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Lick Observatory

The pandemic has kept me away from one of my favorite places in the world. I miss it so much. The great refractor telescope on Mount Hamilton’s Lick Observatory. At one point this was the biggest telescope in the world.

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The Dr. Seuss Tree

I’ve never seen a tree that looks as if it could come straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Was it purposely grown like this? What force of nature make the tree take a zigzag in its growth? I’ve been to this park on numerous occasions and don’t recall ever seeing this tree before.

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Glasses

My new reading buddy. My new pair of glasses. Helps me to read, see the printed word more clearly, my passport to the world of knowledge. Without them, life’s just a blur…

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Clouds

I recently posted this picture on the ‘Cloud Appreciation Society’ group on Facebook. I think it looks really cool and interesting. Why, I’m not sure. But it turned out to get a lot of likes and impressions from other group members. One of the comments: Angel wings and on top left a whale dancing in…

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Street Photography

Street photography is probably the most terrifying type of photography, because it’s the one area of the art form that risks getting punched in the face if done wrong. The trick is to either ask for someone’s permission to take a shot, therefore giving up the natural element of the shot, or else take a…

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Nature Photography

Nature photography is both relatively easy and extremely hard, depending on what you’re trying to capture. Regular nature shots of trees is the easy part. But capturing animals and just the right cloud formation largely rests on luck and a lot of patience. All the bird pictures are taken with a Canon T2i, as shots…

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Southern Italy, Molise

Southern Italy is a beautiful part of the world. The north and Sicily get all the glory and everything in between, except for Rome, is largely forgotten, at least in tourist guides. I spent roughly seven summers in the region of Molise in the late 1990s to early aughts. It may be a poorer region…

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Street Musicians

I used to play music professionally during and after college and sometimes while in college, we would play as a small group on the sidewalk in downtown Santa Barbara to make a few bucks. 95% of people simply just walk by almost completely unaware of what is going on around them while the remaining 5%…

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