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Come Get Your Dance On and Win Big…

The Green String Farm Band is going all out, in their very best Christmas sweaters, at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma, tonight, December 20th, at 6 pm.

It promises to be a really good time and very family friendly. Raffle prizes will be given away all night… which means you will have a chance to win your very own bottle of Arann’s homemade, super hot, Strong Sauce, Green String Farm Band t-shirts and CD’s… all of which make great stocking stuffers.

Hope to see you there.

That’s What It’s All About…

Congratulations to Andy and Molly… another Walker Creek Ranch dating success story.

Walker Creek Ranch is an outdoor science school in Marin County where fifth and sixth graders come for a week as their big school trip of the year. At the Ranch there are 10 Naturalists who are in charge of teaching the students science through experiential education, which means learning by digging in the mud for insects at the pond, identifying native plants while hiking, singing about the food chain at campfire and tasting biodiversity at the garden.

These 10 Naturalists, usually young, smart, attractive, and ecologically minded people all live in a communal space called the Naturalist Lodge. When I was first introduced to the Walker Creek and the Naturalist Lodge, I could not understand how there could be so many attractive people with similar interests, yet there were no good gossipy love stories… well… it didn’t take long before I learned that I was wrong.

Since my year at Walker Creek in 2002, there have been 5 Walker Creek couples to get married, including Arann and me. In fact, Susie and Walter’s wedding was the very first wedding of my photography career. I’ll have to dig those photos out, it was back in the days before digital photography and blogging, well for me anyway.

But Andy and Molly are the first Walker Creek couple, that I know of, who actually got married at Walker Creek Ranch. And, wow, was it fun.

It was a huge reunion of multiple generations of Walker Creekers, which means a whole lot of people who just want to be outside in the sun and dancing, dancing, dancing. Their wedding was a good reminder of what weddings are supposed to be about, including but not limited to the Hokey Pokey, especially if it is a barn shaking version by the Green String Farm Band.

To read how the economic crisis in California is affecting outdoor education and the amazing community of Walker Creek please click here.

I don’t care just where you go… as long as it’s with me…

…And I don’t mind just what you do,

as long,

as long as it’s with me,

too.

Happy Birthday to my favorite dancer, singer, chef, chicken, fire starter, hot skater guy, farmer, camp counselor, rock star, hiker, kick-baller, traveler, sunflower, model and best friend.

For your birthday, first something new….

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And something old…

I am doing the dance for you right now in Minneapolis. New rule, no more birthdays apart ever again… deal?

Portrait Practice…

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I am trying to do a better job of slowing down and really looking when I take portraits: looking at lines, framing and as always… light.

It is really convenient that I have a built-in model who can really benefit from having fun photos. Arann is always eager to have more photos for his band, The Green String Farm Band. And so when he had a video shoot at the Green String Farm, for the Press Democrat’s Butter and Egg Day promotion, I decided to come along with my Rolleiflex, just in case.

And well, just-in-case, turned into a ‘just-can’t-stop’ obsession. As we were waiting for the film crew to arrive, I just started taking photos… and then I couldn’t stop. Everyone who was in the vicinity became my model, like it or not. Some people multiple times… and some people weren’t people at all.

I was out of color film, and it had been awhile since I concentrated on black and white. For some reason I have been in love with color lately. And so when the fog started to roll in and the diffused the sun combined with the polka-dot and stripe sister duo below, I was really bummed not to have color film.

But after seeing the negatives, I am happy I had to return to the simplicity of black and white film… no distractions, and no relying on color to make the photo… it has to be about the basics and then you can add color… so it’s a good thing I am practicing… lines, framing, light… repeat.

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Happy Birthday Chicken Man… I hope your next decade is full of lots of golden egg laying feathered friends and no bobcats.

The Honeymoon is Over…

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The honeymoon is over…  and it is back to work for Arann and the Green String Farm Band.

They are getting serious about music and that means… more songs about chickens, a blog, a website, hot sauce, business cards, t-shirts, sweatshirts and very exciting secret musical instruments.

Want to know what the secret musical instrument will be?

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Well, I can’t give the secret musical instrument away here… but it is going to be awesome!

Stay tuned to find out the secret very soon.

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(Digital photos versus Rolleiflex photos once again. My conclusion between the two: for musical gigs, they both have their benefits.)

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