I’ve been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s excellent book, In the Heart of the Sea, about the whaling ship Essex (it sank in the Pacific Ocean in 1820 after tangling with a sperm whale and became Herman Melville’s inspiration for the novel Moby Dick). The surviving crewmembers, adrift in the ship’s boats, had to decide where their best chance of rescue lay […]
Getting away to the Northern California coast is always a fun adventure for me because I never know what I might discover along the shoreline; but no matter where we end up staying, I’m also eager to spend time exploring just outside my door. Sometimes the unfamiliar back yard can be full of wonderful details — things that are easily […]
Back yard, Point Arena, California, November 2022.
When I started writing this post yesterday, it seemed like the perfect time to share these powerful paintings which I saw during my visit to San Francisco’s de Young Museum last summer. At first I hesitated to include Jack Levine’s piece, above, because it felt like such a negative image. This painting commemorates the Birmingham Campaign, a series of direct […]
Tomales, August 2022.
Details from the historic house in Point Arena where we spent a week in November 2022.
I had every intention of taking part in the local First Day Hike scheduled for 8 A.M. last Sunday morning. The weather was cooperative; stormy New Year’s Eve gave way to a sunny, if chilly, New Year’s Day. I had managed to beat back a minor head cold, and the Big Guy was up early, heading out to Folsom Lake […]
I collected this set of images during two separate visits to two different museums: Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum (September 2019) and San Francisco’s deYoung Museum (August 2022). The artists and the media may be widely varied, but each one speaks to me in a profound way, and the more I consider them, the more connections I seem to discover. Al […]
There are always plenty of great things to see along the road as we drive north along the narrow and winding Highway 1 through Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Even places I’ve seen hundreds of times are always slowly evolving, like the construction project in Sonoma County near Bodega Bay. I shared photos of the same stretch three months ago when […]