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March 2005

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Tue, Mar. 1, 2005 - Cow Town

Cow Town

Ferndale proudly proclaims it is a cow town. It is also a town with a sense of humor that bubbles up all over. For the next several days, I'll give you a tour of some of the oddities you can find driving around Ferndale. We'll start off with fiberglass cows. Recently a truckload of fiberglass cows was brought in to Ferndale, and they were snapped up by the locals to be displayed in yards, and in front of at least two lodging facilities. They are so realistic, they have even prompted calls to the local police department about cows on the loose.

Wed, Mar. 2, 2005 - Grizzly Bluff Rest Stop

Grizzly Bluff Rest Stop

This showed up a few weeks ago, and unfortunately by the time I got out to take a picture of it, the wind had destroyed some of it. It's hard to tell from this angle, but that is a senior citizen toilet seat, and the bag contains a roll of TP. This is about 5 miles out of town, where apparently people were finding the drive into town too exhausting and needed a place to pull over. Since federal or state funding wasn't available, the good citizens of Ferndale stepped up so others could sit down.

Thu, Mar. 3, 2005 - Bad Marshmellows

Bad Marshmellows

It's such a shame when marshmellows go bad, and we're not talking about the shelf life either. Instead of serving a productive life as filling for Smore's or Moo Bars, these marshmellows have found themselves imprisoned in a field along the highway.

Fri, Mar. 4, 2005 - Bud & Harry

Bud & Harry

It's been awhile since we caught up with Bud and Harry, and in the meantime, they've played football, they've gone fishing, they've wrestled an alligator, and more. Right now they are working out in preparation for Sunday's Foggy Bottom Milk Run.

Sat, Mar. 5, 2005 - Mama Mia

Mama Mia

A few months ago we were visiting John Stewart's house and Lori fell in love with this cat. This was shortly after we lost Galen, so the attraction was obvious. Lori jokingly mentioned that if they ever wanted to get rid of Mama cat, that she would love to have her. Well the Stewarts are moving and they couldn't take Mama with her, so we agreed to take her in. Thursday she came over and immediately made her presence known to our other three cats. So much so, that I started seeing huge vet bills in our future. So even though she was very friendly to us, we decided it would be best if she went back to her home at the inn. Ricky, who is pretty mellow wandered the house for a couple of days afterwards in heightend alert mode, sure that the enemy was still lurking inside. Meg got a taste of what her treatment of Trevor felt like, but I don't think that will make her accept Trevor any better. And Trevor? I was worried we just might not see him again, getting attacked by Meg was one thing, but Mama was just plain psycho. Fortunately, he came around after her exit and he's pretty much back to his normal calm self.

Sun, Mar. 6, 2005 - Relaxed Ricky

Relaxed Ricky

With Mama no longer around, Ricky used the afternoon to get some much needed rest. Lori and I spent the morning in the yard and it was nice having the sun out for a change. The ground is still way too wet to do much, but we got a boxwood hedge donated to us so we planted that. Lori's herb garden has its first plants!

Mon, Mar. 7, 2005 - Redwood House

Redwood House

The last couple of weekends I've been exploring some dirt roads on the KLR. This structure gives the name to one of those roads, Redwood House Road. It's actually an old one-room schoolhouse. The side that faces the road has four windows on the long side and two windows on the short side (where most schoolhouses have the front door). I was surprised to find after walking around the back side to see that there weren't any windows on this this. I guess they needed somewhere to hang the chalkboard and maps.

Tue, Mar. 8, 2005 - Cascade


This photo is also from my Sunday ride. I'm sure this location will be used for a future model shoot.

Wed, Mar. 9, 2005 - Arching Tree

Arching Tree

I saw this tree on the way to Kneeland and really liked how the branch arches so gracefully. The woodpeckers are doing a real number on this tree and from the looks of it, it might not make it through another winter.

Thu, Mar. 10, 2005 - Small World

Small World

This photo is from the Campbell High School Class of '49 year book. That is dad's signature on his photo. So why did dad sign his photo? Because I didn't get this photo from mom, but rather from one of his classmates, and that's where the interesting story lies.

At the recent Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department annual dinner, I was explaining to Jennifer Miller why we were out of town last month. I explained we went to visit my dad and she asked where that was. I explained San Jose, and she mentioned that her husband's mother grew up in Campbell, her husband being John Miller, who I have attended many a fire training class with since we went through the academy together. She asked how old dad was, and when I said 73, Jennifer's eyes lit up, because John's mother Aubrey was also 73. I figured at that point that they must have known each other, and when John joined the conversation, he mentioned that Aubrey was interested in drama and music. At that point I knew they must have known each other. He excitedly called me later that night after talking to his mother (who lives with them). Aubrey remembered dad and said he was a very good dancer. They looked through her yearbook and found that he had signed it in several places. So that's where this picture came from and that's why he signed his own picture. This little event was about as weird as finding out great-grandpa is buried about 10 miles away.

