Thursday, June 30, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 345 (Chirp Chirp)

Day 345 (June 13th, 2011)
Title: Chirp Chirp

While I was walking around the streets of Boulder, snapping shots of random flowers and weeds, I looked up and saw these two birds looking at me.  I, of course, immediately took a few shots of them before they had a chance to mug me and steal my sunflower seeds (clearly they were mafia-birds). 


Photo 365 - Day 344 (Foxtails)

Day 344 (June 12th, 2011)
Title: Foxtails

I used to hate these things as a kid.  They'd get stuck in your socks, shirt, hair, everywhere!  Now, as an adult, I've learned that I can't hate them... now I can completely detest them!  I got one in my sock while I was trying to take pictures of them!  Evil weeds!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 343 (Lady Bug Nap)

Day 343 (June 11th, 2011)
Title: Lady Bug Nap

Can you spot the snoozing lady bug?!


Photo 365 - Day 342 (Dandy Lion)

Day 342 (June 10th, 2011)
Title: Dandy Lion
Another "walking 'round Colorado" flower... err... weed more like.  Still, looks nifty!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 341 (Colorado Yellow)

Day 341 (June 9th, 2011)
Title: Colorado Yellow

I'm not really keen to hang out in the hospital, that's why I go out a lot, which in turn means that why you are getting so many flower photos!  Also, some folks are allergic to flowers in the ICU, so you can't bring them flowers - so this is my way to give flowers digitally! 


Photo 365 - Day 340 (Coral Flower)

Day 340 (June 8th, 2011)
Title: Coral Flower

Another flower I spotted walking in Boulder, CO.  When I saw it, it reminded me of the coral reef exhibit they had at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. 


Photo 365 - Day 339 (Green Walk)

Day 339 (June 7th, 2011)
Title: Green Walk

One of the nice things about Colorado, are its sidewalks - they are surrounded by green (trees, grass, and flowers).  Perhaps this is more of a Boulder thing, but so far I quite like it.  I wish more side walks were like this in San Francisco / Oakland. 


Photo 365 - Day 338 (Colorado Purple)

Day 338 (June 6th, 2011)
Title: Colorado Purple

One of the things that I do to help pass the time here in "lovely" (and by lovely, I mean scorching hot) Colorado, is walk around and take pictures of the random flowers and plants that I see.  So, here is the first in a small collection of flowers that I've spied walking around Boulder Community Hospital.


Photo 365 - Day 337 (Green and Blue)

Day 337 (June 5th, 2011)
Title: Green and Blue

While walking around Colorado, I was certainly missing my Pacific Ocean and all of the water, but I do have to say, I love looking at all of the green hills and blue sky! (Yeah, I know San Francisco has blue sky too, but you can't always see it because of the fog!)


Photo 365 - Day 336 (Emergency)

Day 336 (June 4th, 2011)
Title: Emergency

It's been a bit of a long and mental exhausting week, and I'm afraid we are only half way through it.  Recently a family member suffered a major medical condition, so we had to pack-up and move to Colorado for a little bit.  I was able to quickly pack my small "point-and-shoot" camera and small laptop, so I'm certainly going to give it my best shot to complete my Project 365 by July 4th, but depending on how things go, it might be a bit late.  I'm sure everyone understand that this project, was important and fun, has to take a back-seat (as with everything else) while this emergency is happening.  Both Theresa and I want to thank those of you who've sent messages and good thoughts, and we hope things will become more stabilized soon.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 335 (Cupcake Down!)

Day 335 (June 3rd, 2011)
Title: Cupcake Down!

I can only think of one line for this photo...

"Cupcake down!  That's sad."


Photo 365 - Day 334 (Lattice)

Day 334 (June 2nd, 2011)
Title: Lattice

It's lattice.  Yeah.  Thank you, thank you very much!


Photo 365 - Day 333 (Triple Lame)

Day 333 (June 1st, 2011)
Title: Triple Lame

We were passing a giant semi-truck and I noticed that the driver had put a bicycle behind the cab and Theresa said; "Hey, that's cool.  That way he can get some exercise while he's not driving."  I, on the other hand, said: "Wow, most folks would just call AAA if their truck breaks and get a tow-truck, this man uses a bike... I think he needs to get paid more.  Or perhaps try-out for 'World Strongest Man' competition." 

I'm always amazed I don't get smacked more often when I make comments like that... (and no, that is not an invitation!)


Photo 365 - Day 332 (Tree Blur)

Day 332 (May 31th, 2011)
Title: Tree Blur

What they say is true, if you are always running you never get a chance to stop and "smell the roses".  But, if you are driving, you can at lease take pictures of blurry trees and look at them later.  Heck, if you are lucky you can even tell people you were trying to make them blurry for the "artistic value" of it and use it in a blog.

