Took the Old Girl Out to Stretch Her Legs

Corvette at the Beach

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In Memory – Michael Weesner

Monterey High School Yearbook Photo
(photographer unknown)

I was saddened to learn yesterday of the recent death of my high school photography teacher, Mike Weesner. Mr. Weesner had a great talent for explaining how the mechanics of a camera, lens – and, in those days, film and an enlarger – all worked together to create magic. More than that, he had a gift for encouraging people. Many a time, I would come out of the darkroom with a contact sheet or print and say something along the lines of, “I really don’t have anything here.” Mr. Weesner would inevitably look, think, and then offer a suggestion for cropping, dodging and burning, or some other improvement. Taking those suggestions to heart, I’d go back into the darkroom and emerge with something where I thought there had been nothing.

I remember how the front of the classroom had a spot for Photo of the Week, a student’s photo selected by Mike Weesner which best captured that week’s assignment. To this day, I will sometimes look at photo I’ve taken and ask myself if it’s good enough to have a chance at making Photo of the Week.

I still value photography as a creative outlet and I value the training and encouragement I received from Mike Weesner.

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The Great Owl “Rescue”

owlI was just wrapping up mowing the back yard yesterday when my wife stuck her head out the back door.


Our hill?

YES,” she yelled.

I ducked out the back gate and walked over to the north end of out lot where I find not cops, but animal control officers looking up into a pine tree.  About 35 feet up in the tree was an owl, with one wing outstretched at an odd angle, flapping away. Continue reading

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Just For Me

Once a year the humans set up a tree just for me!
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