I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeisslerof the tufa formations. It was 1993 when I visited on a road trip holiday to California. What a fantastic area, so much to see and do, I found the scenery breathtaking.
Mono Lake #1
Mono Lake #2
Mono Lake #3
These images were taken on my Rolleiflex TLR and I’m guessing with a red filter. I remember wishing that the lens on the Rollei was a bit wider angle.
Blackbird alarm calls got me up and out into the garden, I knew there was a nest in my Holly tree. With the weather being so poor earlier on this year I never managed to give the tree a good pruning, a painful process (for me that is), the leaves are very sharp. The cause of the alarm calls were my two cats who were mooching around the tree looking for somewhere out of the sun to settle down for a sleep.
So now I’m fretting for the well being of the Blackbird chicks. I’ve talked to the the cats about them but they weren’t impressed. My old Tomcat (Orlando) never bothered about birds too much, but the girls are fascinated by them.
Later on I decided to do a bit more sorting out of the spare bedroom/ex darkroom and came across a box of prints I had forgotten about. They are all from infrared film, and were very tricky to print, but scanned in well.
The ones above were taken on the way to Barmouth and Portmeirion.
Near Settle – Yorkshire
These were all taken on Kodak HIE infrared on my Olympus OM2n.
Old Footbridge, Rundale Pils, Latvia
This was taken on Konica IR750 film on my Rolleiflex in 1993. Rundale Palace has been beautifully restored now.
It was way back in 2005 when I last visited the USA, on that trip I flew into Seattle and headed for the Olympic Peninsula (that’s for another blog post) and eventually on to the Oregon coast. The sense of space and big skies will always be in my memories. The weather was very much like UK weather so I felt quite at home ! and the people were really friendly.
It was in the days before I had a digital camera, all the photographs were taken on either my Olympus OM2sp or OM2n on Kodak Elitechrome 200.
Depoe Bay Stopped off by chance at Depoe Bay, really lovely little town, went whale watching which was fantastic, and bought the best cotton T shirt I have ever had, can’t beat genuine American cotton.
In the evening the pacific mist would come rolling in, it gave the place a magical feel.
Views Along The Coast Cannon Beach
That sense Of Space
Sea Lion Caves, Florence OR
Heceta Head Lighthouse
I really loved the Oregon coast, only wish I’d made more notes of the places where the photographs were taken.
These photographs are from my first visit to the island of Crete in 1990, can’t believe that’s 27 years ago !!!! All the images are from an Olympus OM2n film camera which I had just bought before the holiday. The film is Fujichrome 100.
Crete – Rethymnon Harbour
Church of Four Martyrs Rethymnon
One of the main reasons to visit Crete was to walk theSamaria Gorge(click the link if you would like to find out more)
On The Way to The Gorge
Approaching The Walk
My ex waving at me, in other words Get a Move On !
It was quite rough going in some parts of the gorge.
End of The Line – Agia Roumeli
It was a scorching hot day, I was glad when we reached Agia Roumeli so we could have a drink and a bite to eat, not to mention resting my feet. We caught the ferry from here back to the transport. I’m not very good on boats especially the flat bottomed variety, the Mediterranean can get quite choppy and it did, but it was an experience not to be missed.
This was taken on the Bay of Riga near Apšuciems, (a place I have great deal of difficulty in pronouncing correctly) After a hot day it’ was lovely to walk along the beach and feel the soft cooling breeze.