Why We Need Big Bird

This post isn’t about US politics and has nothing to do with Mitt Romney‘s position to kill off funding for PBS. This post is about why we need a PBS. Old World, First Growth Forests (Huh?) I recently returned from a trip to Vancouver Island. While there I took a tour to the Pacific coast of the island with a… Continue reading

Another Pano from Mount Tamalpais

I absolutely love the views from the top of Mount Tamalpais! The fog below adds a very unique ambience. As far as you can see in any direction: no development, just mountains and gorgeous rolling hills. This pano was short further north along Ridgecrest Blvd.… Continue reading

Ansel Adams (Me) at Work Atop Mount Tam

Steve took a picture of me today (right) while I was setting up to shoot a panorama. He published it to Facebook. A friend of his said I looked like Ansel Adams. (I’ll take that compliment though completely undeserved.) Another friend of his thought I was setting up to shoot (kill) some poor living creature (called a pano?). No, no,… Continue reading

Final Pano from the Sistoid’s Visit: Mount Tamalpais

This pano from atop Mount Tamalpais in the Marin Headlands provides another stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, which was partially covered by a thick blanket of fog. In the distance you can see Mill Valley, Belvedere, Tiburon, Angel Island, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. The bay area is well-known for its micro climates. Unlike below the fog layer, here… Continue reading

Crazy, Busy Times

Yes, I’ve not been attentive to my blog because life has been very, very busy. This past extended weekend was spent in the San Francisco Bay Area house shopping. Five strong contenders have been selected. The house here is now officially sold.  That was a really unusual process, let me assure you. The buyer saw the house before the sign… Continue reading

Trulia App – An Awesome App for Moving

Those who read my blog know that a couple of weeks ago I was in San Farncisco only to learn during that visit that I was definitely moving there. God, I hate moving! Finding a home in which you actually want to live is always a challenge, especially in an expensive and expansive city like San Francisco. And, yes… I… Continue reading

San Francisco Weekend Creates Higgledy-Piggledy

Well, I had a busy extended weekend. Ironically, I live in sunny southern California but got sunburned in the much cooler, much foggier northern California. Go figure! Friday I walked from the Palace Hotel down to the Embarcadero shooting pictures, over 21,000 steps. My legs were killing me. I walked so far I decided to take a taxi back to… Continue reading

One of the All Time Greats

I have seen a handful of stunning sunsets in my lifetime. I’ve only taken pictures of one of them. Tonight, here in Manhattan Beach, was one of the all time greats, ranking up there with the photos I shot of the sunset at Muir Beach. Once again, I didn’t have my good camera with me. I took several pictures with… Continue reading

Updated: We’re OK Here

I appreciate the very early morning phone calls (always worries one to death) and text messages. But no need to worry. The coastal area in which I live is only under a tsunami advisory, which is predicted to make landfall here at 8:00AM this morning. I’ll be staying away from the ocean. Additionally, the first ocean-front street is probably about… Continue reading