Posts Tagged 'photography'

In the Wilds : : Hiking on the John Muir Trail

Hello! Hello! I hope you’re having a fine and beautiful August so far! Last week I returned from a big adventure—my husband and I went on a 10-day backpacking trip in the southern Sierra Nevada (in California). We hiked a section of the John Muir Trail (starting in over Kearsarge Pass and out over Piute Pass for those of you interested in the specifics).

It was everything I hoped for in the adventure: magnificently epic scenery, and plenty of mental and physical challenge as we hiked over 6 passes and spent much of the trip above treeline.

I took my Holga camera loaded with color film and just barely captured the technicolor blue of some of the lake-mountain vistas we saw. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip. My most favorite photo I took is the one of my husband with his hiking hat and red kerchief (second to last below), and then there I am in the last photo with my hiking “bonnet” (found at the thrift store for $4 before our trip). Enjoy!

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Walking in the Mountains

This summer, I’ve been out walking in the mountains . . .

It’s about an hour’s drive to trailheads, and then we go out walking, and walking, up higher and higher, until there is nothing but rock and water and sky.

{Took these photos with my Holga camera in the Indian Peaks Wilderness}

My Stomping Ground

I’ve broken out my old Holga camera these days and have been wandering around in the wild beautiful places near where I live.

I took my first roll of film right in my backyard, quite literally—these are the views of the natural space right by my house, where I take my dog walking in the mornings and afternoons. I walk out my door and across the parking lot and street, and this is where I am.

It takes my breath away regularly. I love the expanses of wild grasses and the light glowing across the fields and mountains in the morning and evening. I took these pictures one morning in June.

I’ve been spending my summer weekends wandering the high mountains near here and have taken two other (black & white) rolls of film up there. I’m hoping to get to a darkroom soon and print some up and share them with you. It is so phenomenally beautiful up there, and I have been loving nothing better than to spend days walking and looking. There’s something so basic about it, and the landscape above tree-line is one of my favorites—it’s so open and sparse; just rocks and tiny plants right up against the sky.

I hope you’ve been finding some time to spend somewhere beautiful! Happy wonder-filled day!

Oh Wide Blue Infinity

I’ve been taking lots of pictures of clouds lately, and here is one long blue breath of infinity from my sky to yours . . .

Happy deep breaths to you!

The Drive : : we made it!!

Hello! We’re here! We made it from Davis, California to our new home in Boulder, Colorado! We did the drive in two days, so the days were long! Our distance covered came in around 1,300 miles. We’re just getting settled in Boulder, and then we’ll be visiting my nearby family and fooling around for the next couple of weeks, but here’s a photo summary of our trip:

Yes, there were three of us in the cab of our truck! Lance {our canine co-pilot} enjoyed his promotion to the front seat and passed the hours staring wistfully out of the front window. We also towed our car to save on gas and so that we could share the driving. It worked out great, but I found it somewhat nerve-wracking to drive with the trailer. There were no big problems or any accidents, but let me just say that I was very happy to return the truck yesterday, and I have absolutely zero plans on becoming a truck driver.

Since our entire trip was viewed through the front window of our truck, we snapped this dashboard scenery series along the way.

Did you see that snowy second picture?! That was the worst weather we encountered the whole time, and it was before we even left California. It was the morning of the first day, and we were concerned we wouldn’t be able to go over the Sierras (via Donner Pass) because of chain regulations. Luckily the snow wasn’t really sticking, and we were able to get on with our trip. The precipitation continued for most of the first day, but there were lots of sunny skies the whole second. By the time we arrived in Boulder, we were in t-shirts and marveling at the green and summery weather.

Well, that’s all for now! I will surely be back {maybe next week} with pictures from around our new home. Have a great week!

Back from the Coast

We had the most fantastic weather all weekend for our little trip to the Point Reyes National Seashore! Sunshine, cool breezes, and a shimmering ocean! The picture above is the view from Arch Rock, the ending point for a hike we took on Sunday. It was a brilliant sunny day, and we enjoyed lunch with this view.

The complete truth of the story though, that you don’t see in this photograph is: 1. there’s a crowd of people behind me (Arch Rock is quite popular), and 2. after this lunch we decided to return a different way than we came, and ended up tromping up and down on a tiny forest ridge trail for what seemed like an eternity to me. My brain went into super-over-drive complaining mode—something I’m really not proud of, but I am learning to at least be aware of this tendency.

Does this ever happen to you? Perhaps not. But I find that I often get into mind ruts on vacation—I think my expectations will be so high for a calm and beautiful time that my brain just can’t compute any frustration or difficulty.

Nevertheless, it was darn near impossible to avoid being awed and calmed by the sight of this:

And despite my mental whining for parts of the weekend, I breathed in much ocean, sun, and the scent of Eucalyptus trees. It was gorgeous. I love the coast and am so happy to have spent a lovely weekend there with Mike.

Back to work it is now! There’s lots of art to be done! Happy Tuesday!

Chasing Clouds

I just wanted to share some more clouds with you, that I spent the better part of yesterday evening chasing down.

After a rainy early afternoon, the clouds began to part and gather together low in the sky all around the valley. By the time I got home, I was nearly dying to go out and photograph them, so I walked my dog Lance over to some community fields to see if I could get a good vantage point.

The most lively clouds were low in the sky, so it was hard to photograph them without getting lots of man-made things in the picture, not that I mind man-made objects—but I had this vision in my head of natural drama without distractions.

After taking lots of photos (much to the annoyance of my dog) that weren’t exactly what I was hoping for, I got the idea to drive out into a more wild landscape and give it some more tries.

Again, there were some man-made objects (telephone poles), but I decided to work with them, and in the end I decided I kind of liked them. There were also the most bursting yellow little sunshining flowers!

There was really yellow everywhere, lining the dirt road and beyond. That, in combination with the clouds made for an amazing scene.

As so often happens with photography, especially photography of nature, it’s so hard to actually do any justice to the epic feeling of being in the landscape. Yes, I said epic—clouds make me feel epic—like I’m sailing the high seas with Odysseus, at the mercy of the gods—or more I think, “Wow, look at those gigantic swirling clouds! They are so much bigger and more poignant than me. I am humbled and thankful to take them in.”

Yesterday I was full of that feeling, and it was also one of those moments where I became like a single-minded creative maniac—I got into the one track brain: must take picture of clouds, and my stomach started buzzing with the energy of it. I love that feeling!

While I do like some of the photos, it is more the memory that stands out for me—the moment of experience—the standing on the dirt road, looking out at the vastness and then deciding how I would organize the space into a photograph. What a marvelous gift to be able to do this, and in an evening, without any planning, flying by the seat of my pants. What a gift!


Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Some Thoughts

"Be thirsty for the ultimate water,
and then be ready for what will
come pouring from the spring."
~Rumi

{from "Joy at Sudden Disappointment"
translated by C. Barks.}

~This Work ~

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