Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Woodpecker Blogging

Woodpecker - Monterey County  2018

Woodpecker - Tehama County  2018

I suspect that both of these are Acorn Woodpeckers, although the photos were taken in very different areas. The top one was taken in the Big Sur area along the Monterey coast. The bottom one, in Tehama County near Lassen National Park.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cypress, Bridge

Cypress, Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco  2018

While I was on my way to pick up the grandkids from daycare I made a quick right turn just after coming off the bridge from Marin. Parked, hiked back to this viewpoint, took the photo. I used an Olympus EM1II and a Panasonic 12-60mm lens.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rolling Power

Rolling Power (Sheeler) - San Francisco  2018

Rolling Power (Sheeler - Detail) - San Francisco  2018

Precisionist Catalog (1960s) - Marin County  2018

Back in the 1960's the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held an exhibit called "The Precisionist  View in American Art." I remember visiting the show multiple times, being quite intrigued by the images on view. I was particularly struck by the art of Charles Sheeler, who was both a photographer and painter.

Most of all, I was mesmerized by his 1939 painting of a locomotive titled "Rolling Power." Of course, I was a great train enthusiast, so no wonder I liked it.

How nice, therefore, to be able to see it once again, this time in the De Young Museum in San Francisco, where a show called "Cult of the Machine" has been running (will be there through August.)

Interesting frame . . . not what I would have picked, perhaps. The steam showing in the lower right hand corner is a nice touch.

Quite possibly I had this painting in mind when I photographed that Union Pacific locomotive (diesel, alas) in Utah in 2016.

Union Pacific (Milford) - Utah  2016

Friday, July 13, 2018

San Rafael Mission

Mission Building (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

Mission Bells (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

For some reason, I've never really walked around the mission grounds before. Everything has been reconstructed, of course. Photos taken with an iPhone 7 Plus.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sausalito Sightems

Flowers, Reflection - Sausalito  2018

Outdoor Couch - Sausalito  2018

Taken last month. Top photo: iPhone 7 Plus, bottom one: Olympus E-M1II.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

North Park (San Diego)

North Park Alley - San Diego  2018

Street Art (North Park) - San Diego  2018

On our last day in San Diego we attempted to visit the non-zoo area of Balboa Park. After a series of droll GPS adventures we finally managed to reach Balboa Park's Botanical Building, only to find that the crowds had beaten us there. All the parking lots were full and street parking would require a really substantial hike. So we passed.

We made our way over to San Diego's trendy North Park neighborhood where we bought a couple of burritos to eat in the airport while we waited for our plane. (Which was delayed at both ends due to winds at SFO.)

Burrito Place - San Diego  2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Chicken - San Diego County  2018

Encinitas Painting - San Diego County  2018

Encinitas is a city north of San Diego, just south of Carlsbad. Good restaurants! We've eaten there before, last year and then again this year.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog - Los Angeles  2018

Dog and Photos - Los Angeles  2018

Taken on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Others noticed the almost-irresistible photo op.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunset from Our Window

Star of India, Ash Street - San Diego  2018

Sunset - San Diego  2018

More Star of India photos, taken from our hotel balcony as I compulsively monitored the sunset.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Bananas - San Diego  2018

Little did we know that we had scheduled our visit on the same weekend as the Rock and Roll Marathon, with thousands of runners participating. Getting to our hotel in our rental car was very stressful! We ended up not using the car at all, instead taking the trolley and/or walking.

Friday, July 6, 2018


Airplane Reflection - San Diego  2018

Motorcycles, Reflections - San Diego  2018

In San Diego, planes come low through the downtown area prior to landing.Our hotel had a nice view of airplanes approaching the airport: first, a reflection in an opposite building, then second, the actual plane.

Airplane Landing - San Diego  2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Construction - San Diego  2018

Construction Workers - San Diego  2018

We had a good view of this new construction site from our hotel room.

Top photo taken using a Panasonic 12-60mm lens at 60mm (120mm eq). Bottom photo taken using an Olympus 75-300mm lens at 300mm (600mm eq).

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Star of India / Eagle

Star of India Sails, Flag - San Diego  2018
Eagle Mural - San Diego  2018

"Star of India was built in 1863. . . . and is the oldest ship in the world that still sails regularly."

I used a Canon G5X for the top photo and an Olympus E-M1II with a 12-60mm zoom for the bottom one.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Old Town

Doorway - San Diego  2018

Trolley - San Diego  2018

Old Town in San Diego, that is. Kind of tourist trappy, if you know what I mean. We took the trolley there, so that was fun.