Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Rabbit Blogging

Rabbit - Sacramento County  2015

Seen near the parking lot at Cosumnes Preserve. Compare to earlier rabbit photo.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Empty Streets

Third Street - Los Angeles  1974

Division Street - San Francisco  2015

Top photo taken with a Nikon F, 50mm lens. Probably Panatomic-X film.

Bottom photo taken with an Olympus E-PL5, Panasonic 20mm lens. (Digital.)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Barcelino, Gorgissima

Barcelino - Sausalito  2015

Gorgissima - Beverly Hills  1991

Sausalito and Beverly Hills sightems.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sausalito Sightems

Theater Entrance - Sausalito  2015

Fire Truck - Sausalito  2015

In Sausalito, trying out the new Olympus 14-150mm zoom lens, which is turning out to be pretty good.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sausalito Seal

Seal Sculpture - Sausalito  2015
Nice skyline view.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sausalito Art

Art #1 - Sausalito  2015

Art #2 - Sausalito  2015
Taken with an Olympus E-M10 and a new 14-150 zoom lens.

Hope I'm not violating anybody's exquisite copyright rights.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brazil Cafe, Day & Night

Brazil Cafe #1 - Berkeley  2015

Brazil Cafe #2 - Berkeley  2015

Taken with an Olympus E-PL5 and a Panasonic 20mm lens.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Orange Crowned Warbler Blogging

Orange Crowned Warbler - Marin County  2015

In our backyard going for the sweetpea seedpods.

No wonder we have a lot of volunteer sweetpeas.

(ID by, of course, Barbara.)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

. . . from the archives #87: Sand Dunes - Death Valley, 1992

Sand Dunes - Death Valley  1992

 Revisited using Photoshop. The original had branches reaching up past the edge of the photo, plus a confusing stray branch at the bottom. Fixed!

Photo of a print that I made using my darkroom below:

Sand Dunes Print - Marin County  2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rose Garden

Roses - Portland  2015

Shakespeare Garden - Portland  2015

Photos taken during a last-minute visit to Portland's famous Rose Garden.

"On clear days there are views of the Cascade Mountains, with Mount Hood featured prominently."

Alas, it wasn't at all clear during our stay, so we never did get to see Mount Hood. Nice flowers, though.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst Park - Portland  2015

Oregon Grape - Portland  2015

Wanting to visit some other section of Portland other than the downtown area we managed to wend our way over the river to Laurelhurst Park.

Just a little bit gloomy under the overcast sky, but very picturesque.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Portland Sightems #4

Avalon - Portland  2015

Window (Sunset) - Portland  2015

Avalon Theatre in the Laurelhurst district.

Afternoon sun reflected in the window opposite our hotel. Hot.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Portland Sightems #3

Umbrella Sculpture - Portland  2015

Mural - Portland  2015

Top: Umbrella sculpture ("Allow Me.")

Bottom: Mural seen near Blue Star Donuts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Portland Food #2

Enchilada, etc - Portland  2015

Enchilada with mole sauce, guacamole and margarita at Cocina Verde. One stop we took in a foodie walking tour in Portland.

Food was great! Recommended.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Lizard, Horse Blogging

Lizard, Horse - Marin County  2015
Horse: Tuffy, naturally. Plus, a little lizard on Tuffy's paddock gate.

iPhone photo.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Portland A.M.

Truck, Building - Portland  2015

Chairs, Flowers - Portland  2015

Taken during early morning Starbucks visits.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Drinking Fountain

Drinking Fountain - Portland  2015

One of a number of drinking fountains scattered throughout Portland's downtown. And they're always running! No water shortage up in Oregon, I guess.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Portland Food #1

Korean Twist - Portland  2015

Donuts (Blue Star) - Portland  2015

Top photo: Scene at Portland's famous food carts.

Next: Donuts at the famous Blue Star Donuts. (O.G.: Original Glazed.) Wow. Extra photo below:

Eat Donuts - Portland  2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Portland Sightems #2

Steeple, Building - Portland  2015

Mural - Portland  2015

Walking around downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Portland Sightems #1

Post Sculpture - Portland  2015

We're Open - Portland  2015

Unique post sculpture seen in the downtown area. "Cool" sign undoubtedly referring to the heat wave.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

River Walk

Portland Sign - Portland  2015

Steel Bridge Detail - Portland  2015

Photos taken during a morning river loop walk.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog, Belmont St - Portland  2015

Outside a market on Belmont St in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Runners - Portland  2015

In the 90's during the day. Also, smoke from forest fires in Canada was somehow making its way down into Oregon. Photo taken during a hike we took up and down the Willamette River.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Woodburn Lunch Stop

Tienda La Jerusalem - Oregon  2015

Luis's Taqueria Menu - Oregon  2015
We left Eugene and drove up Highway 5 for a few days in Portland. On the way a Google search led us to Luis's Taqueria in Woodburn. It was good, but the al pastor didn't seem quite as tasty as the Bay Area version we're used to. However, the lengua was very tasty.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Two Views of the McKenzie

McKenzie River #1 - Oregon  2015

McKenzie River #2 - Eugene  2015
Top: Up in the woods east of Eugene.

Bottom: Taken from a pedestrian/bike bridge in Eugene.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Eugene Sightems #2

Coca-Cola - Eugene  2015

Mame Exterior - Eugene  2015
Coca-Cola property now owned by the University of Oregon.

Mame (mah-may): an idiosyncratic sushi restaurant: varied (and delicious) items extremely skillfully prepared. (The small air conditioner, though, was not quite up to the blistering Eugene heat.)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

On The Banks of the McKenzie River

Rhododendron - Oregon  2015

Steps, McKenzie River - Oregon  2015
Humid and warm, with high clouds providing nice diffuse light. Both photos taken with an Olympus E-PL5. Lens was a 9-18mm (wide-angle) zoom used at the widest end.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oregon Beer

Beer - Eugene  2015

"May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!"

- Gandalf, to Butterbur in The Fellowship of the Ring

Actually, the beer in Oregon was of surpassing excellence. Above, a shot of Springers Summer Ale taken at Falling Sky in Eugene. Yum!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Merganser Blogging

Mergansers, McKenzie River - Eugene  2015

A "bunch of immatures," according to Barbara. Compare to my recent Yosemite sighting.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

In Back of Our Motel

Vetch - Eugene  2015

There's a big series of interlinked walking paths along the McKenzie River (which we didn't find out about until our last day in Eugene).

Very nice.