Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Another in the proud Fritos & Beer series. Mike parked on the Greenwater Valley road and got out his extra-large snack size Fritos (all he could find at Ralphs) and his beer for this exquisite tailgate photo op. (The bag of Fritos lasted him the whole trip, by the way.)
Nice yellow flowers in the vicinity!
Blog note: this is post #900 of the mikereport!
Photos: Fritos and Beer—Death Valley, 2010; Yellow Flowers (Greenwater Valley Road)—Death Valley, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Photo: Zabriskie Point—Death Valley, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The fact that Mike's pix were not selling gave him time to observe other participants. Of particular note: the puppeteer who had set up shop opposite Mike, and Miss Alameda, also opposite.
Photos: Puppeteer—Alameda, 2010; Miss Alameda—Alameda, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Actually, the town of Alameda is a quiet little community. Non-hip. Nothing wrong with that! But, alas, Mike's pix did not move at all at the Spring Festival there.
Not at all.
Photos: Masonic Temple—Alameda, 2010; Eagles—Alameda, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Trona Road looks today much as it did back in 1973 when my brother and I first came upon it. He was the Art Director of this project: it was his idea to assume this Dali-esque pose on a vanishing-point desert road. So we had to search for the correct road, finally finding this perfect stretch of highway (later discovering that it was Trona Road), together with the perfect sky and clouds. The only concern (not a minor concern!) was avoiding getting run over by the big rigs frequently roaring by.
I used a Nikon F and Panatomic-X film. This photo has appeared in the L.A. Times Sunday magazine and was used on the cover of Bill Mohr's Momentum poetry quarterly.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
As the road pushed further into the desert it crossed a railroad track, which Mike could see would make a nice dramatic photo. Pull over, get out of the truck and walk back to the crossing. But first, a rattling noise. Wha? Yikes! Right there, on the shoulder: Mr. Rattlesnake in full threat mode. Naturally Mike then cranked out the telephoto zoom and took some pix.
Photo: Rattlesnake—Mojave Desert, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Recent birds seen: a robin outside our dining room at the top, and a towhee in the midst of winter blackberry vines at the bottom. Now, if I had a nice big telephoto lens the images would be much nicer. As it is, I have to crop and enlarge.
But, on the other hand, I probably wouldn't have had that nice big telephoto lens actually on the camera at the time anyway. (And, the background on the towhee shot is too confusing no matter what.)
Photos: Robin—Marin County, 2010; Towhee—Marin County, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
If you've driven along Melrose Avenue in the past couple of weeks, you probably have noticed a new outdoor mural on the north side of the street near Ogden Avenue, across from Fairfax High School.
The recognizable mash-up of pop-psychedelic images -- including an elephant, a lotus flower and "Obey" logos -- point to only one source: Shepard Fairey, the popular and controversial L.A. street artist.
Fairey and his team of artists created the 56 foot by 18 foot painting on the exterior of De La Barracuda, a clothing, hair and art gallery space frequented by über-hip trendsetters.
A spokesman for Fairey said that the artist has a close working relationship with Barracuda. He said the outdoor wall space usually is used for advertising but there was a gap in bookings, so the owner allowed Fairey to temporarily take over the space for his artwork.
Anyone wanting to check out the mural in person is advised to do so soon. The spokesman said that the artwork is scheduled to stay up only "for another couple of weeks" before it is covered up by an advertisement.
Photos: Mural—Los Angeles, 2010; Working on Mural—Los Angeles, 2010