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Pictures of the week – 28 November 2009

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I’m in San Diego for a bit of R&R. It rained yesterday – lots of big puffy clouds – and I happened to be in La Jolla for sunset. Here are three shots, all taken within a half-hour of each other near the children’s pool, now better known for the harbor seals – and law suits – that hang out there.

Three La Jolla sunsets - 1


About 10 minutes before sunset.













Three La Jolla sunsets - 2





At sunset.











Three La Jolla sunsets - 3

Looking east and north. The sun’s setting behind me; the orange light shimmering on the water is bouncing off the clouds.

Photo of the week – Oct 29

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Otto and I made it to the beach for sunset for the first time in many many months. I paid for it the next day, but not too badly and oh, it was worth it.

This is a shot taken at Fort Funston, the southernmost coast side of San Francisco, aka Dog Heaven. The area’s one gigantic canine playground, with sand and birds and cliffs and seaweed and smelly rotting stuff and lots of other happy dogs and dog-happy people. Otto, busy sniffing something nearby, passed on participating.

Fort Funston sunset

Fort Funston sunset

Looking south towards Pacifica, where the Bay Area keeps the fog machine.

Photo(s) of the week – 17 Sept

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Two this time, both classic San Francisco shots. Fingers are a bit more cooperative, so I’m making up for lost time.

Raven over the Golden Gate

Raven over the Golden Gate

Fog at Stow Lake

Fog at Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park

Photo of the week month

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

It’s hard to take pictures when your hands feel like they’re in boiling water and you can’t pull them out. And it’s really hard to take a picture that isn’t blurry from shaking and is also more or less composed. This the first one in well over a month I’m proud of. It’s also – I hope – a sign that I’m finally moving a little bit in the direction of “nominal” and praise the deities for that.

Poles in fog, McLaren Park

Poles in fog, McLaren Park

The fog faded the colors, not the computer.
Half an hour later everything was technicolor in sunlight
as the fog withdrew to the Pacific.

Photo of the week – 9 August

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Grass at June Lake

Grass at June Lake

I saw some film-based infrared photography and was intrigued. This is an experiment reproducing the technique via Photoshop. Not as good as the real thing, but interesting. A little bit of color is mixed back in – something not seen in real IR photography.

Photo of the week – 26 July

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Looking up…

Looking up...  (26 July 09)
…at a sculpture along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

On Seeing

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. –Georgia O’keeffe

I saw a man on a street corner staring up with such intent he seemed to be studying for an important exam. I think he was.

In his hand was a camera, a Canon EOS, and the objects of his analysis were the powerlines overhead. Or he was noting the angles and shadows of the rooftops on the buildings nearby. Or perhaps it was the textures of the gray clouds left by our last small storm that fascinated. If his exam was an advanced one, he was considering all three.

The man was in the midst of what I’ve come to call the seeing – the act of poring over something, point by point, detail by detail, trying to figure out what is there. What is really there, not the small and disconnected bits we register in our day-to-day and then claim – foolishly – we’ve actually seen something.


Photo of the week: 11 July 09

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Otto and street furniture

Two photo obsessions in one

People leave all sorts of stuff on city streets.
Sometimes you just can’t resist a sit.

Dogs, cats, humans

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Ok, I’m getting sentimental here. But I’ve opened yet another door of the Medical Winchester Mystery House – an autoimmune condition this time – and I’m in need a bit of sentiment. I’ll write the gloomy stuff later, but right now…

I’ve posted (and posted and posted) about Otto, my dog. I’ve said less about my ex-cat (ex-mine that is, not ex-feline), Orion. Orion now lives with a dear friend, partially due to my medical adventures, but he’s still a frequent visitor.

More important, Orion and Otto are… well, it’s kind of hard to say what they are to each other: lets just call it a really really strong bond. Orion was here first, and when Otto arrived as a 7 week old puppy they fast became inseprable. Breaking them up was one of the sadder things I’ve ever had to do. It’s been sadder yet for the two critters.

During Orion’s last couple of stay-overs, I started taking notes on life with a cat and dog. Anyone who lives with both knows that the usual cat rules and dog rules – and your life – change erratically.

So here are the notes. And please: send along your own observations. No doubt we can come up with a book. (more…)

Photo of the week: July 4

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Holding it all up.

Holding it all up

It’s been a nasty month health-wise (more on that dismal topic soon).
This guy seems to be taking his burdens in stride.
I’ll take the lesson.