When we came across some horses

We wandered around Palo Alto looking for things to photograph.

After stepping in poison ivy,
seeing a coyote,
driving the longest possible mountain road,
and still seeing not too much…

we came across some horses.

So we pulled over and chatted with the property owner,
who welcomed us to take pictures.

Too many pictures later,
we made some friendly equine acquaintances
like this gentle white giant,
who used to work in the circus (!) and is now retired.

I so wish we had some food we could have given them,
but that’s kind of a no-no
as evidenced by this fellow,
who had a muzzle on to prevent him from eating too much.

But we will be back next time
(possibly with a hidden apple or two).

Chrystine and Nicole in Hakone Gardens

Nicole and Chrystine were kind enough to come out to Hakone Gardens on short notice and let me use my rented lens on them (yes, the same 50mm/1.2 I’ve been talking about seemingly forever — what can I say? I took a lot of pictures during that week!). I shot everything that day at f/1.2 despite the bright, sunny day because darn it, that lens demands it. (And thank goodness for tall trees and lots of shade.)

~ Thanks for putting up with me, N and C! You guys are wonderful.~

At the farmers market // Sunnyvale, CA

Sunnyvale has such a surprisingly lively farmers market. In the summer months, it’s usually held along the downtown street (because there’s just 1 downtown street, and it’s a block long), which gives it a really nice backdrop and shade.

I had just rented the 50mm/1.2 an hour prior, and decided to try it out at the farmers market. It just suited me to a tee. It was like slipping on an old pair of jeans. It also drew enough attention for 3 people to ask me about it (which is about 300% more comments than I normally get).

(Dang, I miss that lens already.)