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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

April 2002

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Mon, Apr. 1, 2002 - Out in the woods

Out in the woods

Today Greg and I finally were able to get away and work on our redwoods project. Step one was to haul a truckload of camera equipment into the redwoods to take some demonstration pictures. I think the roll call went something like this: Greg had a 4x5 view camera, and a Nikon N90 35mm. I brought along a Pentax 645 medium format, two Nikon FM2 35mm bodies, a Fuji S1 digital, and an Epson 850z digital. We took a series of basically the same shot with each camera, which we will use to help demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of each format of camera. The picture shown was taken with the Fuji S1. It was a beautiful day in Humboldt County, and not a bad way to spend a work day at all. We checked out several locations, found some good spots and the plans continue to develop.

Tue, Apr. 2, 2002 - Don't Got Milk

Don't Got Milk

I took this picture a few days ago while on my KLR ride. This is an old dairy in Loleta that is now part of an open space preserve. This is the milking barn.

Fri, Apr. 5, 2002 - Escargot, Anyone?

Escargot, Anyone?

This morning while on my way out to the mailbox, I noticed that the rosebed in front needed some weeding again. While doing that I noticed a number of snails and slugs hiding in the iris that are planted in between the roses. Those snails and slugs were thrown out in the street to meet their death under the passing trucks. But then I noticed a number of snails also attached to the house so I went around it a pulled off the ones I could reach. Halfway around the house I came across an aluminum pan which I used to squash one partilcularly large slug specimen. After that, I collected everything else I found on the other half of the house, and this panfull is what I ended up with. Yech! No wonder our house looks like it needs a date with a powerwasher!

Sat, Apr. 6, 2002 - Lady Washington

Lady Washington

Mom and Dad arrived yesterday, and after their hearty breakfast at the Gingerbread Mansion, we went up to Eureka to watch this tall ship come in. Mom and Dad got impatient because the ship did not arrive exactly at noon as promised, but what do you expect from a sailing vessel? Just as we were about to leave I heard a cannon shot in the distance. A minute later the ship came into view. There was a little rowboat with period dressed sailors following them and we assumed they were with the big ship, but we found out later they weren't but they were there to provide a special greeting to the Lady Washington. Their greeting was relayed by means of firing their little cannon that they had on the bow of their rowboat. So the Lady Washington began returning fire, and even though they were out in the bay, the reports were loud enough to set off several car alarms. Once they finally docked we all took a tour of the interesting, but very cramped quarters.

Mon, Apr. 8, 2002 - Tree Fern

Tree Fern

Greg and I took off to the redwoods again to scout more locations and plan the itinerary. He recently picked up a 500mm lense which we tried out while hiking near Calf Creek. The ferns in the picture were probably 50 feet above our heads, growing out the side of a redwood tree. This shot was taken with the Fuji digital camera which means the lense had a true focal length of about 750mm. Someday I'll have to borrow his 1.4 teleconverter and see what it looks like at around 1050mm. Next time Jim Carrey comes to town, he better watch out, I'm going to be looking for that National Enquirer payoff.

Thu, Apr. 11, 2002 - Spy Shot

Spy Shot

Here's another example of the power of magnification. Ok, so you all recognize the house. The interesting thing though is that I took the picture from a spot about 3/4 of a mile away, the top of the hill where the Ferndale cemetery is located. I really should get that poorly tossed newspaper off of the porch roof someday.

Sat, Apr. 13, 2002 - Mooned by a Troll

Mooned by a Troll

Jessica decided she could use some shopping money more than some of her old toys, so we spent the morning photographing her collection of Troll and Barbie dolls. (Barbie's fortunes are such that she can no longer attract dudes like Ken, and she has been forced to shack up with bridge dwellers.) The troll featured is a 12" model circa 1964. Yes, you're looking at a vintage naked jumbo troll. We checked out Ebay to see what he's worth, and it turns out if he had his original duds, he could be worth over 100 smackeroos. Not sure what a butt naked model will go for, but I'll keep you informed.

