Keep CALM and enjoy the lights

Posted in Events, family, outdoors, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , on January 22, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Still playing catch-up on my posts. So this is from Christmas. A bunch of the family headed out to C.A.L.M – California Living Museum for their annual fundraiser/ Christmas light show. I think C.A.L.M is great here’s a quick quote from their website-

Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, CALM displays and interprets native California animals, plants, fossils, and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research.

And I love going out there to see the animals but the Christmas lights are fun too and make for some interesting photos.

Bright lights in the woods!

Bright lights in the woods!

CALM

CALM

Calm Lagoon

Calm Lagoon

There was plenty of hot cocoa and kettle-corn and the kids really enjoyed the train and merry go round. It made for a very fun outing.

Michael on merry go round

Michael on merry go round

 

Here Comes the Parade

Posted in Events, Photography, Travel with tags , , , on January 10, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Marching Band

Marching Band

My apologies- this is a belated post, I was hoping to catch up on my posting during the winter school break, but since the switch from Bakersfield College to Cal State only left me with a week and a half off things piled up quickly. I’m back in school, fighting off a cold and hoping to get some posts done before the homework assignments pile up. Going back to November I managed to make my way downtown for Bakersfield s Veterans day parade and take a few pictures. In fact I got carried away and took more then a few which is why it took me so long to edit them all.

Between the various military organizations and their impressive floats and vehicles, most of the areas middle schools and high schools marching bands turned up which made for a very entertaining morning. There were also car clubs, horse riders and of course since this is Bakersfield an off road club that entertained everyone by driving up each others tires as they went.

Hot rod

Hot rod

 

Beardsley marching band

Beardsley marching band

I hear these guys practicing down the street from my home all the time- nice to see them in performance :)

Hmmm-get a lot of naked folks leaning on your truck do you?

Hmmm-get a lot of naked folks leaning on your truck do you?

Parade Float

Parade Float At least they seem to be enjoying themselves!

Climbing tires

Climbing tires

Eventually it was time for me to depart as I’d agreed to join my parents for Lunch at Milts diner (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the diner) So I made my way out of downtown but it was quite a parade.

Toy Run

Posted in Events, motorcycle, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Early morning motorcycles, Toy run

Early morning motorcycles, Bakersfield Toy run

I dragged myself out of bed this cold foggy morning to join in with (what one tv station reported at least) 6000 other bikers for the ride over to the fairgrounds to deliver toys and donations to the Salvation army.

Did I mention it was foggy?

Did I mention it was foggy?

I was glad I got up early as I got a nice spot up near the front of the lineup and enjoyed a cup of coffee provided by wonderful volunteers while I checked out some of the bikes.

 

Santa!

Santa!

 

 

Snowman in Bakersfield?

Snowman in Bakersfield?

People went all out and there were all sorts of decorations and everything from huge cruisers to little trail bikes. Even some very cool custom cars. Cruising through town while folks cheered and police held the intersections was fun. The food and festivities at the fair were great too. Look forward to next year, hope to do it again.

Arriving at the fairgrounds

Arriving at the fairgrounds

Bikes

Bikes

Lots more pictures at http://captnemo.smugmug.com/Events/Cars-shows-and-events/2014-Toy-Run/

FOXY

Posted in outdoors, Photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

 Santa Cruz Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis ssp. santacruzae)

Channel Island Fox – Santa Cruz Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis ssp. santacruzae)

My apology for the lack of posts lately- it’s been a busy semester at school- homework takes precedence but I should have plenty to post about once schools out. In the meanwhile I was pleasantly surprised to receive this e-mail :

Thanks for agreeing to share your photo! Your photo will be highlighted as National Geographic’s Great Nature Project Pic of the Day on December 3rd. You will be able to view your picture on the Great Nature Project website (http://greatnature.education.nationalgeographic.com), as well as on the NG Education Facebook page.

Afterwards, you’ll be able to see your photo for about a month in the Pic of the Day Collection (http://greatnature.education.nationalgeographic.com/collections/12). We are excited to share your beautiful work! Thanks again for contributing to The Great Nature Project!

