James Lick Observatory

James Lick Observatory, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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James Lick Observatory & Grant Ranch

Lick Observatory is located on 4200′ Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range, east of San Jose, California.
Largest among its nine research-grade telescopes is the Shane 3-meter Reflector, active since 1960.
The 3-meter is in operation every clear night of the year, used by many different astronomers from within
the UC system for a variety of projects ranging from observations of our solar system to distant galaxies.
UC astronomers, using the telescopes on Mt. Hamilton have contributed to virtually every area of optical and infrared astronomy.


Home Cookin’

Home Cookin’, originally uploaded by mausgabe.

Photo Credit: Copyright (c) 2010 William Reynolds.

Bill a photographer friend in NYC likes to cook and eat well. His dinner last Friday night sounded and looked so good I asked if I could share his photo and recipe.

This is one I’m going to have to try!

NYC: Home / Dinner
Goat cheese on arugula / three sheep cheeses / garlic-herb flatbread / date shochu (72°)

Grilled Angus beef ribeye slices with shitake mushrooms and walnuts / bed of arugula / poppyseed dressing / Oatmeal stout beer

Nikon D700 | Nikon AF-S 60 | ƒ8 | 1/13s | ISO2500 | Handheld

1) Wash / drain arugula and spread generously on plate
2) Wash / drain / towel dry mushrooms
3) Heat mushrooms in dry pan to burn off moisture
4) Add (truffled) olive oil and sauté mushrooms lightly

5) Place small portion of arugula on a second plate
6) Cut small portion of goat cheese (herbed) and place on arugula
7) Slice small amounts of three (sheep) cheeses
8) Add (garlic-herb) flatbread
9) Pour shochu (wine / sake / etc)
10) Nibble…drink

11) Slice Angus beef ribeye into thick strips
12) Preheat skillet
13) Transfer meat in its original shape to pan and cook
14) Hold meat in shape and turn over to cook further
15) Separate slices while still rare and cook as desired (or remove)

16) Place mushrooms in center of arugula bed
17) Top with walnuts
18) Place grilled steak around mushrooms on arugula bed
19) Drizzle poppyseed (or other) dressing lightly over dish
20) Pour beer
21) Eat, drink, etc.

Uvas Canyon County Park

Uvas Canyon County Park, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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I was trying out my new SinghRay 2 stop soft edge ND filter. I think this is just milky enough for my taste.
The colors were so vivid up here from all the rain.
The falls are running fast and full too.
It was worth the hour plus drive out here.

Proteaceae “Adenanthos detmoldii” Western Australia

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Arboretum University of California Santa Cruz
Australian Garden on the Hummingbird Trail.

These reminded me of Shrimp with their antenna, and color.
The color is gorgeous.

“Let us run into a safe harbor.” Alcaeus

Saints Peter and Paul Church, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Saints Peter and Paul Church- San Francisco, CA.

Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.
Located (somewhat ironically) at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square,
San Francisco and is administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It is known as “La cattedrale d’Italia ovest,”
or “The Italian Cathedral of the West.” This building is very unusual in that the parish school is situated atop
the church itself, around its clerestory level and is accessible from stairways under each of its twin towers.
Because of this feature, the church’s upper stained-glass windows are artificially-lit.

The church is prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry (the Church, and nearby Dante Building,
are the scene of sniper attacks by the “Scorpio Killer”) and The Dead Pool.
Scenes from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments were filmed at the church while it was under construction.

I heard a woman tell her companions that, ” Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe here.” However that is not ture. The real story here:
After their civil ceremony in 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio returned for photographs on the steps of this church.
DiMaggio was married to Dorothy Arnold in the church on November 19, 1939, but later civilly divorced.
Still married as far as the Church was concerned (having not obtained an annullment), he could not be married in the Catholic Church.
In a side entrance, Sts. Peter and Paul Church still showcases a photo in a book displaying proudly DiMaggio’s marriage day photo-but with Arnold, not Monroe.
DiMaggio’s funeral was held here on March 11, 1999, officiated by lifelong family friend and confidant, Armand Oliveri, S.D.B.,
who honors DiMaggio’s wishes by politely refusing all interviews or requests to discuss any intimate details of DiMaggio’s life.