Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mattress Detritus

Mattress Detritus

Saw this on the sidewalk just outside the entrance to my building one morning last week when I was on my way out to work. The night before, a homeless person had been bundled up and sleeping on it. It was all gone, the mattress and all the junk around it, when I got home at the end of the day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In My Neighborhood: Martini Monday is Over

Martini Monday is Over

...At least for this week it is. The Lush Lounge is moving to a new spot a block up Polk Street, and they're taking their signature security gates with them.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Martini Monday

Sapphire Martini 03
Bombay Sapphire, of course, in a glass I got free with a 1.75 of Sapphire many years ago.


Wetland 2
One of my hobbies is fighting to protect these areas. See an alternate take of this one here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


One half of "Yin and Yang", a sculpture by Robert Arneson at Embarcadero and Clay (which has changed a lot since this painting).

Shadow Shot Sunday explained; a selection of last week's is here.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Near the Place de la Bastille

Sorry, I've got nothing, so I'll work the archives. I busted my point-and-shoot taking personal stuff recently and I just got a teeny tiny replacement. And I have an idea worth picking up the DSLR for one of these days. So I'll be back. But, damn, do I need to go on a trip.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Travel Thursday: Motels of Hwy 395

Silver Maple No Vacancy
Bridgeport, CA

Highway 395, skirting the eastern edge of California for most of the length of the state, then skipping into Nevada for a while before coming back to the Golden State and heading up to Oregon and points north, is probably my favorite road in all of the US. I've spent many, many hours going north and south on that road, and expect I will log many, many more before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Here are just a few of the motel signs that can be seen on a stretch of about 100 miles of this fascinating highway, from Lee Vining, CA, to Carson City, NV.


Andruss Motel

Walker, CA

Carson City, NV

Gateway Motel
Lee Vining, CA

Topaz Lodge
Topaz, NV

Motor Motel
Bridgeport, CA

Minden Motel
Minden, NV

Toiyabe Motel Day II
Walker, CA

Toiyabe Motel Night
Walker, CA

City Center Motel Night
Carson City, NV

Lee Vining Motel
Lee Vining, CA

Redwood Motel
Bridgeport, CA

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Power Lines and Clouds in Asphalt

Power Lines & Clouds in Asphalt

We arrived in Bridgeport late Saturday afternoon and missed the rain by about half an hour, but there was plenty of water on the ground to let us know it had been through there. This was in the parking lot of the Redwood Motel.

We were lucky to get a room there at all, seeing as how it was the big E Clampus Vitus annual get-together that weekend. All the other motels and hotels in town were full of Clampers. Dinner at Rhino's that night was a sea of red shirts and Clamper badges.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lawn Chairs

Parking Day 03
At Front & Sacramento, part of the annual Parking Day festivities.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Lights and Shadows
Late afternoon in Embarcadero 3.

Want to join in? Here are the rules; here's a selection of last week's entries.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Travel Thursday: Mono Lake

Mono Lake 10
East of Yosemite, Mono Lake presents one of the weirder landscapes in California. Apparently, the deal is this: the lake is extremely saline; there are mineral springs on the lake bed; and when the calcium-rich spring water hits the salty Mono Lake water, the calcium precipitates out--creating these odd formations. All of these, of course, were below the surface of the lake at one time. Under a court order that settled a very long and contentious struggle between conservationists and L.A. Water & Power, most of them will eventually be below the lake surface again.
Mono Lake

Mono Lake 09

Mono Lake 16

Mono Lake 17

Mono Lake 20

Mono Lake 05

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Fossil Falls 05
Fossil Falls (which has neither falls nor fossils), a gorge cutting through the volcanic tablelands of the southern Owens Valley.

Shadow Shot Sunday rules here; a selection of last week's shots here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Travel Thursday: Seattle

Needle Puddle

It's been a couple years since I was in Seattle last. Maybe it's getting close to time to visit again...


Seattle Skyline

Seattle Fruit


Wave Sculpture

Pike Place

Red Reflection

Baby Bonds at Safeco


Rooms 75¢

Space Needle

Seattle Towers