Still, I like them, blurry or not! 


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 331 (Rocky Mountains #1)

Day 331 (May 30th, 2011)
Title: Rocky Mountains #1

A photo of the Rocky Mountains on our way to Denver, CO.  Sorry for the graininess of the photos recently, the fun of using a camera phone.  This picture was taken by Theresa!  Thank you!!


Photo 365 - Day 330 (Broken Trust)

Day 330 (May 29th, 2011)
Title: Broken Trust

While walking around the Boulder Community Hospital, looking at all their "people who are cool because they gave us money" wall, I noticed the current photograph of the Board of Trustees.  Now, the picture of the board wasn't particularly interesting or amazing, but what I thought was "cute" was how the word "Trustee" was broken.  I'm not sure if this was some sort of cosmic social commentary or just a bit of amusing irony, but either way I smirked for quite a while.   


Photo 365 - Day 329 (Burned Bulb)

Day 329 (May 28th, 2011)
Title: Burned Bulb

First, I want to appologize for the poor quality of this photo.  I took it with my iPhone, zoomed in.  We recently needed to take a trip to Colorado and as we were getting ready to take off, supposedly a little light bulb burned out.  This caused quite a tizzy with the pilots and maintenance folks.  Needless to say, we were delayed, but I was lucky enough to be sitting in the first row with a great view of the cockpit. 

Within 10-15 minutes, a techie arrived with a sealed mylar bag and a tool belt. He went in (while the pilots were chatting up the flight attendants), took the entire top panel down and proceeded to pull our an entire unit of buttons, switches, and knobs.  He tossed the old unit on the floor, ripped open the mylar bag, pulled out an entirely new Button/Switch/Knob thingy, slammed it in and everything worked.  I totally imagined him working on Nascars (those guys who can change a tire in like 3 seconds), being called and asked: "Hey, Bob, can you fix us up a plane?"  "Sure, no prob!  Be done in 5 minuets flat!" 

It was fun to watch, but better to finally take off. 


Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 328 (Ghirardelli Square)

Day 328 (May 27th, 2011)
Title: Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square, an entire square city block dedicated to chocolate!  If you are ever visiting San Francisco, make sure that you add Ghirardelli square as one of your "must see" spots!  And pick me up some milk chocolate bars, thanks!


Photo 365 - Day 327 (Surfer Fog)

Day 327 (May 26th, 2011)
Title: Surfer Fog

A sad, but true, conversation heard while I was taking pictures:

Surfer #1: Dude, look it's the Golden Gate! 

Surfer #2 (not in photo): Wow!  You've got to get a picture!

Surfer #1: I know, right!  .  Ahh, man!  Its all blurry cuz of the fog!

Surfer #2: Dude, just wipe the lens off! Then their won't be any fog!

Surfer #1: Hey!  Look, its much better, now you can see the fog over the bridge!

I just stood there and blinked a lot. 


Photo 365 - Day 326 (Illedrarihg)

Day 326 (May 25th, 2011)
Title: Illedrarihg

Yeah, I know, another backwards photo!  I'm not sure why I find these so amusing, but I do!  Ghirardelli ice cream shop in San Francisco, the ice cream is okay, but the toppings are fantastic!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 235 (Church Attire)

Day 325 (May 24th, 2011)
Title: Church Attire

Like the shot glasses that I never really see anyone buy, every shop seems to have these t-shirts hanging in the window/awning.  Who buy's these things!?  I mean, other than frat parties, exactly what social occasion would these be appropriate to wear?


Photo 365 - Day 234 (Wall Cards)

Day 324 (May 23rd, 2011)
Title: Wall Cards

I enjoy reading old post cards, it's fun just to see how they used English in writing, 20, 30, even 50 years ago and how much it's changed.  These is a installation of post cards from the 40's and 50's, all very "Americana". 


Photo 365 - Day 323 (SFDUU)

Day 323 (May 22nd, 2011)
Title: SFDUU

Drug Users Union?  Of course, San Francisco, you would be the one city that would try and unionize all of the drug users.  I wonder if the members pay their dues via "product"... Exactly what union benefits do the members get?  I'm guessing not so much on the health insurance. 

I also enjoy the additional "We are the Drug Policy Alliance." sticker.  I'm pretty sure the policy is, if you do them you go to jail... But, who knows.  Got to love the city!  


Photo 365 - Day 322 (Shoe Horn)

Day 322 (May 21st, 2011)
Title: Shoe Horn

I'll be honest, I have no idea what this thing is.  Perhaps some sort of speaker and/or lighting system or death-laser ray beam thing.  All I know is, it looked interesting and therefore, it gets a picture!  I also liked how the building behind is framed in it's architecture.  


