tools to capture one of my most favorite places to roam! Hope you enjoyed them.