Friday, August 30, 2013

The New Bridge

“What need the bridge much broader than the flood?”
William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Because of damage done in the 1989 earthquake, what the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge needed was a good seismic retrofit. It turned out that was more efficient to build a new bridge than to retrofit the old one. This is a photo taken two years ago when the new span of the Bay Bridge was being built. The bridge is closed this week-end and will reopen using the new span on Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Not So Little

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things."
Robert Brault

Late in the day on Monterey Bay

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Anger Management

“If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate
something about your size?”
Sydney J. Harris

This angry infant is a one of many sculptures by Gustav Vigeland that inhabit
Vigeland Sculptor Park in Oslo, Norway.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Until Tomorrow

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

Sunday, August 18, 2013


“Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.”
Gore Vidal

A lawyerly license plate

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make No Mistake

“Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake.”
Luis Barragán

This is the very correct ceiling of Tewkesbury Abby in England.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Abstact Post

“If you make pictures you are bound to be an abstract painter on some level.”
George Green

A photograph of the top of a wood post. Reality on some level.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Destination

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is
essentially a part of it.”
Charles de Lint

This is Old Hulemalu Road which lead straight to our temporary home on Kauai.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Door and Window

“When poverty comes in at doors, love leaps out at windows”
John Clarke

A brick fortified couple in Faringdon, England

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

No Peeking

“Men's magazines often feature pictures of naked ladies. Women's magazines also often feature pictures of naked ladies. This is because the female body is a beautiful work of art, while the male body is hairy and lumpy and should not be seen by the light of day.”
Richard Roeper

Man + light of day.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

What's Behind

"Surfing's one of the few sports that you look ahead to see what's behind"
Laird Hamilton

Done for the day...

Thursday, August 1, 2013


“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut
you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.”
Sam Ewing

Let’s hold still for a minute…

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Much Warmer

“A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.”
Author unknown

Shannon and Anaïs… daughter and granddaughter

Sunday, July 28, 2013


“Variety is the spice of life”
American proverb

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, is it a poodle?

Friday, July 26, 2013

...And Sorrow

“He who has not looked on sorrow will never see joy.”
Kahlil Gibran

Saturday was full of happiness but two days later was full of sorrow. On Monday, we attended the burial of our good friend, Lynn Murrin. She had plenty of sorrow in her life but she always responded with joy. And that is how I will remember her.

The picture of the roses was taken on Sunday. They were supposed to be given to the parents of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony on Saturday. That didn’t happen because one of the guests passed out during the ceremony. The guest recovered but it took a while so we removed the rose exchange part of the ceremony to save time. It was a day full of surprises.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


“When others know joy, your life will be filled with happiness.”
Arthur Dobrin 

John sees the wedding surprise that Shannon snuck in... a New Orleans style brass band!

Saturday, July 20, 2013


“The word 'aerobics' came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we're going to charge $10 an hour, we can't call it ‘jumping up and down’.”
Rita Rudner

These two lovebirds are jumping for joy because today, July 20th, they will be married.
I’m jumping myself because I am the father of the bride. Smiles all around.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Quit Puffing

“I want all hellions to quit puffing that hell fume in God's clean air.”
Carrie Nation

Especially if the hellion is leaning up against a gas pump. This is the lonely
gas station in Kalaupapa, the former leper colony in Molokai, Hawaii.
There are no roads that connect Kalaupapa to the rest of the island.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Down Low

“Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach”
Belize-an Proverb

A sunhat on a table… very reachable.

You can see this in color over here at the Red Umbrella.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

By the Sea

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
George Bernard Shaw

I spy a tiny sailboat.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Budding Sartorialist

“Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,”
George M. Cohan

A day at the beach (Laguna Beach that is).
Happy Birthday America!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Curb Appeal

“I don't judge others. I say if you feel good
with what you're doing, let your freak flag fly.”
Sarah Jessica Parker

A close up of a gutter somewhere in America.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Crocker Grove

“The groves were God's first temples.”
William Cullen Bryant from "A Forest Hymn"

This is part of Crocker Grove on the Monterey Peninsula where some of the Monterey cypress trees are nearly 300 years old.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Albert Einstein

Looking deep into a corner of nature on Kauai.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Above the Crowd

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
Ansel Adams 1902-1984

Photographer Thomas Hawk is always seeking a better view. This was taken during the San Francisco photo walk that he and Trey Ratcliff organized last month.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Negative Space

“Without negative space how would we appreciate the positive
in our art and in our lives?”
Dyan Law

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Don't Walk

"We all need time to sit and rest, a place to relax and take a breath."
Michael Albrechtsen

This was my first paying job as a photographer many moons ago. I was taking pictures of a parade for a local community organization when I saw this guy taking advantage of a temporary truck stop.

Not Just a Pretty Picture

"Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term - selectivity."
Berenice Abbott 1898–1991

But on the other hand there’s always someone trying to get a leg up.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Shadows on the Sand

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

This is on the edge of the island of Kaua’i, where the light is always strong.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lights Out

“Rest: the sweet sauce of labor”
Plutarch 46-120AD

I didn’t know they made mini-burqas for men.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Street Music/Photography

“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music”
Frank Capra 1897- 1991

Of course digital is replacing film and he’s leaving out fashion and laughter but you get the idea. The photographer behind the street musician is Trey Ratcliff testing out his new Google Glass.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Conceptually Unclear

“You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.”
Cecil Baxter

Too many wise guys.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


“Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.”
Ben Hecht 1893-1964

Members of The Prescott Circus in-between performances in San Francisco.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Traveling Light

“You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.”
Yogi Berra

Two almost empty cable cars, coming and going.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Old and New

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”
Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881

An old fire escape and a new office building in San Francisco

Monday, May 27, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013


“When the music changes, so does the dance”
African Proverb

And so does the instrument. This is guy from The Urban Funk Machine is rocking out with an iPad.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


“Repetition and variety create unity.”
Virginia Wieringa

Windows and reflections of windows unite on a San Francisco building.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Supreme Triumph

“For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.”
D.H. Lawrence 1885-1930

And so we keep trying.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

After Light

"Why is it called 'after dark' when it really is 'after light'?"
George Carlin 1937-2008

And why is everyone walking in the same direction?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Camera Shy

“I didn't write the rules — why should I follow them?”
W. Eugene Smith 1918-1978

This is photographer Trey Ratcliff of Stuck In Customs with his Sony camera,
Google Glass and his tongue-in-cheek message to hundreds of his faithful
photographer followers during yesterday’s photo walk in San Francisco.

Monday, May 13, 2013


“Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”
Constantin Brancusi 1876-1957

And, if empty, it’s a pile of wood. This free-for-all lumberyard is on Lydgate Beach, Kauai.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dog Training

“If you can relax without liquor, if you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
then you are almost as good as your dog.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

True Nature

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

A rainbow eucalyptus tree growing on Kauai.