Posts tagged “Los Gatos


Every year we try to take at least one good pre-concert portrait.

Here are some old ones:
Nov 2007
April 2007
Nov 2006

truffala tree





A deer tiptoed past the second-floor porch and we locked eyes (and camera) for a couple seconds between the railings, before she tiptoed slowly away. And Viivi yawned on the warm porch.

little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that make my day. Found a nifty spider that camouflages by looking like bird droppings. Each photo is actually a composite of two, because of the shallow depth of field – the spider is really tiny. Also a big lizard sat in our doorway and let me photograph him. I didn’t notice the ticks on him until now. Poor fellow.

new library

Beautiful place.

spring concert

Pre-concert portrait photo. – First year in high school – ninth grade. One peg had broken on the cello; it has since been fixed.

Chapter One – by Carold Nunez

Suite for Strings – by Robert Washburn
I – Little March (starts at 1:07)
II – Song (starts at 3:21)
III – Scherzo (starts at 6:45 – Aaron’s favorite part)
IV – Finale (starts at 8:34)

after the rain

Helvella lacunosa – Black elfin saddle mushroom?
Viivi the cat vs. deer.



Way below rainfall in Northern CA this year.

walking uphill


Mysterious graffiti found here, next to an expensive but great bakery. Oh no..(after a few online searches) Maybe it’s not some random spot of profound wisdom from an unknown young graffiti artist, like I assumed. I think it is a promotional advertisement for yet another local mobile app business venture. Ugh. (I should have guessed..) I’m so disappointed that I’m not even going to link to their web page. I still like my photo though; now it just has a few more levels of meaning.


A hat full of chestnuts is my reward for a good run (For me, this is good.) They grow up near the park, and hopefully soon, also near my house.

Inky Cap Mushroom

Coprinopsis atramentaria. It seems to like to grow in wood chips. Very pretty. Very short-lived.


I followed the cormorants, on my bike, on the LG Creek Trail. It’s funny how they swim, lower in the water than the ducks. Most of the photos here are of the cormorants. There is also a portrait of a coot (so many this year!), a woodpecker, and a duck feeding-frenzy, after someone dumped a huge bag of crumbs (right next to the “Do Not Feed the Birds” sign).
Made it home just as the rain started.


It’s so dry out, that we have to run sprinklers to keep any plants alive. The rains will start soon though. A big garden spider has build her web right outside of one door, at eye level. That photo was taken through the glass of the door, shining a flashlight on the spider.


On the left is a small image of a large poster I owned in college, of the Finnish Saimaa ringed seal by Erik Bruun. I loved that poster. It was for the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. The Saimaa seal is one of most endangered seals, and lives only in Lake Saimaa, Finland. Reports say there are about 260- 270 seals. I found a video of one Saimaa seal.

Professor Bruun is very well-known in Finland for his nature-inspired graphic design work, and his drawings are seen on stamps and currency as well as posters.

On the right is a photo (turned sideways) of Viivi, the cat, lying on the ground. She’s such a sweet kitty.

hot weather

We’ve had dry, hot weather in the 90’s F for a week or more. Sunrises are beautiful though and it’s cooler then..

  • Kiddo has a new haircut.
  • The little bird is made from that squishy stuff that’s used to attach photos to the wall. The feathers I’ve collected on my biking adventures and just outside gardening. The blue feathers are of Stellar Jays and the white one is from an egret at Alviso Wetlands. The big striped brown one is from my last ride on Coyote creek trail.

morning bike ride

Short bike ride, with a few hills. Today the wind is blowing in the other direction, from the east. I can feel the dry air coming in and it makes me feel uneasy. The wind almost always comes from the sea. The good thing is that the wind blows those annoying gnats away a bit.

Like every weekend, the trail was crowded, including groups of high schoolers jogging, other bikers and joggers, and dogs & their dog-walkers..

Here’s our path to Lexington Reservoir and back. It’s only about 8 miles or maybe less but with the hills it feels like we accomplished something.

garden spider

Araneus diadematus, or Cross orb weaver, or European Garden Spider. (Photos taken with the Canon 20D and macro lens.)

Also shown in the slideshow is a grey triangular shawl I just finished knitting. The spider’s web is pretty fancy too.

up early

Probably I should be checking the stock market instead.


The bats have a nest under the eaves near the kitchen window. Every morning from about 6:15 to 6:30am they fly back and forth many times, to and from the nest. This morning I was out on the porch photographing the morning fog and they came and checked me out. Three or so bats suddenly flew around me for a few seconds.

After that I went inside and photographed them from the window – I used 3 separate photos to make the image at left. (Click it to enlarge).

macro photo test

These are taken with Joe’s small Panasonic Lumix 10x DMC-T25 camera, set on macro. Not too shabby for a little camera. The blue feather is from a Steller’s Jay. See Aaron’s laser pointer’s red dot on Viivi (the grey cat).

mystery plant

I’m trying to figure out what this mystery plant is. It’s in a clearing near the trailhead of St Joseph’s Hill in Los Gatos. There were a few of these big bushes. I suspect it’s ‘jimson weed’ or ‘loco weed’, Datura stramonium. Yikes. I wonder if it was planted intentionally.
Note: Photos 1-4 were taken with the phone camera, in the evening. I went back there a few days later in the afternoon to take photos 5-10 with the Canon 20D, just to get some better shots and closeups.

Middle School Graduation

110616_3994Middle School Graduation. There are about 300 kids in 8th grade in this school. Each student got a rose, and it was suggested they give it to their favorite teacher or mentor. Aaron gave his to his English teacher – she had a whole bouquet after a few minutes.

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