Photo 101 – A Pop of Color

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Photo 101 – A Pop of Color

A Pop of Color is easy on the hiking trails of Northern California.  Wildflowers…

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Or, berry flowers…

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Absolutely no artificial enhancement needed…

One funny thing that I noticed, all of the flowers are off center just a bit to the right.  I wonder if that is because I use my right eye when lining up the shot with my Nikon D40?

Taken on the trails of Coal Creek OSP and Russian Ridge OSP in the Santa Cruz Mountains just west of San Jose/Silicon Valley.

On to the next assignment!

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

Photo 101 – Warmth & the Quality of Light

Golden Poppies stretching to the sun

Golden Poppies stretching to the sun

Photo 101 – Warmth and Quality of Light

I took this picture at the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of San Jose/Silicon Valley.  The sun isn’t in this shot…but, it is obvious that these California Golden Poppies sure know where that sun is in the sky!

Not many shadows in this picture.  But, I think the combination of the Golden Poppies, the green grass, and blue sky feels like a warm day to me.  What do you think?

I might experiment with getting some more side lit shots on my next hike.  Can I submit an assignment more than once for extra credit?  🙂

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

The Thursday Picture – Bermuda Buttercup

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taken on Hike Number 2 this year at St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve.  The Oxalis Pes-Caprae is a non-native species that made it’s way to California sometime in the past.  Pretty flower that is listed as an invasive plant.  Think of them as “flower gangs” messing up the neighborhood.  I’m always tempted to grab some of these and pull ’em out of the ground.  Of course, I never do…I guess that I will have to volunteer at one of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s “get rid of non invasive plants workdays!”

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill