Sequoia National Forest

This year my family went camping at Quail Valley camp grounds, just on the outer edge of the Sequoia National Forest. To get here you have to take a narrow windy road, and there’s only a few roads that go back to the cities. One major road through the park that takes you from Kernville through to Johnsondale, and up to Ponderosa. The landscape is quite interesting here at the start of several national forests and parks. The Sequoia National Forest connects to the Sequoia National Forest which stretches into the Kings Canyon National Park. Kings Canyon connects to the Sierra National Forest thats leads to Yosemite National Park. Still stretching north is the Stanisluas National Forest and Eldorado National Forest. Plus a couple more national forests as well. I would say its a 1,500 mile stretch of California that is all national parks. Beautiful landscape and unique geology. Also The Pacific Crest Trail goes through all of these places as well, and from what I’ve heard hikers say, its a great experience.

These pictures are from the Sequoia National Forest. The red plant is called a Snow Plant, or Sarcodes. It’s a parasitic plant that is more commonly found further north near Yosemite. This one here was found along the Trail of 100 Giants which is more central California. As far as I have seen there are usually no more than five of these plants. The first time I saw one it was newly emerging from the ground. This time they were tall enough to be noticed from a short distance making people walk up to them to check out the bright red plant.

The bottom four pictures are from a very lovely scenic campsite. Camp 2 is tucked up just past Johnsondale just a little ways from Ponderosa and Dome Rock.

The view looking north on top of Dome Rock was just amazing. Snowy caps in the beginning of June. Such a perfect view. It was hard to believe because everything south of Dome Rock had no snow.

The Needles to the east were a cool view as well.

The last six images were edited in PicsArt.

 

Flowers

One of my easiest subjects: flowers. They don’t really move as long as it’s not windy. The first two images are of a Vinca flower. I love the shade of violet/indigo that they are. I had never seen one before. The middle two images are of a California Poppy bushel. My first time photographing poppies, I’ve gotten a lot more detailed images over the years now. The bottom two images came from my cousin, and she asked of me to do anything I wanted with them. I used the last image in a different edit as well. She liked what I did with the images she sent me.

Ten Years

The tree from my old house. The poor thing just started dying over the years.

Below are some of my early images of the anger inside. My shirts were a bit spot on at the time. My favorite is the South Park goth kids. “What’s the point in caring when all it brings is pain?” My favorite shoes at the time were my DVS.

When I first started editing images and making art I was in a dark place. As such I made art that reflected that darkness I was feeling. Listening to Marilyn Manson and tons of other songs and artist that fit my mood while I was creating. I started with a lot of the images I was taking at the time with my best friends. After I shared my art work, I got a lot of positive feed back. So I continued and even made colorful renditions for other friends. Most of my first year was spend editing selfies, and friends pictures to make cool profile pictures. A lot of my person edits were very expressive creations. Creating art has helped with being able to express my depression, and a way to cope and get past things.

Succulents

At the end of April 2015 my neighbors grandma passed away. She gain some hens and chicks succulents that her grandma had for years. I had never seen anything them before.

Almost a month after she had them, my neighbor gave me a few as a way to celebrate her grandma’s life. She gave me 5 little plants. Did some quick research on what I could use to pot them. I ended up using some rocks and potting soil to start out with.

 

The first plants I have managed not to kill. Also the snow of winter didn’t freak them out either like it did my moon cactus. I was amazed at how easily they took to the soil. No issues, just water every other day, and they did great. I was amazed that they made it a year. Still as big as their mothers, but still alive and growing.

 

Seedum is another really easy succulent as well. My neighbor gave me a couple little bushels. I put them in one of my pots and it nearly over took the whole thing over the last year now. A couple months ago I noticed the seedum had some white on it. Which I first assumed to be bird poo. Then a couple weeks passed and I noticed more of the seedum turn white and develope flowers. The flowers indicate that its life cycle is over. The cool thing is when you pick the dead stuff off its still connected to the living part of the plant still.

 

This year my hens and chicks are now two years old in my care. I came out one day to see on my larger plants starting to grow upward in the center. It was at the start to the end of its life cycle. Over the next two to three weeks I watched two of my hends and chicks grow towards the sky. Then one day I noticed that it was starting to get flowers. It bloomed little pinkish white flowers. The bottom of the plant started losing color and turning brown. That was it, the life cycle over and any babies were replanted.

Volunteering

No one ever said being an artist was easy. So far that has been a bit of the truth as far as the rest of the gig goes. After aquiring better gear, you now need clientelle. Also a way to get yourself out there and known with other photographers in the area. Every photographer has their view. I’m still working on sharing my view. Which means after a bunch of struggle I found myself volunteering.

In the beginning of 2016 I interviewed to volunteer at a thrift store. I started out part time. After a month of part time I wound up with a personal hiatus from being able to volunteer. Once everything cleared up I returned to the store as a full time volunteer.

It was a very fun experience. Also all sorts of unique things get donated to the thrift store as well. Everything from clothing, knick knacks, rare items, old electronics, miscellaneous, and even trash people couldn’t manage to get to the dump at times, too. This was also the experience where I found that I have a health condition I need to get taken care of still.

   

 

Tsu.co, A New Type of Social Network

Before you get to excited this is just a review about the website as it went dark at the beginning of August 2016. My sister-in-law’s brother told me about the website. It was invite only, join through a  friends username. I decided to check it out in total curiosity and to see  if there was a  better place than facebook to post my art.

Sebastian Sobczak believed in giving royalties to the    people on the  website through ad-revenue. Do what facebook doesn’t do. They fill our home page with ads and the profit is all theirs. Facebook even went as far as to block tsu.co as malicious to their site. Many people who managed their ‘like’ pages shared links from tsu to their pages so they didn’t have to post from facebook, I did. It was convenient to post on tsu and gain more viewers through cross platform sharing. Tsu.co was 11 months when facebook banned any mention of  the website, and deleted people pages. It took almost 3 months  before they restored pages and allowed the website the  be mentioned in any text.

