Dreamland

Dreamland

Day Two in Shangri La

The day after we first got access to my “Shangri-La,” we returned to take more pictures and explore the entire development more in depth. It was a spectacular overcast day with stunning clouds, dramatic shafts of light bursting through, and occasional showers. I started by taking some panoramas at the overlook at the end of Astaak Point Road  Then I hiked onto a cleared lot on top of the point for a few shots, and was surprised by a rainbow bursting forth from the points I’d visited last year across the bay. The proverbial “pot of gold.” We then headed down through the wetlands to the private beach and the slough for a few more photos.

Lot 20
Lot 20

I got a nice overview of the whole community so I captioned it as a pseudo real estate video, planning to send it to my family as I had already decided to put a bid in and wanted to get them excited about it.

Would you like to live here? Would you want to raise your kids here? Walk on the beach and go surfing here? Play with your kids and dog here? Dig for clams and go fishing here?

Astaak Point Road Overlook
Astaak Point Road Overlook Panorama

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The Dreaded Technical Note:

I started the shoot by trying out the cool panorama feature I’d discovered on the phone. For some bizarre reason, when I transferred them all to the computer, the sync software (which I’d just updated the night before…and set it to delete originals from phone after transfer) up-resolutioned random shots to the biggest possible 3264 pixels, while randomly crushing others down to a measly 640 pixels. (Up to this point I’d shot at 2048 to save memory on the phone.) The glitch also seems to have had something to do with the phone not reverting to my chosen size after the panos. A shame since some of my favorite shots are the little blurry unprintable ones. I had no option but to crop and downsize the big ones in order to put them all into a slideshow video of the day, but it gave all the shots a kind of brush strokey painterly feel adding to the mystical beauty of the special place.

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