Wednesday, July 31, 2013

San Francisco Flowers

Geraniums - San Francisco  2013

Lantana Hedge - San Francisco  2013

Geraniums and lantana. Very pricey neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Adobe - San Francisco  2013

Knoweldge Is Golden - San Francisco  2013

Very early in the morning. Adobe wasn't yet open, alas, so Mike couldn't barge in to complain about their new pricing scheme.

Daytime view of the billboard at this April 16th post.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Sausalito Dog Blogging

Dog - Sausalito  2013

Dogs - Sausalito  2013

Dog - Sausalito  2013

Taken at Philz Coffee and along the boardwalk. Have to get these on the blog before they get taken off the computer's hard drive and stored in the external hard drive(s).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Very Large Camera

Photographers, Valley View - Yosemite  2013

Very Large Camera - Yosemite  2013

Prints (For Merge?) - Yosemite  2013

These fellows were manhandling this baby at the valley view in Yosemite when I stopped by. They were very absorbed in their work, though, so I'm not exactly sure what process they were using. Photographs were being printed and fixed on the spot using, interestingly enough, an ice fishing tent (!)

UPDATE: Please check out the very interesting comments by Carl Weese. (His blog is here.) The photographer in the orange-red shirt is apparently Eric Taubman. Extra photos of a similar camera can be seen at this site. Also see Carl's comments for an explanation of the ice fishing tent.

Wow . . . aren't the internets amazing?

Eskimo Ice Fishing Tent - Yosemite  2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Trader Joe's Parking Lot

Maserati - Marin County  2013

Tesla - Marin County  2013

. . . the other day.

I've always had a hankering for a Maserati. Don't know how practical it'd be for camping, however.

Friday, July 26, 2013

More Dogwood

Dogwood, Pines, Sky - Yosemite  2013

Dogwood Branches, Merced River - Yosemite  2013

I was acutely aware that I was working under optimal conditions: no wind and overcast sky. So I tried to work in as many dogwood photographs as possible.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Yosemite Above and Below

Bridelveil Fall, Merced River - Yosemite  2013

Cascade Creek - Yosemite  2013

The top photo was taken on my way to Yosemite at a popular viewpoint near the tunnels. The bottom photo of Cascade Creek was taken almost directly below - far below- the viewpoint.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More Yosemite

Bush, Trees, Fog - Yosemite  2013

Boulders, Trees, Fog - Yosemite  2013

OK, so now I'm going through my May photos, mainly deleting the non-keepers. Of course as I'm doing the deleting, I'm also finding some nice things that I missed first time around. Now I'm in the midst of the May Yosemite trip and have therefore come up with a few more posts.

The above photos were taken during my cloud-enhanced visit to Glacier Point. Also, I guess that I should mention that all photos were taken with an Olympus E-PL5 using a 14-150 zoom lens.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Beer - Berkeley  2013

Skewers - Berkeley  2013

Restaurant in Berkeley.

Supposed to be very good, but our verdict is still out. Small Japanese plates: we ordered several and requested that they come separately.

But they came all together. So differentiating between them was difficult. Mike, however, really liked the beer mugs.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Egret Blogging

Egret, Flying - Marin County  2013

Egret - Marin County  2013

I was wandering around the Sausalito docks, hoping for a heron, but was lucky enough to spot this egret. Searching for goodies, he wasn't particularly interested in the photographer.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Experimenting . . .

Fence & Ivy - Marin County  2013

Moon & Clouds - Marin County  2013

. . . with the Olympus E-PL5, a very small "micro four-thirds" camera. It has the same sensor as the Olympus OMD EM5, but it was $500 less. But it has some ergonomic issues. We'll see.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Booth 1 - San Rafael  2013

Booth 2 - San Rafael  2013

Top: canopy with truck in background. Yes, I've arrived early. Still about an hour's worth of setting up to do.

Bottom: final setup. This is the Sunday Farmers Market at the Marin County Civic Center, last April.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Los Angeles Street Art (Melrose Avenue #41)

Don't Paint the Wall - Los Angeles  2013

Marching - Los Angeles  2013

This stuff is continually evolving . . . something new everytime I go there.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Los Angeles Evening

Humps - Los Angeles  2013

Shorty's - Los Angeles  2013

Both taken near Melrose Avenue. "Humps" sign seen on Ogden Drive, Shorty's is on Fairfax. Both taken using an Olympus E-PL1 with the 14-150 zoom.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Los Angeles Flowers

Flower - Los Angeles  2013

Flowers, Wall, Window - Los Angeles  2013

I'm going through last quarter's photos, deleting a lot of them of course. But, you always come across some extra stuff that you didn't see the first time through, such as the above.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Lupin - Point Reyes  2013

Lupin, Fence, Self-Portrait - Point Reyes  2013

I think that's what it is, anyway. Seen on the way to my (yesterday's) gull photo. Like I said: windy, cold, hazy.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Gull Blogging

Gulls - Point Reyes  2013

Taken at Point Reyes . . . conditions were very chilly, windy and hazy. Not very productive, photographically speaking. Gulls seemed to be enjoying themselves, though.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sad Stories

Mother of the Forest - Calaveras County  2013

Selling the Sublime - Yosemite  2013

Two signs I've seen this year, one in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the other in Yosemite, both with examples of the unthinking depredation of the wilderness that occurred in the 1800's. Implied in these statements is the assumption that we modern folk are so much more sensitive and in tune with our surroundings that we'd never allow environmental catastrophes to occur.

One wonders what kind of interpretive signs will be posted in the coming years concerning the folks of the 2000's and their stewardship of the land.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Red Rectangle - Marin County  2013

Pure color: a breakthrough in visually impactful photography with no subject matter diluting its immediacy.

(I found this photo on my iPhone . . . don't know where it came from or how it was taken.)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sonoma Diner - 2

Cabinet - Sonoma County  2013

Spoon, Overhead Fan - Sonoma County  2013

Most likely purposely distressed furniture.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sonoma Diner - 1

Fremont Diner Truck - Sonoma County  2013

Fremont Diner Open Sign - Sonoma County  2013

We had brunch at the Fremont Diner in Sonoma County last month. It was good! I'd go back.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

San Francisco Sightems - Murals

Fish Mural - San Francisco  2013

Eagle Mural - San Francisco  2013

Hanna and I were taking a walk through the South of Market area when we came across these cool murals.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

San Francisco Sightems

Evening Sky - San Francisco  2013

White Peacock, Self Portrait - San Francisco  2013

Evening sky in April . . . cold wind blowing.

Window display in the "Design" district.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog - San Francisco  2013

Dog - San Francisco  2013

Two pix from the SF food truck place, near Costco. Not only are there a number of food trucks, but there's also a beer truck!

And, you know what they say.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

June Rain - 2

Tibetan Prayer Flags, Buckeye Tree, Rain - Marin County  2013

M & G Tables, Rain - Marin County  2013

Rain totals were actually quite high in Marin County.

Of course as soon as the rain passed through it became insanely hot. Insanely hot for Marin, anyway.