I made some cool images for tsu. Over the year 2015 the site grew, and charities found their way there. Make A Wish Foundation, water charities, Southern Oregon Project Hope to help the homeless, and many more. In November  2015 I did my own  #LeavesForTheHomeless and used my funds to pay on those who participated in my cause. It had a good turn out for my first charity raise, which was over $15. I also donated to other charities as well.

Redemption was a sweet day. I hit the 100.00$ in June of 2016.  It took just under a month to process the payment. I cashed the check in  July 2016 just under a month of the site going dark. It was  great to  find a place with cool people, who like to create, could come together on a new platform, and get to meet with new people from all over the world. Tsu.co reached 5 million users, but 2.5 or less really saw what tsu was for and stayed for the long haul not to get rich right away.

I hope to some day be able to  publish about another website/app that is just as awesome as tsu was. I tried Rabadaba in October 2015, and again in august 2016. Rabadaba.com/FallynPixie is my name there, they have their own payment system but   I haven’t reached their max of 1,000,000 rabs. Also the website/app went in the direction of daily contests, which seemed cool at first. Now it seems its only daily pet contests.

Throwback Post

These pictures are from June 23rd, 2012. The first two pictures are from along the 178, thats goes from Bakersfield to Lake Isabella. It’s a narrow two lane highway, one side jagged rocks, the other side Kern River, which this year (2017) is flowing really strong since the repair of the dam for Lake Isabella.

 

My husband found a spot to stop so we could get out and stretch our legs and check out the scenary. This spot is from the lower part of the Kern River, well south of the dam. The river was flowing really at good rate of speed at the time. It was a peaceful spot with tons of rocks. My husband found two rock halves at about 20 feet apart that turned out to be the same rock. There are so many river rocks and giant boulders.

 

 

Continuing down the 178 towards Lake Isabella the town.

 

 

The first picture is from Lake Isabella the town, which is surrounded by mountions covered with giant boulders. The second picture is over looking the lake and surrounding towns. Lake Isabella the lake and town, and Bodfish with the 178.

 

This is along the Caliente-Bodfish Historical Route. It’s a narrow two lane road that can come down to single lane. This is also a free range road, so you  have to be cautious of cows being on the road.

 

The black circle is around the river rock that my husband found 20 feet apart at that spot in the pictures in the second section. I took some other rocks and decorated our porch with them. The river rock had been with us a month when it was brutally kicked across the street by a crazy guy. This guy, who claimed he a million dollar meteroite, said our rock was uraninite. He starts moving the rock halves with he feet, and shouting, “It’s uraninite!” We tried to tell him that the river rock was harmless but to no avail. My husband picked up the halves and brought them back.

We have some smaller rocks that we know aren’t safe, but river rock, is pretty safe unless you drop one on your toes.

Picture Editors

Over the last 10 years now I’ve had a lot of enjoyment in editing. Plus a friend of mine was good at editing pictures, and was always posting cool stuff on Myspace which inspired me to want to create and step up what I was doing. I still remember making unique collage background for my best friend and her mom’s Myspace pages. Making my own unique, and eye catching profile pictures, too.

My first editing program was called Photo Impression. I found it on my mom’s desk when I had to use her computer since mine got knocked over by my cats while I was gone for a weekend. Photo Impression 4 was really cool. It had filter effects, cloning tool that i could use to brush in a background. It also had a way to do layers, basic adjustments, and a goofy faces template. I still have the CD, but its got more scratches, so I’m not sure if it will work or not now. Its a great starter or alternative to Photoshop.

After I created a background for my best friend’s mom using Photo Impression she gave me a copy of her Photoshop disk to install. I was beyond greatful. It took me a while to learn, but once I picked up a few tips I learned to make some really cool stuff. A lot of the stuff I created in photoshop came after toying around and messing with filters. I like contorting and twisting images, changing the color. Making an ordinary picture into abstract art. Also making unique images from pictures I’ve taken as well.

I’ve also had find alternatives to Photoshop. The first one I found was LunaPic. It has a lot fun filters to use. I found a couple others but they’re down now. I ended up finding a cool online editor to use, Pixlr.  I also tried Gimp, but for some reason haven’t been great with it. Recently it just crashes on me, so I’m bummed about that.

At the end of last year I decided to see what apps there were for picture editing. I started with PhotoLab, then PhotoStudio. Then I saw art from someone who used a different app, which is called PicsArt. PicsArt has a lot of cool fun effects, and filters. You can even make your own sticker’s and use stickers that other users create. Between PhotoStudio and Picsart I can still make a lot unique art.

In 2015 on a new social media site called tsu.co(its down now), I saw some cool artwork posted by a friend. Fractal art made with Jwildfire. Very technical and takes a lot on the PC, and time to render. Overall once you figure it out you get awesome results for fractal backgrounds.

South Creek Falls

The best I can manage is a quick snap while we drive by. The best I have so far, April 2013.

 

This is from june 2017. In the first picture, is the only view you get from the turn out where the fence is at. There’s a sign that says this is really dangerous. I’ve tried walking down the road a little, which is hazardous due to the it being a narrow mountain road, and it being a straight drop down into rocks and dirt. I’ve tried all possiblities to get the whole fall. During this trip my husband and I took a hike and I found out what I need, or a very good idea of what I need and could do to shoot this entire waterfall.

 

I’ll accept donations towards hiking up the river to get an amazing shot(s) of this neat water fall tucked away in the lower part of the Sequoia National Forest.