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Follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos         Instagram: kpfotog “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Yes, this is a big pear. A golden bosc pear weighing in at over a pound.  The folks at Scully Packing Co. near Kelseyville showed me around the other day as their harvest ground on.  I worked nearly four seasons while in high school and college at what was then the… Read More »

Outtakes: Fire Photos

You can follow me on Twitter: @kentphotos on Instagram:  kpfotog It’s been, so far, a summer of fire discontent in Lake and Napa Counties (Yolo, Solano and Colusa get credit too).  It began with the Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa on July 22; the latest fire to break out was the Grade fire on Jerusalem Grade Road in Lake County Monday August 24, barely an air mile from the 25,000 acre Jerusalem fire. In fire photography, the itchy eyes, burning lungs, fatigue,… Read More »

Red Flag Warning

Twitter: @kentphotos Instagram:  kpfotog   Weather models had been hinting for nearly a week now that the Bay Area could get some lightning at the end of this week.  Now, the National Weather Service has posted a Red Flag Warning to highlight the incoming weather, there is very little moisture with these storms.  Given the incredibly dry vegetation (hint:  Rocky Fire), any strikes that do occur without rain could start new fires.  Ugh.  Stay tuned.   -Kent Porter      

The Fire Apocalypse?

Follow me on twitter: @kentphotos Instagram: kpfotog Say what you want about drought, climate change, general weather weirdness and dogs and cats living together, evidence is mounting this summer, California’s four year drought is much more than a water issue.  Our forests are tinder dry. That rain we had just a few weeks ago in the mountains? Nothing but a blip on the radar, so to speak.  Whereas areas of California received quite a bit of precipitation, the latest dry… Read More »

A Sampling of Photos

It seems to be a habit, this weather/photojournalism thing.  Drought, fires, floods, hurricanes etc. As it does many of us, weather touches photographers in arcane ways.  Our spouses become widows when the light becomes just right.  My significant other, the love of my life, knows this well.  Fire season around our house means listening to the scanner on a windy day/night. After many nights of covering major blazes,  I use the garage as a detox station in order to keep… Read More »

Forget Spring. Pass Go to Summer.

California?  We have four season just like everywhere else here on the third rock from the sun. Really. Here are examples: -Summer.  Mild to hot days. Don’t water garden, not enough water. Don T-shirts and sunscreen. Get great tan.  Wear sweatshirts at night; marine layer makes it feel like winter. -Fall.  Feels a lot like summer, ramp up temperatures 10-15 degrees, no need for sweatshirts at night, marine layer vanishes making t-shirts suitable evening attire.  Sorta like summer, but at night.… Read More »

I See Stars. Not the Borealis

Been awhile, eh? Every couple of months I will venture out on a moonless night and photograph the stars.  Just to do it.  Maybe it’s a meteor shower, or a long exposure of a wild land fire.  It’s a little more difficult theses days, well, because I like my sleep.  With the geomagnetic storm that slammed in to Earth during the last day or so,  the hype would have you believe that we NorCal folks might get a glimpse of the show.  So I… Read More »

How Many Days ‘Till Spring Training?

That all depends.  If you’re a top prospect, spring training started with Arizona Fall League. Or the Australian Baseball League and maybe the Caribbean League.  The Dominican Winter League, along with the Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican League and Venezuelan Winter League  send their league champions to compete in the Caribbean Series in February, which ends pretty much when Major League Baseball starts their annual right on Feb. 19, 2015. Thats right.  90 days (depending on when you read this). What can you do in 90… Read More »

The Right Light: Sunset At Pozzi Ranch

Everyone knew Vic Pozzi as Farmer Vic.  To the thousands of people that visited his farm while spending vacation time at WorldMark Resort on Shiloh Road, he was the caretaker of 15 brahman bulls, dozens of sheep, gaggles of domesticated geese, a few emus (Elvis and Priscilla among them) and a dog named Jeffrey spread over 20 acres of land.  Vic passed away October 4, from complications of a massive stroke on July 3.   Vic was part of Windsor, the town built around… Read More »

LagunaPic 09.08.14

“Outside the dark is falling, stars are twinkling bright That old hoot owl is calling, every thing’s all right Honky tonk moon.” “Honky Tonk Moon”  by Randy Travis, written by Dennis O’rourke And so, another Harvest Moon rises.   The cool dampness of the air, reminds us; everyone, this long dry summer is listing toward autumn.  With hope that fall rains will ease the burden of drought on California, The Laguna de Santa Rosa runs though the cycle of coming alive in spring,… Read More »