Thursday, February 27, 2014
San Andreas Fault at the Palmdale Road Cut

"If you want to view this yourself, exit SR-14 at Avenue S.  Head west on Ave S; turn on to the first dirt road you see after the freeway off-ramp.  Park there, and walk up the well-worn trails to the top of the hill."
"'It’s ecological resurrection, not species resurrection,' Shapiro says. A similar logic informs the restoration of Renaissance paintings. If you visit The Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, you won’t see a single speck of paint from the brush of Leonardo da Vinci. You will see a mural with the same proportions and design as the original, and you may feel the same sense of awe as the refectory’s parishioners felt in 1498, but the original artwork disappeared centuries ago. Philosophers call this Theseus’ Paradox, a reference to the ship that Theseus sailed back to Athens from Crete after he had slain the Minotaur. The ship, Plutarch writes, was preserved by the Athenians, who 'took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place.' Theseus’ ship, therefore, became a standing example among the philosophers . . . one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
God laughs: corner of Pearblossom Hwy. and [UNSPECIFIED CROSSROAD] under construction, little orange grader trundling up and down,  NO STOPPING.  Work crew spraying water from a rolling tank.  Last year's cracked sign w/ snowboarding sticker totally gone.

Alrighty then.
Monday, February 24, 2014

"In this book, author John Easterby describes photography as the art of storytelling through visual images. Focusing primarily on digital photography, he discusses cameras of different types and sizes and the uses of supporting photographic tools, such as tripods, interchangeable lenses, and lights. He advises on studying the work of professional photographers in galleries, books, and magazines as an important first step in understanding how to look at photos. Tutorial projects include 'remaking' a well-known photo by a famous photographer, shooting a natural light portrait, using backlighting, shooting scenes at night, expressing movement in photos, freezing action, keeping a photographic diary, photographing sports events and crowd scenes, using a series of pictures to tell a photo story, and many others."
In Palmdale, checked into the Antelope Valley's version of the Overlook Hotel.  Huge, empty, dimly lit.  Roar of the freeway.
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Moreton Bay Fig in Big Tree Park in Glendora, CA

"The girth of this tree is not known. As this tree is a tree with multiple trunks, the girth can be larger than what would be expected of the tree of this age. Its height is not known. This tree was planted around the year 1880 ± 10, which makes it around 134 ± 10 years old."

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