Surfing With Medium Cheese Boards   2 comments

The latest extension of my surfboard line (!) is a medium surfboard. These are 19″ long and 8-1/2″ wide.

Cheese boards? Cutting boards? Sushi boards?

You bet.

Once in a …   Leave a comment

Did you see it?

When we have 2 full moons within a single month, the second full moon is often called a “blue moon.” Hence the phrase, “once in a blue moon.”

Except that’s not right, exactly.

The actual origin of “once in a blue moon” is cited by the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the early 1900s as the just-about-as-rare time that a season has 4 full moons. When that happens, the 3rd of the 4 full moons was called a blue moon. Following the way our calendar works as set out by the Gregorian calendar reform (as we have since 1582), this kind of blue moon only happens in February, May, August and November.

However, the magazine “Sky & Telescope” helped to change that definition when it defined a blue moon as the second in a calendar month … that, in a twist only history can give us, used data received from the editor of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac that used the other definition!

So, whether you subscribe to the ideas of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, or the more popularly accepted but historically poorly edited Sky & Telescope magazine, here’s a picture of last night’s moon.

Some will say it’s a blue moon. Some will say it’s yellow, at least in this picture.

The "blue moon" as seen from the City of Rocks National Monument. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 8/1/15.

The “blue moon” as seen from the City of Rocks National Monument. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 8/1/15.

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Posted August 1, 2015 by henrymowry in Living Life

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From The Vault: The Tubes (1982)   1 comment

Bay Area-based The Tubes started producing theatrical rock & roll long before it was in vogue. They were the band born to make videos for MTV … but they were born just a bit too early.

That left their stage shows as epic events, with acrobats, dancers and other performers joining in the fun on a regular basis.

Their biggest hit to date, “Talk To Ya Later” was a Top 10 hit in 1981, and it was on the strength of that hit that The Tubes played Magic Mountain on October 29, 1982. Still to come was their biggest hit, 1983’s “She’s A Beauty.”

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Posted July 31, 2015 by henrymowry in Photography

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Silhouette   Leave a comment

A beautiful photo of first light at Glacier National Park in Montana. Of the image, photographer Kevin LeFevre says: “While shooting the sunrise at Bowman Lake, we were graced with this meandering doe. I scrambled to change my camera settings to accommodate the movement and pulled off this solitary photo. A once in a lifetime.” While parts of Glacier are closed because of ‪‎Reynolds Creek Fire‬, most of the park remains open, including Bowman Lake area. Photo courtesy of Kevin LeFevre. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/28/15.

A beautiful photo of first light at Glacier National Park in Montana. Of the image, photographer Kevin LeFevre says: “While shooting the sunrise at Bowman Lake, we were graced with this meandering doe. I scrambled to change my camera settings to accommodate the movement and pulled off this solitary photo. A once in a lifetime.” While parts of Glacier are closed because of ‪‎Reynolds Creek Fire‬, most of the park remains open, including Bowman Lake area. Photo courtesy of Kevin LeFevre. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/28/15.

From The Vault: Mel Tillis & Merle Haggard (1982)   Leave a comment

Magic Mountain didn’t just book teen acts … they also brought in Oldies stars like Chuck Berry and The Temptations as well as Country music legends like Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell.

As you might imagine, I was generally too busy to take many pictures (I was running the theater 1979 – 1982, after all!), but I did have a few occasions to use my Nikon D90. On July 31, Mel Tillis was in concert, and on August 1, it was Merle Haggard.

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Heavy Runner Mountain   Leave a comment

Heavy Runner Mountain in Montana's Glacier National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/17 /15.

Heavy Runner Mountain in Montana’s Glacier National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/17 /15.

Colorado National Monument   Leave a comment

Colorado National Monument has experienced some intense thunderstorms this month, making for some dramatic photos. This amazing shot by Bob Ingelhart from July 10 captures a lightning storm overlooking Monument Canyon. Photo courtesy of Bob Ingelhart. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/22/15.

Colorado National Monument has experienced some intense thunderstorms this month, making for some dramatic photos. This amazing shot by Bob Ingelhart from July 10 captures a lightning storm overlooking Monument Canyon. Photo courtesy of Bob Ingelhart. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/22/15.

The Falls   Leave a comment

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the U.S. This iconic waterfall can be seen from many places around the Yosemite National Park’s Yosemite Valley, but nothing compares to seeing the waterfall up close. Michael Bonocore took this breathtaking photo of his friend Tessa Kit from the base of Yosemite Falls at the end of May. Photo courtesy of Michael Bonocore. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/16/15.

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the U.S. This iconic waterfall can be seen from many places around the Yosemite National Park’s Yosemite Valley, but nothing compares to seeing the waterfall up close. Michael Bonocore took this breathtaking photo of his friend Tessa Kit from the base of Yosemite Falls at the end of May. Photo courtesy of Michael Bonocore. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 7/16/15.

From The Vault: Bow Wow Wow (1983)   Leave a comment

Bow Wow Wow took the stage at the Magic Mountain Showcase Theater on April 30, 1983. Their hit was 1982’s iconic “I Want Candy,” and I’m certain that Annabella Lwin sported the finest (and first) mohawk to grace the main stage at the park.

This night was such a party!

From Wikipedia:

English new wave group Bow Wow Wow released their version as the first and only single from their EP The Last of the Mohicans. For many in America, “I Want Candy” was their first introduction to young lead singer Annabella Lwin and the band. The song barely scraped the Top 50, but became an enduring new wave classic. The song gave its name to the band’s 1982 release, I Want Candy, which was mainly a compilation, but included a couple of new cuts produced by Kenny Laguna (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts).

The enduring popularity of Bow Wow Wow’s recording is partly due to the memorable video that got heavy play in the early days of MTV. This recording is highly associated with 80’s pop music.

The Bow Wow Wow recording appeared on two VH1 countdowns:

  • 86 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”

  • 8 on VH1’s “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s”

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Sunset at Saguaro National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/15/15.

Sunset at Saguaro National Park. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 7/15/15.

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