Oktoberfest – Redwood City


Oktoberfest - Redwood City

Today was OKTOBERFEST in Redwood City. I had spent most of the day in my studio. About 3 or so I got out and took my camera for a walk. Tony, Brie and Samantha walked over from their house and we had a nice leisurely walk around the festivities. There was a great Munich Beer Garden style Oompah band. You should have heard them play “Brown Eyed Girl”.

Paula joined us about 6pm just before Tony and Brie left to see India Arie at the old Paramount Theater in Oakland.  I have always wanted to visit this Theater.  I remember my father talking about it a lot as he went there as a kid and I am sure with my mother.    My Grandparents lived not too far from there at 81 Glen Avenue, Oakland Ca.

More photos and video to follow.

Studio Lighting Workshop

Over this past year I have been hosting and teaching a variety of photography related workshops in my Redwood City studio.   I have come to enjoy these workshops where I meet a lot of great people and I am always stimulated to learn and teach more.  Today I held two 3 hour studio lighting workshops back to back.    To change things up a bit from past workshops I decided to focus on a theme of old 30s and 40s Hollywood Glamor lighting with an emphasis on black and white.   Below are a few images from today’s workshops.

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Recycling Day

It has been some time since I have posted on my blog. Recycling is not one of my favorite things. We live on a large flag lot and our driveway is about 200 yards long. We have 5 huge recycling bins for the Green stuff and then one trash bin and one for paper, bottles etc. In recent months however my outlook on taking out the trash has improved. On occasion Samantha helps me.

My PopPop Threw me in the dumspter

Off to the Eastern Sierra’s – Golden Trout Wildernes


Leavitt Meadow and Falls

For the second year in a row I am off to the easter Sierra’s near Lone Pine California.   I will be camping hiking in the Golden Trout Wilderness from June 19th through June 25th.    I left Menlo Park on June 15th about 2pm.    I headed towards the Sierras and decided to take Sonora pass over the mountains and Tioga pass through Yosemite is still closed and not due to open until June 18th.      In route somewhere around Livermore I realized I would be traveling by my cousin Nancy and her husband Ron’s home in Mi Wuk Village just east of Sonora.     I met up with Nancy and Ron about 6 pm.     They treated me to a wonderful pizza dinner and a tour of the area.    After that we went back to the house where I had the opportunity to have some great conversation with my cousin.   We caught up on 40 years of history.   It was GREAT.


After a good nights sleep and breakfast prepared by Nancy I hit the road (Hwy 108) heading east.    I stopped a few times along the way for some picture taking at places like the Dardanelle Bridge built in 1933, Kennedy Meadows, Sonora summit and Leavitt Falls overlook and Leavitt Meadows.   The image posted above is a com

Grant Family Get Together

On Saturday June 4th we held a Grant Family get together.   It has been one year since our mothers passing.    It was great for everyone to get together.    We were joined by Aunt Margie, Cousin Dick Winn and a nice surprise by cousin Pam Tate.    I don’t think I have seen Pam for 30 years.     Angela and Donnie hosted us at their home as we were rained out at Atascadero Lake.     As normal Jimmy brought a pile of Guitars and those talented in the group played.

Easter 2011

So today was Easter 2011.  We have a wonderful relaxing day at our home in Menlo Park.   It was Samantha’s first real Easter and of course she kept us all entertained as she searched for Easter Eggs.    Paula set a lovely table as always and prepared a great brunch complete with Mimosa’s.    Wanda provided a great salad and we all had a great time.   Tony, Brie and Samantha spent the day with us along with Great Grandma “GEE GEE” and Aunt “WANDUH”.      I missed having Curtis’s and Bradie but they were with Curtis’ Mom.  I am proud of him for spending time with his Mother.    Certainly having the Hanni Family here and celebrating Easter with our young grand daughter was quite special.

You can see more of my images from the day here:    Easter 2011 Photos

We Have Arrived at Casa Fiesta

So we have left  The Bungalows and after a short Taxi ride we have arrived at Casa Fiesta in Pedregal. We were able to spend some time with Megan and Paul before they left for the bay area.



The images below are ones that I have taken at Casa Fiesta over the years. One of these days they will be on a Casa Fiesta website.

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Tres dias en Cabo San Lucas at “The Bungalows”


After spending a wonderful four days and three nights in San Jose del Cabo we have arrived at destination number two of our vacation.   We are spending three nights here at “The Bungalows”.   Since we have been to Cabo San Lucas many times in the past there is no need to troll the streets in search of T Shirts, Jewelry, Timeshares, Buckets of Beer or whatever.    Just relaxing, many siestas and short walks downtown for Tacos , Beer or my favorite “Lemonada”.   Stay tuned more to come.