Saturday, November 1, 2014

People Waiting at a Train Crossing

Waiting at a Train Crossing - Japan  2014

Anonymous intersection at an unknown town in Japan taken as we sped by. Taken with an Olympus E-PL5 with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens, 1/2000th second.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lake Tahoe #3

Lake Tahoe, A.M. - Sierra Nevada  2014

Lake Tahoe, Smoke, Clouds - Sierra Nevada  2014

I got up early the next day and walked down to the Tahoe shoreline. The smoke that had reached such impressive heights yesterday had now been flattened out and starting to mix with some regular clouds that were moving into the area.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Smoke (King Fire) - Lake Tahoe  2014

Walking back to our motel we suddenly realized that what appeared to be the silhouette of towering clouds in the distance was actually smoke from the King Fire. Somehow very eerie . . . I used an iPhone 5s for this photo.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

South Lake Tahoe

Three Suits - Lake Tahoe  2014

OMG! Kittens (Slot Machine) - Lake Tahoe  2014

Well, here we were, in South Lake Tahoe walking over to the casinos. It was the middle of the week, so not too much was happening. We investigated the slot machines, but to be honest they were quite incomprehensible. Some of them even involved touch screens. And, as I had discovered in 2012, no more coin-operated machines.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

King Fire, Smoke

Forest, Smoke - Sierra Nevada  2014

As we drove east on Highway 50 going towards Lake Tahoe we could see a highly visible plume of smoke off to the north. Getting closer to the small town of Pollack Pines the smoke became much closer and well-defined . . . and then it was behind us.

This was the start of the King Fire, an extremely large and dangerous wildfire in the Sierra foothills. Smoke from the fire settled into our campground for two straight afternoons (nice and clear in the mornings), the second afternoon worse than the first, affecting not only visibility but our breathing.

So we decided to move up our departure by one day, leaving to drive the short distance to South Lake Tahoe in order to investigate the casinos there.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Grasshopper Blogging

Grasshopper - Lake Tahoe  2014

Looks like a grasshopper anyway. I was sitting in my camp chair when I noticed this interesting individual on a tree stump across the way.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ferns, Aspens, Yellow Plants

Ferns, Aspens - Sierra Nevada  2014

Yellow Plants, Pine Needles - Sierra Nevada  2014

I tried to take advantage of some nice diffused light, courtesy of some high clouds. On the 1960 Olympics ski trail.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Japan: Culinary Adventure (23): Curry Restaurant

Savory Course (Curry Restaurant) - Japan  2014

Dessert (Curry Restaurant) - Japan  2014

Not what you might think of when you think of a "curry restaurant." Very subtle flavors, upscale all the way, located in the Shinjuku Station complex.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Olympic Ski Trail

Olympic Ski Trail - Sierra Nevada  2014


Our second hike in the Lake Tahoe vicinity followed the route of a trail used in the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lake Tahoe #2

Lake Tahoe - Sierra Nevada  2014

Pine Tree, Lake Tahoe - Sierra Nevada  2014

Taken during an early morning hike from our campsite to the lake. Very nice . . . no one else was there, with the exception of a few kayakers off in the distance.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lake Tahoe #1

Lake Tahoe - Sierra Nevada  2014

It's been quite a while since I visited Lake Tahoe. I guess the most recent trip to the area was to Fallen Leaf Lake (adjacent to Lake Tahoe) in 2008.

Back then I was using an Olympus DSLR (E-510) and the famous 4/3 12-60mm lens. This trip I mainly used an Olympus E-PL5 with an Olympus "micro" four-thirds 12-50mm lens.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Camping - Lake Tahoe

Campfire, Tent - Lake Tahoe  2014

Hali and I went camping in September at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the west side of Lake Tahoe. A more luxurious experience than my minimalist backpack camps.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Horse Blogging

Tuffy, Moon - Marin County  2014

Tuffy and the moon. Shot with an iPhone 5s.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sausalito Sightems

Boats - Sausalito  2014

Mexican Sage - Sausalito  2014
During my last few Sausalito visits the light has been very nice.