Category: Photography

Fog River – Beautiful Video by Simon Christen

Living in the San Francicsco Bay Area means getting familiar with fog.  Fog can be annoying and dangerous, but it can also be beautiful. Fog has graced many outstanding photographs.  Local photographer Simon Christen has upped the ante on fog photography.  Using time lapse techniques and positioning himself before dawn at strategic vantage points in …

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Crab Feed

A hike with Grandma in Point Reyes brings us to a river, then to the endangered Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm, and then along the Estero Trail to a bridge under which we discover an unsuspected life-and-death drama.  This is a video that gives the term “Crab Feed” a new and sinister meaning.  Not recommended for …

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Carnival in Ambato, Ecuador (Video)

One of the highlights of our recent vacation in Ecuador was the carnival celebration in Ambato.  Known as the Garden City, Ambato sits two hours by bus due south of Quito.  It’s a special town — it was completely destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1949 at a loss of 6,000 lives.  To commemorate its comeback from …

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Keeping Ancient Arts Alive (Peguche, Ecuador)

During our recent vacation in Ecuador, I had the opportunity to visit a workshop where the traditional art of wool weaving by hand is still practiced.  This is the Artesanía el Gran Condor in Peguche, a village a few minutes from Otavalo, the market town two hours north of Quito.  I took some stills and …

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A Month in Ecuador — A Travel Blog

A Month in Ecuador – Our Travel Blog Introduction:  Our first pick for a South American vacation was Costa Rica, because it has a lot of ecological diversity and is well known.  Then we heard in the news that the President of Ecuador had granted asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, in the …

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Public Transportation – The Ruin

Today the 16th Street train station in Oakland was open for a festival and walk-through, sponsored by Kaiser.  Before WWII this station was the center of public transportation in the East Bay, with train, streetcar and ferry connections all in one hub.  After the war, the auto companies took over parts of regional government and …

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Will Take Photos for Food

Take photos for food?  An email forwarded by the Berkeley Camera Club offered a free meal at the Hippie Gypsy Cafe in exchange for capturing the evening’s musical talent on camera. How could I resist? The H.G. Cafe is on a rather toney block of Shattuck Avenue, a street with a dozen coffee houses, and …

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