Monday, March 3, 2014

Carrizo Plain, February 2014

Jill and I visited one of our favorite, local getaways again in February, the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  In fact, my very first post in May of 2011 to this photoblog featured the CPNM.  This time my photo adventures not only included the obvious landscape opportunities, but some of the local "culture" too.  You'll see what I mean as you go through the photographs.  We arrived on a Friday afternoon of a three-day Presidents weekend, thankfully before the much awaited big California winter storm last week.  After stopping in at the attractive, informative Goodwin Education Center, we headed to our campsite, a spot I've visited a couple times, once with musician campers!  It is located 3-4 miles up a dirt road off Soda Lake Road  between KCL campground and Traver Ranch.  We spent one night there before a visit to Traver Ranch the next day and  then a drive up the center of the plain - SE to NW - to visit some abandoned ranches and farms and to scope out un-maintained roads which we might take to Elkhorn Road.  The first attempt turned into a small, very narrow and sandy wash (which we would eventually walk to from another campsite off Elkhorn Road) and our second attempt was stopped by, of all things, a Tumbleweed Invasion (see photo 12 below) at the end of the access road.  We were literally 1/2 mile from Elkhorn, but had to once again turn around.  Finally, on our third attempt, we found a route just north of monument's SE boundary which eventually connected with Elkhorn.  Luckily for us, the road offered spectacular views of both the Santa Barbara mountains and fog, as well as snow-capped peaks of the Sierra.  We then headed NW on Elkhorn and found another familiar site with great views of the plain and mountains to the SE.

Soda Lake Overlook; 35mm, f/16, 1/200, ISO 100

Soda Lake Overlook; 16mm, f/16, 1/200, ISO 200
First Night Campsite and Wife; 24mm, f/9, 1/2, ISO 50
Light Painting Attempt with Full Moon Behind; 28mm, f/7.1, 30 seconds, ISO 100
Morning View; 64mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 160
Traver Ranch Farm Equipment; 38mm, f/10, 1/800, ISO 400
Out On The Plain; 48mm, f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 200
A Time Gone By; 24mm, f/13, 1/250, ISO 200
Tumbleweed Road; 48mm, f/13, 1/100, ISO 200
Light Bugs! 24mm, f/3.5, 30 seconds, ISO 100

Looking SW toward Caliente Peak; 24mm, f/16, 1/60, ISO 100
Looking SE

Boy, I had trouble with the formatting at the end of this post, so I just dropped them in.  Thanks for taking a look.