Photo 365 - Day 321 (Idle Flower)

Day 321 (May 20th, 2011)
Title: Idle Flower

At first, I thought: Hey, look at that, the city is try to look nicer by putting up flowers on the light posts.  How lovely!".  Then, while waiting for folks to come out yet another random store that was selling the EXACT same t-shirts as the other 5 stores, I noticed, if you look just the right way (and by "right way" I mean the want that say, any normal person driving a car might look), the flowers completely block the "Don't Idle Your Car Otherwise We Will Ticket Yo Ass!" sign.  So, in essence, what was learned was: The city parks department in San Francisco really hates people (especially drivers). 

Subject: Lamp post with "conveniently" placed flowers.


Photo 365 - Day 320 (San Fran Shots)

Day 320 (May 19th, 2011)
Title: San Fran Shots

Every little "tourist trap" store that you go into in San Francisco (as well as most other cities really) always has a zillion shot glasses out on display.  Yet, I've never seen anyone actually buy one of these shot glasses, nor do I know anyone who has such a shot glass.  I wonder if its just some law that requires such store to carry a certain amount of shot glasses at all times, you know, in case of a sudden Scotch emergency or something. 

Subject: Shot glasses in local tourist-trap store


Photo 365 - Day 319 (Jefferson Street)

Day 319 (May 18th, 2011)
Title: Jefferson Street

I really enjoy old street signs and when I saw this sign for Jefferson street (at Taylor), I thought I'd try and make it "Ye Olde" with a little bit of photoshopping. 

Subject: Jefferson Street sign, San Francisco.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 318 (Scharffentastic)

Day 318 (May 17th, 2011)
Title: Scharffentastic

Oh, Scharffen Berger candy, you are evil... So evil in fact, you must be destroyed at all cost!  Destroyed, nibble by nibble!  Mu-hahaha!  Yum. 

Subject: Row, upon row of Scharffen Berger goodness.


Photo 365 - Day 317 (Bread Basket)

Day 317 (May 16th, 2011)
Title: Bread Basket

One of the cool things they have at the Boudin's Bakery is this "Bread Basket" train overhead that constantly brings fresh bread from the bakery to the storefront.  Clearly what they didn't plan on was me being 6'5" and the ability to reach into said baskets.  For some reason we get kicked out places a lot... I blame Theresa. 

Subject: Bread Basket Train at Boudin's, San Francisco.


Photo 365 - Day 316 (Wood Stone)

Day 316 (May 15th, 2011)
Title: Wood Stone

"Feed me Seymour!"... Preferably a large with fennel sausage and basil. 

Subject: Wood Stone oven, Boudin's in San Francisco


Photo 365 - Day 315 (Hyundai)

Day 315 (May 14th, 2011)
Title: Hyundai

One of my favorite things to do while hanging out near the piers in San Fran (wow, could this be the opening line of a bad joke), is watch the giant cargo ships head to the Oakland docks.

Subject: Hyundai cargo ship at Pier "43 1/2"


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 314 (Boudin)

Day 314 (May 13th, 2011)
Title: Boudin

If your in San Francisco, and you brain tells you: "Gosh, I bet some clam chowder in a sour-dough bread-bowl would be lovely right now!", there's only one place to go: Boudins!  Course, I would also recommend the fish and chip.  And you can pick up an extra 40 pounds of sour dough to take home... you know, as souvenirs. 

Subject: Boudin's bakery  


Monday, June 20, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 313 (Fisherman's Wharf)

Day 313 (May 12th, 2011)
Title: Fisherman's Wharf

By law, if you have a camera anywhere near you, you are required to take a picture of the sign at Fisherman's Wharf.  It doesn't even matter if it's your camera, just grab some random tourist's camera and shoot a picture.  Trust me, they'll thank you for it later.

Subject: An unknown, rarely visited sign in San Francisco. 


Photo 365 - Day 312 (Uphill Walk)

Day 312 (May 11th, 2011)
Title: Uphill Walk

A little break from the shapes fun, now we turn our attention to some fun in San Francisco! 

Subject: Bay Bridge, slightly askew.


Photo 365 - Day 311 (Chaos)

Day 311 (May 10th, 2011)
Title: Chaos

Its shapes!  Roar!  Yeah, I don't know...  All I know is I think I'm done using the "Polka Dot" background now.

Subject: Spheres and Cubes


Photo 365 - Day 310 (Smile Ship)

Day 310 (May 9th, 2011)
Title: Smile Ship

When I first saw this photo, I though: Hey, that's another nifty sphere shot that I can use!  Woo!" Then, after looking at it for a bit, it reminded me of the movie "Heavy Metal" (Cartoon movie from 1981, darn good music!).  During one Act of the movie, there are some aliens (and a robot) flying around in a giant spaceship that looked like a huge "Smiley Face". 

