Our final photoshoot as a class was at the Rincon reservation in Valley Center, CA. We learned about the effort the Native Americans are putting in to help restore their native plants into several gardens. These gardens were located right next to a peaceful creek that ran on the side of the hills. They are separated into four sections with one facing the ocean, one the desert, one the mountains, and one the valley. After the students helped plant, Dr. Joely Proudfit, a proud descendant of the Pechanga band of Luiseño, talked about the history of the reservation and the struggles of its restoration.
Our next field trip was to the Pechanga Reservation south of Temecula CA. Right next to the Pechanga casino was a nursery that grows many different plants. Again we were joined by other classes who took a tour of the entire place. There were these pretty cool areas where native huts had been rebuilt. The amount of detail in them was incredible. We got the chance to go inside of them too. It was nice considering it was freezing outside. We were able to taste some of the flowers that are grown there as well . It may not have been the greatest weather, but I am still happy with the way some of my images turned out. Here are some of my favorites.
Right here at Cal State San Marcos we have an Indian Garden with Native plants. Our class walked across campus and witness a ceremony being given by Erasto Camacena. Students from other classes brought offerings to the garden, such as bananas and apples, and Erasto went through them and explained to us which each meant in the ritual. He also took buring sage and walked around letting the smoke hit everyone as part of the ceremony. Afterwards, students helped adding plants to the garden. It was a good experience because I had no idea that we had something like this on our very own campus. Here are some of my photos from that day.
The field trip to we recently took to Indian Rock in Vista, CA was a really great experience. We listened to stories about the history of the tribe and about the lives of the Luiseño elders. There were other classes that attended as well and helped plant indigenous plants around the rock. You could tell everyone was having a great time. We were also lucky to have such great weather that day because just a day before and the day after the trip there was a storm. I’m pretty happy with some of the pictures I captured. This was also my first time using a light diffuser when I took photos. At the day’s end we all had a potluck and stood next to a bonfire. It was a great way to cap off the day. Here are a few of my favorite images I took at Indian Rock.