Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:12 pm
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Last weekend I went to Calero County Park. Here's a bare oak that I shot on the way back.

Wintertime oak tree at Calero.
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I went hiking at Mount Madonna in the Santa Cruz Mountains yesterday. It takes about an hour to get there from my new place and there were hardly any people there. The other photos from the hike are on Flickr.

scrolling panorama )
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I shot another panorama on the way down, mostly because I liked the watering hole in the middle.

scrolling 360 panorama )
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Getting up to some higher elevations at Henry Coe on Saturday, there were some wonderful, panoramic views. In the scrolling panorama below the cut, the oak at the beginning and end is the same tree. So technically, it's more than 360 degrees.

scrolling 360 panorama )

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I've been playing around with Photoshop Element's panorama stitching. This is from Rancho Canada del Oro on February 7. It's perhaps not a stunning view but I like it.

click for scrolling panorama )
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Guadalupe River
Originally uploaded by Mjausson
From a sunny but chilly walk by the south end of the bay in Alviso. This is the Guadalupe River near its mouth.

More from this walk
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I posted a couple of photos from last week's hike on Flickr. Desktop-sized versions are included, as usual. Feel free to use them.
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Autumn Oak Leaves
Originally uploaded by Mjausson
Photos from Sunday's hike at Rancho Canada del Oro are in my Flickr account. It was a beautiful autumn day.
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Hakone is a traditional Japanese garden south of San Jose. It has a pond, waterfalls, fat koi and all the other things you expect in a Japanese garden. And still I didn't come away from the experience feeling that I'd seen anything special. Maybe authentic Japanese gardens aren't all they're cracked up to be. Or it could be that this one just isn't all that good. Other Japanese gardens I've seen have certainly made much more of an impression on me.

Something that Japanese gardens have in common with Capability Brown's gardens is that they control the vistas that the audience sees. They direct the user's experience and emphasise the juicy bits, while skimming over the less interesting bits. Rather like web pages, come to think of it. :-)

At Hakone there was always something in the way, or a void was framed instead of something interesting. The designers failed to exercise their judgement to the degree that is necessary to create something splendid. Instead it's a kind of humdrum garden. If you've never seen a Japanese garden, by all means go but don't expect to be bowled over.

Anyway, there's only one photo that I think is worth sharing from Hakone. It's of one of the turtles sunning on a rock in the pond.
Turtle in the pond at Hakone
Wallpaper, feel free to use
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