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Lightning Strikes San Francisco Bay Bridge 2 Days Ago

Shot by photographer Phil McGrew. "This photo was taken on April 12, 2012 in Rincon Hill, San Francisco, CA, US, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III."
"Bay Bridge Lightning Strike!
This shot has been on my list since moving to San Francisco. Unfortunately, I've only seen lightning 3 times in the 2 years I've lived here. Tonight, I got lightning in 3 seperate 20 second exposures. This is a single exposure.
I shot this from my office window because I was too chicken to get my new camera wet (or worse)."


Ornithopter -Human-powered Flight


Grand Old House on Tomales Bay

30 Year Old Sailor Solos Around World

Sheila has left a new comment on your post "The Lady Washington":

"Speaking of incredible sailing vessels and journey's...have you heard of Matt Rutherford? He's just a few days away from land -after a year at sea and he's sailed around the America's - up along past Baffin Island, through the Northwest Passage, down around the Horn... He's already been recognized by the Scott Polar Institute as the first person to accomplish this alone, without stopping once. He's only 30 and a travelling soul, he's on a 26 ft boat that I think is older than he is and that has slowly been falling apart but he's kept on. He is a rare and wild creature http://www.solotheamericas.org/ He's done this to raise money for an organization whose goal is to make the joy of sailing available to physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals - good man."

Aretha and Smokey - Ooo Baby Baby - Soul Train

Kite Surfing at Jaws

Step-By-Step Tiny Home Build

Gaurang has left a new comment on your post "Tiny Studio on Salt Spring Island":

"If any of you are interested in seeing more photos of the build then click the link below :) I built it myself except for the part where the neighbour helped raise the front wall and two others helped to install the 8'x5' front window :)"


Tiny Cabin in Scottish Countryside

"…the cabin we were staying in had been specifically designed for visitors seeking isolation and a self-sufficient, back-to-nature experience in the great Scottish outdoors. A one-room hut with a platform bed, table, bench seat, sofa, sink and stove, the corrugated iron bothy crouches like a minimalist doll's house in a secluded birch- and bracken-speckled dell. Stoking the fire and lighting candle lanterns in the all-but-silent gloaming, we felt miles from civilisation…"

Cob House Survives Falling Tree

Ray and Suzie Bruce built a beautiful cob house on Lesquiti Island in British Columbia (2006-2009), assisted by The Mud Girls. We had two pages planned on it in Tiny Homes — text written, photos selected — but in one of those flukes of happenstance, the folder got misplaced, and it never got into the book. (For sure it will go into our eventual second book of tiny homes.)
   Last month I got an e-mail from the Bruce's:
"Hi Lloyd,
Recently we had a big storm on the Island March 11-12th 2012 with wind speeds up to 150 kms an hour. On the morning of the 12th around 8.50 am a 185 foot Douglas Fir weighing about 4 tons fell onto our Cob House. It completely destroyed the upper level. The Lower level was virtually untouched — only a few minor cracks.
Our Tree Feller was amazed, saying if it was a conventional built house, it would have been totally destroyed by the tree.
Cob houses are strong!
We are planning reconstruction in the late Spring…
-Ray and Suzie Bruce"

Tiny Home=Temporary Solution

"After losing their business, a restaurant, during the recession, Carl and Hari sold their comfortable three-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot home and began living in 168-square-foot shed built primarily from Craigstlist-sourced reclaimed materials for $12,000. While the 8-by-12-foot tiny home is mighty cute, let’s not forget that the Carl and Hari aren’t its only inhabitants: their two elementary school-aged children live there as well, sharing a sleeping loft above the bathroom. As Hari explains in the below video, the cheap-to-heat tiny house is just a temporary housing solution while the couple saves enough cash to build a larger (but still small-ish) mortgage-free home complete with a bathtub and "alone time" spaces. Here’s hoping it happens before the kids hit puberty.…"