Subject: SphereShip of Happiness


Photo 365 - Day 309 (Sphere #1)

Day 309 (May 8th, 2011)
Title: Sphere #1

Okay, finally moving away from cubes/squares, now we are on to circles and spheres!  Woo!  Geometry for the win!

Subject: Sphereiness.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 308 (Cube Army)

Day 308 (May 7th, 2011)
Title: Cube Army

Even more cubes!  Cube Army, riding off into the sunset. 

Subject: Cube Army!


Photo 365 - Day 307 (Cubed)

Day 307 (May 6th, 2011)
Title: Cubed

Even more cubes!  Cube Army, Unite! 

Subject: 1st Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 4th Company, 16th Platoon - Cube Army!


Photo 365 - Day 306 (FasTrak)

Day 306 (May 5th, 2011)
Title: FasTrak

Honestly, I'm not even sure that I really like this particular shot, but for some reason it really amuses me.  When I look at it, it reminds me of the FasTrak lanes on the Bay Bridge heading into San Francisco.  I guess that's amusing, because they are not fast, nor are they particularly "on track" (you have to swerve between many lanes to get into/out of the correct lanes).  So, yeah, my 'abstract joke' via photographic medium. 

Subject: Even more cubes, although smaller, with dots. 


Photo 365 - Day 305 (Dark Dice)

Day 305 (May 4th, 2011)
Title: Dark Dice

Changing gears back to shapes for a bit.  Today's, 'Dark Dice', because... well, I don't know, sounds spooky and stuff.  Just roll with it!

Subject: Cubes, with dots.  And some spooky. 


Photo 365 - Day 304 (Roman Letters)

Day 304 (May 3rd, 2011)
Title: Roman Letters

Scrapbooking stuff again!  True fact: The Roman's were the first scrapbookers!  And by "true", I mean I just made that up.

Subject: Alphabet letter stamps. 


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 303 (P's and Q's)

Day 303 (May 2nd, 2011)
Title: P's and Q's

Scrapbooking stuff again!  Don't forget to mind your P's and Q's! 

Subject: Alphabet letter stamps. 


Photo 365 - Day 302 (Cube #2)

Day 302 (May 1st, 2011)
Title: Cube #2

Continuing with squares (cubes).  Different angle, background and focal point.  I was trying to give it a "burning ice cube-y" feel. 

Subject: A cube, made from squares (and plastic)


Photo 365 - Day 301 (Dnah Edam)

Day 301 (April 30th, 2011)
Title: Dnah Edam

Mixing it up with some scrappy photos with my geodesic photos!  Yeah, I'm that wild and crazy. 

Subject: The "Hand Made" stamp that Theresa uses on the back of her paper-art projects (cards, layouts, and the like).

100mm Macro Lens action!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 300 (Cube #1)

Day 300 (April 29th, 2011)
Title: Cube #1

I like geodesic designs and shapes.  Really.  First up, squares!

Subject: A cube, made from squares (and plastic)


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 299 (Steve)

Day 299 (April 28th, 2011)
Title: Steve

A quick Public Service Announcement from Steve Skalle:

"Hey kids!  Don't forget, Halloween is only like 6 months away!  I'm in Bermuda right now, getting some sun, but I'll be back to party, 'Skalle Style' soon!  Peace out!"  

Subject: The one and only Steve Skalle, Skull Superstar.

Techie: 43mm, f/5.0 at 1/60th with external flash


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Photo 365 - Day 298 (Wedding Day)

Day 298 (April 27th, 2011)
Title: Wedding Day

Still in catch-up mode.  

Subject: Maureen and Oshin Wedding, San Pedro, CA

Techie: 50mm, f/4.5 at 1/60th with on-board flash


Photo 365 - Day 297 (Tow Away Zone)

Day 297 (April 26th, 2011)
Title: Tow Away Zone

"Hey!  I was only parked here for like 15 min!"

"I'm sorry sir, this is a white zone, it's for loading and unloading of passengers only."

"I was totally doing that!  Unloading them!"

"Of course you were sir.  For 15 min?  I don't think so.  Your vehicle is going to be towed and you can claim it at impound."

"Seriously?!  I mean, come on!  I've got to be in Boston in like 6 hours!"

"That's not my problem sir."

"It won't even fit in your impound!"

"We'll make it fit sir.  Now please stand aside.  Thank you, and have a nice day."

"You *#@*!!" 

At least, that's what I imagined they were saying to each other... 

Still in catch-up mode.

Subject: Los Angeles Airport

Techie: 300mm, f/7.1 at 1/400th.


Photo 365 - Day 296 (Mama and Baby)

Day 296 (April 25th, 2011)
Title: Mama and Baby

Still in catch-up mode.

Subject: Los Angeles Airport

Techie: 140mm, f/7.1 at 1/250th.