“Always Look for the Rainbow” – Winnie the Pooh
March came in like a lion, as we anxiously await the arrival of Spring, it feels more like winter than it did in all of January and February. The weather plays havoc with your mood sometimes, and I am hearing so many people wishing for the warm weather to finally arrive. So, when I woke up Saturday and the sky was gray and raining once more, I knew where to go and what type of photograph I wanted to take to express how the weather has been influencing the mood of many people on the east coast.
Ocean City and the beach seemed like the perfect place to venture to on a damp, cold and rainy morning. My husband and I headed south on the Parkway and arrived in Ocean City to find much construction on the boardwalk. It’s almost twice the size it was a few months ago. I haven’t been down to Ocean City for a short while and it’s coming along quite nicely, it will be beautiful when summer arrives.
The unofficial start to summer begins on Memorial Day weekend, by that time, the weather should be sunny and much warmer than it has been in the past few weeks. Even though the weather has been a bit dismal, it seemed like a perfect day to capture its mood by photographing the ocean. Once we arrived and began walking on the beach, the wind whipped around our heads, reinforcing the cold and damp of the day. As we walked for a bit, we decided to head back up toward the boardwalk, which is where I noticed this bicycle sitting, waiting for it’s owner to continue their journey. This bicycle seemed to be yearning for warmer days but we get what Mother Nature gives us, and today, it was anything but warmth. I felt as though the clouds captured the spirit of the day very nicely. The dark tones of gray swirling around the bits of white peeking through emphasized the raw feeling my husband and I were experiencing.
Even though the weather was cold and damp, this bicycle seemed to tell a story, that I felt needed to be captured. Maybe it’s owner would ride the length of the boardwalk enjoying the cold upon their face, savoring the quiet of the last few days of winter before the craziness of the spring and summer season begin. Maybe they would head home hoping for a cup of hot cocoa once they arrived. This story was mine to imagine, or maybe it’s yours?
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The long windy road, taking you past little ranches and beautiful orchards and vineyards just out of the north end of Paso will eventually take you to Halter Ranch Vineyard. It’s 24th Street that you start out on and Paso Robles is the town … locals shorten it to ‘Paso’. As you leave town, you’ll pass by the cemetery on Mountain Springs Road and then Jardine Ranch on the right. We use to go out there and buy almonds and big boxes of oranges. I haven’t done that in years, but have gone out to Halter Ranch a couple of times to do photography sessions.
As I said, the road is long, but the scenery is well worth the drive. Adelaide Road is speckled with old ranches, almond orchards, orange groves, vineyards, adorable little houses and more! As you get further back in on Adelaide Road there are a few spots where you can pull off to the side and get out of your car to see the incredible long view north-west towards the ocean. You’ll want to make sure you have your camera with you as the photo opportunities are many!
Deeper on the oak lined, two lane road, you’ll finally come to Halter Ranch on the right. Such a gorgeous spot! The old yellow ranch house has enough character all on it’s own to draw you out to this excellent wine tasting location. Once past that, you’ll see the old white barns and rustic bridge you that take you to the state of the art new buildings that are now for wine tasting and more.
If you’re ever in the area, this is a spot you won’t want to miss!
Camera Settings: 85mm, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 200
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