Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

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iPhone Friday on the road…

We left home at 9:02 this morning (pretty good for us—our goal was 9:00) to head toward Ashland, Oregon to the North. I do not think that in my whole life I have taken the inland passage to Oregon up Highway 5. My memory is of always going up 101 through Crescent City (always famous for the effects the earthquake tsunamis had on it.) So the scenery was new and by the time we arrived at Shasta Lake I kept muttering, “wow…”

The ClassicPan app caught it from a rest stop.

The only uncomfortable thing about the drive was that it was Friday and there were lots of transport trucks on the road.

Hipstamatic app caught the traffic but we kept ahead of the rain blowing into the San Francisco region and saw some snow topped mountains.

I think this was the native camera with no apps from the front seat of the car.

We stopped for afternoon coffee in Dunsmuir, an historic town with a great theater (no longer open). Native camera with Iris Photo Suite cropping and vignetting.

Although I didn’t drink the water I think this refers to the quality of the fishing since they also had this painted wall and a fly shop.

Iris Photo Suite again.

We walked all around Ashland before dinner and found another movie theater.

It was a Friday evening art walk in a very vibrant downtown.


and copper people:

If you have ever been in my house you would understand how excited I was to see copper people. I’ve put copper on counters, walls, lightfixtures—anywhere I can crinkle it and patina it.

To top it off, there were many historic buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

An Episcopal Church.

A library.

And best of all, the Peerless Hotel and Restaurant.

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iPhone Photo Friday…

Visited the Legion of Honor yesterday on a day you would have thought was summer. It was a Classic Pan type of day, because of the clear skies and wide/long view.

Luckily, we had a long walk up to the museum and we were treated to a fantastic view along the way. (A side of the Golden Gate I had never seen.)

The tip of land with trees on top across the Bay is known as Hawk Hill. It is where Terry has gone for years on Thursdays during the migration season of raptors south. I would always give him such sympathy because he would have to leave so early, be gone so long, sit on a short stool in a blind trying to lure the raptors down for banding (not comfortable for old bones and joints). But no longer. It turns out all these years he was going to the most beautiful place in the world. How hard can that be? On another raptor note: the eggs being incubated on top of the PGE building in San Francisco are getting ready to hatch. You can watch it all unfold here.


iPhone Photo Friday…

The iPhone’s native camera-no apps

Academy of Sciences, 2/8/11

From the aquarium…

To the rainforest and butterflies…

(Which is the snake?)

And then to the penquins…

and up to the living roof covered with California native plants…

and I could not resist bringing out the Classic Pan app for the view sans fog…

While we were up on the roof there was a show by some redtails-in-love (which is what it is called at this time of year). Gotta love it…great day trip!

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iPhone Photo Friday…

Blooming Garden

When we planted our California native-plant garden four years ago, we included in our plants Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ (Coast Silk Tassel) and have each year muttered “where are the tassels, where are the tassels?” None to be seen, until we noticed our first one this week.

Absolutely worth waiting for and now we switch into the mode of “how many more next year?”

Taken with an iPhone 4 using Hipstamatic app and Classic Pan app.


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Backgroundz app allows a choice between maintaining the aspect ratio of your images or not when they are combined. An image taken with ClassicPan app which gives a long thin dimension layered with a square from Hipstamatic can come out with a very interesting configuration to the layers. And it maintains the resolution size.

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iPhone goes to the Getty…

What would a reunion/visit be without a day at an available art museum? What better than the Getty? What better than a beautiful day with old friends? What better than a beautiful day with old friends and an iPhone?

Rebar as arbor on a grand scale.

I tended toward ClassicPan (because of the incredible vistas I was seeing) and Hipstamatic (it was L. A. where the hippest of hip reside, after all) for my apps. However, while I was there I purchased Plastic Bullet app and had a little time to experiment with it. It looks very cool.

This leaf on a stone step:

became these:

Plastic Bullet is a random app (it applies its filters serendipitously) but, some days, that is just what the doctor ordered!