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By: clearlakemike , 2:10 AM GMT on November 11, 2011

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More Golden Gate photos from the San Francisco Chronicle Photo Morgue

Golden Gate Bridge's 356th birthday

The crew of The Enterprise discover that the mysterious VGER is actually Voyager 6, launched by NASA.

A Dark side to the Golden Gate Bridge that I (fortunately) have not thought much about before...

No bridge walk this time...

Golden Gate Bridge opening in 1937

Eastern span replacement of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge

Below December 2006 photo of Eastern span viewed from Treasure Island

75th Bay Bridge Birthday

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and "Video snaps" from the 50th Golden Gate Bridge Birthday on May 27, 1987

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31. clearlakemike
5:43 PM GMT on March 11, 2012
Hi Sandi, no rain here where I am, just a few sprinkles here and there but we have been getting a lot of wind the last couple of days and there is another wind advisory for today I see...50+ mph gusts that are snapping trees in half and uprooting some too. Yes, Kauai, Oahu and parts of Maui are getting more than enough and getting flooded...rain isn't making it down this far to us at the southern end. We are still in a drought, only 3.5 inches since October.
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30. sandiquiz
2:47 PM GMT on March 11, 2012
Hey Mike... you surviving the bad weather and storms that are hitting Hawaii, or has it not reached your side the Island?

I know you wanted rain .. but honestly - enough is enough!
Take care
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29. clearlakemike
3:38 AM GMT on March 08, 2012
Thank you, Sandi!!! Triple White Rabbits to you too and a Happy March! (And to you too, Les!) Les, I am glad to report that I read that the Vog levels have decreased to about 50% of what they were back in '08 and '09 when they had drastically increased from the eruption of the Halemaʻumaʻu crater vent. I thought it might have as my pine trees are a good indicator of the intensity of the vog. They were really burned (yellow and brown dead pine needles) by the vog back then and the trees have recovered to a nice healthy green again.
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28. sandiquiz
9:03 AM GMT on March 01, 2012
Hi Mike,



Wishing you "white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits and a very happy month of March"
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27. ofieldstream
12:32 AM GMT on February 21, 2012
Quoting clearlakemike:
Welcome Les. Thanks for the link to Ishi, very interesting read. Also interesting to read how the vog is not as harmful to MCS sufferers as a walk through a grocery store. And yes, the out gasses in a lot of indoor environments are very noticeable even to someone that is not so adversely affected by it. Sometimes it is a relief to walk into the polluted air outside.

I don’t think enough is known about the long term effects of the vog yet. I know of some people with pre-existing respiratory issues, such as asthma and COPD, that have a problem with it. The vog has certainly wreaked havoc with some of the agriculture here. Lettuces and protea are damaged by it. The ranchers complain they have a hard time keeping their barb wire fences from prematurely corroding. The brakes on our vehicles get pitted from it and have to be resurfaced.

Yes, I think a lot of people are either clueless, in denial and/or don’t care. No wonder there are such high rates of cancer and other problems associated with chemical pollution. We are wallowing in the stuff.

Reminds me of Joni Mitchell songs again …

Joni Mitchell never lies (lies, lies)
You never know what you've got till it's gone

From Janet Jackson’s Got Til It’s Gone

And Indian chiefs with their old beliefs know
The balance is undone-crazy ions-

From Joni Mitchell’s song Sex Kills

Big bombs and barbed wire...
Can't you see
Our destiny?
We are making this Earth
Our funeral pyre!

From Joni Mitchell’s song If I Had a Heart


[les replies]..Thought you might enjoy the story of Ishi. You ought to get the book - no doubt in the local library - and read it. It's fascinating and very sad at the same time.

As to the VOG. The off-gases would be very high in sulfur and sodium; both extremely caustic and toxic; especially when mixed with water and oxygen. This is what burns the plants and the lungs. The one thing that the vents of a volcano do NOT have that is the main source of problems for the MCS sufferer is petrohemicals. These are NOT found in the presence of volcanic activity. This is the reason most MCS'ers will not 'react' to the VOG.

