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First off, I have to say that the trip to Tierra Miguel  was rather enjoyable. The drive, although long, was fairly pleasant (and thankfully no one asked me “Are we there yet?” Otherwise, I’d have to make them get out and walk if they did…..just kidding! I would not have done that). It was interesting to learn about organic farming (and sample some of the goodies). I think one of the most interesting aspects of this field trip was the size of the farm. The farm itself is only about 10 acres, which I found interesting since I had always been under the impression that such farms were much larger and were about the same size as some of the commercial farms. 

 

Part of the farm on a lovely, Monday afternoon

Part of the farm on a lovely, Monday afternoon

 

There was a lot of tasty organic goodies to be had and that would be the first time I tried kohlrabi. Kohlrabi, as I learned, looked more like a purple rutabaga and tasted just like cabbage (not chicken, like so many things supposedly do. If veggies ever start to taste like chicken, I think that’s the time to examine what I eat a little more carefully) Pretty vegetable, but kind of hard to sink your teeth into. Still, that didn’t stop me from eating it (although the hint of dirt left much to be desired and probably added a little extra flavor).

 

It may not look like cabbage, but it tastes like cabbage. This is a shot of me holding the kohlrabi.

It may not look like cabbage, but it tastes like cabbage. This is a shot of me holding the kohlrabi.

 

Located in scenic Pauma Valley (that’s P-A-U-M-A, like the catchy little jingle that the casino with the same name uses in its radio ads. Only this wasn’t the casino, and there wasn’t any gambling, which is probably better for one’s mind and body. Fresh air is better than casino air any old day, if you ask me).  The view and the air was simply wonderful. A quite pastoral community not too far from Palomar Mt. (actually, Palomar Mt. is only about 26 miles from Tierra Miguel.) Looking across from the farm, you can get a great view of the mountains and may even hear a coyote or two in the evening. 

mountains-at-sunset

All in all, I would have to say that I enjoyed my trip to Tierra Miguel and would love to go back there again. Of course, no trip anyplace is complete with a few “souvenirs,” as a reminder of where you’ve been. So, of course I got a few vegetables to take home. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have any way to carry them, but figured out a camera bag makes for a good carrying case.

 

veggie-bag

My "souvenirs" of a wonderful trip. Could also be considered a buffet in a bag.

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Sally Mann

I think her style of photography is a little different. She uses glass plates, similar to the ones photographers such as Gardner and Brady, used during the Civil War. I think it’s kind of neat that she utilizes such archaic forms of photography and print-making, considering that such styles and means like this are not really utilized today.

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Edward Burtynsky

First off, I’d like to say how impressed I was with his artwork. The detail of his photographs is pretty amazing. Using an 8×10 camera, which tends to produce some of the most stunning photography and detail, he photographs landscapes(mostly images of quarries and the like). His image of a marble quarry, which seemed to utilize the HDR technique made it look almost like a drawing with all the finite details extracted from the image and put together a picture that seems almost surreal and yet quite realistic at the same time.

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These are just a few pictures I’ve taken with my Nikon D40. I took these pictures in my backyard, using a 55-200mm telephoto lens. The frames on these pictures were created using Photoframe 4. I got a little creative and decided to change the color on some of the images and decided to add a few effects as well. I think my favorite one is the one of the birds with the leaf frame around it. I’m not sure why, but I really seem to think this one turned out the best, at least in my opinion.

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Here are few pictures I took of my yard and my friend’s 10 month old kitten, Meeko. I made them in sepia with a slight vignetting.

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Hmm…it’s a good question where food comes from. I don’t think many of us really tend to think about it. I had a breakfast sandwich at Denny’s today, so I’m going to say that the eggs in it probably came from some chickens here in California. The ham was probably also from California and the cheese–California. The potatoes were probably from Idaho. Of course, I could be way off base on this, but this is only speculation. The water I’m currently drinking seems to be from a variety of sources, such as Riverside County, San Bernardino County, etc. 

As for why I ate that food, the obvious reason was that I was hungry ( I got up kinda late and wanted something pretty substantial). The truth is I had been hankering it for sometime and needed something pretty filling to get me through the day.

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I really enjoy his florid descriptions of the vegetation and the surrounding area. It seems to really put one in desert at that exact moment. His humor and also seem to give his article a character and personality, making it most worthwhile read. His writing also has the tendency to inspire someone to just pack up their car and go out on a long road trip, just to see the country and whatever else happens along the way.

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