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Winter Photo Dump

The end of the year was…complicated, mostly due to my father nearly dying of a heart attack. (He’s doing quite well now.) I wasn’t really a functional human being, but I did get my camera out a couple times.

November:

The first of the winter succulents to bloom: a species of Madagascar aloe.

Pink and white aloe blossoms closeup    Aloe succulent in bloom, seen from above

Various wild mushrooms/toadstools growing out in the field.

Closeup of small golden mushroom amid grassCloseup of small golden mushroom amid grassCloseup of large and small golden mushroom amid grassCloseup of small golden mushrooms clustered amid grass

December:

The return of the mushrooms/toadstools, a larger species this time, thoroughly dusted with frost.

Mushroom amid grass, everything crusted in frostMushroom and grass crusted with frost, with mushroom gills visible

Fallen cottonwood leaves got similar embellishments.

Cottonwood leaf on bare ground, lined with frost

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March Wildflowers

I visited the Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival, a small to-do in a semi-local town. I’ve now got several packets of California-native flower seeds, which will be lovely additions to the existing collection on the property. Thus inspired, I took a few photos of what’s blooming at home right now. (Click to embiggen.)

California Poppy

California poppies

Red Stemmed Filaree (an invasive non-native species, actually, but their seeds form spirals, and the green seed pods can be made into a pair of scissors for one’s pointless amusement, so I’m fond of them)

Red Stemmed Filaree

Freesia (okay, it’s not a wildflower, but it was blooming in the backyard when I went to head inside, so it got included)

purple freesia bloom

Bonus points to me for remembering this time: camera settings! They’re a thing that exists! So I futzed about with my f-stops to get more interesting results in my depth of field. I’m so rusty at doing Proper Photography ™, but I got some decent shots this time, yeah?

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Trailer: Monsters of Our Own Making


 

Photo and video sources, in order of appearance:

https://unsplash.com/carminu
https://unsplash.com/biegunwschodni
https://unsplash.com/jasonortego
https://unsplash.com/aleskrivec
https://www.pexels.com/photo/romantic-fire-burning-fireplace-759/
https://videos.pexels.com/videos/pot-with-steam-cooking-430
https://www.pexels.com/photo/jetty-landing-stage-sea-black-and-white-323/
https://videos.pexels.com/videos/water-reflections-haze-407
http://www.gratisography.com/#nature
https://videos.pexels.com/videos/timelapse-video-at-a-lake-435
https://unsplash.com/unraw_travelling
https://videos.pexels.com/videos/deer-eating-leaves-446
https://unsplash.com/unraw_travelling
https://videos.pexels.com/videos/shadow-silhouette-at-night-322
https://unsplash.com/oscartothekeys
https://unsplash.com/oscartothekeys

All above materials licensed under Creative Commons CC0 “No Rights Reserved”

Monster Making Theme song, video production, and all other materials (c) 2015 Joyce Sully

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Maps!

map 9-5-09
map 9-5-09

I love making maps. I will find any excuse to make a map for a project, no matter how small or unmapworthy. This can be depressing, because I cannot draw worth a fetid dingo’s kidney. But I just finished reading The Hobbit last week and I adore Tolkien’s maps. So I thought I would try to do something a little like that, with lots of shaded mountains and squiggly little rivers.

I don’t have any project in mind for this, though I’m getting ideas. I imagine lighthouses on those lonely peninsulas and a good, though not kind, recluse out on the island. Shipping lanes crossing the sea, imperiled by rocks and a giant octopus. Secret meetings occurring in that little circle of tufty grass amid the southwestern forests. And a spring, fed by underground run-off from the lake, where a small community, perhaps a monastery, seeks shelter in a troubled world.

Did I mention, I love maps?

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