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Month: June 2005 (page 1 of 4)

Later That Evening… Dinner With Dona Tomas

Dinner tonight was with handsome Jack and vivacious Tres at Dona Tomas. You simply can not go wrong at this excellent restaurant. The food is first-rate, as are the delicious margaritas. I recommend the carnitas – a house specialty – and if you’re still hungry for dessert, the mint ice cream is wicked cool.

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Thanks, Jack and Tres for another wonderful evening!

I love this shot of Kelly and Tres. Do they look great, or what!?! (Shot with Kelly’s Canon G3.)

(By the way, I have tried many times to get a good shot of Jack. He has this uncanny ability to get his eyes closed before the light from my flash has traveled from my camera to his face! I can’t explain it. It’s amazing. Well, actually, there is this one shot…)

Puppy Love

Our most excellent neighbors Tres and Jack brought home a little Parson Russell Terrier. “Frisco” is just 8 weeks old. Kelly’s birds were less than enthusiastic about or energetic little visitor, but I can tell you for sure – Kelly was instantly smitten. What a cutie!

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There’s More to Life Than Photography

jlda_design.jpgI can’t believe I just said that! Anyway, just so you know that I’m not getting lazy…

I’ve been working on a proposal to add some color to our building’s hallways. I have to make a good presentation if I am to get any agreement between all the members of our association. I’ve also been doing a bit of design work for a new neighborhood organization. (If this artwork looks familiar, it’s because its based on one of my first digital images.) I like this new design much more than the old one. What do you think?

We’re also in the process of changing our living space a bit. When it’s complete, we’ll post a picture or two.

Tubin’ the Delta and Pasta on the Rocks

Yesterday’s trip to the delta was a blast. We took ten year old Olive, one of our most favorite neighbors along for the ride. We met Jeff and Wendy, Henry and Mary, Hillary and Michelle at their campsite, and headed out to the delta. The girls hit the water with gusto. Of course, that game was to see how fast our driver Jeff could turn their bravado into total tubing terror. Turn out that a few quick turns of the boat is all it takes. (See Olive and Hillary – exhibits A and B below.)

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The high point of my day was watching my fabulous, totally buffed wife ski. She moved so gracefully and so powerfully through the water… Wow! By the look of those muscles, I’d say all of those early-morning workouts have paid off, Honey! You look awesome!

Later, we dined on Wendy’s very special “spaghetti on the rocks”.

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(A note to my photographically inclined readers.)

I never thought I’d get much use out of my Sigma 80-400mm lens. Before I bought this magnificent lens, I was always reaching for my super-wide lens. That has changed. Despite the thremendous size, weight and slowness of the lens, I’m hooked on it. Partly because it’s just so darn sharp, but also becuase of the way it forces me to see images in a completely new way. For me, it’s a new medium, and I love it!

A Walk in the Wild

One of our favorite events of the year is Oakland Zoo’s wonderful Walk in the Wild. Their anual fundraiser features food, wine and beer from dozens of local merchants – and get this, because they serve alcohol – children are not allowed. Woo-hoo! What a perfect way to see the zoo and get some practice shooting with my long lens under less than ideal conditions. Hey, it’s not easy to shoot with a wine glass and food tray balanced in one hand and a camera with a huge lens in the other!

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(Sorry, but Kelly says we never can have too many meerkat photos.)

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