Friday, August 5, 2011

Picnic at the winery . . . or two.

Wine Tasting at Testaross and Savannah Chanelle

A few friends and I headed to Testarossa Winery.  This was my first visit to this excellent winery in Los Gatos.  The tasting and service was impeccable and I found a favorite;  The 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir!  The blend of berry, pepper and clove was an excellent composition of fruit and spice.

After Testarossa, we headed to Savannah Chanelle Winery for another tasting, a picnic lunch and a few games of Bacce Ball!  the weather was perfect for such an outing and definitely one of my favorites.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Sur camping 2011

Reza, Dante, Bahram, Setareh and Joseph head out to Big Sur Campgrounds for some camping fun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Family Visit

Mary, the kids and I went to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the day.

On the first weekend on Mary's visit, we had the whole family come for a good ol' family BBQ.

The four siblings

A visit to Lake Tahoe was in order.  Mary had never been to Dad's house in Tahoe, so it was a must do trip.

 There is nothing like a home cooked meal!  On one of the nights, we enjoyed the works with Sangria, fried chicken, chocolate cake and a game of scrabble.  I won!

We headed to Half Moon Bay for the 4th of July.

Took some time to take family portraits

  Girls night out with Shermina and friends.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

12th Year Wedding Anniversary

Reza and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary on June 16, 2011 (our actual anniversary is the 19th).  We headed to one of our favorite restaurants in northern California, Manresa in Los Gatos, CA.  

The cuisine was amazing.  We chose the chef's choice menu with wine pairing.  Every dish offered a variety of flavor to the palate; bitter, sweet, sour, salty in just the right combinations.  And the wine, robust, flavorful, earthy.

We enjoyed three hours of fine dining while sitting comfortably in the candle lit ambiance.  Our synopsis: We again give this lovely restaurant a ten out of ten!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Savannah Photography Trek - May 2011

Ready, Set, “Snap.”  
From my perspective, there are two ways to see Savannah; One through the eyes of the beholder and two, through a lens of a camera - both, quite lovely, but viewed very differently.  The two-dimensional world has a different interpretation screaming to be heard.  Walking, treading, striding, and strolling the streets of Savannah lead by mentors Dave Black and Bill Durrance proved to be nothing less than amazing.

On day one, we headed over to Oatland Island Wildlife Center then
       we headed to Bonaventure Cemetery.

     Day one ended with a mentor guided tour through the historical district of Savannah.  

     Day two was no less fantastic.  We headed out at 5 A.M. to Tybee Island Light House before the morning sun emerged from the cloudy horizon.  The glowing light of the lighthouse became the focus of our lenses until the sunrise took front and center. 

From there, the buses took us to Fort Pulaski.  The corridors, rooms, and military details gave us abundant imagery to be captured.  Costumed Civil War models gave us more to work with sending us back in time. 

 Next, we headed to Wormsloe, the avenue of the oaks built in the early 1890’s.  Viewing the visually charming ensemble of trees, my imagination took me along side Ichabod Crane on his way home in the old story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  The symmetry was captivating as we lined up along the road to get that perfect shot. 

After some rest and down time, we headed to our last event of the day: a relaxing riverboat dinner cruise along the Savannah riverfront.  

Day three and the final day of the trek brought us to another early morning.  

As the day progressed, we headed to our last destination; the Davenport House.  Models dressed in costume from the historical 1820’s gave us photographic opportunities within the walls and garden of the property.

     As the program came to a close, I am left with a completely different way of looking at the world.  Not just through a camera, but through the eyes of a photographer.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A day of Sailing

Sailing on the Ella.  April 16, 2011

What an experience!  This was a sailing excursion that demands repetition.

The weather was perfect, with a few scattered clouds and just the right amount of wind.

Meet the dad that started it all!

Lucas, family friend and co-captain

Here we are with the Captain of the Ella, Chris.

I knew this was the right place for me with the good friends, excellent weather, and all the mimosas and appetizers we could consume.

By these smiles, i'd say Gina and Arash are enjoying this as much as I am!

Shaun, Arash, and Reza . . . great view. . . oh, and the background as well.

Here I am with mimosa # . . . well that's not important.

Captain Chris getting the sails ready for the oncoming wind.

. . . and me, not being much help!

Mindy and Shaun enjoying the view.

Reza catching some rays.