Scenes from an Afternoon Stroll

Sunset Serenade

White Sails in the Sunset

Autumn Totem Pole

11 Responses to “Scenes from an Afternoon Stroll”

  1. jabel says:

    Really like the first pic.Has a lot of things going on to wonder about.

  2. dc says:

    I like that one too. Unfortunately I didn’t zoom in enough, and I didn’t want to take a second photo (I still feel weird taking pictures of strangers), so I ended up having to crop the photo to get the framing that I wanted, which means that the resolution is not so great, and it also ended up being somewhat overexposed (you can really tell when you look at larger versions of the image). I liked the scene, though—at one point the dog was sitting behind the bench with her muzzle resting on the seat, and it really looked like she was enjoying listening to the ukelele (probably, though, she was just bored and wondering when they were going to get moving).

  3. ng says:

    I really like that larger image too. The trees look a bit fuzzy, adding to the nature image, and the musician still stands out in her red and leather, not fuzzy at all.

  4. eric says:

    I like the colors in that first one, too. That was the first thing that struck me. I only later noticed that it was an interesting human (and animal and plant) scene as well, and that there were all sorts of other interesting formal relationships. As Jabel says, there’s a lot going on, but the color is what got me first. Maybe it even HELPED that it’s a bit overexposed…

  5. dc says:

    I actually darkened it slightly to try to help with the overexposure. Here’s the photo as it came out of the camera—slightly brighter, and uncropped, with a small piece of a parked car accidentally caught in the lower left corner. A larger version can be seen here if anyone is interested. I just noticed that the Oakland tree logo on the trash bin sort of complements the real tree, although I prefer the composition of the cropped version.

  6. Chip says:

    The pumpkins! Just saw those the other day. It reminded me of the ubiquitous pair of sneakers tossed over power lines you see in the hood, with a little scary Halloween-spirit impalement for effect. Where is that park? I always like to think of Oakland as being populated by quiet ukelele-playing girls and their obedient dogs.

    Great shots, as always. Actually looks like Fall.

  7. dc says:

    Chip: She was in the little park on a knoll at the corner of Lakeshore/Hanover/Wayne, right across the street from the lake (it might even be called “Pine Knoll Park,” actually, for obvious reasons). A perfect spot for sitting on a bench under a tree and playing ukulele with one’s dog as you watch the sun go down across the lake.

    Of course she was flagrantly in violation of Oakland’s silly “No Dogs in City Parks” law, even though her dog was both leashed and obedient.

  8. ruth gutmann says:

    David, is that woolly effect of the tree’s leaves really caused by fuzzy photography, or is it some special tree? The colors are so different from ours around here which are ordinary in comparison. In the background there are some more greenish trees that look more like ours.
    As for the young woman, the way she cradled her instrument looked to me as if she were cradling a small pet of some kind. She is no vegan, that is pretty certain. Leather boots are in this year, at any temperature.
    How far away were you when you took that picture? Her features are indistinct == does that say: she represents “womanhood” as such?
    As it is, this must be your warmest picture ever. The evening scene with that tranquil sailboat is of a different order but no less beautiful.

  9. dc says:

    Ruth: It’s some kind of pine tree, and the needles are clustered together in little bunches. I think some of the needles are turning brown, which (along with some fuzziness in the photography) might be creating the “woolly” effect. I disagree about the color of your trees being “ordinary” in comparison—I think the fall colors that you see in New England make our trees look quite dull. We get some subdued reddish-brown colors, but we don’t often see the vivid oranges, yellows and reds that you get there.

    I was, I would guess, about 80-90 feet away from the woman when I took the photo. It’s probably “warmer” than my other photos because it contains the human element, and because so many of my other photos tend to show barren or decaying scenes. Maybe the lack of clarity and the overexposure add a bit of warmth too. As for representations of womanhood, I’ll leave those sorts of interpretations to the viewer!

  10. ruth gutmann says:


    This picture of yours keeps on giving. It is fun to re-visit. It reminds me of a picture of my favorite mountain in the Dolomites, which still gives me pleasure when I come across it among my papers.

    The size of the young woman’s ukulele puzzles me. Is that the normal size of such instruments?

    We will be thinking of you on Thursday, and hoping that you are having a good time with friends.

  11. dc says:

    Ruth: I’m glad you like that photo, since it sat atop my blog for so long! I’m pretty sure the ukulele in the photo is the same size as every other ukulele I’ve ever seen. They are quite small, closer to violins than to guitars in terms of size.

    Have a great Thanksgiving. I’ll probably be sitting in traffic on Interstate 80 while you feasting, but I’ll get to my own feast eventually.

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