Monthly Archives: August 2015

Monochrome Madness 2-26: The Urban Theme

Leanne Cole has chosen that “urban” be the theme for this week’s Monochrome Madness. To me, “urban” means lots of buildings and lots of people, as opposed to “rural” — not too many buildings, not too many people. And what … Continue reading

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Guam 2015: My Wife’s Le’le Relatives

My wife is a member of Familian Le’le, one of many matrilinear Chamorro clans on Guam. Her great grandmother was a Mendiola who married a Benavente. Her grandfather Benavente had a Mendiola cousin who married a Manibusan. Her Benavente mother … Continue reading

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MM 2-25 Missions in Monochrome — San Carlos Cathedral: The Mission that Never Was (a Mission)

For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-25 I have decided to submit another photo in the series I call Missions in Monochrome. This cathedral that we visited recently stands at the site where Father Junipero Serra said his first Mass at … Continue reading

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Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Marina

We spent the day in Carmel a couple of Sundays ago and then the night in Monterey. The plan was to explore historic Monterey on Monday before driving back home. Well, that didn’t happen because I didn’t do my homework. … Continue reading

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Walking around Carmel

It’s about a hundred miles from our house in Castro Valley to the Ocean Avenue turnoff from Highway One to the quaint little village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of many scenic attractions on California’s Monterey Peninsula. A couple of Sundays ago … Continue reading

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MM 2-24: A Tree and a House in Carmel

We drove down to Carmel a couple of weeks ago and during our stroll around town I came across this old tree holding up this old house. Or maybe the house was holding up the tree. Perhaps they were holding … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: San Francisco’s Mission Dolores

A Spanish soldier named Jose Joaquin Moraga and a Spanish priest named Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis on June 29, 1776, a week before John Hancock and others signed the Declaration of Independence three thousand miles away. … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption sits atop a hill on the corner of Geary Blvd and Gough St now called Cathedral Hill. It is the city’s third Catholic cathedral. The first, now called Old St Mary’s, was … Continue reading

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The Views from Sausalito

Sausalito is a pretty little city on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was once a sleepy fishing village but then it turned into a major shipyard during World War II. And after the war artists … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 for San Francisco’s world’s fair, officially called the Panama Pacific International Exposition in honor of the opening of the Panama Canal in August 1914. All of the buildings of the fair … Continue reading

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