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 Argument

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Me: Excuse me
SG (seagull): [sits silently]
Me: Ahem… excuse me please.
SG: [fluffs feathers, glares at me]
Me: [glares back] I want to shoot the bridge.
SG: Yeah, so?
Me: It’s an icon of this city.
MSG (monsieur [huffy] SG): You and every tourist. What makes you so special?
Me: You have an attitude. I want a picture of it. Do you mind?
SASG (figure it out): It’s a chunk of steel, just sits there.
Me: [losing patience] It’s a beautiful bridge!
SG: You should photograph something interesting. Look, I can stand on one leg. [stands on one leg]
Me: Go find a different rail.
SG: Go find a different bridge. I was here first.
Me: I will not! I’m here to shoot the Golden Gate.
SG: Find a different place to shoot it. I like this spot and I won’t move! [mutters under breath: tourists!]
Me: I’m not a tourist!
SG: Oh yeah? Then why are you carrying a camera?
Me: I’m a photographer.
SG: Take that Miss Photographer! [turns around]

Me: [dances happily, singing] I just shot you in the arse. Take that, smartypants!  

SG: You didn’t!!

Me: Oh. Yes. I. Did!!

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Standing sentry

As an aside, I named this image “Lamp Post” because I’ve been told I’ll argue with a lamp post or just about anything.