Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Grandfathers...

Santa Barbara California is one of those places that is almost magical. It's also a dream place for a photograpgher. It is the home location of the Brooks Institute of Photography, which is no doubt one of the finest photography schools in the country. I took a tour of the campus and was really intrigued by the whole idea. A school dedicated really to teaching one thing. It sort of reminded me of the Xmen and the school that they had for mutants. :) I wandered around the Brooks campus and I found myself thinking that it would be nice to be involved with a school like that.

Anyway, also in Santa Barbara are the Botanical Gardens, where this photo was taken. It was overcast, it rained while I was there, and I still loved it. People laugh at me when I tell them that I could spend a week there just watching the light and taking photographs as it changes. I figure that if I can spend six months photographing a University that covers three city blocks (long story), I ought to be able to spend at least a week in someplace like this.

The Redwoods were amazing to me. They are one of the hardest things that I have ever photographed simply because it is so hard to capture the majesty of it all. They seem to me like old Grandfathers. Old and wise. When I walked through the forest they seemed to smile down and say, "Welcome, we've been waiting for you."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alma: You have an insightful eye for beauty. Amazing that I met you just 4 days before the birth of Spirit Photography. Thank you for The Alchemist I am looking forward to diving in. ~Brea~

Alma Naylor said...

Woo hoo...someone left a comment! :)I didn't expect you on here, that is a pleasant surprise. Happy reading!

-Alma

1suncher said...

Alma, this is a great site. You should have told me sooner. I always enjoy reading your ramblings. These are amazing pictures, some I have seen, some not. I have actually been to General Sherman myself, did you see the cluster of trees called the three sisters? I got my picture taken sitting in them...good times.

Alma Naylor said...

You know, I didn't see the Three Sisters. I was only there for a couple of hours before dark and it was in the winter. They had a lot of snow at the time. My intention is to go back someday when I can spend some time.