Reaction - or as I have labeled it: FRAG (Freaking Real Assault Gage) (see YOSAKIME Yosaktionary ". ) - and Harm are not the same. In a FRAG, the MCS'er will suffer the rash, headache, fibromyalgia, numbness, palsy, itching, nausea ... and other 'delightful' reactions. Most of which are specific to the MCS'er. But, the damage breathing the toxic fumes of the VOG will hurt ANYONE! Regardless of their sensitivity. So I guess one could say, the MCS community is no more or no less sensitive to VOG than anyone else. ".\


I'll agree on the reminder of words by Joni Mitchell; a very insightful song writer! I was only familiar with the words from, 'If I Had A Heart'.

The song she did that always strikes me is the Big Yellow Taxi chorus line:

"We never know what we got until it's gone."

Those words ring so very loud and true. I've lived them too many times over to not know them to be true.

Trouble is.. by the time one notices.. it's too late. ". (

Take care... 'til we chat again. ": >
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26. clearlakemike
7:50 PM GMT on February 20, 2012
Welcome Les. Thanks for the link to Ishi, very interesting read. Also interesting to read how the vog is not as harmful to MCS sufferers as a walk through a grocery store. And yes, the out gasses in a lot of indoor environments are very noticeable even to someone that is not so adversely affected by it. Sometimes it is a relief to walk into the polluted air outside.

I don%u2019t think enough is known about the long term effects of the vog yet. I know of some people with pre-existing respiratory issues, such as asthma and COPD, that have a problem with it.

The vog has certainly wreaked havoc with some of the agriculture here. Lettuces and protea are damaged by it. The ranchers complain they have a hard time keeping their barb wire fences from prematurely corroding. The brakes on our vehicles get pitted from it and have to be resurfaced.

Yes, I think a lot of people are either clueless, in denial and/or don%u2019t care. No wonder there are such high rates of cancer and other problems associated with chemical pollution. We are wallowing in the stuff.

Reminds me of Joni Mitchell songs again %u2026

Joni Mitchell never lies (lies, lies)
You never know what you've got till it's gone

From Janet Jackson%u2019s Got Til It%u2019s Gone

And Indian chiefs with their old beliefs know
The balance is undone-crazy ions-

From Joni Mitchell%u2019s song Sex Kills

Big bombs and barbed wire...
Can't you see
Our destiny?
We are making this Earth
Our funeral pyre!

From Joni Mitchell%u2019s song If I Had a Heart
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25. ofieldstream
5:26 AM GMT on February 20, 2012
Quoting clearlakemike:
Les, I thought you might find this story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat interesting. Quoting the first few paragraphs here..."In a modern office near the Sonoma County airport, a noble effort is underway every Wednesday night to preserve an ancient language on the cusp of extinction.

Members of North Coast tribes gather there to learn and keep alive Southern Pomo, which likely was spoken for thousands of years on the Santa Rosa Plain, along the lower Russian River and in Dry Creek Valley.

Today, a handful of fluent, or “first-language” speakers survive, none younger than 90."

Link for the entire story here


[les replies] ... Thanks Mike. This is quite interesting. It's heartening to see nearly lost cultures being rebuilt. They will never be 'as they were', but at least they won't go totally extinct. Color languages like that of the Pomo and Yani add a great deal to our understanding of how cultures deal with nature and it's constant struggle for equilibrium. The story of Ishi caught my attention many years ago as a youngster. I've studied a great deal about the lives, cultures and struggles of the native american tribes. It's a very sordid tale of prejudice and deceit. So much is lost in the fit of ignorance fueled hatred. (more on Ishi)

Also quite interesting about the Ranch and the south shore of big island Hawai'i. I was not aware that shore was so undeveloped. Very good to hear! I thought it was the NC that did the 'conserving' of the Ranch.

As to the volcano smog on Maui .. it's bad at times, but even though it contains some pretty caustic chemicals, it's not as harmful to the MCS sufferer as a typical walk through a grocery store! That's why the 'smog' condition on Maui is rarely discussed when looking for places to live 'chem-free'.

And - as to the level of pollution on earth - well, there is no place on earth that the top 5 toxins cannot be found; and there has yet to be found, human or animal blood that does not contain trace elements of them either.

The absolute insanity, in the way humans have thrown chemicals around, is unbelievable!

