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Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

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One Day Winter Workshop at Tejon Pass.

I’ve uploaded photos from last Saturday’s Keith Douglas Skelton, One Day Winter Workshop at Tejon Pass. Click on this link http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20140208-Tejon-Pass/i-MtzN3SM to view all the photos. I photographed some of the workshop participants too.

We’d hoped to have snowy landscapes to photograph but the weather had other ideas in mind. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many photo opportunities to make something out of nothing (not really nothing:-)).

To see more photos of the fun workshop follow the link I've provided.

To see more photos of the fun workshop follow the link I’ve provided.

Here is a link to our workshop leader’s website: http://www.keithskeltonphoto.com/#/Portfolios/Universal%20Pictures/1/

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Fleeting but intense red San Jacinto.

Off in a while to Tejon Pass for a one day photography workshop with Jen and JJ to a workshop lead by Keith Skelton.
He’d been hoping for snow on the pass but we’re probably not going to have any snow even though there has been rain in the LA area. But this workshop is about making something out of nothing. Keith is good at that so I’m hoping I’ll learn some knew ways of seeing creatively.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

Thanks to Ray coming in and telling me I might want to get up as the color is exceptional this morning, I got to see some brief, intense color on Mount San Jacinto.

False Alarm.

Such potential..... unrealized as the sky went grey when I'd hoped for color galore not long as I shot this photo.

Such potential….. unrealized as the sky went grey when I’d hoped for color galore not long after I shot this photo.

Framed Lake.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We've had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

Shot on the way back from 4 holes of golf. West view over the San Jacinto range. Hoping for some snow or rain. We’ve had so little. The PCT hikers will probably have to avoid many a fire this hiking season.

The Bump & Grind 4.5 Mile Hike.

Hoping Melissa can get 5 days off work for a much needed backpack in a couple of months. Melissa, Jen and I have been doing sections of the Pacific Crest Trail since I introduced them both to backpacking about 3 years ago. We do have a really fun time backpacking together. It will be so nice to get “out there” again.

Saturday morning hike up the Bump & Grind training with our backpacks. PCT 132 mile segment coming up from just south of Big Bear to just past Wrightwood come April 9th!

Saturday morning hike up the Bump & Grind training with our backpacks. PCT 132 mile segment coming up from just south of Big Bear to just past Wrightwood come April 9th!

Salton Sea Photo Ops Are Limitless.

Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo, taken by our workshop leader, Keith. Here is the link to his website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.

Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo. Group photo taken by our workshop leader, Keith Skelton. Here is the link to Keith’s website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.

Below is my favorite photo from our workshop weekend 12/6/13. To see lots more of the photos I shot, click here.

Salton Sea.

Salton Sea.

Best News Ever……

Life is Good!

Dr. Walz, Ray's ear, nose and throat doctor, called with great news.......News that the Pet scan Ray just had revealed that Ray is cancer free!

Dr. Walz, Ray’s ear, nose and throat doctor, called with great news…….News that the Pet scan Ray just had revealed that Ray is cancer free!
Thanks for all your continued well wishes and prayers. “It works, it really does.”

Morning Hikes and Photography. It Doesn’t Get Any Better!

Silhouette preset in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Silhouette preset in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Even though the original photo had pretty sunrise color in the sky, I think the color detracted rather than added to the photo.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Nearing the top of the first part of our hike, San Jacinto had some fierce cloud forms.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

Some 30 seconds of intense color while at the low angle just above the horizon.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

This is called trail graffiti. The theme in this one location changes according to the whim of the artist who changes things up quite often. Jen says this is a Snowman.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked "motion" to do on the downhill portion of the hike.

Jen and I love our sunrises and sunset landscape photos but need a new subject to shoot. Hence we picked “motion” to do on the downhill portion of the hike. Like the other black and white, the overhead light now higher in the sky left the dull colored background undesirable. I like how Jen pops out more in the black and white version of this photo.

This color rendition is per LR's request.

This color rendition is per LR’s request.

Unexpected 60 Seconds Of Light.

Just when I thought we had a fizzle of a sunrise on the Bump & Grind hike a couple of days ago, Jen and I were given 60 seconds where we experienced the payoff of a special light show.

Don't blink or the light changes.

Don’t blink or the light changes.

One minute light show.

One minute light show.

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

Just before the light left the mountain beyond the golf course. Love the heart!!!

It’s Tarantula Mating Season.

I had no idea September and October is Tarantula mating season. It was one year ago at this time Jen and I ran across another tarantula.

I told Ray about how we’d come across a Tarantula on our Whitewater River hike and he mentioned he’d just heard on the TV this was mating season for them. I Googled Tarantulas and their mating habits and found the following link. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/10/11/californas-tarantulas-are-on-the-move-during-mating-season/ I feel sorry for the males. What a solitary life male Tarantulas lead before they finally leave their burrows where they’d lived for 5 – 8 years to look for a mate and then die six months later. Females live for 25 years!!!

I was close to this guy…..maybe 2 few away. He didn’t seem phased by me. I had no idea at the time he was on a serious instinctual mission.

Jen spotted this male Tarantula two weeks ago near the Whitewater River while we were hiking near dusk.

Jen spotted this male Tarantula two weeks ago near the Whitewater River while we were hiking near dusk.