Ethan Staats (@ethan.staats) — Herald of High House Life
up in the mountains, just north of I8, there's this giant boulder field. some of
up in the mountains, just north of I8, there's this giant boulder field. some of the boulders are as big as cars, some even bigger... flatter, lichen-covered boulders to the south. all made of that fantastic orange granite you see around the south of the Cuyamaca mountains. i remember the first time i ever drove 8 west and saw these boulders. they're sort of like a benchmark for driving coast to coast; the ascent into the last mountain range you cross before you see the ocean, looming in the distance for like 3 hours while you cross the Imperial Valley and the Yuha desert. it's really sunny and clear today. i'm standing at Cabrillo NM and i can see down to some big mesa in Mexico and up to a snowy mountain range I don't know to the North. hey, now, this is California. that's pretty cool. i almost forgot for a second. #Yuhadesert#California#SoCal#I8#lifeisahighway#mountains#cloudy#rainy#gray#cold#dirty#lovely#explore#travel#discover#Californiathewayiseeit update: i found out they are the San Bernardino mountains to the north.
23.02.2019 17:57:43
there are these old lamps all over parts of San Diego. i think they used to be t
there are these old lamps all over parts of San Diego. i think they used to be the gaslamps. even though they're all electric and bulb now, they have old charisma. i saw one last week where the glass was broken and it made me stop and wonder at where the city gets the glass from... who even makes stuff like that anymore? if you don't live in SD i recommend finding some and appreciating them on your next visit. they're among those little things that you don't really notice, but that make a place its own place, like part of a personality. #nightlights#streetlights#streetphotography#SouthPark#SanDiego#California#SoCal#Californiathewayiseeit#filmphotography#filmisnotdead#35mm#analogue#film#MinoltaXG1#KodakGold#expiredfilm
22.02.2019 05:17:07
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much like this solifuge, things are about to look a bit different here. in addit
much like this solifuge, things are about to look a bit different here. in addition to film and the whole manual on digital thing, i'm practicing vertically-oriented shots... and now my library is filled with all these weird, terrible street photographs; i even kind of like some of them, so i'll be posting them... ahhh, it'll look so nice... i hope... couldn't look as good as this 8-leggi friend, but it gives me a new creative subject so i'm not complaining much. look what ya gone done and did made me do now... #arachnida#arachnids#solifugae#windscorpions#sunspiders#eremobatidae#straightfaced#solifuges#Eremocostatitania#arachnidphotography#NorthAlgodonesDunesWilderness#biodiversity#desert#sand#dunes#erg#explore#travel#discover#Californiathewayiseeit
21.02.2019 04:32:56
San Diego feels so clean after the rains. i don't know whether to go for a bicyc
San Diego feels so clean after the rains. i don't know whether to go for a bicycle ride or just go for a walk. then again, it is pretty cold outside. what should i do? honestly, i'm just trying to justify to myself staying out of the cold... but it's cold inside too, so i'm not doing a great job... well, a walk it is, i guess. thanks for the help. #palmtrees#arecaceae#Washingtoniarobusta#Mexicanfanpalm#Washingtoniafilifera#Californiafanpalm#NorthPark#SanDiego#California#SoCal#Californiathewayiseeit#filmphotography#filmisnotdead#35mm#analogue#film#VivitarT301#FujiSuperia#palepalmcollection
20.02.2019 02:44:48
possibly the neatest things i learned this weekend were that 7 species of lupine
possibly the neatest things i learned this weekend were that 7 species of lupines, 10 species of woodpeckers, and (occasionally) snow are all found in Joshua Tree National Park. this is Mojave lupine, or Coulter's lupine. a handsome little lupine with dark purple flowers and white and yellow colors as well; not as numerous as the Arizona lupine, but not nearly the rarest lupine in Joshua Tree NP. look up the miniature lupine (L. bicolor) or the purple desert lupine (L. shockleyi) for JTNP's rarer lupines, and the ladder backed woodpecker for the observed woodpecker. #plants#fabales#fabaceae#legumes#Lupinussparsiflorus#Mojavelupine#JoshuaTreeNationalPark#Mojave#desert#manualondigital#manuallens#vintagelens#Minolta#Minolta28mmf28#California#biodiversity#wildflowers#Californiathewayiseeit
19.02.2019 06:47:52
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there were a few wildflowers out, but not nearly as many as i'd hoped for; deser
there were a few wildflowers out, but not nearly as many as i'd hoped for; desert stars and popcorn flowers, fishhook cacti, poppies, some of the bigger cacti had buds! i'd give it another week or 10 days before it really starts to color up. on the up side! there's snow up there and far away and it looks darn pretty on those peaks. i don't know for sure but i feel like San Diego probably has only a handful of days like this out of every year. feeling fortunate to have these opportunities. #manualondigital#manuallens#vintagelens#Quantaray#Quanraray85210mmf45#mountains#clouds#sunset#NorthPark#SanDiego#California#SoCal#Californiathewayiseeit
12.02.2019 02:57:26
this was a wet day. among the early days of the rain season, before most of the
