On the 11th anniversary of Jane’s Lens, many thanks to my friends and the blogging community for your support and encouragement of my work.
Thanks to my husband, Bob, a partner in our search for great locations, for patiently waiting and celebrating memorable moments. And to my family who inspire me everyday, I love you. Living close by has been rewarding and especially fun to see our granddaughters grow and thrive.
Wishing you all a fantastic 2023 filled with kindness, creativity and happiness.
One of our first road trips of the year was to a favorite place, Big Sur. One morning it was a delight to see the land, water and sky meet in this spectacular way- I felt the freedom of being in this wide open space.
Shot with my husband’s iPhone XS, ISO 25 1/700 sec @ f/1.8. I cannot explain why I did not have my camera with me!
I love to find “tiny humans” on the landscape- captured in this moment in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Fujifilm X-T4, 35mm f/2 lens, 1/800sec at f/11, ISO 400
It’s satisfying finding a unique perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. This image embodies the feeling of foggy mornings on the bay.
iPhone 12 Pro Max, 1/1700 sec at f/2.2, ISO 20
I love studying nature’s small marvels. These tiny Echeveria blooms were a real challenge.
Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens with a MCEX-16 macro extension tube, 1/15 sec at f/11, ISO 250, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod
This remarkable spot is not far from the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. Given the severe drought in California, it was fortunate to find water for reflections. The sun setting on Half Dome was exciting and peaceful all at once.
Fujifilm X-T4, 18-55mm f/2 lens, 1/80 sec at f/8.0, ISO 800
It is fascinating photographing succulents and cacti, and the Desert Garden at the Huntington provides many opportunities. This monochrome image celebrates all the prickly shapes and textures that are found here.
Fujifilm X-T2, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/640 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800
And speaking of prickly things… I laughed when I looked at these Cholla Teddybear Cactus through my lens. I could hear them calling, “Pick me, pick me!”
Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/11, ISO 200
I found another unique vantage point to make this night shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The warehouse in the foreground reminds me of robots standing guard.
Fujifilm X-T4, 18-55mm f/2 lens, 1/4 sec at f/4.0, ISO 1600, 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod
It’s lucky to find a Magnolia bloom that is low enough to photograph and the fact that it was fading past its prime was even more enticing. This image feels a bit like a Renaissance still life.
iPhone 12 Pro Max, 1/320 sec at f/1.6, ISO 32
These two images illustrate how scenes exude different moods depending on the light and editing- modern clean line architecture vs vintage New York.
Fujifilm X-T4, 35mm F/2 lens, 1/50 sec at f/7.1, ISO 800
Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/11 ISO 200
I discovered these colorful beach rocks on a day trip to the Palos Verdes Peninsula – a reminder to always look down.
Fujifilm X-T4, 50mm f/2 lens, 1/800 sec at f/11, ISO 400
You immediately become aware of the peacocks when visiting the Los Angeles Arboretum. They are strutting, squawking and roosting in trees. Luck was with me this day when a peacock unfurled its tail and I managed to get this lucky close-up.
Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/250 sec at f/6.4, ISO 1600
A Pasadena sunset with the snowy San Gabriels in the background. Home.
Fujifilm X-T2, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/80 sec at f/3.6 ISO 400 3 Legged Thing Corey Tripod
Another year with our granddaughters who have gotten quite used to Grammy’s camera clicking away. Special kudos to Gramps for making them laugh!
Fujifilm X-T4, 90mm f/2 lens, 1/800 sec at f/4.0, ISO 800.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson