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Seasons: spring (LAPC)

Above/featured: University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada – 6 May 2014.

So then. July 2020 is the month of “seasons” for LAPC.

Spring is a resurgence of colour and revitalization of spirit, with more light of day and the reappearance of flowering trees and plants. In languages with which I’m most familiar, the word “spring” appears as:

  • Chinese: 春季
  • French: le printemps
  • German: der Frühling
  • Spanish: la primavera

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Fotoeins Friday in Berchtesgadener Land: Dokuzentrum

Outside of Berchtesgaden, the Documentation Centre Obersalzberg (Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg) stands at the location of the infamous Berghof and documents the annexation of the summer resort area of Obersalzberg for Hitler’s sole use in the valley and on the neighbouring mountain of Kehlstein. Seen in this image at upper centre are the Kehlstein mountain and the silhouette of the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest) near the mountain summit.

I made the photo above on 26 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/11, ISO 1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-hez.

Seasons: summer (LAPC)

Above/featured: Beach volleyball at Spanish Banks: Vancouver, Canada – 18 Jul 2013.

So then, July 2020 is the month of “seasons” for LAPC, and the theme begins in current (northern) summer.

For me, summer largely represents deep blues and greens, a time of year with long hot days and short comfortable nights. It’s an opportunity to observe early sunrises to the northeast, and relatively late sunsets to the northwest. In languages with which I’m most familiar, the word “summer” also appears as:

  • Chinese: 夏季
  • French: l’été
  • German: der Sommer
  • Spanish: el verano

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Fotoeins Friday in Berchtesgadener Land: Ramsau

Deep in the southeast corner of Germany is the picturesque town of Ramsau, about 15 minutes west from Berchtesgaden. Completed in 1512, the town’s St. Sebastian Parish Church provides a human and transitory counterpoint to the much longer geologic timescale of the surrounding Northern Limestone Alps with an age of about 250 million years. It’s no surprise that the visual church-mountain combination is a popular photographic motif.

I made the photo above on 26 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/14, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-glI.

Fotoeins Friday: native Seattle, Alki Beach Park

For a late-winter afternoon in West Seattle, Alki Beach offers a quiet and breezy respite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area which as the cityscape (and the presence of the Space Needle) shows is only a few miles away. The differences come as no surprise: the pace is slower, the sensibility is uncomplicated, outlook and livelihood directed by the adjacent waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound).⁣⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣Perhaps it’s the latter what the indigenous Duwamish and Coast Salish people were pondering when a group of white settlers in the Denny party came ashore in November 1851. With his own group, Chief Seathl (siʔaɫ, Si’ahl, Sealth) of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes arrived to meet the strangers from the sea. Today, a monument and various plaques around Alki Beach Park highlight how the Denny party attempted to start their new life in what is now West Seattle, before they pulled up stakes and moved the following April onto the high ground next to the muddy flats of what is now the Pioneer Square District. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣In its place, the city might have once been called “New York Alki” by early white settlers, but eventually, the growing city would take the name of the indigenous chief.⁣⁣⁣⁣ The intervening decades would see competing views of “place-stories” to fit future dreams and mourn the apparent loss of the “pristine past” without any acknowledgment of responsibility; both could and would be used to sell the image of the city.
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I made the photo above on 6 March 2020 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/60-sec, f/11, ISO 800, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-h9L.

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