Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bristlecone Pines - 1

Bristlecone Pine Branches - Inyo County  2017

Bristlecone Pine Trunk - Inyo County  2017

High up in the White Mountains. Mike likes to pay a visit whenever he's in the vicinity. Maybe some day he'll set up camp there so he can get some sunrise photos.

Some day.

Bristlecone Sign - Inyo County  2017

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Death Valley Road

Desert Road - Inyo County  2017

Desert Road, Self Portrait - Inyo County  2017

An easy drive from Bishop, down highway 395 to Big Pine, then east towards the desert. Continuing on will take one to Death Valley, although Mike only went that far once.

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-PL7 with a Panasonic 12-60mm lens. Bottom photo taken with an iPhone 7 Plus.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Cat Blogging / 10th Anniversary

Cat (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Evening cat.

BTW, tenth anniversary of the mikereport. The first mikereport blog post: 50 Years. (January 15, 2008.)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Shinjuku Sightems

Corner, Red Light District (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Toy's Catcher (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Two iPhone panoramas. Red light district was not that exciting in the early morning.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Shinjuku Walking Tour - 3

Kushiyaki Exterior (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Skewers (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Kushiyaki also gets good reviews
, although it didn't rise to the level of our okonomiyaki. Still, very good. (Skewers.)

Much walking back and forth, until we finally arrived at the police box where we had started. And so to bed.

Orange Cones (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Friday, January 12, 2018

Shinjuku Walking Tour - 2 / Japan Culinary Adventure (35): Okonomiyaki at Buchiumaya

Buchiumaya Exterior (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Buchiumaya Chef (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

We had had okonomiyaki before, but this was Hiroshima-style! Prepared right in front of us!

People like it! When we left, a line had formed outside the front door.

Okonomiyaki Preparation (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shinjuku Walking Tour - 1

Cemetery, High Rises (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Street Corner, Pink Light (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

We had decided that, although we had visited Shinjuku before, we should take a walking tour for a local take on the area. We met Yuma at the police box in front of the train station and went on a pretty extensive hike. It ended up covering quite a lot of territory!

These photos were taken with a Canon G5X.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Godzilla Road (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Hali and Mike stayed at the Hotel Gracery in the Shinjuku section of Tokyo, a throughly modern, well-appointed hotel.

But! In a nod to Japan's cinema history, a realistic Godzilla (Gojira) model has been constructed on the grounds, with various Godzilla memorabilia in evidence. Every hour Godzilla puts on a show, breathing smoke and roaring quite loudly.


Godzilla, Mike (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Godzilla is the one at the top of the photo.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Skyline (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Skyline (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Hali and Mike scheduled a few days in Tokyo last November for some sight-seeing. Here's the view from their Shinjuku hotel.

Other Tokyo views on the blog:

Tokyo Night, 2014

Tokyo, 2014

Tokyo, 2008

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Trout Blogging

Lamarck Lake - Sierra Nevada  2017

Trout Ripples - Sierra Nevada  2017

So: lower Lamarck Lake. Very nice.

And - trout ripples! And trout, kinda small.

Trout - Sierra Nevada  2017

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Aspens, Bishop Creek - Sierra Nevada  2017

Aspens - Sierra Nevada  2017

Instead of moping around at his inability to complete his Piute Pass hike, Mike decided to go off in search of aspens. It was late September, after all.

He found them! Blanketing the hillside up near the Bishop Pass trailhead.

Then, more aspens up the hill from his campsite.

Aspens, Cloud - Sierra Nevada  2017

Saturday, January 6, 2018

In Bishop

Police (Bishop) - Owens Valley  2017

Egg McMuffin, Coffee (Bishop) - Owens Valley  2017

On Mike's non-hiking day he elected to drive down to Bishop in the morning for an Egg McMuffin. Yum!

Plus, it was nice 'n warm in McDonalds.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Hiking Sightems 2 / Fritos and Beer

Pine Tree, Mountains - Sierra Nevada  2017

Granite, Lichen - Sierra Nevada  2017

Nice expansive view! Just the place to find a seat for my high altitude Fritos and Beer. I used a wide-angle lens to get the all-encompassing shot below.

Fritos and Beer - Sierra Nevada  2017

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hiking Sightems - 1

Forest - Sierra Nevada  2017

Icicles - Sierra Nevada  2017

Top photo taken with a wide-angle lens.

Bottom: Icicles underneath a stream-crossing log.