Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Garden, looking up, Roscoe

At this time of the year the garden canopy opens up as the leaves fall. It lets me see how nature truly abhors a vacuum and fills any empty space with branches and leaves. This is in the middle of my back yard, looking straight up.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Marsh grass, Roscoe extension.

Every photographer has a way of testing new lenses. Some use a newspaper, some use brick walls, some shoot a nearby building. I go down to Roscoe extension and set up on a tripod and shoot this marsh grass. Plenty of detail, straight lines, curves, slants, all very revealing and a real test of a lens. This was shot with my newest lens, an Olympus 45mm f/1.8, mounted on a Panasonic Lumix G2. It is really sharp.

Egret, Roscoe Extension

What if?

This little display has been up for most of the year. In deference to the season the sign has been removed. I'm sure it will return in the new year.

The weeds are winning!

This little lot is, technically, on Solano Road. Solano turns into Roscoe at a corner so I'm calling it Roscoe.

This little lot is a puzzle to me. At the height of the real estate bubble, some bright light bought this little plot of land, across from the Winn-Dixie shopping center. Soon a magnificent sign went up announcing a future condo building. Three or four stories tall and with a wonderful view of a strip mall in front or scraggly woods on the other three sides. The sign slowly faded. Then machinery showed up and dug a beautiful retention pond (these are necessary here to keep the rest of the lot dry enough to build on) and put in a slab.

The next thing put on the land was a for sale sign. Since then the plot has changed hands a few times and there have been some more promotional signs. The real estate bubble burst and the land has lain fallow ever since. My favorite weed, the dog-sorrel, has taken over and the latest sign is slowly disappearing.