After studying up on night photography and giving it another go, I was bummed that the red paper lanterns weren’t lit in Chinatown the night we wandered over to that part of town.  It’s just not the same during the day time, but here’s my favorite shot of my trip back the next day. On […]

With its antique lanterns, benches, and ornamental handrails, Pier 7 always reminds me of Paris.  And, because it doesn’t have either the action or the awareness of Pier 39, it’s much less trafficked.  Here are three photos of San Francisco‘s most beautiful pier as I continued to work on my night shots in the City […]

The one night I had free to practice night time shots in San Francisco, it was cold, windy, and foggy.  That’s to be expected in the City by the Bay year round, but it seemed especially so the night I was out with my tripod. On Today’s Date in the Past: Fostering Kittens:  Peek-a-Boo More […]

Fisherman’s Wharf gets its name from San Francisco’s early days when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city to take advantage of its rapid growth fueled by the gold rush. On Today’s Date in the Past: A Visit to a Family Farm Deutsche Kirche (German Church) Volga German Haus

Back in May, I had to travel to Orlando for work.  The hotel hosting my conference was booked the first night, and I ended up staying at a Marriott full of vacationing families, far from any other options.  While it was a bit of a lonely existence, I did get a chance to work on […]

You might recall that my family sends out Happy New Year rather than Christmas cards.  This year they are going into the mail on December 31st rather than on January 4th like last year, or January 14th like some years in the past. I know it’s already 2014 in some parts of the world, and I […]

No matter how passive/aggressive the spring, I can count on the parsley, sage, and oregano to return in my garden.  I can also count on these pretty purple weeds.  Thankfully I was able to get most of them pulled and the soil tilled with the hope of getting good stuff into the garden before much […]