Fri, Mar. 11, 2005 - Class of '49

Class of '49

Dad's mug shows up several times in his yearbook, but this is the spiffiest. Check out that bowtie. On the prophecy page the prognostication for dad was that he "will still be trying to stretch the school finances." I guess that's why he ended up as an accountant.

Sat, Mar. 12, 2005 - The Green Hills Around Ferndale

The Green Hills Around Ferndale

It's finally getting back to the season that I love most, and a week early we've been having some fine spring weather. After helping put out a fire in a mobile home this afternoon, I went over to the Lost Coast with Mabel to take some pictures. The light was changing during the whole shoot making it very difficult to get good exposures but we did get some good shots. Around 5:00 it clouded up pretty heavy and it was too cold to continue so we started back to Ferndale. On the way over the Wildcat, we saw a very pretty sunset over the fog that was rolling in. It was at a spot that I've always wanted to photograph because it is so picturesque, and this seemed the perfect time to do it, so we found a place to pull over and took a number of photos. Several other cars slowed to look, and I'm not sure if they were checking out Mabel, or the sunset.

Sun, Mar. 13, 2005 - Mabel's Dress

Mabel's Dress

During our last photoshoot together, Mabel brought a dress to show me, knowing I have a penchant for all things sheer. I asked her to bring it along on this shoot, and it ended up being the perfect dress for this "Top of the World" shot.

Mon, Mar. 14, 2005 - Garden Paths

Garden Paths

We used the pre-spring weather to work on Lori's herb garden. We're putting in four radiating paths of decomposed granite. Two down, two more to go.

Sun, Mar. 20, 2005 - New Engine 2

New Engine 2

Ferndale has a brand new fire truck to replace the aging Engine 2. It won't be put into service until later this week when the radios are installed. I will believe that it will fit in the hall when I see it. I think it must clear the door by inches. OSHA regulations now require that fire engines have enclosed cabs for the firefighters, so now more riding on the pump panel. (Riding on the back tailboard went away many years ago) So packaging the tank, pump, ladders and hose into a package that will fit the length and height of our historic hall was a challenge.

Fri, Mar. 25, 2005 - Beach Psycho

Beach Psycho

This afternoon was spent photographing a senior portrait. The first part was photographed with the senior sitting at a piano at a friend's Victorian in Eureka. That part went very smoothly. The student also wanted some casual beach shots, so we went out to the South Jetty to a spot I've used before. We pulled into the parking area which was deserted, although there were two trucks parked further up on the side of the road. We walked out across the dunes to the beach to the area that I wanted to shoot in. When we got to the beach, we saw two men having a fire north of us, about a 1/4 mile up the beach. So we turned south and just as I was getting my camera equipment set up, one of the guys makes his way down to us, and yells out "what are you doing with that telephoto lens?" My first thought is that I didn't here him right and maybe he was interested in photography. But I quickly realize that he's upset that we've chosen this part of the beach and since he was there first, we had to leave. We explained that this was a public beach, and that in fact he was the one intruding, but it quickly got ugly, and for the safety of my clients, Lori and myself, I suggested we just leave. The guy was so wacko there simply wasn't any point in staying there and arguing with him. So we left, but before doing so, I took a picture of both of their license plates (ah, the wonders of digital photography) and then the student's mother called 911 to report him. We heard later he was arrested on outstanding warrants, so the story has a happy ending. By that time we had lost the light though, so part two of the shoot ended up in our studio, later that night.

Sun, Mar. 27, 2005 - An Inside Job

An Inside Job

Ferndale has been battered by one storm after another for the past week, and Sunday was no different. It was too wet to work outside, and everything was closed due to Easter, which I remembered after trying to make a dump run. So nothing else to do than to get back to work in the parlor. I've been painting the woodwork, getting it ready for Larry to woodgrain, as he did in the studio. This will look a lot better once he's done his magic, but the room still looks better even in this phase. That room was so monochromatic, that each bit of color we add really makes a difference. Once the woodwork is grained, then we'll paint the walls. You can see the two greens we're going to use in this test patch. It will have a Bradbury & Bradbury border separating the two greens. Can't wait!

Mon, Mar. 28, 2005 - It Fits!

It Fits!

The new Engine 2 is in its new home. When parked, the ladder clears the overhead beam by about 2 inches, but as the truck rolls out or in, the clearance goes down to about 1 inch. So unless we get a new hall, this is the biggest engine we can get.

Thu, Mar. 31, 2005 - Momentary Spring

Momentary Spring

We've been enjoying a return to spring weather the last two days, so I go out to photograph this morning. I went up to the cemetery to take a color panorama. Found that the rhododendrons aren't blooming yet, so I'll be trying this again in new few weeks.