Sun, Apr. 14, 2002 - Jessica's Zit

Jessica's Zit

This is a Zit. "What exactly is a Zit", I hear you all asking. Well something I never knew (and I've obviously got along quite well without this knowledge) is that Trolls had a whole menangerie of pets. The Zit was just the most bizarre. Checking out Ebay, we found that there were Troll versions of cows, horses, giraffes, and assorted other animals. What the inspiration for the Zit was, I'm not sure. Jessica described it as a hairy cow udder. Jessica also has a cow troll, but it went AWOL just before the shoot. I kind of think she should keep that one, living in a dairy town and all. If it shows up, I'll probably add a picture of it, but in the meantime if your curiosity is getting the better of you, head on over to Ebay and do a search on "cow troll". Bet you thought that was a search phrase you'd never use.

Mon, Apr. 15, 2002 - Maren & the Jumbo Troll

Maren & the Jumbo Troll

Here's the jumbo troll along with Maren so you can get an idea of the scale of it.

Tue, Apr. 16, 2002 - Non-Lethal Frog

Non-Lethal Frog

In our backyard there are many good hangouts for gophers, mice, frogs, and various other creatures that entertain our cats. I saw Galen running around very interested in something near the old oak barrel, and getting closer, I spotted this frog sitting on the edge. After my last frog experience, I decided not to touch it, even though it looks like a very common and harmless variety.

Sat, Apr. 20, 2002 - Fred & Barney go bowling

Fred & Barney go bowling

This picture comes from the same area that I did the shoot with Chelsea in the silk gown. This time when Greg and I were out there, it was a real low tide and several new areas became accessible. At the bottom of several of the tide pools were large collections of these polished boulders. Quite a testament to the power of the ocean that they could be lifted and dropped into the pools. The first pool that we spotted had several that were almost perfectly round, with just the right holes in them to make them look like something Fred & Barney would have used at their local bowling alley.

Sun, Apr. 21, 2002 - Foggy Sunrise

Foggy Sunrise

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, but I just got the film back. Yes, I actually shot some real film recently. It had been so long since I had used my FM2's that I kind of forgot how they worked. This shot was taken with the Pentax 645 I recently aquired from Greg. The barn is on Grizzly Bluff Rd., just outside of Ferndale on the way to Rio Dell. Greg and I waited for about 15 minutes for the sun to break over the hills, while it was in the low 40s that morning. We stopped because the fog coming over the hills was real dramatic, but no sooner than the sun came up for light, the fog burned off.

Sat, Apr. 27, 2002 - Florence Stove

Florence Stove

Lori and I drove out to Cottonwood to pick up this 1917 Florence parlor stove. Cottonwood is just south of Redding, so it was a 3.5 hour drive each way. We weren't sure if we were even going to be able to load the stove ourselves, as the people who were selling it were old and weren't going to be able to offer much assistance. Fortunately it comes apart quite a bit and we were able to lift the heaviest piece. This stove will eventually replace the old wood cookstove that is in the kitchen area. This will allow us better heat the house using wood, as the cookstove has a really small firebox. Right now our house looks sort of like a fireplace/stove showroom. We have the new gas fireplace in the parlor, the old wood fireplace is on a dolly on the porch (and for sale), the old cookstove (also for sale), the new parlor stove, and the little parlor stove that we bought for upstairs when that is done.

Sun, Apr. 28, 2002 - Williams Creek

Williams Creek

Today after the monthly pancake breakfast at the Veteran's Memorial, Lori and I changed our plans because it was t-shirt weather in Ferndale. We spent the morning and early afternoon working in the garden, and then since Williams Creek has returned to being a peaceful little creek, we waded across to explore our little bit of property on the other side of the creek.

Mon, Apr. 29, 2002 - The Other Side

The Other Side

I realize this picture doesn't show much, but that's the point. This is the view on the other side of the trees in our backyard. When we do build the upstairs, this is the view we'll have to the east.