the obsessive with a camera…

central coast

We’ve just returned from a road trip. We went to Ventura, CA with no other motivation than to play tourist in our home state. Initially we had no bad weather to escape just an excuse for a change in scenery and to visit spots on our bucket list which so easily get overlooked.  This was a program through Road Scholar…we have never been disappointed!

I am one of those people who often complains about those in museums shooting every aspect of an exhibit instead of just looking at it. Cellphones with cameras have only made this problem worse. While I frequently and spontaneously will shoot a cellphone image, I chose on this trip to take a small point and shoot digital camera, thinking I would be sparing my phone battery. Ha…I created a monster!  I began with shooting the usual textures and patterns and before long I was taking multiple images of many things. I became one of those obsessed who might only experience their trip in looking back at the photos on the PC at home. Well not that bad, but close.

At the Ventura and Santa Barbara Missions a total of 37 images, mostly of weather stained resist on walls, succulents and doorways or windows…





Getty Trees

At  the Getty Museum lots and lots and lots of photos of architecture, trees, cactus and views of the LA Basin on a cloudy rainy day (huh?)

We drove down the Central Coast and so there were dozens of shots of the coastline and an incredible 67 of the birthing and mating rituals of the sea lions near San Simeon. Clearly we spent way too much time there!

sea lion maternity ward





My husband gave his first Presidential news conference (wearing his nametag in case the voting public forgot they elected him) at Reagan Library. This was taken with my late employer in mind who always said…who was on this vacation when I showed him piles of photos of textures, patterns and landscapes.
Additionally there were countless shots at the library especially of these cool windows where Air Force One lives.
window, Reagan Library


santa cruz island
And surprisingly I managed to climb to the top of Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands with the help of a cane, my husband and a myriad of colorful words. I was reminded that one man’s ‘a slight incline’ is indeed his perception based on his experience. Afterwards I was both astonished and proud that I accomplished this daunting task. And I only hurt for two days afterwards!
And for the next time when I am asked if I have any work with succulents, I have inspiration.

2 Responses to “the obsessive with a camera…”

  1. RSI Petaluma says:

    Carol – your photos are stunning! Thank you! Maybe a side career or passion?

  2. Connie Rose says:

    Neat trip, Carol, thanks for the photos. I'm from SoCal but I've never been to the Channel Islands or the Getty!

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