Saturday, December 27, 2008

Isabelle and Uncle Kyle on Christmas Eve in our new home.
A rare site - brother and sister actually hugging. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
Isabelle practicing for the 2016 Olympics.
April & Jessica stopped by to visit with us on Christmas Eve.
and it wouldn't be Christmas without a caroler or two :))

Friday, December 26, 2008

Spent the day with some really great friends just walking the local beaches. The weather was nice and the crowds were gone. Tried some different perspectives using my new point and shoot camera (Canon G10).
I like the contrast between the perfectly smooth sand and the incoming water. The foam edge of the water seems to help separate the wet from the dry (not so wet).
As the sun sets the shadows come out to play!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The end of a very nice day!
One of my favorite shots from a Birth To Birthday photo session.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Last Saturday evening Kelly and I and some friends kicked off our holiday season with an annual tradition of attending the Tis' The Season Handbell Carolers variety show. This is our 15th year of enjoying this fantastic show. This is the only time when all of the carolers are together performing for family and friends. After the show, they team in quartets to entertain at venues like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, The Five-Crowns Restaurant, and many other locations. Thank you to all of those who worked so hard to bring us a fantastic show!

Side note: There is nothing really special about this image, other than it was taken with the new Canon G10 point and shoot camera from the back of the auditorium with no flash! This is a great camera and a welcome addition to Kelly's purse.
Yep! Even Elvis was there to help ring in the holidays.

"Ba-ba-ba-blue Christmas..."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On Saturday, my good friend Paul and I attended the Photo Expo West in Del Mar. We met a good number of members from our camera club, purchased some camera gear at great prices, and filled the day with excellent seminars. On Sunday, we spent the day at the San Diego Zoo trying out some of our new gear. Here is one of the many interesting birds we had the chance to photograph. Very beautiful indeed!
Another of the fascinating and beautiful birds at the San Diego Zoo. Check out those eyes!
It's not a trip to the zoo without a photo of those dizzy stripes!
The giraffe must be where the Roman soilders found inspiration for their helmets :)
The various types of monkeys are always a delight to watch. I think this is where we spent most of our time photographing as these little guys enjoy posing for the cameras.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's definitely Fall in the studio with Lacy from our "Birth To Birthday" clients.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Yes, Isabelle was Spider(wo)man last evening. She was ready to save the world!
Stephanie as Medusa!

Monday, October 27, 2008

On our return day from Oregon, we traveled from Highway 101 to Grants Pass, Oregon via Highway 199 (Redwood Highway). We explored around Lake Sumack and found the hills alive with fall colors. The closer we got to Grants Pass the more color filled the moutains.
With only one lone boat on the lake it was obvious that we were witnessing the peace of this place in it's off-season.
Magestic colors filled the landscape!

The neatest thing happened today. We originally planned to take the same route back home, following Highway 101 to Highway 12 and then cut over to Interstate-5 in Stockton. At the last minute we made the decision to take a different route. Reaching Interstate-5 via Grants Pass meant about an additional hour travel time, but we really wanted to take in this scenic drive.

