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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Dodgers Rose Parade Float

I will be covering the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day. Today I stopped by one of the float builder's site and this is a photo from the LA Dodgers float being prepared. It's the first time the Dodgers have ever had an entry in the parade. Dodger legends Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully will ride on the float.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Rock'n Roll Relics

So, I covered the funeral for Ike Turner yesterday and it was bizarre, two of the speakers rolled out were rock and roll relics Phil Spector and Little Richard, those two dudes are beyond freaky. Spector went on a tirade ripping Tina Turner and Oprah Winfrey for "That piece of crap movie" referring to the 1993 Tina Turner biopic which told the story of Ike's spousal abuse. I guess he's warming up for his retrial on murder charges. Next, Little Richard spoke, never getting up from his front row chair , and looking like some sort of real life wax figure. bizarre

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Snowy Egrets

For years I've been trying to get a nice photo of a group of Snowy Egrets that frequent the Venice Beach Canals near my place. Today, they were lined up not more than 50 yards from my front window and I finally got the shot just before they flew away.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tiger Is The Man

©Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News
Yesterday I had an assignment to cover Tiger Woods dominating his own tournament just a few days after he was named golfer of the year.
©Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News
©Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News

Friday, December 14, 2007

Daisy 1995-2007

Daisy, my beloved best friend and loyal companion passed away this week at home. She was loving and sweet, smart and full of life. We had 12 great years together , and I will always cherish our time together.
She loved to go to work with me. We visited Nevada, Mexico, San Francisco many times, most of Southern California , and the Sierras , that beautiful Dog really got around! For recreation, Daisy loved hiking in the hills and canyons, walking at the beach, and never met a tennis ball she could resist.
She comforted me through difficult times and celebrated the good times right with me. She took care of me as much as I took care of her. I cannot express in words how much I miss her, but I take comfort for all that we shared and cherish the memories.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Surf's Up in SoCal

Waves up to 10 feet rolled into Los Angeles County beaches Tuesday afternoon. A major storm in the Pacific Northwest generated the surf.

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

When I was a kid , I spent a whole summers listening to The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson is the driving force behind the band. It's well documented that he's dealt with more than his share of torturous hard times and that he hears voices in his head. As we meet I tell him it's an honor for me to meet him, making my best effort to create a low key easygoing environment. Brian smiles and seems pleased and gracious and asks me where I grew up. He is obviously not so comfortable in front of the camera, but at the same time accommodating , professional,and very friendly. He even agrees to go outside for a few more photos on a balcony. His eyes light up when I say I'm finished. After saying goodbye, I hear him saying he's on his way to the park with his dogs. This year, Brian Wilson is one of the Kennedy Center Honors recipients for his contributions to America and it's culture. As I was setting up lights , I couldn't help thinking back to those days in the 70's and how 30 + years later I'm in Brian's home for a portrait session, life is definitely a journey. And this job I have rocks.