 

This in regards to the pictures of a Channel Island Fox I had posted on Inaturalist.org. You can see the posting on inaturalist at http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/766586 or view all my photos of the trip here http://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Channel-Islands/

 

 

California Dreaming

Posted in motorcycle, outdoors, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , on September 20, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

California Dreams

California Dreams

Well schools back in full swing so between class, work and homework I’m keeping pretty busy. Before the semester started though I managed yet another trip to the coast to escape the heat and hang out at the beach for awhile. It was lovely riding the motorcycle with a cool breeze for a change.

surfs up

surfs up

Pismo

Pismo

Beach

Beach

 

I spotted this neat old bike in a window when I stopped to grab something to eat.

Thor

Thor

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset

 

Woof

Woof

A great day at the beach.

Surfer at the Beach sunset

Beach sunset

 

What excitement?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

thecaptainnemo:

I’ve started a new blog to repost some of my old cartoons (and maybe some new ones) about working offshore as a commercial diver:

Originally posted on The Depth Defying Adventures of Captain Nemo:

TheDepthDefyingAdventuresofCaptNemo

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Good to be underground again

Posted in Caving, motorcycle, outdoors, Photography, reptiles, Travel, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Leigh in the Cave

Leigh in the Cave

Not so windy weekend wandering around wonderful winding passages.

This cave has long been  high on my list of places I wanted to visit but somehow my schedule never coincided with a trip. This year I was happy to see that the trip would take place during summer break when I would be able to go.

I was also excited as I haven’t had an opportunity to go caving as much as I’d like since moving down to Bakersfield. It was a bit of a ride on my motorcycle to the meeting spot in Columbia but I made it easy by spending the night in Ceres so it was just a short ride in the morning. There I was happy to see Kip pull up as I always enjoy going caving with him. right behind him pulled in Ben and Leigh who I had previously caved with at Millerton and our fearless leader Martin.

 

Martin poses beneath some formations

Martin poses beneath some formations

We all climbed into two vehicles for the drive up to the cave. After a short hike we reached the cave. Martin gave us a rundown on the history of the cave. It was interesting to hear it had been re-opened as recently as the 70’s then sealed closed and re-opened again in the late 90’s. Hopefully the current restrictions on visitation will continue to keep the cave in it’s beautiful condition. Speaking of which I had a horrible time deciding where to take pictures as there was enough formations and decorated passageways to keep me busy for a day or two but Martin had said we would be spending 6 or seven hours in the cave and had a couple of projects to complete while there.  Once we had the gate open I rigged the rope while Martin got the supplies ready for these projects. Kip climbed down to open the lower gate and we were ready to go caving.  Right near the bottom of the drop Ben and Kip spotted a newt (probably Taricha torosa sierrae – Sierra Newt

Correction thanks to inaturalist.org I now know it was a Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii) both are salmanders but then newts and ensatinas branch from there.

Not a newt- Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Not a newt- Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

 

I took a couple of pictures then shooed him off to the side of the passage so we would be sure not to step on him upon our return. The next main room we entered had lots of nice stalactites and soda straws so I happily set about taking pictures. Martin had brought along string and flags which we used to mark some of the more sensitive areas of the cave so hopefully future trips will not disturb them.  We continued to the area of the cave where the lions tales formations are located and I was excited to photograph them. Of course my flashes promptly ceased to function. After a few minutes of fiddling with them I discovered that the batteries in one had leaked, possibly due to overheating on the motorcycle trip up. A quick change of batteries and they still weren’t working. I was puzzled till Martin suggested checking the settings and sure enough during the battery change a flash had switched to an auto mode instead of manual. Yeah I was back in business. I finished taking a couple pictures of the lions tails and then carefully proceeded to a sensitive area where we took off our helmets in order to protect the fragile formations. Returning to the main junction we had a break for lunch then I opted to stick around and take pictures of helectites while the others checked out the rest of the cave. On the way out we stopped and Martin had a final project to complete- the lower ladder had become a little shaky as its bottom support had cracked. He successfully drilled a hole in the ladder and support then connected them securely with a bolt.

Lions tail

Lions tail

Kip admiring stalactites

Kip admiring stalactites

helectites

helectites

After exiting the cave, securing the gate and returning to Colombia we realized it was too late too make it to the restaurant for dinner and as both Martin and I had lengthy drives ahead of us we all loaded up in our respective vehicles and headed for home. Another great trip  in the Motherlode.

Arriving at Columbia on my Motorcycle

Arriving at Columbia on my Motorcycle

 

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