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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

February 2005

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Tue, Feb. 1, 2005 - Variations on a theme

Variations on a theme

As you may have noticed, the camera hasn't been out much lately. Last weekend I was taking a wildland fire training class, and I just haven't been able to sneek out of the office to do any photography. I did manage to play around with some of the photos from last week's photo session with Mabel. On the full size version you can see 5 iterations of the photograph before it gets ridiculously small.

Wed, Feb. 2, 2005 - Night Herons

Night Herons

Someone recently asked me if I had any pictures of the night herons that roost in the tree by the Gumdrop House. She really wanted pictures of them as they started flying off. Well, they don't call them night herons for nothing. I decided to investigate the photo potential for this event, but true to name, it's pretty dark when they finally wake up and fly off. During the day they're not too exciting as they sleep 150ft up in this tree. At least the bats at Carlsbad understand the PR value of leaving the cave right at twilight.

Thu, Feb. 3, 2005 - It's Official!

It's Official!

Lori received a new catalog from Fairchild Publishers today, and right there in a two page spread was the announcement of her soon to be published books! Pretty cool to see it, even if they don't have the covers ready.

Fri, Feb. 4, 2005 - Last Day

Last Day

For the last few months, Lori has been working part time at an office in Eureka. Today was her last day there and since I was up in Eureka hanging my pictures for tomorrow's Art's Alive, I decided to stop by and say hello. While the extra money was nice, it will be nice having her back in the office with me all week.

Sat, Feb. 5, 2005 - Art's Alive

Art's Alive

Today I finished up my S130 firefighting class (wildland firefighting) and had a few moments at home before we rushed up to Eureka for Art's Alive. The showing went well, with the store pretty crowded most of the night.

Sun, Feb. 6, 2005 - Giant California Salamander

Giant California Salamander

Ok so how many of you know the difference between a salamander and a newt? I didn't. While moving the plastic in our yard to cover a new section of weeds, I came across this large salamander. It was about 9 inches long including the tail. I spent some time looking it up on the web and I believe it is a Coastal Giant Salamander and they can get up to 13 inches. They are the biggest salamanders in California. By the way, all newts are salamanders but not all salamanders are newts. Newts tend to be more aquatic but it really comes down to only certain genus members are considered newts.

Mon, Feb. 7, 2005 - Myst

Myst

One of the reasons that January was a slow month for Knowlesville updates, is that Lori and I were spending a lot of time playing with her Christmas present, the fourth installment of Myst. We finally finished it last night, which was a surprise because there were lots of things along the way that we thought we would have to solve that we never had to. At the end you get to hear a nice Peter Gabriel song while the credits role.

Tue, Feb. 8, 2005 - Macro

Macro

Today I started a rush project for HALO which is an electronics company that's been a client back from the Dataphile days. They make magnetics such as transformers and isolators. Usually what they send me is packaged like the familiar integrated circuit, and they are pretty tough to photograph due to their small size. But this box of parts included a couple of components that go into their parts. They are putting together a new brochure and wanted a picture of the actual magnetic core. When I saw it I thought they had to be kidding. The core is about 1/8" in diameter. It wasn't until I reviewed the picture, that I noticed that the wires were all different colors! This photo really proved the capability of the new camera.

Wed, Feb. 9, 2005 - Group Photo

Group Photo

Still working on the HALO shoot today. Finished up with a group photo. Let's have the tallest in the back row.

If I had had a camera with me on the way home yesterday, today's picture would have been a lot more interesting. We arrived home to find two skunks having sex in our driveway. I wasn't going to interupt them, so we idled in the road and waited until they were finished. Fortunately, the female wasn't really into it, and she ran off and ended the whole sordid encounter.

Thu, Feb. 10, 2005 - Shaggy Cows

Shaggy Cows

There's a lot of different types of cows in Ferndale, both on the dairy side and the beef side. But when these animals appeared in one field along the highway coming into town it caused quite a stir. Even ranchers were asking what they were. Notice I didn't say what type of cow they were, people were asking what they were, not even sure these were cows. Lori solved the mystery by searching the Internet. They are Scottish Highland.

Sun, Feb. 13, 2005 - Dad

Dad

Passed away at age 73 on February 13, 2005 in Campbell, California. The son of the late Warren and Arva Knowles, he leaves his loving wife of 48 years and best friend, Sharon; four loving children, daughters Melody (& Michael Hooper) and Linda Knowles, and sons Matt (& Lori Knowles) and Derek (& Jasna Knowles). He is also survived by his sister, Selma, and three grandchildren, Emily, Melissa, and Lauren.

Born December 29, 1931 in Campbell, Dan attended Campbell High School and San Jose State University. He graduated "With Great Distinction" with a BA in music. After graduation he served 2 years in the Army, spending some of that time stationed in Germany. He returned to San Jose State University for post graduate studies, and met Sharon. They were married February 3, 1957.

The newly married couple moved to Solvang where he taught high school and they started their family. A year later they moved back to San Jose and in 1960 as the family grew, they purchased the home where he spent the rest of his life.

Dan worked as a music teacher, a Fuller Brush salesperson, sold AAA insurance, and then worked as a tax preparer for GBS. He then started his own company, TaxPro, which he owned until his retirement in 2000. He was a member and past-president of the Mission Society of Enrolled Agents.

His interests included gardening, travel and photography, and ballroom dancing. He was very active in his church, and served as their soloist for several years. Being around Dan was like living in your own musical, as a tune could break out at any time. One of his favorite tunes reminds us of him who had to leave us and the love for him of those he left behind.

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

An outdoor memorial service will be held in spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to InnVision or to Second Church of Christ, Scientist.