We don't often consider the Mid-Ocean Ridges. But 2500 meters below these calms seas is one of the most active volcanic systems in the world: The East Pacific Rise, off the coast of Mexico, February1988.
Does this qualify? One of our local supermarkets decided to offer daily fish sandwiches for Lent.........An interesting idea, but should be on Friday not everyday. I liked the little wrapper though..................
Lundi Gras is the relatively recent name for the pre-celebration marking the arrival of REX (King of Mardi Gras and the leader of the oldest Krewe). He arrives by boat on Monday. Recently New Orleans has revived Lundi Gras as a day for family and culture, marked by various live music venues along the river front.
For Lundi Gras, and also to Celebrate Black History Month in America, I am going to introduce you to a tradition little known outside New Orleans: Mardi Gras Indians.
The tradition celebrates the affinity between Native Americans and African Slaves whom they often aided in escape and adopted into their disease devastated tribes. In the Caribbean and South America, Escaped Slaves formed alliances with the Indigenous peoples to form 'Maroon ' communities, which still exist in some countries.
Extended Families form "Tribes" that wear costumes of similar color and design.
The radition is passed down through the family to its yougest members.
For Valentine's Day we share with you our Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign, representing Love, Family and Friendship. The birds are partridges called 'distelfinks'. The Pennsylvania Dutch are descendants of German, Swiss and Dutch who emigrated to the United States prior to 1800. These include but are not limited to the Amish, Dunkards, Mennonites and Bretheren. You can see that this one was designed by Jacob Zook.Traditionally Hex Signs are placed on buildings to keep out evil. You mostly see them over barn doors and in the eaves of houses. I keep mine in the kitchen of my home. I had it for years before I actually got married.
Mardi Gras wasn't always the drunken and debauched celebration popularized by late 20th Century New Orleans. The Gulf Coast tradition originated with French settlers in what is now Mobile, Alabama. And in smaller towns all along the Gulf Coast you can get the traditional feel of a Family Mardi Gras:
Slidell, Louisiana is a town east of New Orleans, now considered a suburb; almost wiped out by Katrina and receiving little attention. But it seems to have had a better recovery according friends of ours who still live there.
More on Traditional Mardi Gras Celebration Monday.......
Puu'Oo is a cinder cone located on the flanks of Kilauea (tan on the left). This is a spatter cone erupting from the side of Pu'Oo. It had been the recent focus of Kilauea Eruptions in the late 1990's.
Further down slope, the Pahoehoe lavas flows typical of Kilauea.
Longs Peak is one of three fourteeners in the Colorado Front Range, and the one closest to my home.
This is a view from the Lafayette Dog Park.
My husband and I decided to start a shared blog documenting the life and times (i.e. our lives and experiences) living in the shadow of Longs Peak. It's my 'folksy', living in Colorado Lifestyle Blog.
It allows me to write about subjects and show photos that might not meet the 'Artsy' standard intended here. But sometimes there will be some cross over. And I'll post a best of Longs Peak Journal here from time to time.
I always bracket my B&W. One day I was clicking away in my front year photographing flowers and my neighbor across the street (also a photographer) said "bracketing aren't you!". I guess it just sounded and looked like I was.
So here are four exposures again from the Fall River. With some adjustments any of them might print OK. But which one do you prefer and why?
All taken @ f/8:
Probably too dark
For the fans of silky water the last exposure might not be long enough. Not a fan of silk, I would choose exp #3 as the best compromise, or try printing exp#2 and do some dodging to bring out the detail in the mossy rocks.
The Old Fall River Road was the original route to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park. Now replaced by the paved, Trail Ridge Road, both roads are open to the public May-October.
As the name implies, there is a Fall River. I've passed by here a few times, but only last Fall was actually inspired to pause and do some serious work.
This is a one shot deal, no bracketing, just finishing the last frame on my roll: f/8 @ 1/15 sec. Green filter for foliage, which you will see better demonstrated in later photos. Although you can pick out the texture in the moss here.
And I share with you my 1 hour commute home along Wadsworth Boulevard.
And before you comment on driving while photographing.........Notice I have left a safe distance between myself and the other cars. Also I don't focus, I just set the camera on infinity and auto-exposure (with my 3200 film), set the camera on the dash board, take the shot, and hope for the best.