Sunday, January 31, 2016

Oyster Memories

Oyster Farm Site - Point Reyes  2016

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

- Lewis Carroll

Mike's car is the only vehicle in the parking lot at the site of the former Drake's Bay Oyster Company.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Herchurch #1 - San Francisco  2016

Herchurch #2 - San Francisco  2016

Black and white pix, so you can't really tell that the church is purple.

Sutro Tower in the background.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Market Street

Crossing Market Street - San Francisco  2016

Bus Stop, Market Street - San Francisco  2016

Yes, Market Street sightems.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

San Francisco Centre

Bloomingdale's - San Francisco  2016

Nordstorm - San Francisco  2016

On Market Street. You can tell it's upscale 'cause of the "centre" spelling.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stable Sightems

Greg, Yellow Truck - Marin County  2015

Lost Sony - Marin County  2015

Top: Greg and his big yellow truck.

Bottom: Missing Sony. Hope they got it back!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Year's Day Hike - 2

Oak, Mt. Tamalpais - Marin County  2016

Tree Trunks - Marin County  2016

Forest details, and view of Mt. Tamalpais sans smog . . . yay!

Afterwards all the hikers gather at Barbara's for food and drink . . . yay!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Hawk Blogging

Hawk - Marin County  2016

Hawk - Marin County  2015

Different hawks, alas, taken in different years. Top hawk seen on the annual Barbara Beck Loop Trail New Year's Day Hike.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Year's Day Hike - 1

Oak Branches - Marin County  2016

Oaks (Open Area) - Marin County  2016

As I mentioned, we participated once again in Barbara's annual New Year's Day Hike in the Marin County Water District.

For this particular outing I brought along a Canon G5X.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Star Wars Cheez-It

Star Wars Cheez-It - Marin County  2016

Star Wars Theater - Marin County  2016

Mike finally got around to seeing the new Star Wars movie, in a nice almost-vacant theater.

It was OK, but Mike has no plans to see it three or four times.

Friday, January 22, 2016

More Black and White: Marin Sightems

Workers, Ferry - Marin County  2015

Chainlink Fence - Marin County  2015

Nice to know that when you Google "sightems" the top entries belong to the mikereport.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Black and White Conversions

Lichen, Branches - Marin County  2015

Downed Fence, Blackberry - Marin County  2015

. . . that I happen to like. Taken with a Canon G5X (not sure what the "X" is supposed to designate.)

It takes a wider photo than I'm used to . . . sometimes comes in handy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tree, Rain

Tree, Rain - Marin County  2015

Driving through the San Geronimo Valley in pouring rain I pulled over at one of my favorite spots, rolled the passenger window down and took this photo with a Canon G5X zoomed out to the max (100mm equiv.)

What I didn't realize was that the ISO had somehow got set at 12,800 (!) (Early days with the camera: don't think it'll happen again [fingers crossed].)

Huh . . . the final result doesn't look all that bad, like some kind of Photoshop artistic filter had been applied.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Grizzly Bear Blogging

Grizzly Bear - San Francisco  2015

OK, yes, at the SF Zoo. Behind glass. But still, this might be the only opportunity for the mikereport to post a grizzly photo.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Oak Trees

Oak, Fire Road - Marin County  2015

Oak Branches - Marin County  2015

Still posting 2015 photos!

Top: Oak at the end of our street, where the pavement turns into a fire road.

Bottom: Oak branches, much-photographed by me, near Tuffy's paddock. Redwood trees in the background.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Fennel, Fence - Marin County  2015

White Fence, Hinges - Marin County  2015

In Marin County.

Top: Fennel and fence that I saw on our street.

Bottom: End-of-street fence in Terra Linda.

Friday, January 15, 2016


Toyon Berries, Clouds - Marin County  2015

Toyon Berries - Marin County  2015

Hali and I were hiking a local trail when we came across this very nice specimen.

It is also known by the common names Christmas berry and California holly. Accordingly, "the abundance of this species in the hills above Los Angeles... gave rise to the name Hollywood."

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Chimney, Highlander

Chimney, Snow - Sierra Nevada  2015

Highlander, Visitor Center - Sierra Nevada  2015

Two more photos from our Truckee trip.

Top: Chimney at the Plumas-Eureka park's visitor center.

Bottom: Highlander with chimney visible in the background. Highlander is very cushy, by the way.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Neko Sushi

Neko Sushi - San Francisco  2015

What Is Neko Sushi - San Francisco  2015

'Nuff said.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Scooter, Okinawa - January, 1966

Motor Scooter (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

Who among us can pinpoint exactly where we were 50 years ago this month?

I don't know, maybe a lot! Maybe some weren't even born 50 years ago.

Anyway, 50 years ago this month Mike was motor scootering down a rural byway in Okinawa with his Nikon F slung over his shoulder*. At one point he impulsively stopped and clambered up a nearby hillside through the pampas grass to get a photo of his older, but still serviceable, motor scooter.

*Maybe. Can't exactly remember how the camera was carried.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Horse Blogging

Horse - Marin County  2015

After the rain: horse lying down. There must be something about wet mud that they find appealing, because lots of them were lying down, in the mud.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Branches, Leaves - Marin County  2015

Yellow Leaves - Marin County  2015

Muted fall colors. Photos taken using a Canon G5X.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Mr. Cool Guy

"Hoverboard" - San Francisco  2015

Here we see Mr. Cool Guy, riding his "hoverboard" down Townsend (SF south of Market).

Whoa, not only is he riding his "hoverboard" but he's also got his dog (Mr. Cool Dog, in really Cool Jacket) along for the ride!

Friday, January 8, 2016

San Francisco Sightems - 2

Side Yard - San Francisco  2015

Meat Company Truck - San Francisco  2015

Top photo taken in the vicinity of the zoo.

Bottom photo taken south of Market.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

San Francisco Sightems - 1

Playground - San Francisco  2015

Kendo, Bay Bridge - San Francisco  2015

Top photo taken at a playground out in the "Avenues."

Bottom photo: I guess that's kendo. Right?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Neat Window Display

Barbies, Holiday Display - San Francisco  2015
Toddler, Holiday Display - San Francisco  2015

Seen in the San Francisco design district.

Wow, it was great. You just knew that it was going to capture the attention of any toddler who happened to be passing by.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Fence, Tree - Marin County  2015

Fence, Blackberry Leaves - Marin County  2015

In the San Geronimo Valley, both taken with a Canon G5X.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday Crow Blogging

Crow, Fog - Marin County  2015

. . . from last October.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Oak, Blackbirds

Oak, Blackbirds - Marin County  2015

Hum. Maybe this should have been a "Monday Blackbird Blogging" post.

But maybe not. Taken at sunset using an Olympus E-M10 and the 14-150mm lens at 14mm (28eq).

Saturday, January 2, 2016

San Francisco Windows, Reflections

Window, Plants, Self-Portrait - San Francisco  2015

Window, Self-Portrait - San Francisco  2015

. . . and self-portraits.