Trona Sunrise

I got up unbelievably early today to head down the road about 20 minutes to Trona, CA. I wanted to catch the sunrise, but without someone counting on me I wouldnt have gotten up. So I called my Dad and asked him to go with me. It was his birthday yesterday, so I thought while we were in Trona we would have breakfast with his granddaughter and my niece Lexi.

For those who don’t know what type of town Trona is I’ll break it down really quick. If you blink you miss it. It smells like rotten eggs because it’s home to a Borax mine. The highschool football team plays on a dirt field. It used to have a HUGE salt water public pool. The roads are red.  A lot of movies were filmed here including but not limited to The Planet of the Apes; that desert scene…ya that’s Trona.  The people are close-knit and are very protective of each other and the town. 

While I hate mornings, Trona did not disappoint. The clouds colored the sky with blues an pinks and oranges. Beautiful. 

Trona has a lot of abandoned houses and for lack of a better word…junk, laying everywhere. That’s not a bad thing though! It makes for some cool photo’s. This was my first time shooting a sunrise, and I learned a couple of things. You need a tri-pod. My dad bought me one, but my brain didn’t wake up and remember this morning :). And you need a coffee. Got one of those a little later in the day.

I plan on going back and trying again soon. The scenery would lend itself to HDR so easily. I’m excited to see how that works out! BTW that’s really teal you see through the window. That wasnt me.

I really like over saturated processing right now. Or desaturating to get a B&W. Maybe it’s because I’m a beginner :).

One of the coolest murals I’ve seen in a long time.

One of the mines.

Enjoy your weekend!



Okay…so just when I thought the heat was supposed to stop it seems that its only gotten hotter. The Weather Channel says it 91 degrees with 20% humidity….ugh. On the bright side of things it means more pool days!!! Yay!!!

Anyways….so Roman and I headed over to my parents house today to take pictures and play. I love my parents house it’s like a little paradise in the middle of the desert.  The next house I build is going to have a lot of the qualities their house has, and luckily my mom is a designer (of all sorts apparently) I’ll have some help when I need it.  The landscaping of the house makes me want to wear my bathing suit all day and drink blended frozen drinks and pretend I’m in Hawaii. These chairs are out front…where we don’t spend too much time, but I love to sit in them when we do. The mural was painted by my mom’s best friend Barbara Greenmun (sp?), who has also done a ton more around the rest of the house.

I wasnt sure what to take a picture of today, I guess I kind of hit a block, but the great thing is once I get going I have a ton of fun! Im starting to learn my settings in the manual mode! Baby steps…;) So I just walked around and let Roman take a ton of pictures than I took some. Maybe Ill Google some tutorials for Photoshop Elements once I get the hang of the manual settings….Im sure that wont be for a while though.