Category Archives: California

A New Year, A Barrel Stove, & A Telescope

New Year’s Eve 2013 again found me in the middle of a hayfield attempting to light a fire in freezing temperatures.  But this year, because of the extreme dry weather and fire hazard, we could not build a bonfire.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Praying Mantis

This praying mantis is eating a yellow jacket.  Eating is not the right word; this praying mantis is butchering a yellow jacket, disassembling it, undoing it.  And all the while, the yellow jacket is still alive, trapped in the clutches … Continue reading

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In The Aquarium

The tanks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are not your average fish tanks.  There are no goldfish here, no guppies, no koi.  These million gallon tanks hold sharks and sea turtles and rays and five-foot-long bluefin tuna.  Schools of mackerel … Continue reading

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Farewell on Fulton

Three weeks ago we moved away from San Francisco.  I had finished my final semester of classes at USF, and though it was difficult to say goodbye to the city, it made the most sense for us to move back … Continue reading

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Stonyford: Final Thoughts

I took this photo just off of main street in Stonyford.  It is peaceful and serene – idyllic.  But what I have not written about (and what my photos do not show) is the wild and woolly nature of rodeo … Continue reading

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Calf Roping

What’s going on here?  Why does it look like the calf is being pulled off stage by a vaudeville hook a la The Muppet Show?  The calf has actually just been flipped by the cowboy and the rope is tied … Continue reading

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This Guy

The best thing about this photo is that the rider didn’t fall off.  In fact, I think as far as bareback bronc riding goes, this is perfect form.

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The Ride

Within the sport of bronco riding there are two categories: saddle broncs and barebacks. Saddle bronc riders have the advantage of putting their legs in stirrups; bareback bronc riders cling to the horse with just one hand.  I imagine it … Continue reading

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Bull Riders and Bullfighters

Bull riders are the rock stars of the rodeo.  They ride the biggest, toughest animals and risk the most with every turn out of the chute.  When the bull riders take the arena, everyone stops to watch. Stonyford was a … Continue reading

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Welcome To Stonyford

One weekend every year the tiny Northern California town of Stonyford is overrun by bull riders, bullfighters, bronco busters, steer wrestlers, calf ropers, barrel racers, beauty queens, rodeo lovers, and rebel rousers.  It’s the annual Stonyford rodeo and it’s the … Continue reading

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