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We return to the same beach in SoCal, though this time I’ve moved further west on the beach.

hand of M for scale; Paradise Cove beach area

(M is the mathematician friend who questioned my choice of subjects.  She is a petite woman, so her hand is probably <16 cm long.)

Besides a neat feature, it had implications for the #1 pictures.

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Obviously, my logic for taking pictures is fairly clear to geologists because my first “Series to be named later” photo was quickly identified as a fold.

Here’s the same picture but annotated:

synform on the Paradise Cove beach

I’ll post the next picture in the sequence shortly (its from the same beach).

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(I explain the background for this new set of posts here.)

I’m going to start off with the SoCal photos that caused even random strangers to question my sanity.

Setting:

Paradise Cove in Malibu, CA

We started at the pier and started walking west along the shore.   Neither of us were especially well dressed for walking along a beach (I was wearing an ankle length skirt), but we simply ignored the practicalities for the prospect of waves, sun and sand.

At the end of the first large section of beach, we came to some rocks:

eastern-most of following pictures

at this point, there first set of strangers asked me what I was doing.

As we walked further down the beach to the west, I noticed & took this picture:

western-most of set

this sight caused me to back-track a bit and start to wade out into the surf.   Why?   Because I really, really wanted to get the next picture and was willing to risk a full-scale dunking to do so:

middle image

Ok, so why did I was out into knee-high water that had a strong undertow?

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I like taking pictures.   I started getting serious about it back in junior high with my Dad’s Pentax ME Super when I joined the short-lived photography club.   In college, I still was using the Pentax when a number of the other students around me had moved on to more automated SLR’s with bells and whistles.   The Pentax ran on one watch battery and had a light meter–that was it.   But I enjoyed having to decide what the aperture was going to be, so life was good.   And the pictures looked good (at least in my opinion), so there was little reason to change.

In grad school, I realized that it would be “easier” to take pictures for geology use with a digital camera and so I was given a Nikon Coolpix 4500 (it had a cool swivel lens).   I still used the Pentax for some of my more “serious” photography, but the Coolpix quickly ended up being my standard field trip / travel camera.   It was slightly frustrating to give up so much control after using the Pentax, but the ease of porting pictures won out.

The Coolpix, however, had a limited life and starting showing signs of wear & tear by the end of my graduate career.   I knew I had to replace the camera and I was leaning back towards an SLR, so I ended up with a Nikon D80.   And because of an aversion to carrying two lenses around (which I had done with the Pentax), I upgraded to a VR 18-200 mm lens.   The Pentax at this point retired to a shelf in my living room (where it still is 4 moves later…).   I do love my D80.   I don’t usually set it to automatic, but instead either use the aperture priority or complete manual setting.   It has the ease of portability of my first digital but the control of the old SLR, so basically all is good.   Well, except the weight.   Its heavier than the old Coolpix.   But you can’t have everything 🙂

Ok, so that’s the physical cameras, but how about what I was taking pictures of?   I will fully admit that my pictures rarely have people in them.   Tourist-wise, I like buildings, scenic views, and strange patterns.   In geology, people are a useful form of scale, so occasionally they do end up in my image collection.   But I haven’t spent a lot of time taking pictures of people with the exception of godchildren, nephews, and a few weddings.

I do now take many many more pictures then when I was using film.   I took the D80 out three times in the last month and ended up with 62 pictures of a Sox-Mariners game, 212 photos taken over two days in SoCal, and 204 images from a three-day geology field trip in northern MN.   And in none of those cases was I anywhere near the capacity of my memory card…

Where am I going with this?  While out in SoCal with a friend (who’s a mathematician), I started taking pictures not only of the pretty scenery but of the local rocks.   My friend asked me what I was doing.   Random strangers on the beach asked me what I was doing.   My family asks why there are rock pictures.   And suddenly I had an idea: why not post a series of pictures on my blog & ask the wider blogosphere if they could figure out what had caused me to snap a given image.

So the setup: I’ll post one+ images that I took while technically on a “vacation” or “travel” trip.   People are welcome to comment on why I chose to add that picture to my collection.   I will give appropriate background info on where the trip was and some form of scale.

For the moment, I haven’t figured out an appropriate name for the series, so we’ll go with “Series to be named at a future date” though I will welcome title suggestions (both silly & serious) in the comment section.

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Yesterday, Anne talked about some her experiences with floods and why that encouraged her to become not only a geologist, but more specifically a hydrogeologist.   I’m not a hydrogeologist.   Its not my thing.   I like rocks.   But currently, I’m living in SE MN and there’s quite a bit of flooding along the Minnesota River, so I’ll take a moment and don my hydro-interest hat.

I drove yesterday (Friday) from Mankato to St. Peter along Highway 169.

GoogleEarth image of Rt 169

The Minnesota River is over its banks and flooding the surround fields, parks, and boat launch sites, but its not as high as when I was here visiting last spring (that closed bridges like 99 at the north end of St. Peter).   However, the water in the floodplain has driven a number of the local deer up into 169, which meant that I drove (and tried to avoid) five dead deer yesterday on the 10-mile drive between Mankato and St. Peter.

I’ll post all of my shots on Flickr (note to self: stopping on 169 is not a great idea since the average driver is doing >65 mph), but two of my favorites:

boat launch on Rt 169

Just south of St. Peter on 169

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