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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 13

“Ouch!”

“Ouch!”

“Touch has a memory.”
― John Keats

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 15 of 2017.

A very brief post for today’s texture and a cliche title. I’m feeling a bit unoriginal right now and really, this cactus had the longest needles, proportionally, that I have ever seen. I would dread bumping into this by accident.

I made the image while on a recent trip to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and the gardens around the town are filled with cacti. Not surprising, given that this region of Mexico is primarily desert.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400

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“The Spine of Baja”

“The Spine of Baja”

“The vastness of the desert frightened her. Everything looked too far away, even the cloudless sky. There was nowhere you could hide in such emptiness.”
― James Carlos Blake

Today, I’m turning my lens inland and sharing an image of the landscape of the coastal region of Baja, actually, Baja California Sur, the name of this Mexican province. Not far from the coastal resorts, on the road between Cabo san Lucas and Todos Santos, the lush and artificial greens give way to a fairly inhospitable, yet beautiful landscape of thorny shrubs and cacti.

Yet, despite its seeming desolation, if you look carefully, there are splashes of colour everywhere. Though it may be more difficult to see in this image, the link to my 500px collection will offer a high resolution view.

The landscape of Baja was not at all what I expected, in fact, i’m not sure what I was expecting. Based on the resort photos, I was expecting something lush and tropical, not semi-desert, let alone mountains. The Baja also surprised me when I say bright orange blossoms appearing on what appeared to be dead and dried out bushes. It’s also crisscrossed with numerous dry river beds, which hint at days of plentiful water. In fact, the day we landed was one of the few rain days the region experiences and it poured for a few hours, refreshing the landscape and causing water to flow again, albeit briefly.

I had considered going on a hike to make photos during my visit, but other than the dry river beds, I did not see many opportunities to walk very far without getting impaled by a cactus or scraped by some thorny shrub. So, a roadside image will have to suffice, for now.

Nikon D300
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200

High Resolution image on 500px

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“King of the Hill?”

“King of the Hill?”

“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult

I spotted this house on the hill while travelling the highway between San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, the official name of this state in Mexico which encompasses all of the Baja Peninsula.

Virtually, in the middle of nowhere, stood a solitary house, atop a low hill. It seemed very out of place, so I stopped to make a photo, only to realize, when I zoomed in on it,  that the ‘house’ was in fact, just a shell. I do expect that getting water to this house may also prove a challenge, being at the top of a hill, in the desert.

I noticed that the windows were missing and there was a wooden ladder leading to the second floor. I don’t know the story but it certainly begs asking. Was the house not completed, did recent hurricanes destroy the house and the owner could not afford to restore it (a common situation in the region)? These shells are also a popular roost for squatters, which we experienced even in downtown Cabo San Lucas, where someone has claimed a section on abandoned tuna cannery as their home. Prime real estate.

This house appears even stranger when you look closer and notice that there is a fence surrounding the property, protecting it from possible intrusion.

So, it was either someone’s hilltop kingdom at some point or a dream that was never realized. In any case, it does have a nice view of the ocean, half a kilometer away, on the other side of the highway.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 90 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 12, 2017

“Aerial Ridge”

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 12 of 2017.

I  usually chose a window seat when flying. I have a fascination for geography and love watching the countryside far below me. On occasion, a really nice geological feature presents itself, like this ridge of low mountains, somewhere over New Mexico, if my estimations are right. I’d love to be able to have GPS going while flying.

In any case, this large scale texture presented itself to me and I was able to make a decent photograph from the plane window, a challenge in itself. Those who have attempted it themselves will know what I mean.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/3400 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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