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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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Four Days Before Pat and I Leave For the Camino de Santiago.

Nicole took this iPhone photo of Pat and me this morning while on the BigHorn Overlook Trail in Cathedral City, CA. We noticed the arrows. Wow, we’ll be following arrows all along our walk on the Camino de Santiago. Let’s take a pic! Thursday Pat and I board a flight headed to Spain to walk the Ancient pilgrimage path also known as Camino Frances on the Camino de Santiago. This walk of 490 miles begins at St. Jean Pied De Port, France, quickly but not easily, crosses into Spain (this first day is listed as the most arduous part of the walk), and is waymarked all the way by yellow arrows – flechas amarillos, guiding we peligrinos, east to west across the northern part of Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Are we excited about this 45 day adventure ahead of us. Yessirreeee! Stay tuned. I’m carrying an extra 10 pounds of camera related gear (including a small tripod), iPhone (battery charger), iPad, and all the related gear like surge protectors, batteries, camera cards, and cords. So much for keeping it simple. But……..my backpack is the lightest it has ever been on any backpack and we’ll be doing less daily mileage. And…..I will have all my photography gear with me!!! I’m shooting with, the much lighter than my Canon cameras, a Fujifilm XT-1, a wireless camera that I believe takes great photos. I’m really excited about the photography ops along this new and very unfamiliar adventure.

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Passenger Seat Entertainment.

Driving home from LA last night, I spent most of the two and a half hour drive looking for shots. Ray never complained that I wasn’t really present for conversation either:-) It’s amazing how I can get lost and time flies when my eye is to the viewfinder. I believe they call my love of photography an obsession.

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 treatment.

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 treatment.

HDR Efex Pro 2 treatment.

HDR Efex Pro 2 treatment.

Arm Chair Photography.

Stacy and I had hoped to have the energy and time (Stacy) to walk the strip during sunset tonight. It turned out neither of us was motivated to leave our rooms after a short room break following a very long but extremely interesting day filled with 3 different 3 WPPI speakers and another very tiring shopping round at the Expo that finally ended this afternoon, thank goodness. Maybe LR won’t notice how many times I used my credit card this last week. Just this morning I got a long distance call from my credit card company wanting to know if all the charges that were taking place were in fact mine. Good thing I answered the call as I might not have been able to use the card for the 3 later gear related items I just had to have. One being a new LensBaby 35!

Practicing with a new Lensbaby 35. These lenses are really difficult to get used to.

Practicing with a new Lensbaby 35. These lenses are really difficult to get used to.

Through a very dirty hotel window I had to shoot this incredible sky.

Through a very dirty hotel window I had to shoot this incredible sky.

I bumped the ISO up to 2000 at a 30th sec, 2.8.

I bumped the ISO up to 2000 at a 30th sec, 2.8.

MGM Grand View.

Last night looking out my window of the MGM Grand.

Last night looking out my window of the MGM Grand.

Woke up to this view out the window.

Woke up to this view out the window.

Check….150 PCT miles completed by Jen and Melissa!

Front And Back.

The Grand Poopas!

The Grand Poopas!

And from the back.

And from the back.

End of Day.

Looking down on the 405 from the 8th floor in the Courtyard Marriott in Encino, Ca.

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Eight Months To Go.

Going through this summer’s Mammoth photos, has taken me out of the NOW. Can’t wait to go back to Wood’s Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA. like we do for 3 months every August.

Upper Lakes Basin in Mammoth - Barrett Lake.

Upper Lakes Basin in Mammoth – Barrett Lake.

Another view of Barrett Lake.

Another view of Barrett Lake.

Salton Sea Sunset.

Went back one more time to the Salton Sea with Jen, my sister Leila and brother-in-law Dennis. We got lucky with one of those very unique opportunities where the clouds and the light make magic.

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Salton Sea Visit.

I have posted 18 photos in the Portfolio section of my website under Travel/Outings. Hope you check them out here.

So close, yet seems so far.....The Salton Sea is a magical place to visit. Jen and I drove the 50 minute drive yesterday afternoon arriving around 2pm and stayed until 5:30pm.

So close, yet seems so far…..The Salton Sea is a magical place to visit.
Jen and I drove the 50 minute drive yesterday afternoon arriving around 2pm and stayed until 5:30pm.

Until Next Year Wood’s Lodge.

One of the cubs from last night’s midnight visit. The mom had just come up the tree for a visit. The two cubs then come for their visit. I didn’t know where mom was and Ray was sleeping, so I didn’t open the door to shoot. Hence the flash glare on the windows.

Late afternoon light, with the sunlight coming in behind squirrel at about a 10 degree angle. I have to shoot backlit subjects for a Unit Three NYIP lesson but don’t think this qualifies.

Tomorrow we are leaving our heavenly cabin at Wood’s Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I’m sad. Ray and I both love it here. Our three weeks at the cabin every year are always the best three weeks of each year. I am mind altered when in the mountains.

When we are not outdoors this is our view outdoors from inside the cabin we rent.

We each have our own area in the cabin. Anyone who has seen us here knows Ray sits at the dining room table, just like he is here. I make the couch my area. No one sits on the couch without an invitation as this is my office where I have all my techie equipment set up on the couch table.

This is one view from the bridge where I typically shoot sunset photos. Only this morning when Ray and I were on a walk, while crossing the street to Lake Maimie, I looked back at Crystal Crag and took this one last shot of her.

10 am reflections in Lake Maimie.

Boats on the ground at the boat dock we walk by most days.

And last but not least, a first, seeing a ground squirrel run to the lake edge for a drink of water. When I stand still, things come to me.