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No surprise, I’m depressed by the election result and think it portends terrible things for our country. There’s work to be done, art to be made, and a million tiny positive things we can do that will add up to repel darkness and hatred.

“But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. … [I]f you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.”

—Barack Obama

Cactus at the Getty

I’m having a great holiday outside my usual haunts, this time in sunny (but surprisingly chilly, by Southern California standards) Los Angeles. I’ve had several opportunities to capture photos, which is reinvigorating that part of my brain that’s spent far too much time this autumn and winter in front of computer screens and not enough behind a camera.

This photo was made at the Getty Museum, looking down from a terrace onto a large planted area. I could have spent an entire day at the Getty with my camera, and that doesn’t include going inside and viewing some of the artwork. I did catch a brief walk through the Josef Koudelka photo exhibit, and also browsed the impressionism room to see Monet and van Gogh. But mostly I took advantage of a beautiful day where you could look out over Century City and see downtown Los Angeles perfectly clear.

I’ll have more photos to post, certainly. I’m shooting more than I have time to review, which is a good thing. There are also work-related things I need to do (a newsletter update is long overdue, and I have new books just out), but for right now I’m recharging, spending time with immediate and extended family, and taking a long breath.

Mud Lovers

We met up with some friends at Jubilee Farm for our annual pumpkin patch visit. Although the sun was shining and it was summer-warm, days of earlier rain made for lots of mud for our girls to play in (and get stuck in). Kids just can’t stay away from mud—and we didn’t discourage them!

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Middle Falls, BW

September and October are turning out to be extremely busy for me, work wise, so as a quick distraction/mental escape here’s another photo of Middle Falls near McCloud, California. (Here’s an earlier shot I posted.) The falls are easily accessible after a short hike, and I imagine the autumn colors are starting to look really good there now.

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Chinatown Streetlamp
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A little unexpected urban photography this afternoon. After running an errand at Seattle’s flagship REI store, I noticed that the waterfall leading to the entrance was partially frozen. I happened to have my DSLR and a GorillaPod tripod, so I spent some time shooting.

Edited across the street at Espresso Vivace (where I warmed up!) in iPhoto on an iPad Air. Images transferred wirelessly from an Eye-Fi Mobi card to the iPad using ShutterSnitch.