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the joy of scouting

I have been reading a book on nature photography, in which the term "scouting" is used. One scouts for good subjects. I have spent quite a bit of time scouting around here, but didn't call it that because I thought of it as finding something to photograph. I didn't think of it as finding something and then remembering it for a later time. So I often came home feeling a bit like a failure because I didn't actually take any pictures on those expeditions. Now that I call it scouting, though, no failure me.

Today I went scouting. Late afternoon is a good time for light, so I wanted to see what some different subjects looked like then. Because of the hills around San Luis Obispo, I often find that the late afternoon sun just misses what could be a gorgeous location. Today I went to check out Cal Poly's various side roads. I went to the arboretum and plant shop, almost bought some plants but thought how silly, what with my moving out and all, then I went to the poly market, a little market that sells poly-made products as well as the usual staples students need to survive. I hadn't been in there since before it was remodeled a few years ago.

It now features a cool deli with soups, sandwiches, pizza, and a refrigerated case with some great-looking wraps, and, of course, poly cheeses, jams, plants. I bought three different types of cheese, some cal poly chocolate bars and a few other items and left well-satisfied. From there I drove on some new roads that lead up and around new dorms. So close up against the hills - I bet a lot of students take off up the hillside on off times, just exploring. I know I would have.

I did not find ideal locations to photograph but I always feel stimulated by the activity at the college, and I was pleased to find all the plants in the plant shop. I want to go back after my new home is installed and pick up some for the house.


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Dec. 3rd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely day! Go, you.

I slept way too late (in spite of the dog's best efforts) and then spent most of the day setting up the new aquarium and futzing around on LJ. Ah, well, there's always tomorrow for cleaning :)
Dec. 3rd, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
There is always tomorrow for cleaning. My mantra.
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