|© Robert Sommers 2015|
Clickers and Flickers is a photographic group that has been meeting in the Los Angeles area for over thirty years and draws its members from some of the world's most experienced in film and still. They put out a nifty magazine and bring in incredible photographers to lecture and display their work.
We were going to go to the Huntington but it is closed Monday and Tuesday so instead we decided to visit Descanso Gardens in La Cañada. Maybe snap a few pictures.
Leslie and I had tried to visit the gardens for the Cherry Blossom festival a couple years back but it was so crowded we gave up.
And before that it was part of a Spanish land grant owned by Corporal Jose Maria Verdugo and prior to that the province of the local Tongva or Gabrielino indians.
Descanso Gardens is a neat place, very serene and not overdone. Wonder how many of its neighbors have ever even visited the place?
|Ken amongst the encephalartos|
In April they received a large cycad collection from a major donor. I think I saw things that I don't remember seeing before although the exhibit was temporarily roped off and did not allow for closer inspection.
|Boddy House, interior|
Boddy was said to have between sixty and one hundred thousand camellias, which he bought from the Japanese being forced into internment camps. Many of these can now be seen at maturity along with purportedly thousands of rose bushes and many gorgeous native oaks.
We saw deer gently graze in the meadows, squirrels amble up trees. Just a delightful place to chill or have a picnic. Or even contemplate your life.
We drove up to the Castaways in Burbank and had a drink while we waited for the program. Great view of the valley below.
The program was fantastic. Jeff Widener, the amazing war and A.P. photographer who has taken so many iconic photographs, including the famous shot of the man in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square, put on a slide show of his photos. Phenomenal. I got a chance to spend some time with him and he is just an incredible guy and a riveting speaker. Was in the middle of so much scary stuff. You can visit his website here.
|© Jeff Widener/A.P.|
Nick Ut, the man who shot the amazing picture of the girl in Vietnam running down the street naked was also in attendance.
|© Nick Ut|
It was such an honor for me to be among artists of this caliber. I finally paid my sheckels and joined the group the other night.
|Nick, Jeff and Michelle|
Before the meeting we decided to go to Samy's Camera and look around. I tried out the Sigma 150-600mm C lens I have been blathering about for the last six months.
They financed it for me.
It's mine. They made me a deal I couldn't refuse.
Here is the first shot I took with it last night. Really looking forward to making its acquaintance.