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.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Portland pepper spray incident generates iconic Occupy photo - KDVR

A woman is blasted with pepper spray during Occupy protests in Portland Thursday. (Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian)

Portland pepper spray incident generates iconic Occupy photo - KDVR: The dramatic photo of a young woman getting a blast of pepper spray on her face during a mostly peaceful Occupy protest in Portland is destined to become an enduring image of the national movement...

see also > what next: Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS | Care2 Causes

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WHAT NEXT - new blog


i recently launched a NEW BLOG - a mash up of whats up, what it is, whats more, GlobaLove Think Tank, stuff from my inbox & more - what next RC'S NEWS & RANDOM blog

whats up is now called "nuclear blog" - i started whats up in March of 2011 for miscellaneous news and random postings which don't fall under the photo or art & studies themes of my other two blogs ... includes a number of newsfeeds and a videos page. launched on the day of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

After the first few posts it became basically a news blog about the ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe with related nuclear news and commentary - not so random anymore, and it became progressively more activist...

what next is now where the miscellaneous news and random postings will land, and whats up will remain dedicated to nuclear news

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Mandala Bazaar 2011 - slideshow

slideshow - first draft *

Second Annual Sonoma Mandala Bazaar
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center • September 3, 2011
• Photography by Robert Cherwink

• Soundtrack: Kumoi jishi – “Dance of the Lion in the Clouds” - Shakuhachi played by Elliot Kallen

• Sonoma Mountain Zen Center ~ Genjo-ji • Santa Rosa, CA •

* first draft with my photos only - i plan to do a major edit and add in some of Piotr's photos as well.

Demian Nyoze Kwong and Kwong-roshi kick off the Bazaar

Ten Ten Taiko

See also

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
Sonoma Mandala Bazaar 2011


Mountain Wind
Mountain Wind: Sonoma Mandala Bazaar

what it is: SMZC Mandala Bazaar 2010

whats more -
Workshop at the Zen Center with Issho Fujita

Master of the Shakuhachi and a bit about Zen & Buddhism

Dharma talk - What is “kind speech?"