Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ghosts . . .

Ghosts - San Francisco  2015

. . . seen in San Francisco.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Motorcycle #3

Motorcycle - San Rafael  2015

Two days ago at the Marin County Civic Center.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Motorcycle #2

Valkyrie - San Rafael  1999
Seen in a San Rafael parking lot.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Motorcycle #1

Post Rock - Seattle  1998

One of my continuing selection of 1990's photos. Taken in . . .um, Seattle, I think.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Late September, San Francisco

King St. Off-Ramp - San Francisco  2015

Orange Cone, Concrete - San Francisco 2015

High cloud cover. I was using an Olympus 25mm (prime) lens (50mm equiv.).

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Blackbird Blogging

Blackbirds - Marin County  2015

Circling in the mist high above the San Geronimo Valley.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Bougainvillea - Los Angeles 1997

I've been recently going through some photos from the 90s. In the late 90s I switched from using Tmax black and white film for my 35mm camera to Kodacolor 200, reasoning that scanning technology was improving and digital printing was on the horizon.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Robot - San Francisco  2015

Mike happened to find himself at the UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital last month. Wandering through the corridors he came across this autonomous robot rolling down the hallway intent on delivering clean laundry.


Wired Magazine did a piece on it, entitled "This Incredible Hospital Robot Is Saving Lives. Also, I Hate It."

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jean Paul

Jean Paul - Oakland  2015

Another Oakland shot. I was using an Olympus E-PL5 and a Panasonic 20mm lens.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Oakland P.M.

Parking Lot - Oakland  2015

Weeds - Oakland  2015

Near Jack London Square.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jaguar, Palm Tree

Jaguar, Palm Tree - Marin County  2015

At the Jaguar/Volvo dealership in Corte Madera.

No, we didn't get either a Jaguar or a Volvo, but it was fun to look.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

San Rafael Sightems

Men, Boat - San Rafael  2015

Asian Market - San Rafael  2015

Walking around San Rafael, waiting for my car to be repaired.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday Cat Blogging

Cat, Hay - Marin County  2015

Stable cat.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Flowers with Smoke . . .

Building (Smoke) - San Anselmo  2015

. . . creating a yellowish haze in the east.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Camping Trivia

Propane Canister - Sierra Nevada  2015

Bottom of the propane canister Mike was using for his recent camping trip. He bought it in August, 2007.

Eight years old!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Moon & Sunset Pix

Moon, Red Cloud - Marin County  2015

Sunset, Redwoods - Marin County  2015

I rarely take sunset photos, but I made an exception in this case.

More moon shots here. Hm . . . some are quite nice!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Next Door Neighbor's Fruit

Fruit - Marin County  2015

While I was being shot down by olive fruit flies, Gail, our next door neighbor, had her usual abundant harvest.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Store Windows

Pacific East Mall Store Window - Richmond  2015

Piedmont - San Francisco  2015

Store windows in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sad Olives

Damaged Olives - Marin County  2015

Alert readers will recall earlier accounts of my experiments with harvesting and brining olives. Alas, the last two years' crops were a total failure due to the presence of olive fruit flies. After last year's disaster I was prepared to give up on any kind of harvest, but I didn't. Instead, this year I installed two (2) fruit fly traps. They're ball-shaped, using yeast pellets as attractant dissolved in water at the bottom. (See below.)

Alas again, they didn't work well enough to protect the olives. Many fruit flies were trapped, but not nearly enough to prevent another total loss.

So . . . what to do? The next option presented at an olive seminar I attended was to prevent the tree from fruiting, either through some sort of chemical spray, or by physically knocking the flowers off in the spring. But you would have to be prepared to do that every year, indefinitely . . .

It might be time to look into replacing the tree with a fruitless variety.

Olive Trap #1 - Marin County  2015

Olive Trap #2 - Marin County  2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Fawn Blogging

Fawn - Sierra Nevada  2015

Two fawns and their mother were grazing in the aspen forest during my mini-hike. Mostly unconcerned, but somewhat curious.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mountains On The Way Back

Mountains, Clouds - Sierra Nevada  2015

Mountains, Clouds, Telephone Poles, Cows - Sierra Nevada  2015

Photos taken from the Green Creek campground road, going out to Bridgeport.

Top photo taken looking west with an Olympus 9-18mm zoom lens set to 9mm (18 equiv.). Bottom photo taken looking east with an Olympus 14-150mm zoom lens set to 100mm (200 equiv.).

Alas, no more spectacular views the rest of the way home, even though my route took me over Sonora Pass.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Camp Departure

Truck, Aspen Trunks, Campsite (Green Creek) - Sierra Nevada  2015

Road (Green Creek) - Sierra Nevada  2015
Back to camp, load up and start the drive home.

Not as hectic a departure as my last camping trip.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Green Creek A.M. Mini-Hike #2

Mountain Ridge, Clouds - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspen, Granite - Sierra Nevada  2015
I couldn't spend that much time on the hike . . . just went a little way up the trail, then turned back to camp.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Green Creek A.M. Mini-Hike #1

Aspens, Clouds, Mountains - Sierra Nevada  2015

Very little sleep during the night. When I finally got up in the morning darkness there were clouds dimly discerned overhead. And it was relatively warm! 61 degrees, no jacket required.

First things first: boil some water for the Starbucks instant coffee with an indeterminate amount of Coffeemate added. Then go for a mini-hike on the East Lake trail.

Mike, Coffee - Sierra Nevada  2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Aspens #3

Aspens - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspens - Sierra Nevada  2015

For these 6:45 AM shots I set the camera to aperture priority, using F6.3 for depth of field purposes. The bottom photo was taken at 1/15th second . . . luckily the camera (Olympus E-M10 has image stabilization built-in.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Forest Details

False Hellebores - Sierra Nevada  2015

Pine Cones - Sierra Nevada  2015

Found in and around the Green Creek Campground.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Dog Blogging

Cassie - Sierra Nevada  2015
Vince's English Setter.

Vince is the Camp Host at Green Creek Campground, and a photographer. (!)

His web site: vincentgoetz

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Green Creek

Green Creek - Sierra Nevada  2008

I didn't get any great photos of Green Creek this time, so I thought I'd post an older photo from 2008.

A photomerge . . . you can see the slightly odd curvature in the ripples. Taken with an Olympus E-510 digital SLR.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Aspens #2

Aspens (Evening) - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspen Leaves (Backlit) - Sierra Nevada  2015

I had foolishly not taken the tripod (not for what was supposed to be a backpack). Top shot taken at 1/60th second, F7.1 with an Olympus E-M10. Olympus cameras, using a smaller sensor, have a greater depth of field than larger ones.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Aspens #1

Aspen Trunks - Sierra Nevada  2015

Aspen Leaves - Sierra Nevada  2015

If you set up your camp amidst the aspens, you had better be prepared for aspen photos.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Green Creek Campground

Campground (Green Creek) - Sierra Nevada  2015

 A car camp! I was thinking that if I went north hopefully the smoke would diminish to a more manageable level. At first I was going to go to the Leavitt Meadows campground, but as I drove past Mono Lake I remembered the Green Creek campground.

Hali and I had had an unfortunate bear incident there in 2008, so I was wondering if the campground was now equipped with bear boxes. The ranger station in Bridgeport didn't really have any info, so I decided to chance it.

Yay! Bear boxes! So I set up camp amidst the aspens.