It's analogy would be if every one just took handfuls of M-80 explosives and tossed them all around. Then went around tossing 'fire sticks' among them. There will be explosions. There will be carnage. There will be injury. But no one seems to notice/care/understand .. ? Maybe all the above.

Either way, we continue on, tossing tons of chemicals into the air/on land/in the water - day-in and day-out. And it seems NO ONE ever considers .. "Where does all that stuff go any way?"

Honesty, I believe most think the chemicals just 'dissolve' and then they are gone. Never to bother us again. Sheeze Louise! How ignorant is that?

But of course, how many people take chemistry as a subject of serious study> And, then, how fewer of them even come close to understanding a portion of it?

So, it ends up being the ignorant following the lead of the greedy-who-gives-a-crap-crowd.

Is it any wonder we're in the mess we are? I think not. ". \

OK .. before I get too morose .. I'll stop. " . >

Take care... talk again... on the WUville Xpress.
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24. clearlakemike
8:07 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Les, I thought you might find this story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat interesting. Quoting the first few paragraphs here..."In a modern office near the Sonoma County airport, a noble effort is underway every Wednesday night to preserve an ancient language on the cusp of extinction.

Members of North Coast tribes gather there to learn and keep alive Southern Pomo, which likely was spoken for thousands of years on the Santa Rosa Plain, along the lower Russian River and in Dry Creek Valley.

Today, a handful of fluent, or “first-language” speakers survive, none younger than 90."

Link for the entire story here
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23. clearlakemike
7:09 PM GMT on February 17, 2012
Les, a lot, if not most of the ranch was bought by the Nature Conservancy and annexed by the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. About 100 sq miles of it, mostly old lava flows and scrub land, was subdivided for private ownership in the 1960's and remains so. In the 60's, NASA had wanted to build a spaceport at the southern coast of this island but the local people successfully fought it. This southern area on Hawai'i Island is still the largest remaining undeveloped coast in Hawaii. There is a lot of history here that Hawaiians don't want to lose, ie the petroglyphs and heiaus. I think this is where hula, the culture and the language 'hid out' and managed to survive. The first Polynesians are believed to have landed at Ka Lae, the southern point.

There is still cattle ranching mauka of South Point and along the southeast slopes that did not get covered by the big 1868 lava flows from Mauna Loa and then subsequent flows in the early 20th century. (See Hawaii Apocalypse DVD or (See Hawaii Apocalypse on Amazon or iTunes

I think the big paniolo scene moved more toward the northern part of the island in Kohala at the huge Parker Ranch in Waimea.

Sorry I am not parsing this like you so nicely did, when I worked (and I still do here and there,) I worked as a personal assistant.

Your safe zone list is interesting if not disturbing that so much of the world is polluted. Not sure how you factored the vog (volcanic smog) for Maui. It can get bad at times, especially along the leeward side of the Big Island. Sometimes it gets blown by the Kona wind (southerlies) and goes up the island chain. And yes, I can see why you would avoid LA, might as well drop yourself into a toxic soup. Where we lived before in California, Lake County, has the cleanest air in CA (I know, that isn't saying much! :)) But it did sit up above the Bay area and Valley air, washed over by the prevailing winds from the west off the ocean. I knew of people moving there who had respiratory issues. Also, much more drier climate than the coast. There are virtually no industries in that county and the population is small enough that auto exhaust is not a problem. It is one of the few places in California that doesn't require smog tests, which may not be a good thing, I guess, if you are looking for really pristine air quality.
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22. clearlakemike
4:56 PM GMT on February 16, 2012
Aloha kakahiaka, Les

Goin wit a brudda makai wikiwiki, mo pau hana. Some links for you (if you haven't already seen them.)

'Āha'i 'Ōlelo Ola is also available online at HawaiianLanguage.tv.
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21. ofieldstream
5:19 AM GMT on February 16, 2012
Quoting clearlakemike:
Aloha Kākou, Les

Very sorry to hear about your illness, Les. Wow, that is quite a story of what you have been dealing with and glad that you are better. Yes, I can see how your virtual connections are your link to the world.



[les replies]... Yes it's been a trip. In the 20 years now that I've been active online, I have more 'Friends Not Yet Met', by at least 10:1 over people I actually know 'in person'. It has been a real life-saver. Literally.



