Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Yearly Cycle

“Oh life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.”
Dorothy Parker 1893-1967

Everything old is new again. Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking Up

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes,
and, ironically, the more real.”
Lucian Freud 1922-

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Post Christmas Post

“There has been only one Christmas -- the rest are anniversaries.”
W. J. Cameron

Now that the Christmas anniversary is over it’s time for a little peace on earth.
Everybody exhale!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Snowmen

"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone."
Taylor Caldwell 1900-1985

I hope you have a very merry crowded Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lowering Santa's Carbon Footprint

“Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.”
Gary Allen 1967-

Holy cow, it’s almost Christmas! Have you been naughty or nice?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let People Think

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Mark Twain quotes 1835-1910

Sometimes I just don’t feel like opening up.

How about you?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Along the Border

“The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”
Pablo Casals 1876-1973

This is a view above the River Wye which forms part of the border between England and Wales.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


“Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I came across this colorful sign combo at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk.

So what’s your fascination?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Making The Grade

“There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.”
Mark Twain

If you owned a Rolls what would be on your vanity plate?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Wild Bunch

"Riding a motorcycle on today's highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner.
You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the
controls at all times."
Evel Knievel

That didn’t prevent this guy flashing me the peace sign as he zoomed by with his buddies.

Hey, aren’t these guys on the wrong side of the road? Isn’t that dangerous?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Washing Buddha

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

These young student monks are cleaning up for a graduation ceremony in Chang Mai Thailand.

Have you washed your Buddha lately?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always
arrived at in the immediate moment.”
Alan Watts 1915-1973

Do you meditate? If you do, how has it affected the way you live?

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Lack of Transparency

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.”
Alan Alda 1936-

This window is not very functional but the colors grabbed me.

What is it that you assume?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Edge of America

“Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.”
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton 1803-1873

A windless day on the California coast

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Auto Shrine

"The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual,
his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond."
Edward McDonagh

Welcome to a straight ahead no nonsense grill.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


"People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes."
Abigail Van Buren 1918-

I came across this burnt out building in Tucson, Arizona. I think the bird was posing.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Can Show You

"Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
It's just a state of mind
Can you hear me, can you hear me?"
Rain- Lennon/McCartney 1966

This cloud, floating over the Berkeley hills, lit up for about thirty seconds before returning to a dull dark gray.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wearing Hats

"A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected."
Carl Sandberg 1868-1967

And it’s always good to have a spare.
This is my neighbor’s hat rack. This shot took me two days to get. The first day I noticed how the late afternoon sun skimmed across the hats and statue but I didn’t have a camera. The light only lasted for a few minutes so I came back the following day at exactly the same time with my picture machine.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


“A man of knowledge, like a rich soil, feeds/ if not a world of corn, a world of weeds.”
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790

I just like the pattern of this one. Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 23, 2009

And More

"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess."
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

This is an unintentional window display I came across in England. I’m a sucker for wordplay.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.”
Danny Kaye 1913-1987

This shot has been hanging on my office wall for a while. There’s nothing like New York.
For another take on the Empire State Building and more wonderful NYC shots, check out The Photodiarist.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Not So Lonely

“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

This is the Lone Cypress Tree on the Monterey coast. It may stand alone but it is far from lonely. Thousands of people come to see it every year and it is one of the most photographed trees in the world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making Art

"How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art."
Kermit the Frog

Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing double.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

All Fall Down

“I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.”
Henry Miller 1891-1980

Just a reminder- everything is temporary .

Friday, November 13, 2009

Norwegian Wood

"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."
Ben Franklin1706-1790

Getting ready for a Scandinavian winter.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Opposites Attract

“In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.”
Scott Adams 1957-

A cool car looks better with a hot tree.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Everyday Life

“I don't think that sculpture belongs in everyday life like a table does, or like a chair.”
Anthony Caro 1924-

But sometimes you can find sculpture in a table and a chair.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gentle Sea

“A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau 1910-1997

A little bit of serenity on Ko Phi Phi Thailand.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Window Seat

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
Martin Buber 1878-1965

Whenever I look at this photo I feel like going somewhere. Maybe into a big puffy cloud.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Just Looking

“Never do wrong when people are looking.”
Mark Twain 1835-1910

Looking through the window.
Looking in the mirror.
Looking at the tourists who are looking out to sea.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


“Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef”
Tom Robbins 1936-

Have you noticed any magic recently?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Scary Face

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
Publilius Syrus 1st century BC

This is a Yaksha, a spirit statue made to look threatening so he
can guard sacred sites in Thailand. Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Sun Has Teeth

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Victor Hugo 1802-1885

This evil looking smiling metal sun is part of someone’s front gate.
Happy Halloween week.

Monday, October 26, 2009


“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

This landscape/still life is about color, shapes and contrast.
Orange pumpkins/white pumpkins.
Spread out pumpkins and gathered pumpkins.
Orange against its opposite color blue.
The populated bottom two thirds and the empty sky.
There’s more. Happy Halloween week!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Dog

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.

Chanting helps though.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

American Ingenuity

"The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in."
Bill Copeland 1929-

There’s more than one way to get yourself a white picket fence.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wine Country

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world."
Ernest Hemingway

Here’s a view of the vineyard at Viansa Winery in Northern California.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Perception of a Situation

“Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

Is anyone feeling a little tipsy?


Friday, October 16, 2009


"Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."
James Levin

This is a view of one of the 450,000 lakes in Norway.
It makes you just want to stop. And think.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

English Road

“Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.”
Edvard Munch 1863-1944

This photo is about color, line and composition. I was drawn in by the yellow lines leading to the yellow window frames. The yellow wall on the left is balanced by the yellow sidewalk on the right.  The vertical black line on the white wall is countered by the two black lines on the yellow wall. There is emptiness in this scene but also a bit of mystery. Don’t you want to know what’s around the corner? I did.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bicycle Parking

"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."
Katharine Hepburn

Looks like there were a lot of disabled bicyclists at the
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this year.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Above It All

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”
Winnie the Pooh

Dana and I went hot air ballooning over Napa this week. Great fun! It was a birthday present from my family that I finally cashed in. Thank’s guys!
The terrific company we floated with is Balloons Above the Valley. Two thumbs up.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


“Hope springs eternal in the human breast”
Alexander Pope 1688–1744

Sometimes hope gets knocked a little sideways.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In You They Trust

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.”
Anton Chekhov 1860-1904

There is a small store on the California coast that is run by folks that have great faith in people. Instead of a clerk they have this.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Just a Thought

“Nodding the head does not row the boat”
Irish Saying

Don’t you want to just hop in the boat, start the engine and go?
I wanted to but I didn’t. Grand larceny.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Good Luck

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night."
Traditional Irish blessing

But first you must unlock the door.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Abstract Art

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality."
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

Now that's a comfort.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Short Visit

"Don't hurry. Don't worry. You're only
here for a short visit. So don't forget to stop
and smell the flowers along the way."
Walter Hagen 1892-1969

And take a good long look too.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Really Useful Shop

“Every man serves a useful purpose. A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor”
Laurence J. Peter 1919-1990

Now this is something I could really use. I find useful stuff very helpful. Too bad this shop in England is closing for “refit”. In the useful biz, if it doesn’t fit you must quit. Really.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bird On The Wire

“Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.”
Leonard Cohen 1934-