Wednesday, January 17, 2018


my youngest child's first child born yesterday! pulled this out of a photo my eldest sent to me, and tweaked it up in photoshop.

adjusted + watercolor filter
top layer (opacity 30% in final)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aku in the sun – "highlights & shadows / midtone reduction" – Photoshop

original –

process –


midtones overlay


plus there is another layer in the background which gives the final effect...

Friday, December 23, 2016

photo shoot with some of my instruments

a little photo shoot with some of my instruments today – especially to acknowledge the addition of my new bamboo instruments from Billal Al Shabill (received yesterday)–  karindingcelempung, and toleat (flute) from West Java to California! – pictured here with my hurdygurdy (made in England) and my khomus, custom made for me by Николай Бурцев of Yakutsk in Siberia. The batik in the lower half of the photos was also in my package from West Java. – thank you Billal!

more (on Facebook) –

Robert Cherwink - a little photo shoot with some of my instruments...:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake was on our patio today (30 April 2016)

DON'T KILL SNAKES! Call your local rescue service smile emoticon

Sonoma County Reptile Rescue

#rattlesnake #snakes #reptiles

Friday, October 23, 2015

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly in Northern California - photo taken this summer in the "Bee Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden" that i started in the spring 
(this is an unadjusted photo)


i see that its been quite awhile since i posted anything here! - i will try to put up a few more shots that i have taken over the past couple of years!

Bee-Butterfly-Hummingbird Garden media set on Facebook:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

French Session | Hurdy Gurdy 120411

gaia's garden • santa rosa ca • 11 apr 2012

"We are a talented group of instrumentalists playing the traditional dance music of central France on unusual instruments, including the hurdy gurdy, button accordion, and French bagpipe, as well as the more familiar piano accordion, fiddle, pennywhistle and guitar."

This is delightful folk music from the villages in the center of France, and French villagers have danced to it for hundreds of years. You'll also probably hear some Parisian musette music, which some of us play.

We are a "session", which is not the same thing as a performing band. We don't know in advance what tunes we will play, and we don't rehearse together. Instead, we rely on our musicianship and knowledge of the genre to choose and play tunes on the fly. It's spontaneous, relaxed and participatory. (Talk to Mitch if you play an appropriate instrument and want to participate).

links | see also

Santa Rosa French Folk Music Session
We'll be playing at Gaia's Garden Restaurant, 7-9 PM, on the SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Please try their wonderful international vegetarian buffet while you listen to music you likely won't find elsewhere!

The Hurdy Gurdy Weekly • #HGWeekly

what next - label: Hurdy Gurdy

my hurdy gurdy playlist on YouTube

Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 World Press Photo Contest Winners

2012 World Press Photo of the Year: A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against President Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011. (Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

By the numbers: 5,247 Photographers, 124 Nationalities, 101, 254 pictures. Three hundred and fifty images by 57 photographers of 24 nationalities were awarded prizes in nine categories. To view the entire collection of winning images from the 55th World Press Photo Contest: 2012 World Press Photo. -- Paula Nelson -2012 World Press Photo Contest Winners - The Big Picture -

2012 World Press Photo Contest Winners
View the entire collection of winning images from the 55th World Press Photo Contest. The winners were selected from over 100,000 images submitted to the contest.