Contemplating Gum Bichromate printing

Drop Area (Gardening for Ordnance) copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale – One of the nice things about a holiday is a time for self-reflection, which I had an opportunity to have this past week while visiting my son in Oregon. And visiting various wineries to sample their vintage products probably helped as well. I suspect that one of... Continue Reading →

Eyes wide open

Bike Path, O'Neill Park copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale – Today I have a new-to-me (slightly used) 28mm f/1.8 Canon lens for my 5DMk3, which I took on my walk this morning to look again at the decommissioned WWII/Korean War landscape I live on. For a number of reasons. For my project Gardening for Ordnance, I have been... Continue Reading →

Exploding Military Ordnance?

Metaphoric detonation, Trabuco Bombing Range copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale – One of my unanswered questions while working on my project, Gardening For Ordnance, is what might it look like if one of the many various buried bombs, known as Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), were to magically detonate in front of me. What might that look like? That... Continue Reading →

Unintended Consequences

Warning signs, America copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale – Wow, I think that the Gasoline companies and their distributors really stepped on their own dicks this time in their unrestrained efforts to maximize profits on the sale of gas. As a result of their unreasonable money grab in the price of gas they have created a huge... Continue Reading →

Walking Arroyo Trabuco again

Arroyo Trabuco #080730 copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale - Extending my morning walks to include some time adjacent to, as well as, time inside the Arroyo Trabuco here in Orange County. Time to think about how my project Gardening For Ordnance will proceed...and the additional exercise will not hurt me. Cheers & make every day an... Continue Reading →

Anxiety as an investigative narrative

Middle Ground series Copyright Douglas Stockdale First, I have to admit that this has been an interesting year, with the start of this horrific COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay at home during quarantine and eliminating most social contacts. Coupled with new adventures in Zoom and other means of distant personal connections. I think we... Continue Reading →

Driving range was a military bombing range

copyright Douglas Stockdale How is it that a WWII/Korean War practice bombing/rocket range would end-up becoming a driving range for a demilitarized golf course? The serendipity of this occuring is pretty amazing. Instead of practice bombs and rockets while preparing for serious mortal combat with an arch enemy, we have a slew of individual hitting... Continue Reading →

Fading memories

While working on my project Gardening For Ordnance, in addition to the recent signage posted about the warnings for Ordnance and Explosive Waste, a.k.a. 'OEW' in military parlance, that are in my neighborhood, I found numerous older signs that were the worst for wear. In retrospect, these signs are more dire as the surrounding area... Continue Reading →

Anxiety in the Aftermath of War

copyright Douglas Stockdale I have been working on a book project, Instant Nomad, in which I am reflecting on the broader context of anxiety and how that seems to haunt me in little ways. Interestingly, I was in full scale development of my war aftermath project, Gardening for Ordnance, that due to the pandemic I... Continue Reading →

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