Monday, February 28, 2011
This fellow was hanging out at the Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley, looking for a handout.
Nothing was forthcoming from me, just camera clicks, so he moved on.
Photo: Roadrunner─Death Valley, 2004
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The house where the poet Robinson Jeffers lived, in Carmel.
"After marrying in 1913, Jeffers moved to Carmel, California, and in 1919 he began building a stone cottage on land overlooking Carmel Bay and facing Point Lobos. Near the cottage, Jeffers built a forty-foot stone tower. Both the structure and the location figure strongly in Jeffers's life and poetry."
Mike, having done some past work using the poetry of Mr. Jeffers, decided to drive by the Jeffers' residence. The property is now owned by a non-profit organization, and tours are offered, but not when Mike was scheduled to be there. Although the quaint Carmel streets can be somewhat confusing, Mike was able to locate the spot without too much trouble.
In Mike's imagination, this would be a wild and desolate location, suitable for Jeffers to compose his poems celebrating the natural beauty of the Big Sur coast. Alas, maybe it was, at one time, but now it's part and parcel of a tidy Carmel neighborhood featuring million dollar homes.
Jeffers' biography, from which the above quote has been taken, can be found at Poets.org.
Tor House Foundation web site.
Mike's Jeffers portfolios published by James Linden: Apology for Bad Dreams and Shine, Perishing Republic.
Photographs: Tor House─Monterey County, 2011; Hawk Tower─Monterey County, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward,
Headlong convexities of forest, drawn in together to the steep
"The name 'Big Sur' is derived from the original Spanish-language 'el sur grande', meaning 'the big south', or from 'el país grande
sur', 'the big country of the south'." (Wikipedia) del
And away from the highway and the coast, the rivers and trees . . .
Photos: Alders, Big Sur River─Monterey County, 2011; Oaks─Monterey County, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I used the Nikon D90, handheld. Very cool. The pebbles shot is a four-pix merge, so I could make a huge print down the road, if I wanted to.
Probably won't, though.
Photos: Pebbles─Point Lobos, 2011; Rocks─Point Lobos, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
There's been a little bit of extreme weather here in Marin recently, including snow on Mt. Tam (San Francisco Theological Seminary in the foreground) and hail (seen bouncing off the backyard fence.)
Photos: Mt. Tamalpais, Snow─Marin County, 2011; Hail─Marin County, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Mike arrived in Monterey on a late January afternoon. After checking into his motel on Munras Blvd, he gathered up his minimalistic photo equipment and headed out towards Pacific Grove.
Photos: Iceplant─Monterey County, 2011; Rocks & Bay─Monterey County, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
There are those who have celebrated water lilies being bathed in the exquisite atmospheric light of Southern France. And there are those who have celebrated Half Dome in the dramatic early morning light of the Sierra Nevada.
But I have chosen the road less traveled by.
Photos: Dumpster AM─Los Angeles, 2011; Dumpster PM─Los Angeles, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
A gourmet cookie truck parked on Melrose.
Mike didn't get any cookies, though he should have.
Their web site is http://www.eatcoolhaus.com/.
Photos: Eatcoolhaus─Los Angeles, 2011; Eatcoolhaus, Self-Portrait─Los Angeles, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
In early February the smaller, riper olives were deemed to have most of the bitterness removed and were placed into a vinegar marinade. We used an old Central Grocery olive salad jar for the job.
They're actually quite good! The difficulty is that the whole brining process, although not particularly hard, is certainly long and drawn-out. The larger olives are still brining after three full months! Yikes! This might call for a different strategy.
Photo: Olives Marinating─Marin County, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Thus we continue the olive theme.
Alert readers will recall the earlier December olive post from last year. At that time the olives had just been harvested and put into a salt brining solution. The photo above illustrates the process.
Photo: Olives Brining─Marin County, 2010
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I've been going through some of my older color photos─taken on film─from 1997 through 2004. I really expected to see more Melrose pix. But no.
At least we have these olives.
Photo: Olives─Los Angeles, 1997
Monday, February 7, 2011
. . . Common Goldeneye duck, that is. "Their breeding ground is the taiga." How cool is that!
Spotted just behind Starbucks where it had come to join the gulls being fed by the homeless guy.
Photo: Common Goldeneye─Marin County, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Sooner or later I will have a photo that can truly be called "Landscape with Oaks." What a cool title! Until then I'll have to be content with various pix taken here and there. (Nice oak photo seen here.)
Both photos above taken with the Nikon D90. Top photo is a three-photo merge, bottom is a single-shot. Also, obviously different white balance results after running the pix through Photoshop.
Photos: Oak Trees─Calaveras County, 2010; Oak Trees─Monterey County, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
During my last visit to L.A., Joe and I took a drive down Western to check out El Cholo, a Mexican restaurant that's been around for years. The food, alas, was just so-so, but the interior did have that "old L.A." feel to it. Also interesting: the restaurant was not that far from our 2009 Korean cuisine excursion.
Photos: El Cholo Exterior with Harley─Los Angeles, 2011; El Cholo Interior─Los Angeles, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I've been trying to use the Canon G12 as a landscape camera, but results have been mixed.
An earlier photo of cows worked OK. This is OK too. As as matter of fact, could go into the "Best of 2010" pix category.
Photo: Trees & Snow─Sierra Nevada, 2010