We were about 30 miles west of Grants Pass in the town of Cave Junction, when I suddenly decided to stop for gas in this small town. Being in Oregon the gas is pumped for you by the station employees. This very nice man came over and pumped our gas and washed our windshield. I have to tell you, I got spoiled in Oregon. Full service is not dead! Anyway, back to my awesome day. As I stood there waiting for a full tank of gasoline, the attendant, Pat and I had a very good visit. Talk about God bringing two people together at the right time. Here I am in this small town, on a route I had not planned on taking, getting gasoline at the very station where Pat worked. You see, Pat is from Garden Grove. He and I attended the same elementary school, both attend Calvary Chapels in Orange County, but now Pat and his family live in this beautiful region of Oregon. The purpose of our trip was to photograph Ray & Syliva's wedding at the Calvary Chapel Of The Redwoods in Smith River, California. Pat knows this church very well because just this past Sunday, Pat filled in for the senior pastor who was away on a retreat. The more we talked the more we found in common. It was a blessing to both of us to have this special visit. God brought us together at that moment if only for an encouraging word. We exchanged contact information, and I plan on staying in tough with Pat. Thanks Pat for a great visit!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The reason we traveled to Oregon - Congratulations Ray & Sylvia!
This week, Kelly and I spent a few days on the Southern Oregon Coast where we photographed a friends wedding, but also spent a little bit of time taking in the beauty of the coastal region around Brookings, Oregon. We stayed at this small Bed & Breakfast. The service was outstanding and the owners very personable. This was so much better than a local motel.
Here we have part of the view from the balcony chair of the Bed & Breakfast.
Spectacular views from the rocky beaches north of Brookings, Oregon.
The rough surf and foggy marine layer made this scene a little bit chilling!
*For Sale* slightly weathered used fishing boat, real cheap! Needs some TLC (and lots of duct tape).
I was trying to sneak up on an Egret when I scared the heck out of this duck! He never did take to the air, instead he just ran on top of the water.
We ended each day with an awesome sunset like this one.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The white pelicans have returned to the San Joaquin Wildlife Preserve in Irvine. The pelican count currently for October is at 65, but that number usually grows to about 300 in the next few weeks. SJWP is of course one of my favorite local places to visit.
It's not all pelicans at SJWP, there are plenty of other species to photograph too.
Robert & Amber brought their new baby boy to the studio for some family shots. In an earlier post I mentioned that their new baby was awaiting a name. Well, it is official, this cute little guy has an awesome name - Elijah! Pictured here with Elijah are his brothers Christian, Michael and Damien.
One of a few fun shots!

"What happened to our brother?"
What a wonderful thing it is to ponder upon God's creation!
A few weeks ago I had the privilege to photograph a Multi-Casualty Incident drill conducted by the Garden Grove Fire Department. I was impressed with the precision that these well trained firefighters handled this scenario.
This was a well integrated drill with participants from Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), CERT volunteers, CARE Ambulance and of course the Garden Grove Fire Department.
The scenario was a car struck by a bus, with multiple victims in both the car and the bus. The drill was designed to test a system in place used to coordinate and manage large casualty incident of this nature. It went well.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm a great-uncle for the seventh time! Robert & Amber had their little miracle this morning at about 7:30 AM, weighing in at 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 19 inches long.

Meet: Xavier, Zachary, Evan, Joshua, Caleb, Philip, Darin, Derek, Nathaniel, Gabriel the fourth!

As you can see, the parents are still deciding on a name, but since this is their fourth child, his temporary name is "Quatro."

Congratulations Robert & Amber!

Love,

UG (GUG) & AK (GAK)

XOXOXO :))

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Just a snapshot of a very nice afternoon with granddaughter Isabelle at a park near our home.
Stephanie & Isabelle resting a bit before heading back home.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Today was the annual Eco Fair at Anaheim's Oak Canyon Nature Center. Our camera club set up a display of photographs for the event. Of course, while at the Nature Center, there was time to explore the event and the facility for photographic opportunities, and there were plenty! If you find time next year be sure to check out this FREE event.
There was a good assortment of reptiles on display, and these very large critters made great photo subjects.
One of the wild reptiles enjoying lunch.
Lots of flying critters to photograph!

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Friday, September 05, 2008

My niece stopped by on the way to the hospital to have her maternity photos done. Nothing like waiting until the last minute Amber! God bless as you wait for your little miracle, and the 4th addition to your own basketball team!

Love,

ug
Another great-nephew is on the way!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

In Huntington Beach today, I visited the annual Civil War reenactment. I spent a few hours wandering through the different camps. The participants were very accomodating and welcomed photographs of their period costumes and props. There was a good deal to see with many outstanding displays of historic memorabilia. If you ever have a chance to visit one of these events, I highly recommend it. It is like a living history lesson. There is obviously a lot of effort and time that goes into planning and executing an event like this.


Thank you to the Huntington Beach Historical Society for offering this FREE event to the community.
Preparation for battle! The commander musters the troops for a last minute inspection, then he marches them off to the battle field.