I haven't updated since May because...
I haven't had the time I've been lazy and uninspired since the camera I carry around in my purse hasn't been working, so It's been hard to photo-blog.
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced (under $350.00) digital camera with five or more mega-pixels, good optical zoom, clear close-ups and (MOST important!) quick shutter speed?
I'd like to mention some things I haven't had time to write about in detail -
Agua Dulce Vineyards
Wine Lovers! Have you been out to Agua Dulce Vineyards? It's not far from L.A. and surrounded by horse dotted, rolling hills near Vasquez Rocks. The winery has a wide selection of wines and a great little gourmet shop to buy snacks for a picnic right there, or to savour later.
My husband and I went there one warm, clear day. After tasting their wines and nibbling on cheese and crackers outside in the sun with a view of the vineyards, everything seemed right with the world. The wonders of wine and cheese!
I'd show you pictures, but my camera's broken!
Early one cold, foggy June morning, I had my first lesson with Bob Ellis - surf instructor, ocean philosopher and all around great guy - who owns PTA North Shore Surf shop in Topanga Canyon; he had me up right away. What a blast! My whole life I've lived near oceans, and yet it took me this long to try. Of course, I've got a long way to go to be skilled, but I wanted to thank Bob for, literally, giving me the push. Now I won't just sit on the beach watching my daughter surf. I'll join her.(photo of surf shop - above, right - by Dan Mazur)
I introduced my daughter (on left of pair in photo) to James Dean, one recent afternoon. The Nuart had a double feature of Dean in "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without A Cause." I've seen "Rebel" so many times before, but never in a theater. From my daughter's reaction, James Dean still has the same impact on girls as he did decades ago. And, disturbingly, I kind of related to the parents in "Rebel Without A Cause."
Anyway, I recommend - if you have any favorite old films you've only seen on T.V., Video or D.V.D - checking out theaters like the Nuart every now and then. Seeing them on a movie screen is an entirely different experience.