Upcoming birding events

I'm now leading outings for Santa Clara Valley Audubon to various locations around the county (and occasionally wider afield). For those curious about birding or wanting to learn more about birding in Santa Clara County, consider joining me for one of these upcoming...

Grinding it out

About a week ago I took a quick trip down to Morro Bay, so I could spend some time at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal refuge, a place where the seals haul out on the beaches every winter to give birth, nurse their young and mate before returning to the seas. I've...

The Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

I first visited the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery in 2011, and have been photographing them ever since. I try to visit every year or two, usually in January at the peak of the activity. Why? I find them a fascinating and complex species with a lot of...

What it was like getting the X-T3 repaired by Fuji

At the end of December, my Fuji X-T3 fell off a table and landed on the floor. The bad news: it broke and wasn't usable. The good news: the lens that was attached to it -- the 100-400 that is more expensive than the camera body -- was fine. But this meant I needed to...

I upgraded the site to WordPress 5 and…

As many of you know, I run this site on Wordpress. If you follow Wordpress at all, you're aware that a major release -- Wordpress 5.0 -- was recently released with major changes including a completely re-thought editing system. There's been a lot of worry and...

The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi

The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi (Interdependency Book 2) I just finished a quick trip to Morro Bay, and on the last evening there, I decided to start John Scalzi's latest book, Consuming Fire. Sometime after that, I decided to finish it, which meant getting to...

Why I’m leaving Instagram and returning to Flickr

At the start of the year I decided I needed to review my use of social media and where my time and energy is going and make some changes. I'm now making the first of those changes, so I thought I'd discuss them here with all of you. I'm leaving Instagram About a week...

My Favorite 5’s for 2018

In past years I've done various "Best of" or "My Favorite" lists of things on different topics. In trying to sort out what I wanted to do this year, I decided the universe (and you readers) really didn't need five or six separate blog posts with lists of ten items...

2019 Goals and Priorities

I've been doing some thinking and planning about what I want to accomplish in the next year, which always is a battle plan that's good until maybe January 4 (5th if I'm lucky), but it's a useful tool for me to figure out where to focus my time. These aren't...

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The president needs to be a leader. Trump demands to be a boss. That’s not how America works, it’s how it breaks. https://t.co/lzJwEBbKwJ

a multi-billion dollar fine? about the same size as needed for Trump's wall? coincidence? (giggle/sigh) https://t.co/R2osd1hWLr

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