I have seen snow in Squaw Valley before, but never for a full week when even getting to the nearest restaurant was a struggle! It has been snowing ever since and there will be lots of spring skiing this year! My safe haven since 1993!
From the New York Times this week:
“Greenland’s enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
The Arctic is warming at twice the average rate of the rest of the planet, and the new research adds to the evidence that the ice loss in Greenland, which lies mainly above the Arctic Circle, is speeding up as the warming increases. The authors found that ice loss in 2012, more than 400 billion tons per year, was nearly four times the rate in 2003. After a lull in 2013-14, losses have resumed.
The study is the latest in a series of papers published this month suggesting that scientific estimates of the effects of a warming planet have been, if anything, too conservative. Just a week ago, a separate study of ice loss in Antarctica found that the continent is contributing more to rising sea levels than previously thought.
Another new analysis suggested that the oceans are warming far faster than earlier estimates. Warming oceans are currently the leading cause of sea-level rise, since water expands as it warms.”
We must do so much better to help our planet!!!
“Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating over 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, Vladimir Putin, Lady Gaga, Wonder Woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sarah Huckabee, Ivanka Trump, Serena Williams, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.”
If you’re going to San Francisco, do not miss this absolute gem in the middle of North Beach. I must have seen it 15 times over the past 21 years. Here is the link to their website: https://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/
A Little Shameless Self Promotion!
Thank you to the Facebook Site “Bordeaux Ma Ville” for having chosen my photo of La Cite du Vin as their Photo of the Day!
Slideshow from my recent trip to Bordeaux including downtown, the Medoc and Hourtin Plage & Lac
Outside Bordeaux – The Hourtin Lake and the Atlantic Ocean
Only 1 hour from Bordeaux, or a straight shot to the West from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, you will find Hourtin with its lake and the beautiful Atlantic Coast. Not as populated or affluent as Cap Ferret or Arcachon, it is a beautifully peaceful destination for getting out of the City of Bordeaux.
I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in my beloved Bordeaux, a town that I have loved and considered home for over 30 years, even though I have been living in the US for two decades. I will be sharing some of my photos over the next weeks and am starting today with the world that has been mine since 1984; Wine!
I have always tried to limit my use of Lightroom/Photoshop to turn my raw files into what I saw with my eyes. Sure, I will remove distractions and perhaps add a very discreet vignette to keep the eyes within the frame. But should I worry more about making images pop and create attention? Everybody else seems to be doing it with pride and is not adding physical polarizers and other filters really the same thing? Did Ansel Adams not dodge and burn? I am conflicted, but suspect I will eventually get over it and fall into the action/overlay/filter trap and maybe even love it!
Here are some examples of photos that do not quite reflect reality – what do you think?
Sometimes, technical mistakes can produce rather amusing results!
This photo was taken on a cold winter day and I had put my neutral density filter between my teeth while I changed my lens. It was getting dark, so it completely escaped me that the filter was now all fogged up!
I am not sure what happened with this one – probably a very dirty lens!
I started putting up my pictures on Shutterstock this week and sold this picture twice to people in Tel Aviv! Thank you, strangers, for getting this project started!
This picture was taken in the early evening from a fishing boat. The background is the town of Ilulissat way above the Arctic Circle. And those are just the tips of the icebergs!
Watch this new video I made with Ezvid:
If anybody knows of software with better resolution, please let me know!
Asia brings me inner peace (I can prove it – my Fitbit shows BPM numbers that I never see in the Western World)! The colors, the smells, the buildings, the temples, the food, the people – everything feels like a comforting blanket and I feel strangely safe and calm. I can spend hours in temples and gardens looking at the many faces of Deities of the East. I still have not figured out if I prefer the Japanese version of the Buddha or that of Southeast Asia. Regardless of the origins, they are all very photogenic!
Greenland seems to be made for Odd Format Pictures! With gorgeous landscapes all over, the pictures are almost beginning for panoramic formats. I had these pictures done in 20 x 10 prints and must say that they look completely at home like that!
Fall used to make me sad. Being Scandinavian, I could not bear to lose the sunshine and the long days. Now that I have lived in California for almost 20 years where the weather seems to get warmer every year, I treasure the cooler temperatures and the many photo ops!
I went to my beloved Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago where the colors where just beginning to turn. How can these warm colors not put a smile on your face!?
Once you cross the Arctic Circle, only the Greenland Sled Dogs are allowed (and they are not allowed south of the Circle!). These beautiful creatures are definitely not pets, but working dogs. They do get to vacation during the summer and you can see hundreds of them lying around the hills and towns. Naturally, I could not resist approaching two tail wagging sweeties and was rewarded with joy and kisses
This marks the official start of the Nordic Diaries! I have landed in Copenhagen after close to 24 hours of travels from San Francisco via my beloved France. Such torture to only stay 3 hours! Saturday morning, we start very early early in the morning when we fly to Iceland to spend 6 hours of sightseeing and then…… Greenland!