“Maybe life is the moments in between those big moments.”
It has been an exciting year – the highlights were living in Sydney for three months, driving across the United States and exploring California. There were lots of inspiring and fantastic times for photography.
On the 3rd anniversary of Jane’s Lens, many thanks to my family, friends and fellow bloggers for your interest and support. Your encouragement in my creative pursuits means so much to me. And, to my husband Bob for being there through it all.
Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!
I hope you enjoy the images that I’ve chosen for review.
Strolling through the Sydney Botanic Garden one morning, I spied this little fellow exploring the root system of an enormous Moreton Bay Fig Tree. I knew there was going to be a moment when he settled on a spot to sit. The lesson for me was “anticipate”.
Byron Bay is a little “hippy” town on the East Coast of Australia. The beaches are incredible and I was captivated with this solitary swimmer in the water at sunset. This was simply a serene and beautiful moment.
I love street photography and this day at Bondi Beach was a great one for people watching. These young guys were having such a good laugh as they were walking the pavilion. I think this captured their friendship and the feeling that life is good when you’re spending a summer day at the beach with your buddies.
Summer in Australia means head to the beach, meet your friends and swim in the sea. I loved shooting these colorful scenes that capture Aussies’ love for the outdoors and the water.
The Great Ocean Road in Southern Australia is full of incredible landscapes. I think this image conveys the awesome power of the ocean and the smallness of humans in the natural world.
This morning of shooting in Mendocino, California along the coast was a fruitful one. The decrepit barns had a melancholy feel of an era long past. The shadows and light that day were wonderful and worked particularly well in black and white.
Sea Ranch, California is a magnificent place on the coast. Walking among the Cypress trees by the ocean is inspirational. I set up my tripod when I saw the sun peeking through the graceful arch of the branches.
I am particularly drawn to industrial landscapes and this one, after a big storm in Texas, was a stunner. I loved the tracks framing the reflection of the silo with the clearing storm in the background. It captures the essence of this area which is filled with interesting grain elevators and silos. The stretch from Muleshoe, Texas to Clovis, New Mexico is worth the drive to see these fascinating scenes.
Chinatown is one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk in San Francisco. There is always something going on and the architecture, colors and scenes are such fun to observe. Plus, there’s always good dim sum nearby.
Chinatown Street, San Francisco
The Bay Bridge with a full moon, eerie fog and the lights from the apartment buildings… someone write a Noir novel! This is San Francisco.
While walking around the old barns in Mendocino, I spent a great deal of time shooting close-ups. The textures and colors of the worn wood were quite beautiful in contrast to the live oat grass.
These pluots- a cross between a plum and an apricot- were so delectable and gorgeous. You sure don’t see leaves like this on the fruit at the grocery store. I love the colors and the simple beauty of fresh fruit at the Farmers Market.
San Francisco is a city of views. The urban landscape never ceases to capture my imagination.
The Opera House…. just because… it’s incredible. Of the hundreds of images I shot while living in Sydney, this one made on Christmas Eve, is one of my favorites. As the Aussies would say, “good on you!”
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” ~ Ansel Adams
My lens is ready for 2015!