The flawless clear blue skies are back, together with temperatures well above the average for this time of the year in Southern California. Perfect for just staying indoors, working on photos, blogging, whatever. Maybe I even close the blinds so I don’t have to see this miserable, boring weather…
On the plus side, it yields results: a new gallery “Withering Tulips“, and a blog post with some thoughts and background, both available on my photography website (remember, this is still my personal blog;-).
Please turn off the automated Newsfeed spam on Facebook.
Re my “Whatever happened to headphones” post – the Facebook equivalent of this is of course the status update of the “<abc> is listening to <xyz> on <def>” kind… *sigh*
Friendly hint and request: please turn that off. Nobody cares. Post something enjoyable about your kid, your goldfish, your boss, or whatever else instead. Just not what kind of music you just listened to. That’s just boring, automated Newsfeed spam…
I made some photos of the beautiful big waves last weekend at La Jolla Cove and Windansea (the weather forecast issued a high surf advisory and talked about single sets of waves being up to 15 feet high). This is just one of many sequences (maybe I’ll have another one that will work, not sure yet). I think I like the second photo of this set best.
I decided to use black & white because it was actually a really low contrast situation (lots of haze from the ocean spray) and when I bumped the contrast in post to bring out the structure, it of course wrought havoc on the colors (another reason why black & white is so much nicer to work with).
Today an MRI of my right knee was done. I hurt it more than three months ago, while exploring one of the mud caves in Anza Borrego. One stupid false step, and now the knee is giving me trouble for three months already. It bothers and annoys me! It kept me from other excursions that I had wanted to do in the desert this winter (returning to Andrade Canyon in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness, for example) – I can’t trust the knee, and doing hikes that involve scrambling over rocks or short climbs up a dry fall are simply out of reach because of that.
I’ve never had an MRI done before. When the doctor ordered it, when I made the appointment, and today before the procedure, they asked me whether I had any metal implants. Other than 80ies metal in my head sometimes, I don’t have any. The procedure itself is a little bit like being inside an old flatbed scanner, or an ancient floppy disk drive with a very loud stepper motor. It’s so loud that they’ll hand you earplugs. With the earplugs, it’s still loud, but tolerable – and pretty boring, because you have to lie still for at least 20 minutes.
So I lie there and breathe, because that’s all there is to do. And then something feels uncomfortable, and I’d like to move but don’t because I’m supposed to lie still, so I try to think of something else. Of course, I think what the hell might be wrong with the knee. I can walk and all that. It makes funny sounds when I walk upstairs. I can’t jog like I used to though. And I want it back normal because – I’m a young man! Or at least I thought I was – until now.
Is this how “getting old” actually begins? With whatever bodily defect that just won’t go away anymore, while you’re still feeling young? Crud. And I remembered Louis C.K., and will just conclude with that:
On February 20th Joe, Peter and I met for another visit to Anza Borrego. While browsing some of Shuwen‘s older photos I noticed some interesting wind caves near Borrego Mountain Wash, and Joe had noticed the exact same spot while on a recent hike. Funny enough, we both did this hike before (together, and individually, with some friends), but never really noticed these wind caves – they’re hardly visible when you’re hiking down in the wash. :)
View of the wind caves from the dirt road above the wash.
The original hike that we did is described in Jerry Schad’s “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County” hiking guide under the name of “West Butte Borrego Mountain” (my tracklog on EveryTrail.com), and I can only recommend it: it combines the variety that Anza Borrego has to offer, spacious views, badlands and a slot canyon, into a single, not too strenuous hike. Continue reading