Monthly Archives: July 2010

Shoreline Walk at Sunset

Shoreline walk

Bay shoreline path

A couple of weeks ago I took a short walk along the San Leandro bay shoreline. It always leaves me feeling good when I can spend some time exploring an area with my camera. I also wanted to get more time with my new camera (more on that in a later post). This area is near the approach to the Oakland airport and I enjoy watching and snapping the planes coming in.

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Plane emerging from clouds on approach to Oakland Airport.

The shorebirds are always visible in this area. Sunset may not be the best time to shoot pictures of the birds because of the fading light, but I always try for it, anyway. Here’s one sandpiper and tracks.

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Sandpiper along the bay shoreline.

One last picture… flying into the sunset.

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Flying into the sunset

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Life Goes On

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White lily from Bessie's garden

Yesterday morning my mother-in-law passed away at the age of 86. This woman was a hard worker, stubborn, could be very generous, loved her garden, and loved her children and grandchildren more than anything. Her passing wasn’t unexpected and she was ready to go. We’re thankful that it was peaceful in the end and we had just enough time to say goodbye and prepare.

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Her hand a few hours before she left us

We shared stories of her and my father-in-law who had passed about 12 years ago. There were certainly some doozies! The grandkids often spent weeks at a time at their ranch and also crossed the country with them in their motorhome. Our lives were enriched by her and I hope that wherever she is now, she’s happy and peaceful. She deserves it.

This feels a bit like the changing of the guard. The baton is passed on to the next generation, those who have so much to look forward to.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” –Robert Frost

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My SoFoBoMo Book is done!

I finished and got it uploaded to the SoFoBoMo site just under the [my] deadline. Yay! Here’s where you can view the pdf on the SoFoBoMo site. More to come later. It’s now after midnight and I’m heading to bed. (I know… the title isn’t very original but that’s what I first thought of and just stuck with it.)

Addendum: The book is now also available on Issuu, which is a cool way to view it. Check it out!

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Clogging and More at the Fair

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Clogging Express performing at the Alameda County Fair

Yesterday the Diablo Mountain Cloggers, one of the groups I teach, danced at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. Clogging Express (our perfomance team) also danced three routines. It was a very warm day but not as hot as I had expected. Of course, clogging anytime makes you hot. I did the announcing and cueing so only danced three routines but many of the dancers clogged through most of the hour we were on stage. Kudos to them! It was fun, as always and we even got a bit of interest in classes. These photos of the cloggers were taken by Bob Michaud, who always does a great job using my camera.

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Diablo Mountain Cloggers at the Alameda County Fair

There’s always too much to see and do at the fair. It’s fun to explore and discover all sorts of odd-ball things. After the performance and a quick bite of food, I spent quite a bit of time looking at the photography and painting displays, one of my favorite parts of the fair. Maybe next year I’ll actually get a picture or two entered myself. I like to see the collections and gem and mineral building. The gem and mineral part of that was barely there, but the 1970’s collection case caught my eye. Oh yes! I remember ALL those things. There were also the usual commercial displays; some have been returning each year for a long, long time.

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Lonestar playing at the Almeda County Fair

Then I met up with more of my dancers and we headed to the Lonestar concert. After sitting and waiting in the sun for about a half hour they came on stage. Live concerts are always fun and this was no exception. They did a great job keeping the energy level up in the heat. I admit that I didn’t know much about Lonestar but did recognize a few of their hits. I especially enjoyed their encore with a medley of classic rock songs. They’re one of those bands that play country “rock hard.”

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Chocolate covered bacon - one of the many strange foods available at the fair

We followed up the concert with ice cream. There’s something funky about the foods you can get at the fair and nowhere else. This was the first time I’d heard of chocolate dipped bacon! We also caught a bit of Terry Hanck’s music in the wine & beer garden – just plain good music!

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Carnival ride at the Alameda County Fair

After exploring some of the commercial booths with Donna and getting a piece of cake at the 4-H booth, the sun had set. We wandered through the carnival, marveling at the amount of money people spend there, discussing the rides (and which we would be willing to go on or not), the games that are tough to win, and the size of the prizes. Of course, I also snapped photos of the colorful carnival rides and lights. Thanks to IS (image stabilization) on my lens, I was able to take some pictures using a longer exposure to catch motion without a tripod. We finally decided to leave and then I discovered it was almost 10:00 pm! A long day… but fun.

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SoFoBoMo 2010

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Shadows and escalator at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville

It’s that time of year again… for SoFoBoMo, which stands for “Solo Photo Book in a Month.” The idea behind it is for photographers (of all abilities and interests) to commit to creating a photo book within the space of just one month. Anyone can participate and you can learn more here.

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Stair lit by the setting sun at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville

Last year I made a pdf book of pictures of my dancers (cloggers). You can see the pdf of the book here or view it on Issuu, which is a cool way to see it. It was a lot of fun and I loved the result. This year it was harder for me to decide what to do for my project. However, I finally did make a decision after I realized I’d already been shooting pictures for it.

This post includes a few of the photos I’ll use in the project. They all have to do with lines or patterns. I know what the subject is, but I haven’t figured out a good title, yet. I’m open to suggestions!

At the end of June we were at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville for the National Square Dance Convention. The exposition center offered many opportunities for interesting shots. I collected photos that fit my theme even before I’d decided on it. This last picture shows one of the many dance halls at the convention. The pattern of the lights is what I like about this shot.

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One of many halls at the National Square Dance Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

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Happy Fourth of July

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Cosmos flower in our yard

I’m writing this as I listen to the sounds of fireworks in the street in front of our house. They’re out there every year, even though fireworks are illegal around here. Our only worry is a wayward rocket landing on our shake roof, which did happen one year. Other than that, I don’t really mind. It’s just part of the holiday.

The day was a good one with family and lots of good food. We all ate so much we crashed afterwards.

The flower in this post doesn’t really have anything to do with the Fourth of July except that I took it today.

I hope you all had a happy and safe day.

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