Although I ended up spending most of my day at the Salton Sea, the original purpose for my trip to the desert was to check out the “super bloom” of wildflowers that has been attracting a barrage of visitors to nearby Borrego Springs these past couple of weeks. I thought if I arrived early enough on a weekday (I left my house at 5:30 am which, if you know me, is pretty much unheard of regardless of the photo op) I’d be able to avoid the crowds. That was wishful thinking though as the town was already filling up with “petal peepers” shortly after I got there. So, feeling myself becoming cranky (I’d been up since 4 am after all and wasn’t about to wait in line in order to commune with nature), I took off for some peace and quiet at the largely-abandoned Salton Sea. All that being said, I did manage a few impressionistic wildflower shots before abandoning my quest. This one is my favorite.


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I spent a wonderful first day of spring gallivanting around the desert and putting nearly 300 miles on my car in the process. My destination was originally Borrego Springs but I ended up at the Salton Sea and then made a pitstop in Palm Desert before returning home to Idyllwild. It was a spectacular day and fun to revisit my former stomping grounds and favorite subjects with a new addition to my bag of tricks: photo impressionism.



One of my favorite albums from my youth was Elton John’s “Blue Moves” and I can’t help but think of it when going through my latest set of Polaroids. Here’s hoping the next batch are more in keeping with the soft, dreamy tones I love and have come to expect from the good people at the Impossible Project! :-)



An unusually-quiet moment at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. Photo taken with a Polaroid SX-70 and film from the Impossible Project.



Hanging out at the Riverside County Fair with my Polaroid SX-70 and film, as always, from the Impossible Project. Glad to see that the colors produced by Impossible film are so much more vivid these days but why so blue? Ah, the vagaries of instant film!



Another of my attempts at photo impressionism. As with the ferris-wheel shot, this one was also taken during my recent afternoon at the county fair. Yes, it was loud, overstimulating, and crowded but the colors! :-)



So I braved the unpleasantness of the Riverside County Fair yesterday strictly for the photo ops and to experiment a bit with slow-shutter speed and intentional camera movement. If you’ve followed this blog for very long you know I’m slightly obsessed with ferris wheels (despite having never been on one) and have posted countless photos of them over the years. Pictured here is my “photo impressionistic” take on an old favorite.