Saturday, July 19, 2014

On Crater Lake

 I recently spent one clear September day on the waters of Crater Lake.  A park service boat provides a counter-clockwise circuit of the lake, with a stop at Wizard Island.  I seized the option of remaining on the island when the boat departed, catching the next boat some 2 hours later, plenty of time for a hike to the top of Wizard Island where I savored my lunch and the amazing view.  Click on the Phantom Ship for a glimpse of what I saw inside the rim of Crater Lake.
The Phantom Ship

Monday, October 28, 2013

California Surfing

Just for fun, here are some favorites from a weekend spent at the 2011 Rincon Classic.  This surfing competition is held each January at Rincon Point, on the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line.  I was in the area that year visiting friends, and happened to be there the weekend of the event, so was glad I brought along at least a mid-range telephoto lens.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dick's Electron Microscope

I'm thinking it's a safe bet to say not everyone has a friend who has his or her own scanning electron microscope.

Early last year I got a call to come help Dick unload this machine he just acquired from someone over in Nevada.  Using a rented engine hoist we managed to lower and scoot the two main components into his garage, where he's been nurturing the thing back to working status.  He actually has it scanning stuff now, although he says he still has a lot of fussing left to do.

If I can only find something I need magnified 4,000 times...


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