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It’s snowing at Travelin’ Local

For someone who lives on the West Coast, visiting the East Coast during winter isn’t the easiest trip to plan. Questions abound: What should I wear? What shouldn’t I wear? Do I need snow boots? Or a winter coat? Even what kind of socks should be packed enter the equation.

When I departed on my flight from Los Angeles, it was in the wee hours of the morning– so even here it was nippy; thus a sweater was my outfit of choice for the flight. But, because the temperature here rarely gets into the low 40ºs, I don’t own a winter coat. Before going, I made sure I was going to be able to borrow one, and it was definitely needed.

Cold temperatures are the norm during a Baltimore winter, but sub-20º is a bit nippy.

Nope, no normal temps here.

Waking up the first morning after my arrival, the temperature was 8º. At that temperature, the term “crisp air” takes on a whole new meaning. As the week progressed, it did get a little warmer; however, on my last full day, it started to snow as evidence by the picture. I could be wrong, but from my experience, it tends to warm up a little, when it snows, –with the temperatures ranging from 20º - 32º. I know quite a few people in LA who have never experienced snow. If at all possible, I think everyone should experience snow, at least once in their life, especially the kind of wet snow that attaches to the trees. It’s a beautiful sight to behold. Plus, it’s fun—at least once.

Here, two girls loaded with boots, coats, gloves, and hats are treading where the small creek’s water usually flows. As far as I could see, the water level never gets above a few inches, plus, these girls’s father was standing close by, keeping a watchful eye.

One thing I’ve been practicing on with my new camera is the art of focus and depth of field. It takes practice, but I’m up for mastering the moment–so you’ll start to witness quite a few more shots like this in upcoming blogs. I love the detail in this shot, and yes, that is snow on the leaves. The concept of depth and dimension is always fun to capture on screen, canvas, photo or page.

One of the great advantages of living in Southern California is that the mountains aren’t too far away. I haven’t posted about it yet, but they’re definitely on the to-do list.

What about you? Do you enjoy a beautiful snow fall? Or how did you spend this week Travelin’ Local?

It’s always fun to explore our backyard as well as others, because its part of life’s pleasures; and experiences, that we live for and forward to.

Until next time, keep safe and warm!

A Study in Black and White

I love black and white photographs. The contrasts between the colors and the shades of grey draw me into the lair of the subject. As a matter of fact, the winner of the Digital Photography School’s best 2008 photo contest was a black and white picture.

Although shooting in black and white is somewhat new to me, I know my passion for it is matched by the greats—Ansel Adams, Brassei, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, etc. So my visit to the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden located on the UCLA campus, put my black and white shots to the test.

On the right, The Nest, an outdoor classroom with semicircular bench seating, was constructed by the Garden staff and dedicated in1996 to the memory of Hazel (Lisa) Kath McMurran, a UCLA alumna.

Later that year a massive effort was undertaken to build new paths on the western side of The Garden.

The gently sloped paths and entrances provide access to The Nest and special collections to all visitors.

The concept of an outdoor classroom doubling as a rustic and artistic refuge is something we can all relate to. Who doesn’t want to get away from it all in the middle of a busy day, or in the middle of school or work?

The spiraling and effervescent limbs and branches of this tree are both inviting and a bit intimidating; asking its visitors to behold its magnificence while enabling you to seize your day.

Hopefully by Travelin’ Local your appreciation and enjoyment of life’s simple and satisfying offerings will oblige you to keep finding those sanctuaries that you enjoy; whether it be a black and white study in contrasts—or an afternoon get-a-way at U.C.L.A.’s botanical garden—or Travelin’ Local to your local favorite sanctuary.