James Lick Observatory Campus- North West View

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My Camera Club visited James Lick Observatory last Friday. I hadn’t been here in more than ten years. It was a great re-visit.

I was walking up the hill to the Shane Reflector and turned around to look behind me. I’m so glad I did.

The large dome is home to the Great 36 inch Reflector.

More photos of my time at the Observatory are here:

Grant Ranch House

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.