Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Lois and I have been enjoying the summer in McMinnville, Oregon in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine region.  It is an area of extraordinary beauty and variety and we are surrounded by over 400 wineries and other extensive agricultural areas.  It has been a relatively cool and dry summer but the rainy season is coming and we will be heading back to Puerto Vallarta for the winter in a few weeks.  Below are some photos of this exceptional area I wanted to share with you.  Hope you enjoy them.  CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER VIEW.

View of a vineyard on Ribbon Ridge in Yamhill County

Reflections - Lake near out home in McMinnville

Aging barn beside the road in Yamhill County

Vineyard after the 2016 harvest

Fall in a vineyard on Ribbon Ridge - 2015

After the harvest - 2015

Abandoned - Black & White 

View of the Valley from Maresh Red Barn Vineyards outside Dundee

View of the vineyards at Maresh Red Barn Vineyards

End of the day in McMinnville

The sunset comes late in June.  Taken at 8:30 pm.

Morning Reflections - 7:45 am

Thanks for looking.  Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Went out for our usual morning walk along the Banderas Bay and we were surprised by the devastation from the storm surge of Hurricane Blanca.  According to people who were there Saturday night, the high waves started around 10:30 pm on and started to get very nasty around 11:00 pm.  We were home asleep (4 blocks from the beach) and had no idea of the damage occurring until we went for our walk at 7:00 am on Sunday morning.  These photos will give you an idea of what occurred.  The eye of the storm was some 800 miles off shore.  One thing to keep in mind:  "Don't Mess With Mother Nature".

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Sleeping near the sand

 Contents of the beach restaurant no longer there

 Heavy concrete upended by the waves

 The sand completely washed away from the footings
of this beach restaurant in front of Vista del Sol

 Strong waves still coming ashore early Sunday morning

Palapas in front of the Sea Monkey.  I believe they were
removed before the storm surge,

 Steps to the beach in front of the Sea Monkey,  Several 
feet of sand was washed back into the bay

 Trash container with a concrete foundation was torn 
loose by the waves

 Waves around 7 o'clock on Sunday morning

 Large rocks on the Malecon near ViteA

 Indicator of the size of the rocks washed up on the Malecon

 Rocks near ViteA

Cleaning up at ViteA shortly after 7 am

 Aftermath of the storm surge near ViteA

 Large pieces of concrete flipped over near the Naval Hospital

 Capstones ripped from the wall along the Malecon

 Damage along the Malecon near the lighthouse

 These capstones weight several hundred pounds each

 Concrete broken loose near the Naval Hospital

 Debris from the storm surge

 ViteA back in business by 7:30 am

 Large waves still coming ashore around 7:30 am Sunday

 Lost of spectators

 Surfers taking advantage of the unusual waves

Another view of the remains of the beach
restaurant in front of Vista del Sol

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


More photos from the colorful cities of Guanajuato, Delores Hidalgo and San Miguel Allende plus views of the extraordinary circular pyramids of Guachimontones.   Beautiful cities with wonderful people.  Hope you can sense the emotion of the people and wonder of these magical cities.


Flower Vendor in Dolores Hidalgo

Door Collection - Delores Hidalgo

Food vendor peering out from her booth - San Miguel

Passing By - San Miguel Allende

A Hat Well Worn - San Miguel Allende
Four Guys In The Doorway - San Miguel Allende

Door Collection - San Miguel Allende

View of San Miguel Allende - HDR
Grooming - A Cowboy in San Miguel Allende

An Afternoon in San Miguel Allende - HDR

Thursday Afternoon in San Miguel Allende - HDR

3:45 PM - San Miguel Allende - HDR

Amigos In The Park - San Miguel Allende
Gentleman in the foreground appears to be
wearing two hats.  All seem to be oblivious
to the lovers in the background.
Corner In San Miguel Allende - HDR

Vendor With Colored Eggs Filled With Confetti -
Day of the Flowers in Guanajuato

Vendor Offering Waffles At the Day
 of the Flowers in Guanajuato

Amazing Potatoes On A Stick At the Day of the
Flowers in Guanajuato -March 27th

A Vendor With Her Offerings - Day of the
Flowers in Guanajuato

SE RENTA - Color in Guanajuato

View From Above the City in Guanajuato

Amigo Sitting In The Shade - Guachimontones

 Window Collection - San Miguel Allende

 View From Above the Main Plaza in Guanajuato

 Post Card of Guanajuato

 Views of Guanajuato

Afternoon Kiss - Guanajuato
 Enjoying Some Ice Cream on the Day
of the Flowers - Guanajuato

 Urban Views In Guanajuato

Doors & Windows - Guanajuato

View of the Landscape and  the Ancient
 Circular Pyramid -Guachimontones
The Largest Remaining Circular Pyramid -