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Esalen, 2006

Posted in California, Contemplative, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by sambissell

Tree - Cliff - Fog

taken at Esalen Institue in Sept 2006 while spending a gratis day there, given to us by a massage therapist who worked there, who Wren met at the Power to the People Concerts (headlined with Michael Franti) in San Francisco a few days before.

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A September Afternoon with Thee Immortals – California 2006

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, California, Electrified, friends, Music, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by sambissell

As I write this, I am listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. This is, of course, a personal preference that others may not appreciate….but, humor me and turn it up so you can listen to this single guitarist play his music while I show these “new pieces” to you.

This was taken one Sunday afternoon in 2006 when I was visiting my friend, Paul, when he was practicing with the jazz-fusion band he was playing bass for (they have since disbanded and he has moved on to a new band). I stepped outside for a breath of fresh air and found this nearby…

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Just a fence post.
I hadn’t done anything with the photo until tonight…it sat in the archives as IMG_7385. And then this happened

Three-Way Intersection

Three-Way Intersection

It’s a “negative space” of the original. Well, you know me, don’t you?
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Aliens Among Us

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2008 by sambissell
Alien Isis

Alien Isis

In 2006, a friend requested that I redesign his garden area behind his house in Redway, CA. So, I went out there for 2 weeks in September to find he had bought a “weekender” in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Had I not taken my friend, Rene< with me, I doubt I would have done anything but wander around in the forest of some of the oldest trees on the planet and spend my days otherwise lazing about on the shores of Black Sand Beach to the west.

Redway is 2 miles west of Garberville, which is in famous Humboldt County, in northern California. Unknown to many (very many), this area is nothing short of Heaven. Just north of Garberville, on the highway to Eureka, is the beginning of the Avenue of the Giants, which is famous, as well. On the Avenue, you can drive through that famous redwood tree and you can see where the gnomes and trolls live in another, and so on. Tourist attractions. But I didn’t go for tourist attractions, I went out there to………..discover what I have been missing all of my life and only heard about from vintage postcards of cars driving through trees, which, as a child, was pretty damn cool!

When you step out the door at Giant’s Rest, the name given by Paul and Barb to their place, and you look up, this is what you see: Continue reading