Can you figure out this story just based on the subjects’ body language?
“Lucky,” the black and white King Charles Chevalier on the right, had been wondering away from his human, who kept calling him in a somewhat threatening voice. He finally returned. But unlike his pal on the left, who had obediently stayed close to their human all along, Lucky just sat nearby, defiantly looking away from her. And he stayed like that for as long as I was around. He also kept an eye on me as I tried to capture the moment. Quite an attitude there, Mr. Lucky! Couldn’t help but love him, though… 🙂
I love street photography. But since I don’t like to ask strangers to pose, and to avoid difficult situations, all my shots are candid and, at least 80 percent of the time, from behind. For that, subjects must be unique in some way, be it in their attitude, actions, looks and/or style. They must stand out in the crowd, and not be just a Face in the Crowd.
In 2013 we decided to redo our house’s landscape using drought tolerant plants that required little watering as Southern California started experiencing long periods of drought. Among other succulents, we planted a couple of small “Agave Americana Marginata” in the front yard. We’ve been following its impressive Growth since then.
1.This is how they looked in 2013.
2.Here’s how they looked in 2015.
3. This is how one of them looks in 2018, after extensive trimming to get rid of excess branches. The other plant had to be removed a year ago because there wasn’t enough space for both to grow. 4. Besides growing into large and somewhat intimidating plants –“Marginatas” grow up to 6 to 8 feet in height and 6 to 10 feet in spread– these agaves produce numerous babies as you can see all around it. They need to be managed otherwise things get out of control.After 10 years or more, the Agave Americana produces a lofty flower spike, sometimes reaching a height of 20 feet or more, with terminal panicles of pale yellow to white blooms. The plant dies after blooming. It’s a somewhat long life with a magnificent and yet sad ending. This plant is now entering its fifth year so we have quite way to go…
For the last Photo Challenge of 2017, Ben Huberman asks us to share one or more favorites. Mine will be a gallery of photos from my wonderful trips this year to: Milan (IT) Barcelona (SP), Aix-en-Provence and Nice (FR), San Francisco (US), Fortaleza (BZ), and Washington, D.C. (US).
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milan.
The Last Supper, Milan.
Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Barcelona.
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia, interior. Barcelona
Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
Nice, Cote D’Azur, France
Mucuripe Beach, Fortaleza, Brazil
San Francisco, Embarcadero.
San Francisco (Bay Bridge, Coit Tower).
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
reflecting Pool, Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.