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The fog is coming! The fog, the fog!
Photo, late July 2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

While the rest of North America burns, here in other-minded San Francisco we shiver through unending days of fog. Here’s the fogbank – reportedly 2400 feet thick out over the ocean – pouring over Twin Peaks into Noe Valley. And this is just July; August is our coldest month. Everybody’s moaning about the weather here, though most of us are just grateful we’re not on the East Coast.

Summer fog  (29 July 10)

Highs predicted for July 31 in…

Nome, Alaska              70
Whitehorse, Yukon     73
San Francisco             61

If this site looks a bit wobbly…

Friday, June 25th, 2010

…its because the relentless demon “Progress” forced me into updating the software. As with most things, the  “new and improved” just swaps out problems old for new and I’m dealing with the consequences now. When I’m done its back to the posts and pics.

Meanwhile here’s a picture from the best veterans memorial I’ve ever seen,  the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden just north of Mount Shasta in Northern California. A series of sculptures depict the soldiers, the POWs, the nurses, and more. This one, part of the centerpiece, is simply called Why?

Why?  (8 June 10)


Why? indeed.


Photos, early June

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Not dead here, or even hospitalized (for the last couple months anyway), just busy busy helping a group save San Francisco’s McLaren Park from the predators of disc golf. A new post is coming shortly. Meanwhile, here are a couple of flower pics, both enhanced slightly (ok, a lot) in Photoshop.

Columbine  (5 May 10)

Columbine from my back yard, above,
and nasturtiums, growing everywhere.

Nasturtiums posterized  (13 May 10)




Photos, 2 April 2010

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The Golden Gate, north and south.

Point Bonita   (30 March 10)

Above: Point Bonita, Marin Headlands.
This is the north side of the Golden Gate; the bridge is behind the camera.

Below: The south side of the Golden Gate,
aka: San Francisco.

The Golden Gate - south side (San Francisco)  (30 March 10)

Photo of the week 27 Feb 2010

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Who knew? I sure didn’t.

I didn't know I could do this!  (27 Feb 10)


I read somewhere that the full moon meters (photographically speaking)
pretty much the same as daylight, so I gave it a try. This is a hand-held shot with a zoom lens, just cropped and sharpened (not enlarged).

Picture of the week 11 Feb 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

... a raven hovering just overhead! (3 of 3) (11 Feb 10)

I’ve always been intrigued by ravens.

I’ve got pictures of them on my bedroom walls; behind one is feather a raven tossed to the ground near me when grooming. The Haida story of trickster raven creating the world and dumping humankind into it just to amuse himself has always seemed a more realistic description of our condition than any offered by organized religions.

This one was hovering over Otto, her spread wings twice Otto’s size. Fortunately she decided Otto wasn’t a threat (0r qualified as dinner) and left him alone. I do wonder if any chihuahuas or yorkies went missing that day at Fort Funston.

The blue eye isn’t a photoshop add-on, it’s a reflection of the sky.

Coastal California’s seasons explained

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I just posted this picture on Flickr. I took it yesterday in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park after a visit to UCSF Medical Center. The morning was misty and cold, the grass and trees a delightful winter green.

Winter green?

DSC_0093 walk in GGPark copy

Many other flickr photographers (from the Northern Hemisphere anyway) are posting pictures of ice storms, whiteouts, buried snow plows, and barren windswept fields. And here come the Californians showing snapshots of green.

California’s coastal winterscapes can drive the ice-bound crazy. Once again we’re seen as Violating All The Rules and Just Not Making Any Sense. But there is a logic to our seasons, even if it’s obscure. It helps to remember that the planet’s largest heat-sink (aka the Pacific Ocean) is just to our left.

So as a service for those who just don’t get all this green, here’s a short guide to our seasons.


Every hillside is green. A ridiculous, Irish/New Zealand green. So green your eyes hurt looking at it, especially when the sun shines. Green? In the land of perpetual drought? (more…)

A New Year

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

False (1 Jan 10)

What better way to start a new year than finding what’s true?

Unfortunately, this one truth just led to another, then another and another,
finally to the end of the building.

All true, but no answers.

Maybe next year.

Photo – New Year’s 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010


False (1 Jan 10)

What better way to start a new year than finding what’s true?

Unfortunately, this one truth just led to another, then another and
another and finally to the end of the building.

All true maybe, but no answers.

Maybe next year.

Pictures – December 2009

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Morning mist on the Russian River

Two photos from a short trip to Sonoma County. Above, the Russian River in morning mist, Monte Rio. Below, the Sonoma coast looking south from Goat Rock Road.

The Sonoma coast