|Tuffy & Shawna - Marin County 1991|
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|Tuffy - Vacaville 1985|
Tuffy being ridden by Heidi, his trainer. Photo is captioned on the back: "Tuffy's first show (and ribbon) / Ranchotel - 1985"
|Sundown Stables - Home of Ultra Tuff|
We first met Tuffy at Sundown Stables where Hali was sponsoring a horse. ("Devil," a very nice fellow, not devilish at all.) She purchased Tuffy in 1987.
Monday, November 28, 2016
|Tuffy Running - Marin County 2009|
The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines both the conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors. Developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) breed registry is now one of the largest in
The American Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with the American Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. A registered Paint horse should conform to the same "stock horse" body type desired in Quarter Horses: a muscular animal that is heavy but not too tall, with a low center of gravity for maneuverability, and powerful hindquarters suitable for rapid acceleration and sprinting.
Tuffy (more formally, Ultratuff) was a paint. And, once he got a ribbon! (See tomorrow's post.) He and Hali mainly participated in trail riding, usually in Marin County but also elsewhere in California.
He had a bad case of horse colic last June, but seemed to recover from it. As a result we were obliged to put him on a no-hay diet. The colic reoccured, in a much more severe form last October, when we were in Osaka. We were kept up to date through iMessages from Sarah. Later in the day we found out that a vet who was at the stable at the time attempted to treat Tuffy, but after consulting with Tuffy's vet the decision was made to put him down. For the best, as we didn't want him to suffer.
The next several posts will be an "All-Tuffy" week at the mikereport.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
|Buckeye - Marin County 2016|
I hiked to the top of Loma Alta in late September, hoping to break in a new pair of North Face hiking shoes before a trip to Japan.
Nice views all the way up to the top, but I still got a blister in Japan.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
|Highway 5 Truck Stop #1 - Stanislaus County 2016|
|Highway 5 Truck Stop #2 - Stanislaus County 2016|
OK, so maybe the truck stop isn't in Stanislaus County. Very close, though.
Two iPhone pano photos.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
|Blue Heron, Cows - Point Reyes 2016|
Mike spotted this large bird swooping overhead, uttering loud squawks all the while. Maybe it had something to do with the falcon sitting on a post in the background.
|Blue Heron, Swooping - Point Reyes 2016|
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
|Hon's Wun-Tun House Ltd. of Calif. - San Francisco 2016|
|Hon's Wun-Tun House Ltd. of Calif. - San Francisco 2006|
This year and ten years ago. Top photo an upwards-rotating iPhone panorama, bottom photo taken with a Sony R1.
Looks like they've upgraded the awning!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
|Coyote Bush, Lagoon - Point Reyes 2016|
|Grass, Dunes, Lagoon - Point Reyes 2016|
After my hike I dropped by the Visitor Center to get the coyote bush ID. Usually it's much taller, but here the offshore winds keep it pushed down.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
|Peregrine Falcon - Point Reyes 2016|
Mike was hiking on the Abbott's Lagoon trail at Point Reyes last September when he noticed a roped-off area near the beach. Getting closer he saw that the area behind the rope was a Snowy Plover nesting area, not to be entered. So, anyway, of course he noticed plenty of footsteps inside the prohibited area. But then he also noticed a fierce-looking hawk, also inside the area. Mike got as close as he could, racked the Olympus 14-150mm zoom out as far as possible and took a number of photos.
Back at home the ID was pretty clear: a Peregrine Falcon. Wow!
One of the world's fastest birds; in power-diving from great heights to strike prey, the Peregrine may possibly reach 200 miles per hour. Regarded by falconers and biologists alike as one of the noblest and most spectacular of all birds of prey.
|Bird Nesting Area - Point Reyes 2016|
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
|Alcatraz, Mt. Tamalpais - San Francisco 2016|
|Bay Bridge, Cranes - San Francisco 2016|
Taken using an Olympus 14-150mm zoom lens. Cranes are across the bay in Oakland.
Also, Alcatraz photo with smog.
Also, some on-site Alcatraz photos.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
|Eastern Bakery - San Francisco 2006|
|Eastern Bakery - San Francisco 2016|
Two photos of Eastern Bakery on Grant Avenue, taken 10 years apart. 2006 photo was taken with a Sony R1, current one with an Olympus E-M10.
Friday, November 4, 2016
|8075 - Los Angeles 2016|
|Beverly Blossoms - Los Angeles 2016|
Beverly Blossoms is not on Beverly Boulevard, but on Third Street.