I received a message on my phone asking about family and toddler portraits and I was kind of surprised, since I stopped advertising portrait services several years ago. I had to listen to the message several times to catch the name of the person inquiring, and then I realized it was Michelle who I had taken her senior photos and then later she modeled for my Pirating Under a Full Moon shot.
In fact, by an odd coincidence, it was 7 years to the day that we shot Pirating Under a Full Moon when she called.
We scheduled a family shoot at the South Spit beach where I shot her senior portrait photos. They met us in Ferndale, and as we drove over to Loleta, it kept getting foggier and foggier. We shot some photos at the beach, hoping the fog would lift, but instead it kept getting even foggier, until we finally gave up.
Plan B became traveling back to sunny Ferndale, where we shot down in the creek in our backyard. Trying to get a toddler to pose can be challenging, especially when mom is on the other side of the creek. Bricen lost his pants after attempting to cross the creek, and after mom calmed him down we tried again.
It was nice catching up with Michelle and meeting her family, and we got lots of great photos both at the beach and in the creek, but this one was my favorite by far.
Labor Day in Ferndale saw a new event this year, a Concourse d’Elegance, held on Main Street. FVFD displayed (but not entered) our 1923 American LaFrance and next to is a 1928 Pierce Arrow Series 36.
There weren’t as many entries as I had hoped for, but it still made for a nice day walking up and down Main Street.
No, not that Clear Lake. This is really just a little pond that goes by that name. It is located a short distance off of Route 1 in the South Fork Mountains. After the large forest fire up there in August of 2015, I wasn’t sure if this pond would still be as pretty as it was, but I decided to find out.
I brought Margo along to model. Margo has modeled for me for several years, and her years of ballet training always provide some very graceful poses.
I was happy to see that this pond escaped the ravages of the fire that destroyed much of the ridge line.
My friend Tom Morrin has a new venture, Socks for Hocks, and he needed some photos for his website. He is selling a line of socks, halters and other products to help horse owners protect their horses from flies.
This year, the Ferndale Dance Academy did a revival of La Marionette for their annual spring performance. For the last 13 years Aesthetic Design & Photography has been a sponsor of their production and I have donated taking their publicity and production photos.
Usually my favorite photos come from the Level III dancers, and it’s always exciting seeing them progress every year. But this year my favorite photo comes from one of the very young dancers. I just loved her expression and perfect poise in this photo.
Most of the time, Williams Creek, which runs through my back yard, is the cause of headaches. In the winter it tends to flood, and the rest of the year, I’m pulling the weeds or cleaning up the silt that the winter floods brought. But every once in a while, I take a break from my chores and visit the creek when the water flow is down.
When ever I do take the time to enjoy it, I come away marveling that here, right in my back yard is scenery that other people go on vacation to see. I spent Memorial Day hiking around the banks and in the creek bed. I saw an eel, discovered a new plant, California Manroot, growing on one bank, took both detail shots and panoramas, such as this view of the creek bed, which is like a miniature Fern Canyon.
Well I missed a few POTM postings because Christmas day an Eel River Disposal garbage truck pulled out right in front of me while I was riding the KLR650. I was lucky I didn’t actually hit the garbage truck, but I did injured my foot and ribs in the crash that ensued while trying to avoid doing a Wiley Coyote impersonation. So while I was recuperating from the injuries I wasn’t able or interested in going out to take photos.
This month I was finally able to get out, and after many postponements for bad weather, Mo and I finally found a nice evening to take some photos at the South Spit in Loleta. While doing our Victorian shoot in December, Mo demonstrated her awesome flexibility, so I wanted to do a shoot with her based on some of her yoga and gymnastic moves.
After numerous unplanned expenses (medical, floods, home break-in, etc.) it became necessary to get a second job to help get out of debt. I got a job with CAE Transport, driving a Dial-A-Ride bus. Most of my day is spent avoiding crazy drivers, bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians in Eureka. But once in awhile I get to go for a nice drive in the country. Here my bus is posing in front of the covered bridge on Zanes Rd. in Elk River.
During Ferndale’s hospitality night, Lori and I made our usual rounds of our favorite stores in Ferndale, and one that has always enchanted us, even before we moved here, is the Golden Gait mercantile store.
Filled with all kinds of wonderful merchandise downstairs, including my favorite brand of licorice, the Golden Gait is always a wonderful place to stop in and shop or just browse. If you do, don’t miss the trip upstairs, where there are displays of vintage store windows with mannequins wearing true vintage clothes, and many, many vintage items displayed around them.
In one window I noticed a really nice pair of Victorian shoes, and since I had a shoot planned with Mo, who has really tiny feet, I asked the owner, Julie Knowles (no relation) if I could borrow those shoes for the shoot. She graciously loaned them, and I’m so glad because they added so much to the shoot. We have some reproduction shoes, but they’re not like the wonderful button down shoes I was able to use. Having the right shoes makes my “soiled dove” image look far more believable.
I recently started working a second job as a paratransit driver for City Ambulance in Eureka. This is the first time I’ve commuted to a job in over 30 years, so that is a big change. I do enjoy the drive to Eureka though, as it’s a beautiful driver through Ferndale and up 101.
One morning this month I was doing my normal commute when I noticed this very weird cloud formation. I had never seen such a straight edged cloud before. It made me think of Dr. Who, where there are rips in the universe. I watched for aliens the rest of the way to work but didn’t see any, and I didn’t hear of any cities being destroyed either, so maybe it was just a cloud.