Nature’s Fireworks

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_MG_3836Happy 4th of July ~ Enjoy the great outdoors. Milky Way rising above Yosemite at Olmsted Point.

Night on the Lake

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055Taken from the rocks just below the Sand Harbor Overlook trail. In the distance, the lights from Incline Village. I use my headlamp to light paint the boulders at waters edge.

Starry Starry Night

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Saturday By The Fire

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IMG_2071Saturday night by the bonfire at Renner Winery

Saturday evening by the bonfire at R

Blue Ocean

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More Fun in the Dark

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052Lowered the color temperature to 2800 Kelvin. It brings out the blue tones. The hotel at Rockaway beach illuminates the waves.


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Ventured out to get in some night photography shots. This is Pacifica, CA, the lights in the far background come from freeway just beyond the hill.

Moonbeams & Cupid’s Span

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025-2Taken at along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Cupid’s Span to the right, the Bay Bridge in the background.

Statement by the Artists (Cupid’s Span)

Cupid's Span, 2002 Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, we began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.


Cupid's Span, 2002 When Coosje van Bruggen found this position too stiff and literal, she suggested turning the image upside down: the arrow and the central part of the bow could be buried in the ground, and the tail feathers, usually downplayed, would be the focus of attention. That way the image became metamorphic, looking like both a ship and a tightened version of a suspension bridge, which seemed to us the perfect accompaniment to the site. In addition, the object functioned as a frame for the highly scenic situation, enclosing — depending on where one stood — either the massed buildings of the city’s downtown or the wide vista over the water and the Bay Bridge toward the distant mountains.

As a counterpoint to romantic nostalgia, we evoked the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the earth to make it fertile. The sculpture was placed on a hill, where one could imagine the arrow being sunk under the surface of plants and prairie grasses. By slanting the bow’s position, Coosje added a sense of acceleration to the Cupid’s Span. Seen from its “stern,” the bow-as-boat seems to be tacking on its course toward the white tower of the city’s Ferry Building.



Bay Bridge at Night

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Came home last night and decided to take the long way home. Drove along the Embarcadero, stopped and snapped a few night shots.