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This plant started growing in my yard next to my Dahlia this Spring. I have no idea what it is, and assume the wind,  a bee, or a bird brought the seed which took root. It has broad leafy branches and these tiny little flowers grow on stalks.

P52 35 of 52 What's my Name?

It’s quite bushy.

What's my Name?

Anyone know what it is?

Nikon Df| LensBaby Composer Pro w/Soft Focus Optic & macro converters| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film; CS6

More to come…

UPDATE: Thank you so much Andy of  Christian Grandfather, Honoring Grandfather’s Blog for Identifying this plant as Pokeweed.

It’s not native to my area/region. I’m going to have yank it since it’s poisonous, and I have a toddler, and dog who will find its berries too tempting I fear.

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Several weeks back several photographer friends and I spent the week-end in Lassen National Park hoping to making images of the Night Sky. Unfortunately, as the shadows of the day grew longer the clouds got thicker. They made the sunset lovely, but foiled are hopes of night imaging.

We photographed the Sunset at Lake Helen image here  then we walked back to the car and on the way we saw Lightning! That’s a BIG DEAL for me and my friends because, we rarely see lightning where we live in the San Francisco Bay Area. It wasn’t bolt to the ground, or is it ground to sky lightning bolts? It was the type Eric our mid-westerner in the group called “cloud to cloud” lightning.

It was behind the mountains and lighting up the clouds so, instead of packing up we set up to photograph the lightning.

After 10 minutes or so shooting it we decided to get higher to see if we could see Bolts and try to capture that.

It was quite dark by now, and we still hadn’t seen any Bolts, just the sky lighting up. This image is one image I made of the sky being lit up by a strike of Lightning.

Chasing Lightning in Lassen National Park

While we were shooting the rain started, so we packed up and moved to the other side of the lake hoping to get in a few more images since it was only sprinkling.

Lightning Summit Lake Lassen National Park

I had just got set up to start shooting when the sky opened up and the rain started pouring down. I managed to get this one image of the sky lighting up from lightning then we packed up and raced to the car all of us and our gear wet, but thrilled to have seen lightning.


Next week my MM2 image will be posted on Leanne’s page, but not on my own until the following week. I’ll be offline next week.

I’ll be back online Sept. 6th, and catching up with all I missed while offline.

If you have time please click over to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness2 post here to see all the images that were shared this week.

More to come…

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A couple of weeks back some friends and I spent the week-end near Mt. Shasta hoping for a clear night for night imaging the Milky Way. We’d been skunked the week-end before in Lassen National Park, and the smoke from the fires burning in Northern CA was causing a haze in the atmosphere.

The clouds began to shift about Sunset. There were some low clouds around the peak of Mt. Shasta, but the peak itself was clear. We hoped that held up, and it did! I caught a Shooting Star too! I don’t think this is a Perseid Meteor, but I could be wrong. Though the timing for the Perseid’s was right when I made this image.

Milky Way over Mount Shasta CA, USA

The lights are from surrounding towns and way out in the distance might be Redding, CA.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6

More to come…

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This is my first photograph and sighting of a Rufous Hummingbird! I’m still so excited about seeing this little Hummer. So, I’ve posted this image instead of a macro for this week’s Project 52 image.

P52 34 of 52  Rufous Hummingbird-Female

Instead of carrying my long lens I decided to take my Lumix FZ200 to use if any wildlife or birds came along. I’m sort of getting the hang of this Bridge Camera. I just need to use it more. I’m planning to take it on He-Man’s Birthday Cruise which is just around the corner! It will be easier packing, carrying it around, and I won’t need a tripod.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 @ 108mm = 648mm in 35mm format | f5| 1/1600s| ISO 160| Manual Priority| Pattern Metering|Lexar Professional Digital Film|CS6

More to come…

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MM2 24 of 52 Moss Landing Low Tide

My contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2 this week is an image I made a month ago or so.  There wasn’t much happening bird wise so, I switched lenses, and my mind-set to Landscape imaging.  I always carry a wide angle lens for this reason. I was packing light this week and carried my 24mm f/2.8 af-d Nikkor lens which fits in the palm of my hand. I love how small and light-weight it is, it’s just not as sharp in the corners as I wish it to be. The new lens that replaces this lens is bigger, and heavier so, I’ve not jumped on it. I just don’t want to carry the weight.

I am thinking about the new 20mm f/1.8 lens though! I may splurge on it. Time will tell. :) Do any of you have this lens yet? What do you think?

There are some really talented photographer’s contributing to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness 2 each week. You can check it out here!

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 lens| Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Developed in Photoshop CS6 & Nik Silver Efex Pro

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The crew laying our new stamped cement driveway, entryway, and walkway. 

iPhone 5 


It looks delicious! If it wasn’t fried I’d be all over this. I gave up most fried foods in my early twenties. I splurge with French Fries once or twice a year. Maybe there’s a baked version? If so you two are the ones to find it and make it delicious! I hope you do cause I love zucchini!

Originally posted on fabulous fare sisters:

Crispy Fried Zucchini with Tzatziki Sauce
One of my favorite summer vegetables is zucchini. Don’t be surprised if you see several zucchini dishes from me over the next few weeks. I have 5 zucchini plants producing right now and boy are they producing. This is one of my favorite dishes with zucchini. I served it as an appetizer on this occasion because it is so good. The tzatziki sauce with the fried zucchini creates an excellent flavor profile and is great for a meatless meal too.

Crispy Fried Zucchini
1 large zucchini
2 egg beaten
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Crispy Fried Zucchini with Tzatziki Sauce 2

Slice the zucchini into pieces about a centimeter thick and set aside. Set out three separate shallow dishes or bowls. In the first bowl, beat the egg and half & half together with 1/3 of…

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