FRANKLIN CANYON 3D - A Spiritual Connection
Franklin Canyon Park provides an elegant, natural gateway in the middle of the bustling Los Angeles community. For this photographer it is my version of a modern West Coast “Walden Pond” to this otherwise materialistic environment of Southern California. In this single setting are numerous hiking trails, a Heavenly Pond, and the lake. Throughout the park, during and after extended rains, are vernal or “wild” ponds and miniscule water falls, that disappear after long and hot dry spells.
In 1991, fellow docent for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Allen Edwards, PhD., who worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), plotted out the map of Metropolitan Los Angeles and determined that the “Center of Los Angeles” appeared to be under a small California Oak tree in Franklin Canyon Park. While Los Angeles has suffered its share of earthquakes and other natural disasters, the level of destruction has not reached the heights of damage that might otherwise have been inflicted by an angry universe, ready to punish the destroyers of this stunning, natural setting. Perhaps the saving of the park from development in the late 1970’s, has provided a natural protection of Los Angeles.
It has always been my desire to bring the beauty of Franklin Canyon to the viewer of my images. For those who have not had the opportunity to visit Franklin Canyon, I have added the element of 3D anaglyphs seen through red/blue lenses to pop out the photographs, and further bring those who open this photo book to Franklin Canyon Lake and Park closer to the real flowers and fauna of the unique and exquisite Franklin Canyon Park. When viewing these Franklin portraits, the images are designed to be viewed with the blue lens covering the left eye and the red lens on the right. Certain elements of the photographs when viewed in 3D will intentionally draw the viewer into the image, while a tree, flower, animal, or plant will extend outwardly. If you have a of blue/red 3D lenses from old movie, comic book, or other publications, they can be used to view the 3D effects. To order 3D lenses, the website www.rainbowsyphonystore.com is an online store that sells inexpensive lenses. If you purchase the book in print from HPMagcloud, I will furnish lenses if you let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An element of Franklin Canyon that has continually amazed me is the many changes I see upon each venture to the canyon and lake. I cannot guarantee that all the nature shown in these photographs will be exactly the same if you have the opportunity to travel to Franklin Canyon. The cute white duck is long gone, but other equally fascinating wildlife will greet your senses. For variety, every other month when leading the photo walk, I switch between the lake and ranch sites. The photographs have been organized within the pages to take you on a trip to each side of Franklin Canyon Lake and Ranch, as you would experience the sites on the walks. Hope you enjoy this visual trip through a beautiful, natural setting in the middle of the vast Los Angeles, urban landscapes.