Yes, the Hawaiian language, which was on the verge of extinction at one point in the not too distant past has made quite a resurgence and entered the everyday lexicon of these islands. Many Hawaiian words are routinely used in everyday speech. The language as you pointed out is also very concise and expressive. I will try and start reading your blogs. Whether or not the books make you rich financially I am sure they are providing you with much mental income.



[les replies]... I've actually emailed with the group of islanders and academics that did the triage on the language. Sure glad they did, too. What a loss if this wonderful language would have been lost. I'd have never found my kukakuka! ". ) Yes, the 'fun currency' in writing jingles in my pockets quite often. Good thing. Not much jingling any place else! ". o But it is fun.



I live with my partner on the southern end of the Big Island aka Hawai'i Island on the dry side of the Ka'u district on what was once part of the vast Kahuku Ranch.


[les replies]... Hmm, I've heard of that Ranch. It used to be quite the 'Hawaiian Cowboy' place. Big paniolo scene in the late 19th, through early-mid 20th centuries. I know that a chunk of the Ranch was put into national park and Conservancy, but what part was sold for housing? Not familiar with that..??


I am retired now.


[les replies] ... Out of curiosity, what did you do, in your 'work life'??


Like you, I have been dealing with health problems, which I would rather not go into detail about, but for most of my adult life. Fortunately, I have been able to keep my health situation stable in the last decade or so. Being away from the stresses of urban California life and the cooler climate there has been helpful but there have been new stresses to deal with after moving here. Not as Kākou as I thought it might be for one thing.


[les replies].. Isn't that the kicker with 'Paradise'. Even 'IT' has it's catch. ". )


But the warm climate and ability to exercise more has been very helpful. I had wanted to move to Palm Springs and had taken a couple of years out from San Francisco to live there, mostly by myself. At that time, my partner was not able to work from home and we decided to buy a weekend house north of the Napa Valley in the coastal range. Very beautiful area. We had wonderful neighbors and the Kākou of that part of the world is real. But the winters, for me, were just too darn long. We think we may eventually move to Palm Springs when we are ready to move again and when it is a lot easier to sell a house here (didn't see the housing market crash coming back in late 06 in our crystal ball.) My partner hates the heat in the desert (it literally makes him sick and would have to cocoon himself in air conditioning during the long hot season there.) But he likes the idea of being near Los Angeles (but not in the heart of it.) Anyway, just a plan, Stan, at this point. One day at a time and one foot in front of the other…



[les replies]... I did 'LA' in the early '70s. Was NOT for me. I have never enjoyed 'urban settings': don't even like driving through them! Really didn't like living there. Palm Springs or the Napa Valley .. sure..! I can see that, way above the LA region. But hey... one thing is for sure, I won't be adding to any crowding in that area! ". ))))



Not selling any photos. Did get an offer once but it fell through. But I did use to get (and still do sometimes) some amazing emails from people thanking me for letting them see places that they were not otherwise going to be able to see because of health and/or financial reasons. So yes, I have received some mental income from them. I haven’t really made much of an effort either to sell them. I am more or less ok financially so the karma income is fine.



[les replies]... Well, as a professional photographer for over 30 years, I can attest to the difficulty in selling ones work. There is just so much competition. What makes matter worse, is that photo editors play all the photogs against each other for the 'editors' benefit. So, it gets really nasty, really quick.



Being outside a lot these days and still trying to take some photos I am more on the photo side here now but will try and pop onto the blog side more myself and hope to see you here too, Les.

Well, pau for now. My dog is pleading with me to go out for her walk! She is giving me that sad dog face and starting to moan. (I did take her out earlier to do her business but she expects a real walk now, :)

A hui hou kakou, Les



[les replies] ... Being outside! That is one of the big reasons my wife and began looking for places to live that were 'safe zones'; ie, little to no airborne chemicals. As you might well imagine, that is NOT an easy location to locate. Basically there are 7 places on the planet that offer this requirement. Only 4 are inhabitable.


1. Maui: Northwest coast is best; but west coast works; fair winds from the west cross enough ocean to 'strip the air clean'

2. Tasmania: Western coast: very low human population; very remote; great if you are a misanthrope. Some of the best air and water on the planet though.