The Lady Washington

"The original Lady Washington was a 90-ton merchant sloop. Her early history is still in question. As part of the Columbia Expedition, she left Boston Harbor on October 1, 1787. She sailed around Cape Horn and participated in the Maritime Fur Trade with the coastal Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and in tea and porcelain across the Pacific in China. She was the first American flagged vessel to round Cape Horn. She was the first recorded vessel to make landfall on the Oregon coast near Tillamook, Oregon. She was claimed by John Meares to be the first non-native vessel to circumnavigate Vancouver Island.…
   A ship replica of the Lady Washington was built in Aberdeen, Washington, United States in time for the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebrations. Aberdeen is located on Grays Harbor, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean named for Robert Gray, the man who discovered the harbor as Master of the Columbia.…" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Washington

The Hawaiian Chieftain

These two tall ships (see next post as well) were in Bodega Bay this last week, and are heading up the coast; they'll be in Eureka April 14th. (Their schedule is at http://www.historicalseaport.org/). I managed to get on the Chieftain for a few minutes yesterday dockside, before being kicked off; they were about to take a group of kids out in the bay. So Louie and I and Bill went out in Louie's homemade sailboat when she sailed to get a close look. I shot a bunch of pics with my Panasonic Lumix G1 with a telephoto lens (which did surprisingly well given the way our boat was bouncing around).
   Wikipedia on the Chieftain: "Hawaiian Chieftain is the name of a sailing vessel briefly known as the Spirit of Larinda. Built in 1988 in Lahaina on the island of Maui, the Hawaiian Chieftain is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional design. She is unique with the rig of an 19th century trading vessel and a modern triple keel, shallow draft hull. Drawing only 5.5 feet (1.7 m), she is highly maneuverable in shallow waters.…"

Black Mountain Yesterday Morning

Shed in Kauai

Photo by Pepe Alvarez

Cormorant Drying Wings in Morning Sun

Coyote in Field

Yesterday I drove up to Bodega Bay to meet my friend Louie and to see the "tall ships' anchored there. I'll post photos as soon as I get time. I got a latte for the road at Toby's in Pt.Reyes Station (my vote for best baristas in Marin County) and as I was leaving, Al Green's song "Tired of Being Alone" came and I couldn't leave, it sounded so good (http://shltr.net/allonesome). Sat there on a bench with my coffee in the morning sun.
   Back on the road, this coyote was loping across a field,

White Dove Appears in Yard

Don't know where this guy came from. Also (blurry) in photo: two regular doves, and at bottom, a female quail,

Feet in Mud, Boat in Yard

I went clam digging during a low tide in Tomales Bay early Saturday morning. Got a bunch of small clams, some mussels, and a few rock oysters, but in exploring the mud flats for horseneck clams, I found myself sinking in the mud. Down to about knee-level; when I would pull one foot out, the other would sink just as deep. Made me think of quicksand, and I got a bit worried. No one was around, the tide was about to start coming in, and here I was mired in muck. Finally, when pulling my right foot out, my boot came off, so here I was one boot on, one boot off, mud up to both knees. I finally hobbled and slurped my way to solid ground, but not without some worrying and chastising self for yet another dumb move. Got cleaned up back at truck, had some clam chowder for breakfast, and headed home.

Left: boat with strange hull in the Marshall boat yard.

Great Photos by JKG II

This cat photo on Boing Boing led me to the Flick'r photostream of photographer JKG II -- great photos in many realms.

Tiny 3-Wheeler Camper

Deek Diedricksen's Tips For Scrounging Building Materials

Bike Trailer Homes for Portland's homeless

"Sarah Cloutier’s idea came from a dream. From it, the 27-year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art student knew what she would do for her yearlong, senior project: 'I woke up with this idea for modular housing, constructed by the people who lived in it that would work for people who had inadequate housing.'
And so began her quest to create what she calls Bootstrap Homes — trailers just big enough to fit one person lying down and provide shelter and storage for those facing homelessness.…"

Tiny House in a Brooklyn Backyard

"You're in the city. You know this because you've been traveling along busy city streets -- Brooklyn streets. The brick towers of housing projects are visible on the horizon.
But open the door to a tiny wooden structure in the backyard of a townhouse, and it smells like a country cabin. Is it the kerosene lamp? The raw wood? Whatever the source of the aroma, it takes you out of New York and into a different frame of mind.…"
By Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities, April 6, 2012: http://shltr.net/HMDKg1