Harmful Native Plants at San Elijo

San Elijo Lagoon has some fascinating forms of plants and wildlife in this lagoon, but some of the plants can be dangerous so here are just 3 plants that can cause some adverse effects if ingested or touched.

Jimson-Weed

Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium) is a low growing plant that is native to this island but actually came from Mexico but somehow became a native plant. This is a dangerous plant as if you consume it can cause some hallucinogenic effect that can wreak havoc on your nervous system. This plant is also very toxic to pets as well. The name Datura comes from the name Dhatura in Arabic. This plant contains tropanes, such as atrophine. The name Jimson weed is noted when British soldiers ate this plant and acted like insane people.

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Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca).

Tree Tobacco is a shrub that goes up to 20′ long but is not actually native to the San Elijo Lagoon. The nectar also provides a nice treat for hummingbirds. This plant is popular with the native indians who like to smoke it and use to treat sore throats, however it should not be consumed raw.

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Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum).

This is a very famous thing that you should avoid. If you touch this plant, you will most likely get a rash. This is a California native plant which grows in Riparian habitats. If you get a rash from this plant, you can easily use soap and water ASAP to try and get rid of it, but the local pharmacies also carry some cream that should be carried in order to help with the rash. Some transition zones have this plant. Poison Oak can even give you some issues if its burning.

These are just some of the dangerous plants or plants in general in the San Elijo Lagoon.

Elfin Forest!

This is my Elfin forest that we did a couple of mondays ago. Some are in black and white and some are in color. I had a lot of fun on this photoshoot and I decided to use my B&W skills and the main skill was to photograph water and try to get it in a special way. I should reshoot this again in the near future but we also had a lesson on native plants. I need to bring a snack as these field trips can make me hungry. I had a good time overall and got to meet some good people and I did get a bit wet in my feet but did not successfully cross the water. I guess it was for the better as I have bad balance and did not want to destroy my old DSLR. Other than that I had a blast.

Lake Hodges Shoot

I went out hiking and decided to go to Lake Hodges. I believe this part I have not really seen before, though I did not go to the bridge which I have not been to yet. I hope to go to there again and get the bridge. The shoot went well, but I should have gotten a tripod, but I took these photos yesterday, and the weather was gorgeous but rather warm. It did take a bit out of me, but I was fine doing that. Though this is what I have now and I think I am ready for Elfin Forest. A lot of the photos are in Black and White as I seem to enjoy editing in B&W rather than in color as Color is a great look, but sometimes I feel like the landscape is better in B&W. I also tried to experiment laying down but that did not turn out too well, I guess I can reshoot that somewhere else. I think the look I was going for in B&W was Ansel Adams, but I think I did a good job. I should have stayed longer and gotten the Magic Hour, but I already got that, so I think I am set. I think I learned that sometimes it is good to hike around and survey for a good photograph and to experiment with new trails. I also went there as it is relatively close to my house as well. In the end I had a good photoshoot.

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is an interesting movie, James Balog showcases what is going on with the Greenland using special cameras that are timed using an intervalometer so he can timelapse the entire country of Greenland while also persuading the belife that Climate change is real and what not. I find this film very interesting as even though I am somewhat neutral on this issue, the film uses amazing job of using imagery with bold and telling you why this is a big issue. It is shocking to see really nasty stuff underneath the ice in Greenland and why our glaciers are getting smaller and smaller. This has a profound effect on our coastline as the shrinking glaciers could cause our sea levels to rise and that is a bad thing in our society as it could sink cities such as Shanghai or even parts of California, or New York City. This film also predicts that there could be a mass extinction of animals which is sad, as those animals could help diversify our ecosystems and could be a necessary part of them. Balog is someone who really wants to solve this problem of global warming and to save our nature. He also gets hurt in this movie, but still manages to soldier on to see why our glaciers are shrinking. His words are very powerful and it really does reconsider my climate change view. I do think it is false to a degree, it justs sounds so traumatic and what not. In the end I really enjoyed this movie.