3. Chatham Island: east of New Zealand, with 800 miles of clearing air between it and NZ.

4. Grouping of very remote Islands and very remote coastlines of countries with less than favorable 'relations' with US. ". \


The rest are in deserts or arctic conditions.


Oh yes, it's been interesting.


Hei, THANKS for the 'new-2-me' Hawaiian phrases. Enjoyed them. Definitely ..A hui hou kakou, in return. ". )



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20. clearlakemike
9:46 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Happy Valentines Sandi!

Glad to hear it is warming up there. I was beginning to conjure up images of the Little Ice Age and wondering if your next blog was going to be about ice skating on the Thames.
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19. clearlakemike
7:17 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
Aloha K%u0101kou, Les

Very sorry to hear about your illness, Les. Wow, that is quite a story of what you have been dealing with and glad that you are better. Yes, I can see how your virtual connections are your link to the world.

Yes, the Hawaiian language, which was on the verge of extinction at one point in the not too distant past has made quite a resurgence and entered the everyday lexicon of these islands. Many Hawaiian words are routinely used in everyday speech. The language as you pointed out is also very concise and expressive. I will try and start reading your blogs. Whether or not the books make you rich financially I am sure they are providing you with much mental income.

I live with my partner on the southern end of the Big Island aka Hawai'i Island on the dry side of the Ka'u district on what was once part of the vast Kahuku Ranch.

I am retired now. Like you, I have been dealing with health problems, which I would rather not go into detail about, but for most of my adult life. Fortunately, I have been able to keep my health situation stable in the last decade or so. Being away from the stresses of urban California life and the cooler climate there has been helpful but there have been new stresses to deal with after moving here. Not as K%u0101kou as I thought it might be for one thing. But the warm climate and ability to exercise more has been very helpful. I had wanted to move to Palm Springs and had taken a couple of years out from San Francisco to live there, mostly by myself. At that time, my partner was not able to work from home and we decided to buy a weekend house north of the Napa Valley in the coastal range. Very beautiful area. We had wonderful neighbors and the K%u0101kou of that part of the world is real. But the winters, for me, were just too darn long. We think we may eventually move to Palm Springs when we are ready to move again and when it is a lot easier to sell a house here (didn't see the housing market crash coming back in late 06 in our crystal ball.) My partner hates the heat in the desert (it literally makes him sick and would have to cocoon himself in air conditioning during the long hot season there.) But he likes the idea of being near Los Angeles (but not in the heart of it.) Anyway, just a plan, Stan, at this point. One day at a time and one foot in front of the other%u2026

Not selling any photos. Did get an offer once but it fell through. But I did use to get (and still do sometimes) some amazing emails from people thanking me for letting them see places that they were not otherwise going to be able to see because of health and/or financial reasons. So yes, I have received some mental income from them. I haven%u2019t really made much of an effort either to sell them. I am more or less ok financially so the karma income is fine.

Being outside a lot these days and still trying to take some photos I am more on the photo side here now but will try and pop onto the blog side more myself and hope to see you here too, Les.

Well, pau for now. My dog is pleading with me to go out for her walk! She is giving me that sad dog face and starting to moan. (I did take her out earlier to do her business but she expects a real walk now, :)

A hui hou kakou, Les
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18. sandiquiz
8:28 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Hi Mike (and Les) ...

Much warmer this morning - actually awoke to "positive" temperatures this morning. Yeah!

Had a great time down by the canal yesterday - it was frozen over! So any photos I wanted of moving barges....lol

Have a Happy Valentine's Day !!
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17. ofieldstream
7:02 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Hei Mike! Aloha back to you. Kukukua! ". )

Yes, Mike I remember your 'India Trip' well. And the silk-worm factory shots. Most cool story, too! We've spoken since then, but not much. Shortly after you got back, I developed full-blown MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). The MCS not only made me very sick; chronic pain, rash, malaise and more; I also suffered from bouts w/ memory loss: whole months between '02-'07 are gone. I have many photos and journal entries to verify 'what I was doing'... but I don't remember a lick of most of it. ". \ Quite a time. I am better - but must live quite carefully. So, I'm pretty 'reclusive' compared to other folks. However, I do have my 'online friends and family'. They make ALL the difference in the world! LITERALLY.

