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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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Great Morning Hike With New and Old Friends:-)

Ladies styling on the bump & grind this morning!

Ladies styling on the bump & grind this morning!

L>R Carol, Mary Kay (both in town from Vancouver) and Tara.

L>R Carol, Mary Kay (both in town from Vancouver) and Tara.

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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!

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.

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.

Palm Springs, CA. Garston Trail’s Grand Skies.

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Jen took this photo of me clicking away:-) Thanks Jen!

Jen took this photo of me clicking away:-) Thanks Jen!

Jen and I went out for a 3:15pm hike tonight, hoping for some majestic skies. I threw my Speedlight into the camera bag, just in case. It came in handy. We didn’t get lots of color but we got lots of contrast. We both were so excited we didn’t even notice how cold it was.

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Once down from our hike we decided to see how much color we could see in the almost black sky. Setting the camera up on a rock with the two second timer engaged we got what we hoped for……color.

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Photography Wins Out.

It’s getting to be that time of the year again. A time of light show surprises.

Tonight I was at a meeting for the Mission Hills Country Club Hiking Club Group that Bonnie, the other leader, set up. This is a hiking group I started up for Mission Hills CC members in 2007. I lead Saturday hikes until last season. The purpose of the meeting was to get other hikers willing to be leaders. I don’t know what will happen to the hiking club but it’s time for me to make more time for myself and for my husband.

It’s been difficult for me to let go of this commitment. Tonight sitting in the bar/lounge area with the other 19 members I started to doubt my decision to stop leading the Saturday hikes………until I looked out the floor to ceiling west facing room’s wall of window and was rocketed back to reality by the color over the San Jacinto mountains.

I’d brought my camera (presumably to shoot some of the hiking club members….which didn’t happen), picked up my camera, pushed my chair back from the large round table filled with the hiking members and raced outside. I made it to peak color in time and didn’t even worry what the others who were wrapping up the meeting thought. I knew the incredible color in the sky was a message. I quickly forgot about the self doubt I had about leaving the hiking club.

View from the balcony outside the Mission Hills CC bar. San Jacinto bathed in orange.

View from the balcony outside the Mission Hills CC bar. San Jacinto bathed in orange.

As I was shooting a group of female golfers who’d been in the bar walked outside. I heard them say, “There’s a professional photographer, let’s ask her to take our photo.” I saw they had their iPhone in hand. I said, “Sure, I’ll take your photo. Wait here, I’ll be right back.” Ever-ready photog that I am, I ran in and grabbed the Speedlight Flash I just happened to threw into the bag with the hiking books and maps!

I took 2 shots of the ladies and promised to email them their photos. Then they asked me to take a photo with their iPhone of course.

On my Canon 5d Mark III, I had the Flash on Evaluative Mode (on camera) of course, but hope the ladies will like the photos I just emailed them.

The Golfing Ladies.

The Golfing Ladies.

 

 

 

Thirty Second Splash of Light.

This morning, like other mornings before I leave to go hike at 5:20am, I look up at the dark sky to see if there are clouds. If there are clouds (which there haven’t been over the last number of months) I bring the Canon 5d Mark III on the hike (rather than the Fujifilm or iPhone camera).

This morning I brought the 5d Mark III. There were lots of clouds.

 6:36am, manual program, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 1250, 27 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens. Handheld, resting on top of a Von's grocery cart.


6:36am, manual program, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 1250, 27 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens. Handheld, resting on top of a Von’s grocery cart.

I was hopeful for some good morning color. The moon was still up. I was excited. But it was one of those mornings I call a fizzle. The light just didn’t manifest the way I wanted it to. Until…….minutes before the end of the hour long hike hike, the sun rose above the horizon and illuminated the San Jacinto range for 30 seconds or so.

The light came and went but my excitement remains. It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

6:36am, manual program, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, 24 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens.

6:36am, manual program, 1/125 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, 24 mm on the Canon 24-70 mm L II lens.

San Jacinto Sun Bathed.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

Bogurt Trail hike with Jen this morning in Palm Springs near the Indian Canyons.

Lovin’ The Color Lately.

Guess who...on the bump & grind this morning.

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.

After swimming at MHCC tonight Jen and I headed over to the main MHCC entrance for some sunset shots.

Sometimes Backgrounds Are Too Hard To Pass Up.

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:-)

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 higher than imaginable. And.....she was on a knife's edge ridge!

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.

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!!!

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.

At 8:30pm, having come down from our hike (really our photo shoot), I wanted to use the lamp light in the shopping center.