Dec 5 2012

12.04.2012 The Tree Light Painting


The Tree Shot with just a spotlight and some color gels, this picture is SOOC (Straight out of the Camera) No Photoshop tricks.


Sep 29 2011

09.28.2011 Ross Pead Solo + John McKnight Jam

Backyard Fun - I was on my patio and saw this grasshopper hanging out on the rail. I decided to play with my macro-lens attachment that I bought on ebay for $10. It’s essentially 4 magnifying glasses screwed together…but it works…


Grasshopper Macrohe jumped away before I could get closer.


Leaves on a tree macro


Hole in the wood macro

Darwin’s Burgers and Blues - As usual, my night started at Darwin’s. After I posted the pictures of my Garlic Grilled Cheese w/ Chicken Salad yesterday, one of the regulars came up with his own concoction: The Chicken Salad Cole-Trane. That is a chicken salad sandwich topped with chili and slaw!


Mark’s Chicken Salad Cole-Trane @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues

Ross Pead came out and played a great acoustic set with his buddy on harmonica. The perfect accompaniment to my sandwich.


Ross Pead & Co. @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


Ross Pead & Co. @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


Ross Pead & Co. @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues

John McKnight Jam @ Nick’s Place - I hung out at Darwin’s for a few hours and then made my way over to Nick’s. This was my first time seeing John McKnight play. Wow, what an incredible drummer! He made everything look so easy and effortless, I think I even saw him checking out his watch in the middle of a fill. I saw some great acts jump on stage from John Rose to Truett Lollis and Jonathon Norwood! I hope to see more of these guys come play at Darwin’s someday.


John McKnight Jam @ Nick’s Place


John McKnight @ Nick’s Place


John McKnight Jam @ Nick’s Place


John McKnight Jam @ Nick’s Place


John Rose @ Nick’s Place


Jonathon Norwood @ Nick’s Place


Jonathon Norwood and John Mcknight @ Nick’s Place


John Rose @ Nick’s Place


Steve @ Nick’s Place


John McKnight Jam @ Nick’s Place


John McKnight @ Nick’s Place


Truett Lollis @ Nick’s Place


Truett Lollis and John McKnight @ Nick’s Place


Truett, John, and Jonathon @ Nick’s Place


Truett Lollis @ Nick’s Place


Jonathon Norwood and John Mcknight @ Nick’s Place


May 18 2011

05.16.2011 Visiting Farmer Wu

My old friend Johnny Wu quit his job at Yahoo! and is now learning to be a farmer at the University of Santa Cruz. I gave him a call and drove 2 hours to go check it out. I had a lot of fun eating strawberries and picking Aphids off Apple trees. The weather kinda sucked, but they fed me some of the most amazing food ever!

Upon arrival, they fed me a vegetarian meal of Curry potatoes, a vinaigrette salad, and some homemade bread. All of it was amazing! Later they gave us chocolate and ginger cookies and tea while we were out in the field. Seriously the best cookies I’ve ever had! I kept sneaking back for more, I must’ve eaten at least a dozen cookies.

Later we walked through their experimental garden and just ate fruit and veggies straight off the plants!

Lettuce Patch: They had one patch that had about 20+ different kinds of lettuce. We literally got on our hands and knees and started eating leaves from the ground. It was the best lettuce I’ve ever had in my life. Sweet and crunchy!

Strawberry Fields: Farmer J.Wu walking through the strawberry fields.

The Strawberry: The best/freshest strawberry I’ve ever tasted in my life!

Tiny Flowers:

The Orange Grove: This is their experimental garden where they grow many many varieties of…well everything. This particular section I got to try fresh Mandarin, blood, and nectarine oranges. They were amazing! I never knew oranges were crunchy.