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.
Atascadero 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.