Sunday, June 15, 2014

Moon Wide


Beautiful morning. And Happy Father's Day. This is the gift I tried to share with my Dad, telling him to get out and look before the moon slipped below the horizon for another day...

Nothing like Michigan in the summer. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Crossing Over


For my friend Paddy, who always did like the pictures...

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo


Monterey. From Wiki:

The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, also known as the Royal Presidio Chapel, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Monterey, California, United States. The cathedral is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. It was built in 1794 making it the oldest (and smallest) serving cathedral along with St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only existing presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio.

Which is exactly why I went to see it. Worth the walk from Cannery Row.

Catch it in the morning for better lighting.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Battery 129


For Pearl Harbor Day, a couple of remainders from the War.

Battery Construction 129 was built in anticipation of an invasion that would never come. They were going to put some big 'ol 16" guns up on the top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, but by the time they arrived in 1944 to be installed, it was decided that this would be unnecessary. They abandoned the project and there it sits to this day, rusty gates and gun mounts and all.

Below is a shirt from the Japanese internment, from the Oakland Museum of California. A sad bit of our history, but important to remember...


Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Last Sky


From my last walk around Lake Merritt. The sky put on a show.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Yosemite Valley


I wish I could spend a year here. I really do. I'd grab a wider angle lens, a tent and provisions, and just camp. I would love to capture the Yosemite Valley in every season, in every different angle of light. One day does not do it, and my one regret is I didn't get down here more often. Being a hike from Oakland, 3 1/2 hours or so, the timing never quite worked out right...

Anyhoo, my late summer day visit was very nice. The Valley was warm, the trees and grass at the height of their season. Water going into Fall is low though, that was one drawback. But past Labor Day, the tourists are fewer and space is definitely a plus (but the fire might have weighed on that this year too.) All in all, a peaceful and relaxing time that went way too fast.

Decided against a slideshow here because of the re-sizing of pans like above, but have 29 pictures in the set if you want more. It's been hard to work on this set because so many pictures of rock and sky get overwhelming all at once, so I think I'll just post additions individually when I revisit it. There are a few that would be great in black and white...

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Tell Jimmy to get on his horse"


For Veterans Day, a salute to the Doolittle Raiders. Pictured above and below is the namesake of the "horse" they rode, a mission that set the tone for the Pacific campaign in WWII. They set sail from this pier.

Three of the four surviving members met for one last time on Saturday.

Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said America was at a low point, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and other Axis successes, before "these 80 men who showed the nation that we were nowhere near defeat." He noted that all volunteered for a mission with high risks throughout, from the launch of B-25 bombers from a carrier at sea, the attack on Tokyo, and lack of fuel to reach safe bases.

The Raiders have said they didn't realize at the time that their mission would be considered an important event in turning the war's tide. It inflicted little major damage physically, but changed Japanese strategy while firing up Americans.

The original Hornet that carried the Doolittle Raid was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. The USS Kearsarge, built a few years later in 1942, was renamed the USS Hornet CV-12 in honor of the sunken ship, and served as a workhorse in WWII, Korea and finally Vietnam. This is also the aircraft carrier that picked up Apollo astronauts when they returned home. The Hornet was decommissioned in 1970.

Today, it serves as a living museum in Alameda, docked next to the ready-reserve MV carriers and military-use crane ships, a historical landmark floating alongside the current working Navy.


The ship is 872 feet overall, hard to fit in the frame. (For comparison on then and now, the USS Gerald R. Ford, christened last week, is 1,106 ft.) Below is the bridge.