My son and his family were in Maui last fall for three weeks and my wife and I were introduced (indoctrinate!) with a number of Hawaiian words. Actually, it did not take much, I've been an admirer of Hawaiian culture for some time. I find the Polynesian languages to be very expressive. But when I ran across the word: Kukakuka: I was absolutely - as my Aussie friends say, "Gobsmacked!" One word that describes me to a "T"! Kukakuka for those who may read this and don't know the meaning is, literally... 'Let's talk story.' Not shoot the bull. But literally,

'Come, friend, sit with me and tell me the story of your life and I will then tell you the story of my life, so we will not forget our individual stories, nor our collective stories, so that we may be able to tell them all to our friends and family; to keep our stories alive; so they will continue to live on in the collective community conscience.'

Yeah. All that in ONE WORD. Talk about your language of metaphor!!!

Anyway, I started writing a blog called Kukakuka'la (Let's Talk Story Today: I didn't want to cause or bring any confusion with a couple of kukakuka blogs being written). I have tied the Kukakuka'la blog in with a couple of other blogs I also write called, Memdecoueur and Akilologos. I also have a Kukakuka'la board on my BeyondDaRipples Pinterest.

In the last couple of months, I've outlined and started 5 books that I've toyed with over the last 15 years. Finally, I will put them down and publish them. Sure I'd love them to make me wildly rich (then I could move to Hawaii!!) but that's not likely. I just have this 'story' inside that's coming out. Whether it will be worth the read is yet to be seen. It is fun though.

So.. where in Hawaii do you live: what island? Are you selling your photography? Are you working at all there?

OK.. I'll stop. Torture over. ". ) Great to hear from you. I'll try to stop by and keep a more regular blog up on WU. I've said this for the last 3-5 years -but it's been quite hard. Being better now, maybe I'll be able to do so.

Take care. Look forward to hearing more about your new 'Hawaiian Life'.

Cheers!
les O'fielstream

Quoting clearlakemike:
Hi, Howdy, Aloha from Hawaii Les!!! Nice to hear from you and glad you are still breathing, Brother, and still here on WU, if only now and then like I am (more on the photos these days than the blogs.) Yes, many new handles on the blog list. Sandi and OGal are still here regularly I think. I keep in touch with Sandi on Flickr and have been trying to send her some Hawaiian warmth but she seems to still be shoveling snow on her island :)

Yes, it has been awhile since we chatted. Has it been all the way back to when I was travelling in India? I remember you very graciously helping me get a photo on my blog of the silk worm "factory" on the road to Mysore. And yes, a lot of changes since then!

I am enjoying the wonderful year round outside life here in Hawaii; swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful blue sea, hiking and walking on these magnificent volcanic slopes.

Hope all is well with you, Les, and again, great to hear from you. And hope to see you more often here!

Mike

PS...and last but definitely not least...Bug is still here too!
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16. ofieldstream
6:18 AM GMT on February 14, 2012
Quoting sandiquiz:
Hi Mike - Love the night time shot..... It is beautiful.
{Also love the closer shot too, which I found in your Flickr PS. }


Hi Les, hope you are well:)


Hello Sandi! Thank you for the nod. Great to see Mike here and hear 'old chats' rattling in the memory lanes again. ". ) As Mike mentioned above, I have been watching the WINTER y'all have been getting. We'd have taken a bit of that snow off your hands, but it looks like the Winds of Winter were having nothing with sharing.

Seriously, not much humor in it at all. Very serious for Europe this winter. Can't believe the number of deaths attributed to this winter weather across Europe! Amazing! And it's not over yet.

Do take care Sandi. The Spring sunshine, fresh flowers and warmth will be again flowing across your fair countryside again soon.

Thank you again for the sweet nod. ". )

les O'fieldstream
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15. clearlakemike
11:11 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hi Bug! Thank you...that photo was one of the last I have when I was back in San Francisco a couple of years ago. Was a cool and drizzly late Spring fog day at the Golden Gate as you noticed. The Bridge looks nice in the fog I think. I was there at just the right time to see that sailboat pass through.

Happy Valentines to you too!
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14. palmettobug53
5:33 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hi, Mike.

Had no idea you had this entry up until I saw your name on the blog directory with a recent post. today, as a matter of fact.

