Sunday, December 18, 2011

Foggy Oaks

We're socked in, at least for half the day, making for some dramatic "pea soup" moments.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Truckee River-walk, Reno, Mt. Rose Highway, Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake for Thanksgiving.

Donner Lake is a lonesome place in the late afternoon in November, but beautiful.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Playing in the park

Heather Farm Park with with an amphibious RC vehicle and some nice foliage.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Morphbian rules the pond

See those ducks surrounding our shoreline? They're very patiently waiting for Jackson to leave with his Morphibian, because normally this is a DUCK hangout. Not a land-and-water-use RC vehicle hangout. In fact, I think we're the only ones I've ever seen to use the park waterways in this manner.

Luckily for the ducks. the Morphibian is quiet and unobtrusive. Still: as soon as we leave, they immediately overtake this area, especially at dusk. I'm sorry ducks but until a park official kicks us out, we'll be sharing the pond.

Morphibian RC vehicle

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We took a short walk on a long pier

The Berkeley Marina has this crazy-long pier that looks like it goes all the way to San Francisco (but it doesn't). It used to be three miles long but I guess it's just a quarter of a mile now. Still, it was so windy, foggy and cold, we couldn't even get to the half-way mark before turning around and heading toward the little beach cove nearby. There, it was warm, still and sunny. A complete micro-climate 100 yards away. We then headed to the boat-launch dock, another 100 yards away and flew our kite in the rediscovered wind.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Diablo Taiko plus Bonsai

Summer's almost over but the memories are sweet. Here's an excerpt from Diablo Taiko's performance at the Annual Diablo Japanese-American Summer Festival. I completely pigged out at this festival. I love Japanese food. The udon was really good. I also learned a lot about traditional Japanese flower arranging (Ikenobo ikebana) from master flower-arranger and first-class charmer Hideko Metaxas. This artform is like making very focused sculpture using natural elements.

The bonsai from the Shikishima Bonsai Club were exceptional. Apologies for the low contrast in these photos. Everything was nicely shaded making it hard to light on the fly.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stow Lake - Golden Gate Park

A paddle-boat ride with Richie and Jackson. This time around we got to meet the captain of the boathouse (he's not really a captain--I just think of him that way) who happens to be an avid record collector. He and Richie talked shop and we got free organic juices. A fine trip, as always!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Night Fountain

I wish you could hear the geese-at-dusk sounds, which always make me sleepy. There was also a really interesting traditional Indian dance with live music going on in the community center near by, and dancers practising under the stairway outside when I walked by.

At dusk you get: water and bugs. Wish I could have also filmed the really gigantic dragonfly that was swallowing the bugs whole like a famished helicopter around my head. There was a chimney swift snacking in mid-air as well. Quite exciting--what didn't get filmed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ruth Bancroft Garden - Sculpture Show

Sculptures in the Ruth Bancroft Garden, now through July 16th. Lots of sculptural surprises, and very excellent sculptural-like plants, as always.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's Raining

I will remember sunnier times with this photo from last week. Supposedly it will get up to 90 degrees this weekend, so I'm also going to enjoy the cloudy dampness while I can.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Balmy Alley - San Francisco (and environs nearby)

I had an assignment for a photo class to take 100 shots without worrying about whether they would make "good" shots or not--just take 'em and decide later.

On the day of this assignment, my parents and I started our journey to San Francisco to visit my cousin, who was in a serious car accident this week. She's going to be all right, but she has some long-term healing to do. I thank the car gods for sparing her. Her good spirits were something to behold. Heal quickly, Maria! This was just outside SF General Hospital, which is undergoing construction for a new building.

We were hungry after leaving the hospital, so we stopped for burritos at La Taqueria on 25th & Mission. Do you crave an authentic, fresh and delicious burrito in San Francisco's Mission District? Look no further! I've been going to this place for more than 30 years. Same menu. Absolutely fresh and tasty. Be sure to order avocado for your burrito. It is worth the extra price.

While we were driving along 24th Street, watching all the murals out the car windows, I snapped this, not realizing it was a shop for Mexican wrestling masks. A little blurry (I was in a moving vehicle), but look, a Mexican wrestling-mask store!

Then we passed Balmy Alley and I realized my parents had never visited, so my dad kindly zipped around the block and they drove along slowly through the alley while I hopped out of the car and took some photos. This is the original "Mural Alley" of the Mission District. Now there are hundreds of murals throughout the large neighborhood, but I remember Balmy as being the first where a group of artists totally took over a street and did it up right. Here's a smattering of their work, which is always evolving throughout the years, since the 1980s.

To summarize:
-La Taqueria - at Mission & 25th Streets.
-24th Street murals (all the way down from Mission to Potrero--an incredible array of painted buildings for blocks and blocks).
-Balmy Alley - between 24th and 25th Streets and Treat Ave. and Harrison Street.