Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Heading Towards SFO on the Marin Airporter

Truck Approaching Golden Gate Bridge - Marin County  2016

Playing Tennis - San Francisco  2016

I always humbly request a window seat, because you never know just what you'll see.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Horse Blogging: Tuffy, 2016

Hali & Tuffy, AM - Marin County  2016

Another Tuffy post: Hali taking Tuffy for a walk after a spell of colic last June.


Bonus Art! Below, Ultra Tuff art created by valued commenter judit in 1987. Nice!

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Bay, Redwood Trees - Marin County  2016

Poison Oak - Marin County  2016

Taken last October, when the poison oak leaves start to turn bright red. I used an Olympus E-PL7 with a 25mm lens.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tuffy, 2009

Tuffy, Sky - Marin County  2009

A wintry evening sky at Dixon Ranch.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tuffy, 2008

Hali & Tuffy - Marin County  2008

I was hiking along behind Hali and Tuffy when I noticed that there were times when the trail would veer off to the right directly in front of me. I took this photo at one of those profile moments. I was using an Olympus E-510 DSLR and a 12-60mm lens.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuffy, 1990s

Tuffy & Hali - Marin County  1990s

Another film photo of Tuffy posing in profile. I used a similar photo when I ordered a little plastic statuette:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuffy, 1991

Tuffy & Shawna - Marin County  1991

Shawna riding Tuffy. Taken at Sundown Stables, I think.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuffy, 1985

Tuffy - Vacaville  1985

Tuffy being ridden by Heidi, his trainer. Photo is captioned on the back: "Tuffy's first show (and ribbon) / Ranchotel - 1985"

(Ranchotel Horse Center was built in 1970 in an area just west of Vacaville known as Lagoon Valley.)

Sundown Stables - Home of Ultra Tuff

We first met Tuffy at Sundown Stables where Hali was sponsoring a horse. ("Devil," a very nice fellow, not devilish at all.) She purchased Tuffy in 1987.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Horse Blogging: Tuffy, 1983-2016

Tuffy Running - Marin County  2009

The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines both the conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors. Developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) breed registry is now one of the largest in North America.

The American Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with the American Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. A registered Paint horse should conform to the same "stock horse" body type desired in Quarter Horses: a muscular animal that is heavy but not too tall, with a low center of gravity for maneuverability, and powerful hindquarters suitable for rapid acceleration and sprinting.

Tuffy (more formally, Ultratuff) was a paint. And, once he got a ribbon! (See tomorrow's post.) He and Hali mainly participated in trail riding, usually in Marin County but also elsewhere in California.

He had a bad case of horse colic last June, but seemed to recover from it. As a result we were obliged to put him on a no-hay diet. The colic reoccured, in a much more severe form last October, when we were in Osaka. We were kept up to date through iMessages from Sarah. Later in the day we found out that a vet who was at the stable at the time attempted to treat Tuffy, but after consulting with Tuffy's vet the decision was made to put him down. For the best, as we didn't want him to suffer.

The next several posts will be an "All-Tuffy" week at the mikereport.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Loma Alta

Mt. Tamalpais from Loma Alta - Marin County  2016

Road, Loma Alta - Marin County 2016

Once I got to the top I was above the fog.

Two photos taken at the top of Loma Alta, using a Canon G5X.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Sunrise - Marin County  2016

Sunrise, Coyote Bush - Marin County  2016

Interesting. When I started out you could see fog filling the lower elevations, but as the sun rose the fog increased and began to obscure the view.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Buckeye - Marin County  2016

I hiked to the top of Loma Alta in late September, hoping to break in a new pair of North Face hiking shoes before a trip to Japan.

Nice views all the way up to the top, but I still got a blister in Japan.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Highway 5 Truck Stop

Highway 5 Truck Stop #1 - Stanislaus County  2016

Highway 5 Truck Stop #2 - Stanislaus County  2016

OK, so maybe the truck stop isn't in Stanislaus County. Very close, though.

Two iPhone pano photos.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

End Commercial, 2016 and 2006

End Commercial - San Francisco  2016

End Commercial - San Francisco  2006

Had more telephoto range for the 2016 photo.