I love that shot of the bridge in the rain with the sailboat.

Happy day before Valentines!
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13. clearlakemike
4:51 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hi and Good evening to you, Sandi (I see on my world sunlight map that the beginning of the night has moved over you not too long ago and we are now emerging out into the sunlight again.) Thank you, yes that bridge is so beautiful at night as well. I read that it is the most photographed bridge in the world.
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12. clearlakemike
4:45 PM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hi, Howdy, Aloha from Hawaii Les!!! Nice to hear from you and glad you are still breathing, Brother, and still here on WU, if only now and then like I am (more on the photos these days than the blogs.) Yes, many new handles on the blog list. Sandi and OGal are still here regularly I think. I keep in touch with Sandi on Flickr and have been trying to send her some Hawaiian warmth but she seems to still be shoveling snow on her island :)

Yes, it has been awhile since we chatted. Has it been all the way back to when I was travelling in India? I remember you very graciously helping me get a photo on my blog of the silk worm "factory" on the road to Mysore. And yes, a lot of changes since then!

I am enjoying the wonderful year round outside life here in Hawaii; swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful blue sea, hiking and walking on these magnificent volcanic slopes.

Hope all is well with you, Les, and again, great to hear from you. And hope to see you more often here!

Mike

PS...and last but definitely not least...Bug is still here too!
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11. sandiquiz
8:28 AM GMT on February 13, 2012
Hi Mike - Love the night time shot..... It is beautiful.
{Also love the closer shot too, which I found in your Flickr PS. }


Hi Les, hope you are well:)
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10. ofieldstream
7:25 AM GMT on February 13, 2012
clearlakemike!! WOW! You ARE still among us! Man. Long time no see or hear 'bout you. Good to see you are still 'typing, tapping, clicking and most importantly .. breathing!

Do hope all is well. I see by your stats, you are living in Hawaii now? Well, lots has happened since the last time we chatted.

I've not been very active on the WU either. So, there may be some wondering if I'm still above the worms or not. ". )

Anyway.. just wanted to drop by and say, "HI!" since I saw your handle on the blog lists.

Take care 'n toss me a howdy if you get a chance.

See 'ya round WUblogs/photos

les O'fieldstream
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9. clearlakemike
5:42 PM GMT on February 12, 2012
Thank you, shoreacres. Yes, I use to commute over the Bay Bridge (back before the traffic got really horrendous) back into the city in the late afternoons and evenings from the East Bay and use to enjoy those different patterns of fog coming through the Golden Gate too. The views from the Bay Bridge upper deck were always so beautiful. Great views while driving, walking or riding a bicycle over the Golden Gate Bridge too.
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8. shoreacres
4:19 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
Oh, that next-to-last photo is terrific. I must confess, while I was living in Berkeley I developed a real fondness for the Bay Bridge, too. I did enjoy sitting at the top of Marin Avenue and watching the fog come through the Golden Gate, though - high, low and in between.

Nice to see the new pics!
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7. clearlakemike
10:36 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Hi OGal, fine here and enjoying the warm sun and sea. Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip to SF and Yosemite. October is a great time to go to San Francisco and Yosemite is beautiful any time of year. Happy you enjoyed the bridge pictures.
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6. OGal
6:37 PM GMT on February 11, 2012



Hi Mike, how are you? We were in San Francisco in October for a few days and then on to Yosemite. Wonderful trip. Love your bridge pictures. Hope all is well in paradise.


Oh, have a fantastic 2012.
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5. clearlakemike
5:55 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Hello Sandi, yes, I have added new links and photos. Thank you for stopping by. Glad that you enjoyed the photos. The HDR looking one is actually "equalized"...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't... :)
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4. sandiquiz
8:26 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
Well hello ....you keep popping to the top of my favourites... and no comment has been added, but do I detect further photos of the "bridge" ?

Love the one with the flowery bank,and the one that looks like it has been done in HDR :)
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2. clearlakemike
8:19 AM GMT on December 23, 2011
Happy Christmas



Happy Christmas, Sandi :)
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1. sandiquiz
6:54 PM GMT on December 22, 2011
Hi Mike :)

I am going to busy the next couple of days so I am leaving you my Christmas now.

All best wishes to you both for a very happy Christmas.

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