California Moderne …

I probably don't have the correct architectural terminology here, but this is a quintessential California image for me, one that I snapped in Santa Monica years ago. The house, the palm tree, the clouds ... all just scream the state's name loudly to me. I don't go to Santa Monica anymore. It's another "lost city"... Continue Reading →

The View …

Last post, I mentioned the view from Fort Mason Center in 2014 during the final Comic-Con sponsored APE event (look at my previous post for all the gory details). Well, here it is. That's the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance from Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion. Hard to believe this photo is two years... Continue Reading →

New York City Symphony …

Normally around this time of year I make my annual trek to New York City. I love NYC in the fall, but the last couple of trips (2019 and last year), I mistimed it and got there before the autumn foliage was in full-bloom color mode. This time of year is also "book season," with... Continue Reading →

Quintessential …

Palm trees and lifeguard stations are two things that will always be synonymous with Southern California in my mind. This atmospheric sunset was taken more than a few years ago in Santa Monica, when that beach town used to be on my list of yearly visits. Sadly, that's no longer the case, so I'm glad... Continue Reading →

UK Trip 2022 Diary, Part 02 …

The second week of my epic 2022 trip to the United Kingdom saw myself and my friend Laurel back in London just as the official 10-day mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II kicked into high gear. Our daily mileage also really kicked in during this part of the trip, so I’m including what we walked... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time …

I used to go to Santa Monica a lot. In fact, it was the first place I visited in California, way back in 1991. Then it was filled with bookstores, all along the 3rd St. Promenade. Now? There's only a couple. The giant Barnes & Noble is gone, all the smaller ones like Midnight Special... Continue Reading →

UK Trip 2022 Diary, Part 01 …

Three years in the making! Once in a lifetime trip! All that hyperbole is true. And in the end (which should be about three posts from now, including this one), I had what may amount to the best—and longest—trip of my life. I began planning this trip pre-pandemic in early 2020. While I had been... Continue Reading →

The Old and the New …

Last time I featured a photo from the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and wrote about how the old and the new were co-existing peacefully, side-by-side, with both the market and The Grove, a trendy mall built right next door. Here's an example of that in-play in Northern California. This photo from San Francisco (just... Continue Reading →

Stool sample …

I apologize for the gross, punny title. This lovely photo was taken many moons ago at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and is also from my filter period, when I used a filter on just about every photo I took. This is from my beginning years on Instagram, way back when. I've since learned... Continue Reading →

Where You’ll Find Me …

Either the luckiest of lucky shots or the most accommodating seagull ever, I'm not sure which it is ... maybe both? This is one of my all-time favorite photos that I've taken and it's one of my most favored spots in the world, on the south bank of the Thames, right by Westminster Bridge and... Continue Reading →

Different Drum …

"You and I travel to the beat of a different drum," the song goes and I'm always reminded of it when I see this photo I took near the Crissy Field area along the bay in San Francisco quite a few years back. I suppose "You've Got to Dance Like Nobody's Watching" would be an... Continue Reading →

Soon (again) …

I hope to travel again soon. That sounds a bit more wistful than it should, but travel these days is no fun, not—at least—like it used to be (or used to SEEM to be). There are too many variables: weather, lack of or strikes by airline employees (the latter in other countries right now), unruly... Continue Reading →

Time Lapse …

These two photos were taken in San Francisco, just hours apart. They were taken at the Herbst Pavilion, which once was part of the Fort Mason Arts and Cultural Center, a former military base converted to facilities for the public. I believe they were taken in October 2014, the last time Comic-Con—my employer at the... Continue Reading →

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