One of the things I liked about going around the Haight-Ashbury district is the sense of history of the place. You feel like you’re on the set of “Streets Of San Francisco” expecting Michael Douglas and Karl Malden to go by. Oh and I wouldn’t blame you if you didn;t know who Karl Malden was either.



Summer Of Love


Going down Haight Street can literally be a trip (pardon the pun) especially if you were in an altered state of consciousness. Just strolling along and taking it all in was so much fun. And did I mention that one can sometimes smell the odors of “skunk” wafting from open doorways and windows?



One of the more interesting storefronts I saw along Haight Street. The whole area is supposed to represent the San Francisco hippie scene in all its colorful glory and I think it does an admirable job at it. I liked how the window was framed  by the two motorcycles.

The Red Victorian


One of the more colorful and interesting sights I saw while strolling down the famous Haight Street in San Francisco. The Red Victorian apparently serves as accommodations for creatives who wish to stay in the more liberal heart of the city and nurture their right-brain way of thinking. It’s a great concept and deserves more attention. You can read more about it here.

The Poser At The Palace


So we just had to hang out at the Palace Of Fine Arts at the Marina District of SF. These swans (?) were hanging out just like us and one just paddled over to where we were and sort of posed for a picture. Naturally, I just had to oblige him.

Chickens Of The Sea


So it’s travel time again! This time to General Santos City for work. Trying to finish several projects before the year ends hence the hectic schedule but it’s all good. This is one of those places I’ve been wanting to see. It’s also known as the Tuna Capital of the Philipp10-14-2017 6-26-55 AMines for a good reason. If you look at the map, its location at the Southern tip of the Philippines makes it an ideal point to catch tuna as they migrate from the Pacific to the China Sea and back again. I spent one early morning at the Fish Port with my trusty Canon G16 and was happy with the results. I’ll post more in the future but for now, check out these babies. These are yellowfin tuna and were about 3-1/2 feet long. Must have weighed about 100 kgms each!

My Mayon Volcano


Wow I cannot believe how long I’ve been gone. Work has been piling up and there’s been some frequent travel to some not-so-exotic locations to far flung areas so I haven’t been able to focus on other things lately. I know the Internet is available in most areas but believe me, mobile Internet in this country especially in the rural areas can sometimes be hit-or-miss.

So here’s an image taken from one of my plane trips. I’ve never seen Mayon Volcano from the air so I wasn’t sure at first if this was in fact the volcano. So I checked the most likely path taken by our plane (thank Google Earth) and yes it might be possible.

I was looking for some other picture to help convey some thoughts on 9/11. I still remember that moment when we were watching live news on TV (9:00 PM our time). They were broadcasting the fire on the 1st tower and can clearly recall our reaction when the 2nd plane hit. My mind was too numbed to even consider that it was a deliberate act. I simply had trouble processing the idea that there were people who could do this to innocent civilians in the heart of NYC.

NYC being NYC, it appears that New Yorkers simply dusted themselves off and courageously weathered the storm. In fact, I now have several nephews and nieces who relocated to NYC to make a future for themselves.

So on this day sixteen years after that dark event, my hats off to NYC for being the shining light of resilience and fortitude in the midst of adversity. May NYC forever be NYC.

Rock Star


Yes I know it’s been awhile. Things got a little crazy in the office so I haven’t had much of a chance to update this pitiful blog of mine. Real Life really tends to get in the way of photography. So on our trip to Tahoe, we went down to King’s Beach and there were these rock arrangements (if you could call them that) strewn around in random places. I thought they added a whimsical touch to the place and served as a nice focal point to the beautiful Tahoe springtime scenery.

The Visitor


There was a bird feeder out on the balcony which always provided some nice early morning entertainment from the springtime visitors. I didn’t have many choices for setting up my camera so I just waited with my 80-200 f2.8 and shot this wide open at 200mm which comes out to 300mm on my DX Nikon. These guys were a bit jittery and get startled easily by the usual noises from an occupied household. They would always came back though after a while and try their luck at the feeder. Maybe someone could tell me what species of bird this is?

The Siren Of The Lake


While we were at Lake Tahoe, we spent some time just walking around King’s Beach which was a 15 to 20 minute drive from where we were staying. Out of curiosity, we dropped into this mysterious hole-in-the-wall store which advertised palm readings and crystals among other things along with the usual knickknacks and souvenir items. There were several of these small figurines which got my attention. They seemed to be made of ceramic or resin and were unlike any design I’ve seen before. My daughter wasn’t interested in them so I just took some pictures.