Passage To India – Packing less and enjoying more

Two weeks from today I take off to India for a two-month vacation. I was there seven years ago on a rushed, guided tour. Now I’m going to take my time and travel solo.

I am trying to do this with just one carryon based on the principles One Bag Travel so that nothing gets lost, my stuff is never out of my sight, and it’s far easier to move around. I urge you so take a look at the site underlined above and think about what you really need. One traveler noted that if you can pack for a week, you can pack for a month. I’ll purchase clothes and whatever else I might need in India.

One big effort has been to avoid taking a lot of electronics. I have whittled down that stuff to what you see here:

Less Stuff

Less Stuff

Here is what is going:

It made sense to leave all the lenses and camera bodies at home.  Actually I sold all my big Nikon cameras and gave some others to the local college, since I have been following the trend to small, mirrorless cameras, although I already have some micro four-thirds gear and love it. The images from the little Nikon point and shoot have proven to be amazing.

I’ll be updating the blog as I go along. I also hope to meet a few of the Indian photographers/bloggers I have communicated with.

More later,

Grover

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Travels With Beasley on the Lincoln Highway

Those who have followed my trips on the Lincoln Highway will know that my traveling companion Mr. Beasley is always along.

Last night I had a delightful time as the guest speaker at the Sierra Writers group in Nevada City and Mr. Beasley was mentioned, more than once.

Beasley in Ely

Beasley in Ely with Guidebook

Mr. Beasley is now about thirteen years old.

I found a photo of him as a youngster which I thought you might enjoy.

Beasley Pup

Beasley Pup

How they do grow up!

Safe travels, with or without your dog.

Grover

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In the Sierra Foothills – Malakoff Diggins State Park

At one time in danger of closing due to budget shenanigans at the state level, Malakoff Diggins State Park remains open although still drastically underfunded.

The view of the remains of hydraulic mining are easily viewed from the main (dirt) road into the park. It is a photographer’s delight and although not that easy to get to, it is well worth your time to visit. The park is twenty-six miles north of Nevada City, California.

Malakoff Diggins

Malakoff Diggins

“Diggins” was the term used to describe mining operations in the early days of the Gold Rush era.

Safe travels everyone,

Grover

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A New Mexico Excursion – Santurario de Chimayo

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Santurario Entrance

The Santurario de Chimayo is in northern New Mexico and is visited by thirty thousand people during Holy Week each year. Sometimes called the “Lourdes of America”, the church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The present church was completed in 1620. Claims of miraculous cures are the reason for the pilgrimages but it is the adobe that calls the photographer.

Santurario de Chimayo

Santurario de Chimayo – rear corner

The day I was there motorcycles were being blessed and I captured the front of the church in this Harley’s headlight.

Harley Church

Harley Church

If you choose to visit, you can join in the hustle and bustle of Holy Week or try for a quieter time. There will always be a few visitors, although when we were there is was nearly deserted.

Safe travels to you all,

Grover

 

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A New Mexico Excursion – Organic Forms

If you never get out of Santa Fe, as a photographer, you will still find plenty to delight the eye. Here are a couple more, rather ordinary, but nonetheless interesting shots from my workshop some years ago.

The first is a late afternoon photo of the rear of some government buildings right downtown. The camera was a Mamiya 645 and the film was Ilford HP5.

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Again in Santa Fe proper on a Nikon N90 with Ilford HP-5:

Wall-pot-PBlack and white is an ideal medium for the monochromatic earth tones in New Mexico.

Until next time, safe traveling,

Grover

 

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A New Mexico Excursion – Santa Fe

What strikes the visitor to Santa Fe is the organic nature of the architecture: massive adobe walls on all fronts, delicate archways, ancient churches.

San Miguel Mission Church is the oldest church in the U.S. (yes, look it up) and whilst not a huge building, has its own charm, in part because it has survived so long.

As a photographer I was drawn to the sunlight and shadow on the north wall at late morning. The texture of the adobe fascinates me. Just like the church in Rancho Taos, the flecks you may see in the walls are not spots on the negative but pieces of straw poking out through the adobe.

San Miguel Mission Church

San Miguel Mission Church

More Santa Fe coming up.

Grover

Tech notes: Ilford HP5, Nikon N90, 24mm. Exposure not noted.

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A New Mexico Excursion

 

San Francisco de Asis

San Francisco de Asis

Rancho de Taos, not Taos itself but a little south, centers around the famous San Francisco de Asis church which has been photographed by everyone in the world who has passed by. It was painted by Georgia O’Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams and I was  privileged to see their juxtaposed images at a show in the art museum in Santa Fe.

The light in the late afternoon and into evening is wonderful for photographers but frankly, even at high noon, there are views to admire.

San Francisco de Asis Contrails

San Francisco de Asis Contrails

San Francisco de Asis at Night

San Francisco de Asis at Night

Built between 1772 and 1816 the church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is well worth a visit. It is constructed of adobe and is re-plastered every year by volunteers and parishioners.

More from New Mexico is coming up soon.

Safe travels to you all,

Grover

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Eastgate

The house and old store at Eastgate on Nevada 722 is worth a stop. (In fact 722 is a nicer road than U. S. 50 between Middlegate and Austin.) It is at the entrance to Road Canyon and one served as a store and gas station. The ranch still functions although I have heard that there is not a caretaker any more. Please correct me if you know otherwise.

Eastgate House and Store

Eastgate House and Store

Bricks were taken from the old Middlegate Station and used to construct the store. Some of them were even installed upside down, but not this one.

Eastgate Blocks

Eastgate Blocks

The interior is slowly returning to the earth.

Eastgate Store Interior

Eastgate Store Interior

The scenery in the canyon adjacent to the Eastgate buildings is quite attractive in the fall.

Road Canyon near Eastgate

Road Canyon near Eastgate

Just a little eastward you will find the Carroll Summit and station. More on that later.

Safe travels everyone,

Grover

 

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Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

I sometimes volunteer at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Here there is a very attractive museum and a fabulous restoration shop.

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Here are some of the cars awaiting their turn in the shop. This tank is from the Westside Lumber Company.

S0940689Often there is just enough wood left to make a pattern.

The museum is located in Nevada City, California and is open in the summer every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Save travels,

Grover

 

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India 2007 – Black and White

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