Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


65 Comments

The Greenhouse Effect

The other day I took my camera club to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.  (You can read about it here.)  It was an amazing place!  I had no idea the entire thing was a greenhouse which is so funny because even after living in SF only a few blocks away, you’d think I would’ve known that.  Ssshhh don’t tell anyone!  It was a very cold day in the city and I was bundled up as if I were going to the arctic.  Needless to say I had to shed some of my outwear before going into the greenhouse.  Whew it was hot in there!

There were several rooms at different temperatures and humidities and each time we went into a different room, our lenses had to acclimate.  Wouldn’t it be great if lenses had little windshield wipers?  LOL.  Actually, I meant to use my macro but unfortunately it wasn’t in my camera bag, so I used the 28-300mm lens instead.

Here’s a gallery of the images.

Advertisements


22 Comments

Point Reyes Lighthouse

As you know, since I know you’re hanging on my every word lol, we went to Point Reyes, California.  The day was gorgeous.  There were clouds but sun too which is always nice, and the fog was breaking away.  Point Reyes is very windy by the way because it’s right on the coast and juts out into the ocean.  The part of Point Reyes we were going to see was the Lighthouse there.  It was one of those situations where you couldn’t just drive up to the lighthouse and park.  You had to park a ways from it and hike in.  This was a good test for my knee replacement!

It was WINDY!!!!!!  Wow!  I think the Ranger said it was 36 mph winds and it usually averages 40 mph.  It’s the windiest location on the west coast!  Thank goodness I know to always dress warmly and with a breaker when going to the coast, so i was prepared.

It’s only a half mile hike to the top of the Lighthouse steps and we saw breathtaking views of the Point Reyes coastline….

Point Reyes Shoreline

We arrived at the lighthouse and I realized that there was this 30-story staircase I had to go down to get to the lighthouse!  I still have one bad knee so my hubby asked me if I’d be able to handle it.  There were yellow signs warning of the strenuous hike, lol.  Sorry, this picture is terrible and was quickly taken on the iPhone but I had to include it here…

sign-web

I looked down and made the decision to give it a whirl.  I went on a wing and a prayer.  Going down was hard on my left knee (the one that needs replacing still)….ouch it hurt.  In this picture we were almost halfway down and you can see my hubby in the green jacket carrying my bag and tripod, lol.

davestairs-web

Only a little bit more to go, LOL….

prlighthouse1-web

Almost there!

prlighthouse2-web

Yay!  I did it!  Geeez…I am completely out of shape!  Fortunately it was worth it.  I did manage to squeeze myself into a small area where the wind was blocked and I took a “short” long exposure with my 8 stop ND filter.

Long Exposure

I couldn’t take any pictures going back up those steps.  Trust me, it was hard.  My knee was killing me and I tweaked my back on the way up because of it.  You know it’s bad when people older than you are passing you along the way!  haha!

Initially the entire purpose of this blog was to share the journey of my right knee replacement, but the saga continues as I just had an appointment with my orthopedic doctor to confirm the need for the left knee replacement which will be scheduled for January as soon as the office calls me back.  I’m done with this!  There are too many things I’d like to see in my life to be constrained by my crummy knees.

This trip was well worth it though.  I love our coastal areas here in California.  It just feels like home.  🙂