Monday, January 29, 2007

Ebony and Ivory (in NorCal)

Snow-capped Mt. Shasta
Black Butte
Mt. Shasta is located in the Cascade Range in northern California about 65 km (40 mi) south of the Oregon-California border and about midway between the Pacific Coast and the Nevada border. One of the largest and highest of the Cascade volcanoes, snowclad Mt. Shasta is near the end of the range that terminates near Lassen Peak. Mt. Shasta is a massive compound stratovolcano composed of overlapping cones centered at four or more vents; it was constructed during a period of more than 100,000 years--Excerpt from Miller, 1980, USGS Bulleting 1503.

Holocene eruptions also occurred at Black Butte, a group of overlapping dacite domes about 13 km (8 mi) west of Mt. Shasta--Excerpt from Miller.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Presidential Smiles

(Photo courtesy of Avhox) All smiles from the Philippine rowing team as they present PGMA their trophies from a successful overseas competition (0ne of many). I don't know any of these people except for one, my friend Atty. Avhox.
(Photo courtesy of Bob via Treu) Former president (and future first man) Bill Clinton visits with the brave men of the United States Navy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What A Difference A Year Makes





(Avalon Bay, Catalina Island)
January 17, 2006 was a good day. Actually the entire January of 2006 was a very good month. On this day, I was clicking to my heart's content. I must have taken around 100 photos. January 2007 has started with quite a few challenges. But I feel hopeful after I received an e-mail from my friend, Dr. Sheila, whose message says PUSH (pray until something happens). That will be my motto for this year.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cold Snap

(Driving to the mountains, first week of January 2007) Thank heavens our cold snap is ending. Agricultural produce has suffered the most with these cold days and freezing nights. The California citrus industry is losing millions. According to reports, 2/3 of their produce is lost because of the frosty conditions.

In the mountains, only dusting of snow can be seen. They have found that the snow pack is 60% of normal. We need more snow in the Sierra because snow in the Sierra means water in the Bay Area in the summer time.

It was in the teens, temp-wise, on this day; but no snow.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Day At The Museum

The Asian Art Museum recently hosted a month-long (or was it two?) exhibit called PIONEERS OF PHILIPPINE ART featuring paintings by Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Fernando Zobel. My memory of visiting the Ayala Museum (where these art are a loan from) is quite fuzzy; hence, I was pleasantly surprised by the top-notch quality of them. I particularly enjoyed the Amorsolo collection.
Because they are on loan, I could not sneak a photo of any of the collection. This streamer is the one that they have outside and inside the building to announce this collection. Here's just a sample of what the collection is about. Juan Luna did a lot of portraiture of mostly Spanish women of privilege (no doubt), Zobel was more abstract in his expression (which honestly was not my personal fave) and Amorsolo had painted a lot of slices of Phil. life and some landscapes. All in all, very rewarding day.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fowl On The Wall....


of De Young Museum. As is the practice, all permanent exhibit are fair game to photographers, only the visiting collection on loan are a no-no. The first painting pops out in the dim light of the room, very attractive. I just regret not jotting down the painter/s of these.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Road Sign

Let me hear you say it out loud. Taken somewhere along the very long stretch of nothingness between Caliornia and Las Vegas.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

This Is Where I Get Off


Para mama, sa tabi lang ho. Some passengers getting off to catch a ferry to Catalina Island.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Somewhere....

beyond the sea, someone's waiting for me, la la la la la la la la...let's go sailing.