Category Archives: Personal History

Friday Fun

IMG_0314This could be my autobiography :-). It’s actually a really good childrens book. Highly recommend this title.

F-22

Yesterday one of my brothers in law took us out on Lake Washington on his 50′ yacht. Pretty amazing experience. Before the Blue Angels practiced, this F-22 did some fly-bys. Pretty amazing aircraft, as it can almost hover.

We are experiencing smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia, to our north. The photos I will post following this post will show you how smoky it has been this week; kind of looks like 1970’s Los Angeles, no offense to LA.

Also, I didn’t take my camera bag with me on the yacht, but just my camera and a portrait lens. I wasn’t able to get the best shots with this lens, even extended all the way out. There were about 22 of my wife’s family on board the yacht, a 50′ Bayliner that is equipped beyond what I could do justice describing.

Some Bluestar2012 Stats

As promised, some blog stats:

Posts: 3,203

Visitors: 7,646

Total Visits: 28,328

Followers: 468

I have no reference point, so don’t know if these stats are meaningful. 

Thanks to all of you are make up some part of these stats!!!

Very humbling.

Our Garden Window

 

Since my range of traveling has been limited to home or close to home ( due to health issues: broken bone in right foot, fractured 8th rib and a blood clot causing edema in my lower left leg-phew!) and not in the usual interesting places I find to shoot, I have some images here from our garden window. I love plants from the desert SW, and besides, they easily adjust to my black thumb!

Blog Stats

 

I rarely check the Blog Stats, but did so today and thought I would share them.

As of today: 22,121 total views ( since blog inception in Feb. of 2009).

444 Followers.

Thanks to all who have visited my blog the past 8 years.

I owe a debt of gratitude for the encouragement of my wife for getting this project off the ground and to a friend, Deb, who sadly passed away two months before I launched the blog. 

Best regards!

 

 

Music Update

I’ve updated the Music Bar, on the bottom right hand column, to include the full EP, Inburst, by our son ( aka: Missing Vwls). His music can be found and purchased on Bandcamp.com. Years ago he was in an instrumental band in Seattle, WA called, Autofirelife.

Check it out!

Shameless plug! :-).

Enjoy!!

Music Bar

I added a music bar to the front page of the blog. The song that is currently available was written and played by our son, who lives in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being a musician/composer, he is a dad, works for Simon and Schuster full time, writes music reviews online and is currently finishing a book that will be published by Harper, Collins in Jan, 2018. Busy guy!

Outdoor Plumbing

Version 2

There is a bit of history regarding this photo. Photo was taken in July of 1970, using film and decades later, scanned into PC.

Location: East Oakland, CA. A friend had recently remodeled her bathroom and the remnants of the old bathroom ended up in her backyard. She lived on Oak Knoll Rd., a few blocks from the Oakland Zoo. Across the street from her lived Sonny Barger, the head of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. An interesting neighborhood!

Had to crank up the “Way Back Machine” for this one :-).

Meditation

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A break from what I usually post. The other day, when it was 35 degrees outside, our 5 year old grandson decided he was too tense or anxious so he went out to the sidewalk in front of his house, of his own volition, and decided to get centered.

Note: photo taken with my phone. Quality not so great, sorry.

 

Mondays Floral Offering

img_2607Did a shoot for a wedding reception last Saturday night; one of my wife’s nieces. A working/fun event, as it was the first time I had shot a formal, but fun, event such as that. I loved the floral arrangements on each table, so I incorporated them into my ‘work’ for the evening.

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