San Elijo Lagoon

Last monday we went to the San Elijo Lagoon for a field trip and I had a blast taking pictures of wonderful native plants and perhaps some not so native.

I really like that they have sage, sun flowers and all sorts of plants. Here are some of the

Encelia californica

Salvi Melifiera

Croton californicus

Baccharis salicifolia

Papaver heterophyllum

Pinus torreyana,

These are some of the plants I have taken at this trip. Hope you all enjoy my photos and more detailed description later.



Last Monday, I saw Rise and it was a really good showing of this film. I was rather shocked to see how badly the Native Americans were treated by the big oil companies who want to build the pipeline. The film is about a group of Native Americans who have a camp and this camp is to stop the pipeline and to preserve their heritage. The biggest problem of the pipeline is that the Native Americans want to keep their water clean of pollutants. Vice themselves did a documentary news clip on the Indian water supply and water is byfar our most precious resource that we must keep clean. Native Americans use that water for their livestock, crops, and more. I actually saw both parts, but I am mainly focusing on the first part as we were only required to watch the first part. I did however, skip the Q&A session as it was getting too long and I had other things to do. The natives are worried that the oil could spill out of the pipeline and into the Groundwater, contaminating the watersupply and effectively killing off their population. Unfortunately, the pipeline is still in limbo as the Trump Administration realizes that the pipeline can bring in Jobs to other people. I was shocked at how large the Sioux population is and even stretching into Canada. In the end it was a good movie, and I probably do not want the pipeline to be built.

I would probably feel bad if my ancient burial grounds had to be dug up to help build a new pipeline. We must preserve our heritage as one day, some corporation builds a large thing over historical lands and that destroys it.

Camille Seaman

Camilles photos are just simply stunning and how she is able to capture storms. I think she has a special relationship with the environment and photography that is hard to beat. I think her relationship in Polar ice is really good and the icebergs are a point that in our lives that we should keep our polar ice as the ice can melt which could raise the sealevels and reduce the amount of land we have on this earth. I liked that her child helped her get into the art of catching storms and photographing them. Each Iceberg has it’s own personality which is rather special as each human also has its own personality.

It does take a special person to track storms in the storm catcher film. The film shows that risk can have a good reward if you can follow your dreams. Her dedication is simply insane. The relationship she has with the storms comes from her Native American roots. I feel that humans are in one with nature and I think the goal of this class is to be one with nature while taking photos along the way.

In the end this concludes my post on this.


Botanic Garden

Last Saturday (due to no class on monday) I went to the Botanic gardens and just simply took a bunch of photos in the garden and just explored it and took photos.I really enjoyed the garden and found it to be very peaceful to shoot there. Since I only had one lens to shoot with I only thought about using my 28-135 is usm lens. I did however bring a polarizer and some shots might have been taken with one. I think it was fun to shoot with a polarizer and to try to slow down the waterfall. I also noticed that there was a wedding on that day, but I do not really have any clandestine photos of it. What I learned is that polarizers are rather fun and exciting to take photos and to just experiement and try new things. What I got out of it was that the Botanic garden is really beautiful and I want to see it again along with a membership as I really want to enjoy this peaceful place. Thankfully I got to go on Saturday as the day after was a rainy day in the afternoon. I also learned that you can still get good depth of field at smaller apertures.

I also did not start at the entrance and went from the Asian portion all the way around to the children section and then to the entrance. I tried to get every single garden and I really liked the native plant section. I still plan on a Part 2, so be stay tuned for that.