The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Birds


Bodega Bay is the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror film The Birds.  This is the school house used in the film.  In the movie it gives the impression the school is near the bay itself but in reality it is inland a few miles separated by hills and you cannot see the ocean from anywhere around the school house location.


This is the hill the kids are running down away from the attacking crows.

 I was thinking there was a from the behind scene in the movie
 but this is all I could find and it is looking uphill.

I'm surprised no one has made a remake of The Birds now with the computer generated imagery they use in movie making these days.  Well there was a half-hearted attempt back in 2007 but development of the movie sort of stalled.  Tippi Hedren (the leading lady in Hitchcock's film) stated her opposition to the remake saying "Why would you want to do that? Why?"  
Guess you don't mess with Hitchcock. 

One doesn't make a trip out to the coast without getting a large cup of clam chowder.  
I like the red style myself.  Yes, it was delicious.  
It was half gone before I thought "I'd should have taken a photo!"


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bodega Bay continued


To the left of that crescent of land is the bay and calm waters.
You can see the fog or low cloud cover, whichever.

To the right is open ocean although it is still somewhat protected from the waves of the Pacific.

That is Doran beach and as you can see there is camping there.  Looks nice but there is one problem.  The Coast Guard station is there also and out on the very end is a fog horn that bleats continuously off and on, fog or no fog.  It can become maddening and difficult to ignore.  I guess you eventually get used to it and don't notice it anymore but I've never been that fortunate. 

The waters inside the bay is the perfect place for these kayakers. 
That is some very expensive real estate in the background.

Part of the docks at Bodega Bay.  Pay heed to the sign in time of earthquakes.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Bodega Bay


These images are from Bodega Bay a large water inlet from the Pacific 
so none of the high rocky cliffs or big surf are to be had here.
Someone planted some driftwood upright to look like a dead tree.

Inland further is a water estuary with a nature trail passing through it.  I thought this scene would look good in black and white in an abstract way but it didn't, so I left it in color.

 He knew I was there and was trying to make up his little crab brain to scurry away back to the surf or stay put and not move.  I didn't want to get my feet wet so there we were, neither of us moving.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

More of the Sonoma Coastline


A nice clean beach.  No sea foam suds here.

This man knows how to spend the day.

Some of the local residents.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Day at the Coast


An early morning decision to take a drive found me out along our Sonoma Coast.
A lot of our coastline in California looks like this.  
After all, we're on the edge of a continent slipping off into the waters you know.

It was to be in the 90's (32c) at home an hour's drive inland. 
I had to wear a light jacket at the coast which had gray skies and no sunshine.

Looks like someone dumped a big box of laundry detergent in the water.  I've never seen foam like this before in the ocean and it makes me wonder if something not good is going on here.
With some imagination it looks like clouds don't you think?



Monday, August 15, 2016

One Way Street in San Francisco


I enjoyed doing the Chicago Alley drawing I showed last month and thought I would try something else along the same theme but in a slightly different technique.  
Lines are fun.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Last Train Leaving Imaginary World


All of the locomotive shots in this series, the train was moving but you wouldn't know it.
This is the only one that gives a sense of motion.

This was my favorite diorama.  People on holiday.
Click on the image and you can see the people better.  See the Jeep towing the trailer, the couple on the bench, the sunbathers, the girl falling out of the canoe, the bear?  Lots going on here.

Kids today love their Legos.  Not me.  I had an Erector set but hardly played with it.
If I were a kid give me the materials to create a world like this and I'd be entertained forever. 

Because in my imaginary world you can have your home right next to the train tracks 
and that is okay.  Notice the boy washing the car.

This concludes the train show series.  Back to reality now.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Good Old Days in Imaginary Trainland


This one is kind of funny.  You can almost step from the canoe to the row boat to cross the pond.
The tractor lost a wheel and fell over too.

Notice the small sign in the middle.  
Do you remember buying gas for 27.9 cents a gallon?  I do.  

Normally the price of admission to the Community Playhouse for a movie is 75 cents.  But for dancing on Saturday night with Fat Hogg calling the steps and the Lumberjacks providing the music you get in for 50 cents.  What a deal.  Did you ever square dance?  I remember we did in the third grade as a classroom activity.  It was fun.  It was also the only time you got to hold the hand of the girl you secretly liked without her objecting.  I remember one girl had rough scaly hands.  It gave me the willies to hold her hand.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More of Train Town






The Lionel train locomotive I had looked like this.  
That is why those Lincoln Log walls never stood a chance.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Those Were the Days


I made an effort to catch the trains as they passed by which now I see was silly.  They could be standing still for all you would know.  I should of shot video. Duh!


Taking pictures without flash meant a slow shutter speed which creates a small depth of field thus hardly anything is in focus.  Duh!


Moore & Company's signs read Only the best from east to west and Importers of premium quality goods.  Yep, like I wrote in the last post, these scenes take you back to better times like before we became flooded with all the Chinese junk we buy these days.  Remember back when Made in Japan was something we used to raise our eyebrows up at?


Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Train Show


There was a model train show nearby.  I went to look.  I had a Lionel train set as a kid. I used to build walls with my Lincoln Logs, position the cowboys and Indians on and around the walls and bust through it all with my larger scale locomotive at high speed. Great fun.  Although the trains are enjoyable to watch, I am more fascinated by the little dioramas.  It is so easy to transport yourself into the scene,   a time and place of much better times.



I didn't notice it while there but the round barn in the distance is a landmark here in Santa Rosa.

This is reproduction of one our the shopping malls where I live. 
You can tell by the cars they've stuck to a specific timeline in these scenes.

Now wouldn't you like to be here?  There is a Twilight Zone episode this reminds me of.

- more to come -


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Murder in the Forest


The crime scene.
There were no body parts to be found.  Only scattered remnants of the victim's clothing. 

The murder took place in a dense forest.  Who could have done such a heinous crime? A fox? 
A bobcat?  No, I think the most likely suspect is a hawk for they have been seen in the area. 

Case closed.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Snake Photography


It is always nice to see a snake while hiking.   
When you do, stop where you are, slowly get your camera out and get that first photo in the "bank".

Then you can slowly take a step closer and get a better photo.

It was when I stooped down to his level to get the "money shot" is when he turned and slithered away very fast so I did not get that great photo I was hoping for but at least I had something in the camera.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mushroom Monastery


It all started out to just draw a mushroom.
Things sort of got out of hand after that.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just One Little Spark


That is all it would take to set this all ablaze.  Or a cigarette.  It has been in the high 90's (35c) here this week.  I try to think that hikers and bicyclists don't smoke and my park will be safe from fire.

This is the view the painter from my Monday post had.  The polo field.  
Not that picturesque to be doing a painting of I don't think.