Monday, December 31, 2012

The Last One

Here's the last shadow-picture you'll have to put up with in 2012! What a relief!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Outrigger Canoes

This morning Bob H and I wandered around Fort Baker. We stumbled across some outrigger canoes taking off. A very pretty sight! One of the boats bore the name "Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club". Nosy as usual, I later Googled the club and found that they go out every Sunday morning. I also found the club president's E-mail address and sent her a couple of pix. And here's one of them.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Here She Is!

Here, as promised, is my other granddaughter, Danika 13, on a holiday visit from Lancaster, PA. She is not only pretty, but also lotsa fun!

Friday, December 28, 2012


This from a trip to Cuba several years ago. One of my very favorite countries to visit.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Elli Creek

Once again, today at Ellis Creek in Petaluma, I was astounded at how birds of different species can get into close proximity without paying any attention to each other. Here the meeting of a Canada Goose (disliked by some because of their large numbers) and a Mute Swan (disliked by some because it's not a "native"). I like them all!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Early Picasso??

Did I find an early Picasso in my apartment, or am I cracking up?
Anyway, I saw what I thought was a nice composition, and took a picture!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

White-tailed Kite

Yesterday morning, at the Ponds, we saw four of the Dancing Girls, two Coyotes, a few Coots, Mallards, and some Black-crowned Night-Herons. I took a few pictures but wasn't really thrilled. Until we got back to the parking lot, that is. It was there, above us, that we spotted a White-tailed Kite doing his/her routine! Fluttering its wings, seemingly hanging in the air, an inspiring performance, really reminding of a kite! In quick succession I snapped a dozen pictures. Attached is my favorite.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lucy's Santa

Lucy is Janet's six-year-old granddaughter. She created the Santa from scratch, drawing the pattern, cutting the fabric, stuffing and sewing the figure. The sewing she did on Janet's sewing machine! Then she added cap, eyes, beard, buttons and belt. The correct reaction is "WOW"! Lucy is a real talent.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Them Were The Days!

A cold and rainy day has convinced me to stay indoors. Where I am looking at photo albums and reminiscing! The attached photo goes back many years, to one of my trips to Vienna. I am standing in front of a PALMERS Hosiery poster. PALMERS was founded in 1914 and is still going strong. Of course the main purpose of the picture was to show off my DIPSEA T-shirt.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Clever Advertising

This morning I saw a penny lying in the street. Being a little old-fashioned, I bent down and picked it up. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was a clever advertisement for Steven Spielberg's new film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. What will they think up next?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kelp Kouple

Here is one of my creations. I'm very fond of dried kelp. It really lends itself well to creative expression.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Surprisingly few shorebirds at the Ponds these days. It's kinda disappointing after several really good years. Anyway, here's the best I could do this morning. A very cute Sparrow. I tried to identify the little guy/gal, but there are so many lookalikes that I had to give up.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jingletown Again

Here's one of those very rare pictures of yours truly. This one taken by Jacqueline Z.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pine Cone Diner

The Pine Cone Diner is one of my favorite spots in Point Reyes Station. It's a no-nonsense place. Cash only! But what really tickles me is the sign over the little table. If it's too small on my picture, here's what it says ~
Now ain't that great!
The other sign is about conserving water.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It's Not My Fish!

My granddaughter, Kelso, has temporarily parked her goldfish "Fishy" with me. I have renamed her/him "Cleo", after Gepetto's goldfish in Disney's 1940 film "Pinocchio". Basically I do not approve of caged animals, but what am I to do? I wonder whether Cleo can learn some tricks? Maybe a smile!We'll just have to see.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Crows in the Point Reyes visitor center parking lot.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Townsend's Warbler

This morning Bob T and I hiked around the Earthquake Trail in Point Reyes. It was cold and dreary and Siri (my iPhone girlfriend) predicted rain. We were beginning to think that we would go home empty-cameradedly (new word), when we saw something move in the bushes. It was three little yellow birds, happily hopping around. I took a couple of dozen pictures, keeping my fingers crossed. Attached is the best of the lot.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Going through my files I ran across this picture of a Chipmunk. Unfortunately I have nor idea when, or where, I took it. But it sure is purty!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday Morning

You know it's Monday morning at the LGVSD Ponds because that's when the Dancing Girls (so labeled by your's truly) make their appearance. They are led by Diane Elliott, their no-nonsense coach!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

El Cid

Statue of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid Campeador (the lord-master of military arts), by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876 - 1973). The statue is located to your right as you approach the Palace of the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. Facing it, on the left, is a statue of Joan of Arc, also on horseback and also by Huntington.
I took the picture on a very foggy morning, a couple of weeks ago. Note the three crows on the flagpole.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oakland Horse

For years I have wanted to take a picture of this horse, but it was never the right time. Until last Friday when the opportunity finally presented itself. Thanx to Jacqueline!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hula Hoop

Here is Jacqueline, my friend and savvy East Bay guide, with her trusty Hula-hoop. Jacqueline says that the Hula-hoop has health benefits for her. On the basis of personal observation, I cannot but agree with her.
Of course I ambled to Wikipedia, to find that Hula-hoops were used for medical purposes in Greece, as early as the 5th Century. The name Hula-hoop stems from the similarity to the Hawaiian hula movement of the hips. In a two year period in the 1950's 100 million units were sold. Hula-hoops are still enjoying some popularity today.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jingletown #2

Another Jingletown mosaic. Don't miss the dog chasing the cat!

Friday, December 7, 2012


This morning, my friend Jacqueline Z introduced me to Jingletown, in Oakland's Fruitvale area. The name Jingletown originated with the Portuguese cannery workers, proudly "jingling" coins in their pockets as they walked home on payday. Today many artists live in the area. It is also the home of the Institute of Mosaic Art, and many mosaics are displayed on buildings sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. My picture shows one of these works of art.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Yesterday Marti and I visited the "Royal Treasures from the Louvre" exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Seeing items that Marie Antoinette had touched was exciting. Beyond that, the items on display did not turn me on. (Great craftsmanship, though).
We lingered in the gift shop. Again, I was not thrilled. Until - until - I spied the roses and their reflection in the mirror. I used my iphone camera, which I am appreciating more and more.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More Rock Sculpture

Another work of art. The rock given to me by my granddaughter Kelso. She found it in Big Sur.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bob and Graffiti

Here's Bob H in front of some graffiti on the water tower. I don't know what the graffiti means, but I thought that Bob, in his colorful outfit, fit (3 fits?) right in.


Here is my latest rock-sculpture. It weighs 8 lbs 12-1/2 ozs. Now all I need to do is find an appropriate spot to place it.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Turkey Vultures

Sometimes only a fine line separates a work of art from a piece of junk. I'll let you decide. I took today's picture of two Turkey Vultures drying off their wings, during a break in the middle of a downpour, from my, now famous, kitchen-window. The birds were really quite far away and I had to do a major zoom, followed by a major magnification.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

These are not Rocks!

What at first looks like rocks, turn out to be a lotta birds. The few big ones are Long-billed Curlews, the crowd of smaller ones are Western Sandpipers. All seen on my trip to the Port of Oakland.