In Class Library Shoot

Today, I took some photos for my advanced Photography Class at California State University San Marcos. I used a 50D and a loaner camera (T2i) to take some great shots in both Black and White and Color. I used Adobe Lightroom 2015.8 to edit my photos, and I really seem to like the program. I took the actual photos in the Library at California State University San Marcos. This was due to the weather which forced us to not go on a fieldtrip. While my cameras were grainy, I had a blast photographing the library. The library has areas that allow for very high production value, as the stairs can really get a lot of nice lighting. While I would like to see better weather, the photoshoot was mainly as success. I wished my card reader was not acting up as it corrupted some images, but I still had enough images, to do a proper photoshoot. The photo below is of a class mate Han as she would like to be called. I cropped the image, as I did not want everything in that image, and felt it would be better to just simply crop it. I do think that the photo shoot had some other faults that I should have probably gotten another shot of the rain as it would make it rather nice to see. The photos you see are my favorite photos that I have taken in the class. My favorite so far is the Black and white of the Light flashing from the Metal shade. I like this photo, because it can really  transform from a really nice photo, to something that is rather extraordinary, or even rather creepy or dark as you think I had shot that at night or something like that.

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Class is going good so far, I really like Deborah Small as a professor and her mindset is a little different than Nancy, but I love the fact that this class allows for a lot of freedom as you can do whatever you want. I think that the Cal State library is an awesome place to photograph images, and I would love to shoot some more. In the end, I enjoyed this photoshoot.

Watermark

Watermark is an interesting film by Burtynsky talking about water and how people use that water. You see people making leather, rice paddies, abalone farms and even those who have seen how bad not having water has affected them. I find the images of the colorado river to be the most shocking how people and agriculture need water, but we have to balance that need. Around 70 percent of the water usage is going to agriculture. Agriculture is big business, but people want to grow crops in the deserts of California when it cannot really sustain that. People seem to think that water is something we can take for granted. I also found it shocking that LA had to reroute a lake to help  supply its citizens with water and now that toxic dust is requiring some kind of cleanup. Water is something that is everywhere and we need it, whether we like it or not. The scene where it timelapses the dam in China filling up with water is rather fascinating as it shows how a dam could easily supply a region with water and electricity. It is sad that people in LA were forced to move because of the aquifer, Dry spells are very bad for LA and even in San Diego, but luckily LA’s dry spell did not last long. Thankfully our drought has ended, but I think we should do our part in saving water.

The movie itself is pretty good as Burtynsky wants to show that we need water, and that water is a precious resource that we should not waste. The photography was excellent and was amazed that it was able to hit the news in Bangladesh.

The most shocking scene in my opinion was the one where they were making leather. These are people who are making leather with virtually no protection (face protection and even feet protection). I think a lot of people could easily get sick and I would not be surprised if the life expectancy in the Bangladesh leather factory is around 30 years old.

Our bodies are mostly water (from the native guy), and that native who said that if 2 people consume from the same water source we would be of the same water. Foods are all a part of that water system as animals will drink from that water or like the pilgrims, praying and using that water for their religion. I do agree that if a cell is destroyed and there is no water, we could see the end of human civilization.

I do wonder if climate is to be involved in this global crisis of water as we have countries that cannot have proper water due to lack of sanitation, but on the other hand we have companies like Nestle who thinks it is their right to profit from water. Infact, one of the biggest exports in California is actually bottled water as people are using the water from the wells and simply reselling it for a price as people really want the convenience of bottled water. Also, the Greenland ice research is rather interesting. I do agree that climates fluctuate as it does not really stay steady as there has been different forms of climate changes. We need to adapt to any form of climate change. I think one reason why our water is scarce is that water is coming from outer space which caused oceans, lakes, rivers and so on.

I think the films message is to show you that we need to save water and to learn more about it, so we can adapt to whatever major event that could cause us to lose it. In the end this concludes my blog post.