Highway 58 Windmill

Highway 58 Windmill

Before my mom and dad passed away, they lived in Atascadero, along the Central Coast of California. I would visit often and always made a long weekend of it. My favorite time of year was spring because the drive home could be a bonanza of photographic opportunities.

This time, I was driving along highway 58 and saw this windmill. I have driven by it many times and always refer to it as the Highway 58 Windmill.

I stopped and took a lot of images, none of which I was happy with. Being new to photography at the time, I thought I’d try some slow shutter speeds and took some shots. I realized that I was onto something. Finally, I zoomed in on just the vane and got this shot.

I have stopped time after time and tried to get a better shot, but none of them since compare to what I already have. I like it because the actual vane is sharp and in focus, but the “propeller” shows nice movement.

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Atascadero Trees in the Fog

Atascadero Trees in the FogAtascadero Trees in the Fog

My mom and dad lived in Atascadero before they passed away recently. I would travel up to visit often to see them, but also to take advantage of the central location Atascadero has in the central coast. It’s a small town located on Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. It’s just over 10 miles from the coast and a 15 mile drive from Morro Bay.

From my parent’s house I could get to more photographic locations than I could visit in a day or even a week. But this shot was taken on a foggy morning in my parent’s driveway. They lived on a hill overlooking a small ravine and on this December morning the fog had gathered in the valley and obscured most of the view. Visibility was limited to less than one hundred yards.

I was out looking for some moss to shoot with my macro when I looked up and saw that the fog was thinning and the shapes of the trees across the ravine were slowly emerging.


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