This urgent, blaring phone sound went off at the beginning of Melissa and my hike on the Bump & Grind last night. It was a storm alert for high winds. We looked around and didn’t see any wind and continued on up the hill.
Near the top of our hike we decided to turn around short of where we normally turn around. While stopped in the dark near the bottom of the Bump & Grind, (after a call from Ray wondering why I wasn’t home yet) we became obsessed with trying to capture the lightning going off rapid fire in the east. We knew we should get off the trail as Melissa had to go back to Sandi’s and take care of her dog and I needed to get home to Ray, but we couldn’t leave thinking….”The next shot will capture the “perfect lightning flash”.
We kept shooting….UNTIL this humongous dust ball of gale force wind engulfed us. I covered my camera and we rapidly and quite fearfully descended to our cars.
Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I’d capture something.
Friday, Aug 23,2013
Just in from Terry Morse:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/13829
Incredible sky tonight. So sad the sky is so pretty as the result of our fire in the San Jacinto mountains.
Prayers for all.
While driving through Mission Hills Country Club in my “Photography” cart (as opposed to Ray’s golf cart) Jen and I found a couple of resident hawks. How do I know they were resident hawks? Because as I was stopped in the middle of the street photographing them a resident laid on her horn behind us (scaring Jen and me to death). I pulled over, she then pulled up beside us, stopped and authoritatively lectured us on the fact that the hawks are there all the time. She left (after way too long) saying, “Well, I’ll let you go now.”
Jen watching and waiting for shots of the Jack Rabbits. She’s using my 400mm 5.6 lens, hand held on her light camera body.
See the bunny??????
Guess who…on the bump & grind this morning.
After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.
I ask and Jen says yes! I can’t believe she was willing to climb up on this post and pose. I wasn’t allowed to talk while she was concentrating on her focus and balance. Had she fallen she was at great risk. But hey, anything for a photo:-)
Yes I was lower than Jen shooting upward but nevertheless Jen jumps as higher than imaginable. And…..she was on a knife’s edge ridge!
Sometimes Jen becomes self conscious and can’t figure out how to pose. I remind her she doesn’t have the luxury of wasting time thinking of a pose with the clock ticking on how long the incredible background sunset will stay this great. She hates when I rush her. So I had to get up and show her that you just do ANYTHING, just move.
And move she did!!!
At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.
Waiting for Jen to arrive for our hike.
Love that the pigeon didn’t let the nails bother his vantage point.
Early enough the street lamp provided some lighting.
And more light as we begin our hike.
Jen is nearly finished with her Yoga Training Certification. Looking good Jen.
Thanks Jen for pointing out the two love birds.
Katya working on Ray and my closet. I hired her to come and clean out and organize 3 different closets and cabinets. What a worker she is!
And look at those shoes in the back and how organized all our closes are!
She made space when I had none.
The moon after 8pm tonight.