Precious Green

Spring is the most precious time of year in Southern California. For a couple of weeks, the beige and brown tones that dominate the landscape (together with the dark green of some hardy and drought-resistant chaparral shrubs) are replaced by the freshness of bright green grass, as well as the colors and scent of flowering bushes and trees.

Hollenbeck Canyon in the south-eastern part of San Diego County, near Jamul, is one area were the beauty of spring can be experienced in all it’s vibrant intensity. It doesn’t last long. Within a month, the fresh green grass dries up, turning into a bright beige, giving California back the meaning of its nickname: The Golden State.


  1. Recently, I commented to my daughter “everyone has a camera and thinks they’re a photographer these days. It’s impossible to do anything original.”

    To which she astutely replied:

    “Everyone has a pencil too. That doesn’t mean they can draw.”

    Her comment stopped me in my tracks. My goal isn’t to take “pretty pictures.” Anyone with a cell phone can do that.

    My goal is to make images that let others see and feel the world through my unique eyes. Only I can do that. My personal vision is the value I’m adding even if I’m shooting something that 1 million other people have already pointed their cameras at.

    You can’t curate personal vision.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, and remember: it’s not having a camera (or pencil) that makes a person an artist.


    1. Thanks for stopping by and your comment, Carolyn. Your comment is somewhat similar to what Ed Kunzelmann said in his comment to my “But is it worth…” post (he said books and songs are being written just like photographs are being made). Yes, everyone has a pencil – but not everyone draws. Everyone who has a camera though DOES make photos. It’s a big difference to sit over a drawing for hours or days, or pressing that little shutter release button.

      Personal vision is the only thing about photography (if we’re not talking about documentary photography). But how much difference can you make in a place like Yosemite, Antelope Canyon, Arches National Park, and so on? You may end up making just the same trophy photo like everybody else.

      OK, it may be about the experience in that case, and not about the photo. Still – the online world is completely oversaturated with photographs. The sheer amount of photos shared every day makes it much harder to stand out with YOUR personal vision.


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