Friday, December 23, 2011

Sleeps Judea Fair

Growing up in San Francisco, I looked forward to Christmas eve with my parents at St. Peters where "Sleeps Judea Fair" by Hugh Mackinnon was played at midnight each year. (And of course, I also looked forward to returning home to open gifts.)


"Mr. Mackinnon" was the Choir Director at Grace Cathedral before joining St. Peters: Link to Grace Cathedral Choir performing Sleeps Judea Fair.

Hugh A MacKinnon: 1891-1981

St. Peters Episcopal Church, located in San Francisco's Richmond District, served a dedicated and diverse congregation. The church was damaged beyond repair by the 1989 earthquake--a grave lost to the community. Additional information: (a)  Brief History of the Church and (b) Pipe organ at St. Peters.

Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 Huntington Beach Art League Photos

Monthly Meetings

January: World of Color
Third Place
Judge: Fealing Lin

A framed enlargement of this California Adventure water and light show image
was donated to the Chance Theater for their annual fund raising event--and it sold!
(Canon G9)

February: Wet Pier
Best of Show
Judge: W. Wray

Rainey Day on the Seal Beach Pier. The pier
tower is reflected on the planks.
(Leica M5 50mm 1.4 Summilux) 

March: Weathered Glasses
Third Place
Judge: J. Schroeder

Glasses were found on a Kona beach. I was asked
if the glass effect was "photoshopped" -- No.
 (Canon G9)

April: Holiday Glass
Third Place
Judge: K. Hardy

Judy's collection displayed in our kitchen window.
(Canon G9)

May: Demonstrating
Judge: H. Moore

Kamilla Hardy demonstrating at our April meeting. Her husband
Carmon gave her a framed enlargement for a birthday gift.
(Canon G9)

June: Terry
Third Place
Judge: A. Setton

My neighbor restored Matt's 1966 Mustang.
A shop-light provided the illumination.
(Leica M5)

October: Pier Fishing
Honorable Mention
Judge: J. Salchak

A rare sight on the Seal Beach Pier: A lone fisherman.
 (Canon 7D)

December: Dragon Glass
Judge: K. Sullivan

The glass and wooden dragon were displayed in a window of a Half Moon
Bay shop. Both were hung from the ceiling and slowly rotating. It took some
 time to get both objects in alignment for the shot.
(Canon G9)

May Open Show
Huntington Beach Library
Judge: J. Salchak

Getty Cue

The Getty Museum transports visitors from the parking
structure to the museum entrance via a tram. I
waited some time to capture an empty queue.
(Canon G9)

November Members Show
Huntington Beach Library
Judge: J. Schroeder

Half Moon Bay Sun Rise

The light was fantastic!
(Canon G9)

Third Place

This is the inside of a Carl's Jr. delivery truck. I tried
on numerous occasions and finally got a day when the
truck was empty with good light
(Leica M5)

Pelagic Outing
Honorable Mention

We were birding about 24 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay
with members of the American Birding Association. Three of
my photos from this trip will appear in the January 2012
issue of ABA's Birding magazine.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkins and Halloween Fly-Out

Half Moon Bay Pumpkins
Green Pumpkin Leader

Call me "Red"

Fly-Out Ready

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Half Moon Bay Birding with ABA

Judy and I attended the Annual Meeting of the
 American Birding Association

We "birded" in groups of 20.

Our group leader: Alvaro Jaramillo

 A couple of close-ups.

California Thrasher
Pelagic Cormorant (with a crab snack)

A pelagic boat trip closed the event.

Jeff Gordon, ABA President, welcomed us on the dock.

The seas were rough,

and it rained, but
we got a great look at the Black-footed Albatross.

Cameras: Canon 7D with EOS 100-400 mm L IS and Canon G9

Monday, September 26, 2011

Alaska 1930s - Photos by Bue Kee

Bue Kee with sketch book,
Alaska's Inland Passage (1935)

Bue and his brothers (Ted and Wilson) worked in Alaskan canneries during the depression. Bue's camera was a Kodak Anastigmat F - 6.3, 100 mm.

Hydaburg (1935)

Ketchikan (1935)

Pillar Bay (1935)

Craig (1937) - Wilson & Ted on right
Port Waters (1937)
Deep Cove (1937)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bue Kee's Art: Small Watercolors

The Three Brothers
Near Trinidad
Oswego Lake
Bever Creek

The watercolors ranged in size from 6.5 by 5 to 7 by 9 inches. Many of his works were stolen after his death (some of the unaccounted for pieces are depicted in the photos below).

Stolen or Lost
Stolen or Lost

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rohwer Group Forever...

Rohwer Group:  Bill Rohwer's Research Team

A Skype video call (from a former student having issues with a Ph.D. advisor) reminded me (again) of my good fortune at Berkeley--great advisor and good times with the tribe.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bue Kee's Art - Chinese Bunk House (at Crissel's Hop Yard: 1918)

Photo taken June 1918
Small Oil

Additional hop farm photos

Historical Note (or how did Bue find his way to a hop farm)

Bue's father, Don Chung Kee, trained with the Peking Opera and worked for the Sun Ning Railroad Company before leaving for Oregon 
at age 16 . He found work with the Southern Pacific Railroad and, subsequently, established the Kee Kee Hand Laundry in Portland. Bue's mother, Jan Dia Hia, was adopted in China and arrived in Portland at age three.  Bue (and his siblings Hong, May, Ming and Ruth) were born in Portland. Dong was offered an opportunity to run the hop farm at the Muecke Ranch (and, subsequently, at the Crissell's). This was a timely move because of concerns about the saturation of laundries, racial tensions and Tong activities. Three additional siblings (Myrtle, Ted, and Wilson) were born on the farm.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bue Kee - Oregon Artist

My Uncle Bue was a noted Oregon Artist. He was severely hearing impaired and never finished grade school. He loved everything pertaining to art. As a young man he attended the Portland Art School and was involved with the Timberline WPA Project at Mount HoodHe worked in oil, watercolor, pastel, ceramic and photography.

Bue was raised on a farm outside of Portland.
He colorized this photoof himself harvesting hops. 

Bue sculped models used in our defense program's camouflage
research(The Oregon, 1/17/41, p. 4) and a "fired" salmon, 
similar to the one depicted, is on display at Timberline Lodge. 

Some examples of his artwork:

Large Oil

Small Oils