Berlin - Festival of Lights
We were fortunate to be in Berlin, Germany during the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which also coincided with the Festival of Lights. These pictures were taken during a walking tour from Hackescher Market to the Brandenburg Gate around Museum Island. The route passed many buildings and monuments holding historical and cultural significance to the German people. Joining them in their contemplation and celebration in the crowded public squares along the route was a momentous and joyous experience.
VIVID - Sydney, Australia
VIVID is an annual art exhibit that is located at the Circular Quay waterfront, the Botanical Gardens and several other locations within Sydney. While Sydney is beautiful all year round the VIVID displays enhance, dramatize and further beautify the city’s world-famous architectural landmarks. The laser projected video images are designed and produced for each venue by local and international artists. While a single picture may be a stunning image it is part of a video presentation that tells the artist’s story.
Dale Chihuly - Studio Glass Artist
Dale Chihuly uses a team approach to creating his works of art, something he learned during an internship in the glass blowing studios in Murano, Italy. His work is spontaneous and the end results are a combination of extreme creativity and happy coincidence. Chihuly’s mastery of the blown glass sculpture makes him without a doubt one of his generations most creative artists in any format or medium.
USS Missouri - Pearl Harbor
Touring this vessel on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor lent special meaning to the occasion. The Missouri is one of four Iowa Class battleships that survived WWII. Now decommissioned she is moored on Ford Island bow to stern with the USS Arizona that lies beneath the harbor surface. My visit was on a rare rainy December day which allowed me to be alone on deck of this monument dedicated to the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of previous generations.
A Different Kind of Horsepower 2015
Not having attended this event before I was not sure what would be going on, but took a camera along just in case. As it turned out we had perfect seats literally 10-feet from one of the course fences in a Grand Prix show jumping competition. The scenery was beautiful, the late afternoon light attractive, the riders athletic and strong and the horses; simply magnificent.
Fourth of July in Washington DC 2014
The Nation’s Capital is one of our favorite places to visit because of its diversity, vibrancy and beauty. There is always something to do, something to see, a great public transportation system that makes it easy to get around and at this time of year plenty of great little local restaurants serving up delicious crab cakes and oysters.
I visited the Stanford Invitational Men’s Rowing Regatta in Redwood Shores, California last weekend. I’d ridden my bicycle by them racing on the lagoon before and finally went by on Saturday to see what was going on. The time of day was not real conducive to photography and the afternoon wind chopped up the water a lot more than I would have liked, but I still got a couple of shots that captured some of the excitement and beauty of this collegiate sport.
Holi is one of the more vibrant expressions celebrating Spring, the joy of love, redemption, the triumph of good over evil, forgiveness, or all of the above, depending on the region of India you’ve emigrated from and your personal beliefs. Add traditional Indian music with a rap beat and the local “Curry-Up Now” food truck and everybody has a good time.
An amazing event, both from the point of view as a spectator and historically with the awesome come from behind victory that Team Oracle was able to achieve over Team New Zealand. These pictures were taken from the breakwater at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.
Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours
A summer Tahoe tradition the Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours brings out the best wooden boats on the West Coast. Clear water, sunny skies and brite finished mahogony equals perfection