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High And Dry

Taking the backroads on a fine Sonoma County Mothers Day, our family spotted this on Slusser Road near the Airport. Why do people dump their unwanted items on the side of Sonoma County’s rural roads?  In the miles I’ve driven in the past few months, a lot more garbage is showing up. Willowside Road in Santa Rosa is another favorite dumping ground.  In the last week I’ve spotted a mini fridge, a TV set, clothes, garbage and a chest of… Read More »

Georgia on my Mind

I said Georgia, oh Georgia No peace I find  Just an old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind. —The tune, first recorded in 1930, was made popular by Ray Charles in 1960 as part of the album “The Genius Hits the Road” and was made the Georgia state song in 1979.— Well, yes.  Georgia was on my mind last week; but you say, “Stupidhead, you work for a daily paper.” Well yes I do and apologize for posting this… Read More »

Ken Burns Dust Bowl and a Big Surprise

There I was last night, nice and comfortable watching another epic Ken Burns production on Public Television, this time on The Dust Bowl in the Southern Plains.  Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker that gets it.  Burns takes an extraordinary amount of energy to put all the pieces together, painstakingly marrying historical photos with indelible narration and interviews about a certain subject. His past work includes The Civil War, The War and Baseball.  All of which were remarkable works of… Read More »

Final Flight of the Endeavour

This can be a strange and unusual job.  One day it’s a wildfire, maybe a county Supervisor’s meeting.  The next could be a football game or a black tie event.  It really never gets boring. That’s why I jumped at the chance to photograph the final flight of the Shuttle Endeavour.  Although I knew it meant breaking the old sleep through the night routine, I’ve always wanted to photograph a launch of the space shuttle.  Since that never happened,  the… Read More »