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May 2004

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Sat, May. 1, 2004 - Loleta Lupines

Loleta Lupines

Looking back at last month, my updates were once again pretty pitiful. Between the visit to see Mom and Dad (and the number of things that went wrong that trip) plus the start of the Ferndale Fire Dept donation drive, I didn't have many free nights at the end of the month to sit here and type. The weather the last part of April was fantastic, and I made several trips out to my favorite piece of driftwood. Good thing too, because the lupine were getting so high that it was hard to find it from the trail if you didn't know it was there. On a warm evening Haley and I took another hike out to photograph her posing on the log. Extra points to the photographer for matching the color of her swimsuit to the flowers. To get this angle, I carried a 6 foot ladder out to the spot, which is a 20 minute hike from the parking lot. That was in addition to the backpack of camera gear and the tripod. I was a bit sore the next day, but the resulting photographs were worth the extra effort.

Sun, May. 2, 2004 - Clouds at Dusk

Clouds at Dusk

This shot was taken the same evening, just at dusk. When she struck this pose, I noticed how the lines of her hands and arms followed the lines the clouds formed. One of those chance things that just worked.

Mon, May. 3, 2004 - Mysterious Log Lady

Mysterious Log Lady

Just for the record, this photo was taken a few days after I photographed Haley in the same spot, and this isn't Haley. Whoever this model is, she's certainly better looking than the log lady character from Twin Peaks.

Tue, May. 4, 2004 - Catepillar Dancer

Catepillar Dancer

This afternoon I photographed the rehearsal for the upcoming dance recital at the rep. The Dance Academy is putting on a wacky interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. The dancer with the interesting hair is a catepillar. I think.

Sat, May. 8, 2004 - Our Plowed Field

Our Plowed Field

Today is the bicycle tour of the lost coast, so that means our annual helicopter training, and of course the best part, the helicopter ride above Ferndale. This year I sat on the other side to the chopper, so I was able to get pictures of the ranches surrounding Ferndale. I was also able to get a few pictures of our house as we flew over. You can see that most of the yard has either been plowed under, or killed with Round Up. Unfortunately, you can also see our junk wood pile. Altogether not a pretty site compared to the surrounding greenery. We're kind of a desert in the middle of an oasis.

Thu, May. 13, 2004 - Porch Restoration Completed

Porch Restoration Completed

Aside from a paint job, our porch restoration is completed. Hopefully this summer we can get the house painted, while there isn't any landscaping around it to have to work around. A pair of little birds have already made the porch their home, which explains why we've seen the cats hanging around the porch more often lately.

Fri, May. 14, 2004 - Frog Hideout

Frog Hideout

While combing the yard for slugs and snails, I came across this little guy. The canna leaves are favorite hiding spots for both slugs and frogs, but it's a lot nicer when I discover a frog hiding than another slug. Since the canna leaves uncurl from a center spike, the slugs have a habit of hiding in the center and chewing the spike, so that when the leaves unfurl they resemble the snowflakes you made out of paper in kindegarten, only not as pretty.

Sat, May. 15, 2004 - Shelley


This is Shelley, a 16 year old from Eureka who thought she wanted to be a model. She also wanted to get dressed up in Victorian clothes. After spending an hour tightly cinched into a corset, I think she was happy to go back to being a regular teenager. The bodice that she is wearing was donated by a friend from the VPA who was cleaning out her closets. Thanks Toby! Since I'm shooting digital almost 100% these days, I find it is easier to set up lights by taking a picture and checking the results on the camera's LCD screen. Usually when I'm doing this I tell the model to relax, that I'm just taking test shots. Shelley had fun with it though, and was the first to do this.

Sun, May. 16, 2004 - Henry's Dummy

Henry's Dummy

The five mile drive from 101 to Ferndale is a pretty scenic drive, but several of the local residents also go out of their way to make sure you're amused as well. One of them is Henry Del Biaggio, who for the last several months has been entertaining motorists with a dummy in his yard. It started out as just a gentleman waiving from a lawn chair, but in wave friendly Ferndale, that often meant that the clueless would wave back. Since the Del Biaggio property spends the winter as a flood plain, that meant that for several months their dummy could be seen in various fishing poses. As the water receeded, the dummy decided to take a ride around the yard on his motorbike. Which he promptly crashed. I wanted to get a picture of that scene but when I went out to take it, the lawn was being watered and the dummy had disappeared, presumbly getting mended at the doctors. Today he was back in his familiar lawn chair, sporting a cast, and waving "I'm OK" to the passing motorists.

