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Subject: [Leica] IMGs: Day Trip Ending on the Coast
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:02:14 +0200
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I can see the grave breach of national security ;-)

Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Apr 24, 2011, at 4:37 AM, Bob Adler wrote:

> Went out Friday just to practice and hoping to get some wildflowers in the 
> San 
> Miguel hills. Woke up at 4am and left the house at 5. Then I drove south 
> on 
> Highway 101 for about 3 hours and headed east to look at what I thought 
> would be 
> hills covered in wildflowers. None, nada, zip...
> So at about 10:30 I headed west to Fort Hunter Liggett, an old Army 
> Reserve 
> base. I've been shooting there the past 5 or 6 years with no problem. I'd 
> even 
> gone off road following fresh tank tracks looking for venues. Steve 
> Barbour has 
> a photo of mine, Bass Lake, that was taken while off roading on the base. 
> So 
> I've been waiting for the oak fields to spring forth with wildflowers, I 
> knew 
> this was my year! Sure enough, there were glorious patches that would make 
> fine 
> photographs. 
> So I parked on the side of the road, grabbed the Hassy and walked about 20 
> yards 
> into the field. As I'm futzing and setting up the shot, I hear something 
> that I 
> thought was a bull frog, as the filed was a bit mushy. I looked around for 
> the 
> frog nearby and didn't see one, so I went back to my camera. Then louder, 
> "SIR!" 
> and I turn around. Parked on the road was a Police car with a trooper, in 
> dark 
> glasses of course, who then told me to come out of the field. Long story 
> short, 
> I was "detained" for about a half an hour at the main gate and told photos 
> were 
> never allowed at the fort. Rather than get in an argument with a heavily 
> armed 
> man (who had 3 as heavily armed men standing nearby), I chatted him up and 
> asked 
> if he know where, off base, there might be some wildflowers. The guy then 
> proceeded to tell me every hill and dale within a 50 mile radius. Another 
> 20 
> minutes has now passed.
> I thank the gentleman very much, and just head down the to the coast. I 
> was 
> fuming. Really sapped the joy right out of the day. I'd been dreaming 
> about 
> those flowers in the filed with the mountains and puffy clouds for years 
> and 
> finally the time had arrived. Not...
> So here are the pics from the day, and not many wild flowers. I did manage 
> to 
> grab a shot of the scene I was trying to shoot before I was "disciplined."
> Thanks for looking. C&C always appreciated,
> Bob
> Bob Adler
> Palo Alto, CA
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