Saturday, August 30, 2014

Picture of the Day - Cthulhu Cactus

I do not know the common name or scientific name for this plant but I prefer Cthulhu Cactus for obvious reasons to those who are "Cthulu Aware". I captured this image on the grounds of Dallidet Adobe & Gardens today. Read more about my day at Dallidet HERE
Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

My First Dallidet Day

Today I finally had the privilege of working a wedding at Dallidet Adobe & Gardens near downtown San Luis Obispo. I had seen it on the Vino Vice work schedule many a time but others always got the job... until today... and it was well worth the wait. Being a history buff and history major I was delighted to be working 5-1/2 hours on such a historic site which I have not even known existed before this year. The history of this site is actually rather fascinating... and unexpected. The staff on-site I worked with today were delightful, both venue and wedding. By the way, be sure to check out my photo of a "Cthulhu Cactus" I encountered on the grounds here today.

I have been driving within a block of this gate for years and had no idea this place even existed.
I would love to do a history internship here... and someday get married here.
These are actually old mill stones from the 19th Century... or even perhaps the 18th.
That structure is an old train station... but that Ramona is not the one in Southern California.
What a quintessentially California sight: an orange tree, date palm tree, coast redwood, and whatever that thing is to the right whose name I am not drawing a blank. Anywho, only here will one likely see such a mix.
This coast redwood is my favorite type of tree and this individual is about 130 yeas old.
Here is the reason I was here today: a cute and quirky little wedding with plenty of charm.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Friday, August 29, 2014

Special 17th Street Gang Family Feast

This evening my church family got together for a special meal out at the home of my church home group's leader couple (Ted & Janet) up Hog Canyon Road in the Estrella area northeast of Paso Robles, CA. I have affectionately christened my adoptive family the "17th Street Gang" since the regular host couple (Kevin & Heather) live on that street here in Paso Robles. Below are several images I captured before dark.

Note: I wish to convey my deepest thanks to Ted & Janet for most graciously hosting us and to everybody there for their contribution to our collaborative feast, but especially those who brought main course type things or made something themselves. Special props go to Janet's most amazing lemonade which had it been alcoholic I would now be in a blackout. I also thank Marty & Karen for allowing me to join their carpool. Also, thanks for all the food all of you sent home with me. I'm set for days now!

This is the view south and down-canyon from the hillock upon which we spent the evening.
This was the greater part of the 17th Street Gang in attendance this evening (+ 2 guests) although we were missing several pieces.
This was the start of a splendid sunset sequence this evening.
The clouds this evening had a subtly autumn appearance which combined with my noticing the change in the angle and intensity of the Sun in recent days in the context of my mild S.A.D. sobered me just a tad.
I used to photograph more sunsets in my "lost years" when I was oft driving home at dusk from an adventure whereas nowadays I'm usually not in position to capture a sunset from an unobstructed viewpoint given I live downtown Paso Robles.
Gary & Terry (of Gary's Original Sandwich fame in Atascadero in the 1990's) joined us tonight although they are not regulars but after tonight's vittles that might change I hope. Ted is working his grill magic.
The crescent moon combined with the clouds and setting sun made for an exquisite sunset.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Nights Of Wine, Quakes & Power Flashes

Just now and while up again into the middle of the night I found this remarkably interesting and badassedly cool collection of security camera footage from the Napa Valley Wine Train showing the effects of the South Napa Earthquake earlier this week upon not only that rail facility but also the general area within view of the cameras. The coolest feature of this footage (to me) are all the power flashes mixed in with power outages captured in this remarkable series of video recordings.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Facehugs For Everyone!

I had seen this before on Facebook and had forgotten it until I saw it again yesterday so this time I'm sharing it with you and now it will be someplace I can easily reference it when I wish to do so. If you do not "get it" it is a reference to the Alien movie franchise.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Wacky Kiler Canyon Wednesday

This morning I joined my Kiler Canyon Farm family for the weekly harvest after missing it last week. Below is a photographic record of today's harvest morning.

There are actually several people hidden in that amaranth in the middle distance...
...there were four to be exact.
The flowers were out in full force today.
I believe I am starting to fall in love with amaranth.
View back at the farm structures from the amaranth patch.
Dan, guest Randall, and Kaleen.
From left both farmers and guests alike: Genevive, Randall, Quill, Claire, Kaleen, and Chaponica.
The packing shed.
Partially-filled share baskets.
Now with carrot bunches added.
Salsa baskets
Dan putting the finishing touches on breakfast with Tequila conducting quality control operations from the floor.
Dan The Man around the time he said I was an easy mark... but forgot the man with the camera has the last word.
The harvest congregation congregating.
From left: Chaponica, Claire, Quill, Genevive, Elsie, and Kaleen.
Tequila being Tequila
Back to work after breakfast.
"Where we going next, Daddy?"
Getting the lids on at the end can get interesting given how much gets crammed in the share baskets.
Claire and Chaponica bringing baskets for Kaleen to load inside while I do nothing to help.
3/4th of the core crew from left: Kaleen, Chaponica, and Quill.
Tequila was all over the place today.
Basket case veggies were fed to the pigs....
... by guest Elsie.
This is the stud pig of the farm... and he knows it.
Three species here: porcines, bovines, and McNuggets.
Quill's legendary SideGlanceStinkEye.
Before today I had never seen a treehouse suspended by straps.
The harvest posse unwinding at the end.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

From Canada With Love

In light of the fact that Russia is today allegedly invading Ukraine (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, BUT...) and a lot of the news media don't seem too excited about reporting it perhaps because it exposes the abject fecklessness of the President they helped elect and reelect the image below is particularly humorous and comes courtesy of our Canadian neighbors to the north by way of their NATO delegation and appears on its Twitter page along with the following Tweet:
"Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering "
For more about this funny side-story check HERE.