Mon, May. 17, 2004 - Jessica #3

Jessica #3

This is the third Jessica that I've had model for me. Since it was a nice warm day I thought it would be nice to photograph her in the little bit of our garden that hasn't been plowed under. With tight cropping, I can make our little garden look pretty nice. We have foxgloves, cerinthe, roses, poppies, cannas, and a few other things in bloom right now so there's actually a bit of color back there.

Wed, May. 19, 2004 - It's My Lap

It's My Lap

Ricky was determined to sit in Lori's lap tonight, even though the space was occupied. Meg apparently didn't mind him sitting on her, or at least she wasn't going to vacate her chosen spot. After all, possesion is 9/10ths of the law.

Thu, May. 20, 2004 - Jessica and Poppies

Jessica and Poppies

Another shot from the photoshoot with Jessica last Sunday. So I've covered lupines and poppies, what's next on the wildflower list?

Fri, May. 21, 2004 - Bud's Get Well Card

Bud's Get Well Card

Ferndale is a very caring town, and even if you're a dummy who manages to crash a motorcycle that doesn't even have a motor, the townsfolk will have sympathy for you. A get well card for Bud (as we finally found out his name) was passed around for the downtown merchants to sign. I think someone may have even sent him flowers from the looks of it. Today Bud wanted everyone to know that their concern for his well being was much appreciated. He also seems to be making a remarkable recovery, as his arm is already out of the sling.

Sat, May. 22, 2004 - Blue Slide Road

Blue Slide Road

A group of Triumph riders from Oregon came down our way today on their annual tour, so I joined up with them for a ride up Hwy. 36. One rider (on a Honda) had a mis-adjusted chain come off and he ended up dropping the bike before we got to Dinsmore. The rider was ok, but the time taken putting the bike back together meant I wasn't able to ride Route 1 to see if the snow had melted yet. On the way back, I was riding Blue Slide Road which goes from Rio Dell to Ferndale, and up on the bluff I had this wonderful view of the farmlands, where many marshmellows had just been made.

Sun, May. 23, 2004 - Loleta Fire

Loleta Fire

Sunday at last. Nothing planned except for sleeping in, going to the Veterans Pancake Breakfast, and then working in the yard. Fire alarm goes off at 6am, for a mutual aid call in Loleta. They were working on a structure fire that was fully engulfed when they arrived. By the time our engine and 6 guys got there, it was beginning to get knocked down, but there was still plenty of fire in the attic. About 3 hours later we started doing overhaul, and most of the house was charred, but at least we kept it spreading to the adjoining structures. Lori and I did make it to the pancake breakfast, and as soon as I'm done here, we'll be back at home working, me working in the yard, and Lori inside working on her book.

Wed, May. 26, 2004 - Maybe this is why they're banned

Maybe this is why they're banned

The state air quality board recently banned the use of burn barrels, which was this regions' way of dealing with junk paper and other household waste. Unfortunately too many people were burning things that are really unhealthy for you, like plastics, paints, etc. So now they are completely banned. Doesn't stop people from using them, and it seems it's the worst offenders we get called out on. This vehicle fire that we're putting out started when a rubbish burn got out of control and embers drifted over to their junk filled truck and caught it on fire. Thinking that they would save $15 in dump fees, they ended up totalling their truck, and I imagine they are looking at fines on top of that. (Thanks to Caroline at the Ferndale Enterprise for providing the picture. That's me on the far right.)

Thu, May. 27, 2004 - Our Newest Neighbors

Our Newest Neighbors

As soon as the construction was finished on our porch two little birds decided to build their nest under it. It's a good thing we don't use the front door very often, because these parents are very protective, and they swoop down at you when you get too close.

Fri, May. 28, 2004 - Out of the Nest

Out of the Nest

Here's what one of them looks like when it's out of the nest. Not sure if this is the momma or daddy bird, or what kind of bird it is, but I'm sure the Knowlesville bird expert will be able to identify it for us.

Sat, May. 29, 2004 - Kolorful Kinetic

Kolorful Kinetic

When you see someone driving a vehicle disguised as a bunch of fruit, it can only mean one thing. Yep that's right, it's Memorial Day weekend and time for the Kinetic Sculpture Race. We'll have more pictures of some of our favorites later in the week. As usual, there were some pretty amazing, and amazingly stupid entries this year.

Sun, May. 30, 2004 - Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa

Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa

Greg and I teamed up to photograph the 80th Annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival. The day started out with a parade from the Portuguese Hall to the Catholic Church. Then the ceremonial mass, a parade back to the hall for lunch, then back to the church to take pictures of all of the previous queens. Here is the transfer of the crown from the past queen, Melissa Lema, to this year's queen, Lydia Silva.