Route 66: Stopping By The Bottle Tree Ranch in Helendale, Calif.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in art, culture, environment, photography, travel | No Comments

I made a short trip this afternoon to the famed Bottle Tree Ranch in Helendale, Calif., one of any number of Route 66 roadside attractions that dot the Mojave Desert landscape. Elmer Long, age 68, began creating the numerous metal and glass sculptures that dot his property shortly before he retired from the nearby Riverside […]

Rendezvous Back to Route 66: Car Culture Lives On in San Bernardino

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | One Comment

Car shows are all about walking, looking at, into and under the hoods of cars, admiring all the hard work automotive aficionados have put into their vehicles on display. It’s a good challenge to find telling pictures among all the chrome, color and other distractions. Today I visited the Rendezvous Back to Route 66 car show held at […]

Travel Light: Nat Geo Lists Top 10 Compact Cameras

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in culture, photography, technology, travel | No Comments

Nothing makes travel more unpleasant than carrying too much stuff, and that really applies to camera equipment. Too many of my vacations have turned into freight-handling exercises simply because I carried too much or the wrong type of camera gear. Editors at National Geographic have compiled a list of their top 10 picks for travel cameras. […]

Think Tank Photo: New Mirrorless Mover Grey Bags

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | No Comments

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced they have released a new color, Heather Grey, in its popular Mirrorless Mover collection of bags for mirrorless systems.  Four sizes of bags offer a wide choice; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless […]

Chick Flair: Local Recording Artist Releases 2nd Album

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in art, culture, news, photography | No Comments

Highland singer/songwriter Roxie Jane Barnett, above, performed a free concert for local fans tonight to mark the release of her new album, “Chick Flair,” in the parking lot of Citrus Plaza in Redlands. I remember seeing Barnett some years ago when she performed during a Beattie Middle School talent night. This tentative young woman, dwarfed by […]

NOS Beer Fest: Suds & Songs On A Hot Afternoon

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in art, business, culture, photography | 2 Comments

The National Orange Show in San Bernardino hosted their first annual Beer Fest and Homebrew Competition yesterday. Some 20 microbreweries, from all over Southern California, gathered to share their concoctions with beer aficionados.  Attendees gathered in the shade of the eucalyptus trees near the lagoon and enjoyed music by EMI recording artist Kelleigh Bannen, (pictured), […]