Patience Pays

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This photograph taken at Alta Wind Energy Center in Tehachapi, California, is one of my favorites for many reasons. First of all, I have some strange affinity for wind farms — not merely for their energy efficiency and climate friendliness. I simply love the grandeur of them. To watch those massive blades move with such grace and precision, knowing the engineering that went into it, I find awe-inspiring. To see an entire farm of these beauties performing their dance with only the music of the wind to choreograph is mesmerizing to me.

I was out for an afternoon drive when I decided to take a detour to photograph the turbine farm. There were a few fleeting clouds, an otherwise boring sky, and several overly-friendly (read: not bothered by pesky photographers) to block the roadway at strategic junctures. It was a leisurely day, after all, and my time to squander as I saw fit. Cows were welcomed.

Duly satisfied with the images on my card and still half an hour before sunset, I scouted a location in case of a surprise. I didn’t expect much, but stranger things have happened. Lo and behold, seemingly out of nowhere, a storm cloud appears with one of the most beautiful sunset color splashes I’ve seen! Patience definitely rewarded me.

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Alta Wind Energy Center, Tehachapi, California

The Majestic GGB

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If you read about that gull sitting on a fence rail, this is the shot I wanted. This isn’t where most people go to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge, but there are thousands of photos already on the internet from Hawk Hill in Marin County. I have those too, of course, along with many others. No self-respecting photographer who has spent time in the Bay Area of California is without those.

This shot was taken at Horseshoe Bay, situated northeast of the bridge. The North Tower of the GGB is in the foreground. I’ll eventually get around to posting a Hawk Hill shot or two here. For now, I hope you enjoy this low perpsective.

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GGB from Horseshoe Bay