Friday, July 31, 2009

Walk Right In

Pine & Jones

Neon sign at (can you guess?)... Pine & Jones Streets.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Travel Thursday: Pescadero

Pescadero Garden

Less than an hour's drive down Highway 1 from San Francisco, Pescadero is a sleepy little farm town with some beautiful gardens, old homes and interesting artwork. Duarte's Tavern is over 100 years old, and serves the best cream of artichoke and cream of green chile soups anywhere; plus olallieberry pie to die for. The nearby state beach was recently in the news because PETA offered to pay to keep it open despite the current California budget cuts that will close down many state parks -- if only it would change its name to Sea Kitten State Park.

I am not making that up.


Ed Nunes

Pescadero Pony & Pals

Obama House

NSGW Porch

American Beauties

Pescadero Church



Lamp Globe BW
At an entrance to the U.S. Customs building, Battery & Jackson.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Tommy's with Flying Bud

A hofbrau with a great neon sign just a block over from my place. The reflected Budweiser sign looks like it's about to attack.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Photo Op

Glacier Point 03
At Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.



A few days after I shot this, my friend Karen had to pull out all her tomatoes because of a blight of some kind. It's a small but very real tragedy in my life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

In My Neighborhood

Sit Down Standpipe

This spot on Post Street sees more than its fair share of abandoned chairs and couches.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Birds in Light & Shadow

One of many murals to be found in San Francisco, on a late sunny afternoon. Must be Shadow Shot Sunday!

To see some of last week's SSS entries, go here.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Turning Double Happiness on its Head

Red Character

The character means double happiness, but it's glued on upside-down. Seen on an art car in Marin over the weekend. For more shots of the car and its many decorations, go here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Travel Thursday: Berlin

Kaiser Wilhelm Church

This is the bombed-out (and preserved that way) Kaiser Wilhelm Church at twilight. We only had 24 hours in Berlin, so we tried to make the most of it. What we really need to do is go back and spend a week or more.


Holocaust Memorial Red

Banhof Potsdamer Platz

Brandenburg Gate

Holocaust Balloon II

Stained Glass Tilt

Berlin Sculpture

Dem Deutschen Volke

Kiosk in Berlin

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hematite Magnets

Hematite Magnets

Seen at the 4th of July street fair in Bridgeport.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday


A peek up the stairs at SF MOMA. It's Shadow Shot Sunday! To see some of last week's entries, click here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Forum Bas

Forum Bas
In the lobby at Centre Pompidou

Travel Thursday


Something a little different: This is a shot I took from the airplane while coming into SFO last Friday. This is over the Peninsula, south of San Francisco, around Foster City.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sun Pool

Sun Pool

Just some rocks and an old piece of wood in the shallows reflecting sunlight at the edge of Upper Twin Lake, but I like the color.

Note all the yellow pine pollen in the water. By the end of the week there, the white truck we had rented looked like it was covered with sulfur.

Tall Ship

Cuauhtemoc 09
The Cuauhtemoc, a training vessel for the Mexican Naval Academy built in the style of an 18th-century tall ship. It's parked at Pier 27 and open to visitors through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In My Neighborhood

Hemlock Reflected

Hemlock Tavern reflected in the window of the truck we rented to go camping a couple weeks ago.


Acadia National Park

Monday, July 13, 2009

Martini Monday?

Olives I

Looks can be deceiving: I'm posting this on Martini Monday, but this is actually just a chilled vodka with olives. No gin, no vermouth, not a martini. Still pretty inviting, though, isn't it?

Oh yeah -- I'm baaaaack!

In My Neighborhood Yard

Bird 01
Some kind of hawk, maybe a Cooper's Hawk (according to a friend of mine who knows birds), surveying the hunting grounds in our backyard.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Snowfield Shadows BW
Mountain Hemlock shadows on a snowfield at Lake Anna, Trinity Alps Wilderness. More pics from the Trinities here.

What is this Shadow Shot Sunday thing? Well might you ask. This week's edition (with a selection of last week's pics) here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Angle of Repose

Angle of Repose
Deer Creek Valley, Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Travel Thursday: Redding, California

Sundial Bridge 01

Far as I can tell there are three things to see in Redding. Two of them are Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen, visible in the distance on clear days. The third is the Sundial Bridge. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, it's a pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River; the walkway is translucent, and the whole thing is lit at night. (Alas, I was there during the day.) It's a beautiful design, and a very cool addition to a town that doesn't seem to have all that much else.

More info here, and more pics below the fold.

Sundial Bridge 03

Sundial Bridge 07

Sundial Bridge 08

Sundial Bridge 05

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


A hazy pre-dawn view east from Lake Anna, Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Green and Blue

Abstract Tarns
Lower Siligo Meadows, Trinity Alps Wilderness