this was a wet day. among the early days of the rain season, before most of the flowers had come up. the manzanita was vibrant and abundant, and the washes ran down the slopes of Otay mesa like rivers. i'm going to the desert today, in hopes that the wildflowers will be blooming. if they are, i promise lots of pictures of flowers to come. #plants#ericales#ericaceae#heaths#Arctostaphylospugens#pointleafmanzanita#OtayOpenSpacePreserve#SanDiego#California#SoCal#biodiversity#wildflowers#Californiathewayiseeit p.s. i'm really excited to check the Mojave's carpet of green, et al. next week <3
10.02.2019 14:59:13
mountain view from a great camping spot on the Santa Rosa plateau, northern sout
mountain view from a great camping spot on the Santa Rosa plateau, northern southern California. the Santa Rosa plateau is just south-east of an extension of Cleveland National Forest. it's a mostly undeveloped space, much of which is maintained as such by an ecological preserve. apparently there are something like 20 mountain lions that live on the Santa Rosa plateau... and, like, way more tarantulas. cool place. check it out at the preserve visitor center. #ClevelandNationalForest#SantaRosaPlateau#California#camping#sunrise#mountains#explore#travel#discover#Californiathewayiseeit
09.02.2019 18:22:58
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grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. just looking a
grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. just looking at one probably doesn't quite tell of its sensitivity very well, but grasslands are maintained by a pretty delicate balance of disturbance from fires and grazing animals, sometimes flooding, etc... these perturbations essentially keep plant species which are more long-term competitive from establishing to any meaningful abundance, so that the assemblage is maintained at some beyond-late stage of pioneer dominance. grasslands are super diverse, sometimes patchy or hilly or soggy, beautiful, and VERY functional; not only are they some of the best air- and water-cleaning systems out there, but the reservoir of species they facilitate is astounding and unique; all-around important to the Earth and to us as visitors here. #SequoiaNationalForest#California#Ca178#lifeisahighway#mountains#misty#foggy#cloudy#rainy#gray#cold#dirty#lovely#environmentalism#environmentalstewardship#explore#travel#discover#Californiathewayiseeit
04.02.2019 15:58:44
San Diego is supposed to have a few days of rain coming up soon, so i'm thinking
San Diego is supposed to have a few days of rain coming up soon, so i'm thinking i'll take this outside later in the night or early in the morning and try to catch lights in the quiet, still, and wet dark. #manualondigital#manuallens#vintagelens#Vivitar#Vivitar85205mmf38#nightlights#streetlights#streetphotography#GoldenHill#SanDiego#California#SoCal#Californiathewayiseeit p.s. turn your brightness up.
31.01.2019 02:08:51
i bought some vintage lenses and converters so it would be less confusing to lea
i bought some vintage lenses and converters so it would be less confusing to learn about how different aspects of a camera affect the photograph taken. i can take the pictures on my DSLR so the learning is relatively instant and cheap, but i have to interact more deeply with the image... but now all i can think about is how to approach this from a statistical methodology and what in the heck i can quantify in the data of a digital image. i have... some thinking to do... in the interim, all the way from the goldenest hill west of the city of the United States of America's Finest City, it's more palms. i know what i said. fight me. #manualondigital#manuallens#vintagelens#Vemar#Vemar28mmf3#palmtrees#arecaceae#Washingtoniarobusta#Mexicanfanpalm#GoldenHill#SanDiego#California#SoCal#Californiathewayiseeit#palepalmcollection
27.01.2019 18:11:56
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bad portrait of another beautiful Yuha Aphonopelma eutylenum. this one spotted w
bad portrait of another beautiful Yuha Aphonopelma eutylenum. this one spotted walking around near a wash heading towards the dunes from the east side. it's a heck of a drive all the way out there, but it's worth it for all of the stuff you hardly ever see anywhere else. plus it's gorgeous at sunset. still trying for that sidewinder... spring time here we come. #arachnida#arachnids#araneae#spiders#theraphosidae#tarantulas#Aphonopelmaeutylenum#California#ebonytarantula#arachnidphotography#NorthAlgodonesDunesWilderness#desert#sand#dunes#erg#explore#travel#discover#Californiathewayiseeit
23.01.2019 16:06:38
it's a gigantic rock just there in the water. there are a bunch of them on land
it's a gigantic rock just there in the water. there are a bunch of them on land nearby too. why? why are they so gigantic? last time there was an alligator lizard under a much smaller rock and the grass was so green i could have mistaken the month for April or May. none of this to even mention the rolling hills and following mountains... central coast is darn pretty. #ocean#sunset#MorroBay#MorroRock#California#Californiathewayiseeit#centralcoast#neverstoplearning#explore#travel#discover
20.01.2019 18:16:11
i know that one week of rain does not a super bloom make, but if this rain keeps
i know that one week of rain does not a super bloom make, but if this rain keeps up this spring might be fragrant and beautiful. two impressive blooms in three years would be a heck of a treat, too. everything is so green and alive. i'm geeking hard on wildflowers right now. #VirginiaBeach#Virginia#oceanfront#eastcoast#boardwalk#cloudy#rainy#gray#cold#dirty#lovely#explore#travel#discover
17.01.2019 22:02:29
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