Fishing for fun way back then

What did folks do for fun “back then.” There are lots of books and pictures demonstrating the harshness of life. But fun? There are a few pics of works picnics. In Fort Bragg there were dances most Saturday nights. We know there were brothels and bars. We know there was hunting for deer and bear. But fishing? These are the first pics I have collected showing men fishing. I can’t tell when the pics were taken or where. They are sepia so the chances are they are late 1800s or early 1900s.

Intense concentration from this guy

Intense concentration from this guy

No luck - taking a break

No luck – taking a break

A tall tale?

A tall tale?

Big trees

I have a large collection of pics of big trees. The big ones fascinate me. My book collection – now part of the Club’s library – contains all the big tree books I have come across since I moved here in 2000. Before 2000 I was an urbanite and did not know of the majesty of the “big one”. Enough of my claptrap here are pics that I particularly like:

[Click on any pic to see the gallery and pics full size.]

Noyo Coastgurad in Heavy Seas – Photos by R L Vargas

Winter here in Fort Bragg on the northern coast of California can be very stormy with heavy seas. Our coastguard is the only coastguard from San Francisco to Eureka – a long stretch of coast.

My previous post featured photos by R L Vargas. Twas he who took these three photos of the coastguard operating in stormy seas. Click on a photo to see full size.

Coastguard leaving Noyo harbour

Coastguard leaving Noyo harbour

Coastguard leaving the breakwater in Noyo harbour

Coastguard leaving the breakwater in Noyo harbour

Coastguard in open water

Coastguard in open water

Great photos.

Birds of the Mendocino Coast – Photographs by R L Vargas

I am not a twitcher, I mean I know a sparrow from an ostrich but not a whole lot more. I do know that the Mendocino Coast is regarded as a through way for migrating birds – which means a lot of different birds appear here.

One man who does know more than I is R. L. Vargas. His photos are “regulars” on Lynn Catlett’s Facebook page, “You know you are from Mendocino if ……… ” Here’s a few of his really cool photos to give you an idea of what I am sure I have seen. Click on any pic to see full size.

The Big RiverMaru – a stern driven paddle wheeler operated by the Mendocino Lumber Company on Big River

Sadly I can’t find out too much about her. Here’s what I know:

The first Maru was built by John Peterson. He named her the ”Maru” after seeing the word on Japanese boats thinking it was a pretty name. The Maru’s job was to bring rafts of logs to the mill from the boom. On social occasions in summer, picnickers would ride the Maru up Big River, courtesy of the lumber company.

The Big River Maru was launched at the Mendocino Lumber Company mill on June 13, 1900 without fanfare. The stern wheeler was 40 feet long, 16 feet wide and approximately 3 feet high, with a flat bottom. A stern driven paddle wheel was its motive power. A licensed engineer was required to run the Maru. The Big River Maru was used to drive log rafts, break up logjams and ferry workers and logging camp residents up and down river. She had a licensed captain and first engineer. The engineer was George Jarvis and Phil Goodhart was the fireman.

On December 6, 1919 The new Maru, Big River #2 was launched at the mill. Its designer and builder was, again, John Peterson. The principal difference between the new craft and the old one was the shed roof over the paddle wheel. On December 29, 1919 The new Big River Maru #2, made a fast run to the Boom, taking 25 minutes on a slack tide. Some of its remains still rest in the north bank mudflat, across the river from Iron Pin Hole.

Here are the pics I have found [Click on the pics to see full size]:


Planet Jupiter: Spectacular picture of Jupiter’s storms

I’m a space pics freak – I admit it! This Beeb (BBC) item is simply spectacular. Here’s the blurb that goes with the fab pic:

This beautiful picture of Jupiter was assembled from three separate images acquired by Nasa’s Juno spacecraft as it made another of its close passes of the gas giant. The probe has a colour camera onboard and citizen scientists are encouraged to play with the data to make their own views of the planet. This one, which is colour-enhanced, was produced by Kevin M Gill.

The US space agency has dubbed it “Jupiter Marble” – a reference to the full disc pictures of Earth captured by satellites down the years that have been called “Blue Marble”.

The Jupiter mosaic includes shots taken between 26,900 km and 95,400 km from the planet’s cloud-tops. It gives a great view of southern hemisphere storms and of the famous Great Red Spot. This spectacular anticyclone, which has been in existence for hundreds of years, is gradually having its secrets revealed by the Juno mission. The probe has already established that its roots extend at least 350 km down into the atmosphere. Scientists hope their various investigations will reveal the key mechanisms that drove the spot and keep it from dissipating.

The Juno mission operates a raw image site where amateur processors can get involved.”

Double click on the image to see it in its munificence.



Getting a sense of the size of Train Mountain – the world’s largest 7 1/2 inch railroad at Chiloquin in Oregon

Whilst in bed watching the lack of stars through the skylight last evening it struck me that the vid I posted in the previous blog didn’t really give credit to the vastness of Train Mountain. A brief prod on the keyboard and the Internet coughed up two vids that tell the “size” story.

The first vid is a drones eye view taken by Aaron Bentsen of 7idea Productions.

I have been lucky enough on my visits to ride to the four corners of Train Mountain. My ride lasted three hours and I didn’t see it all. This vid condenses a four hour vid into eighteen minutes. Hold onto your seat ‘cos you hurtle around the bends and come to abrupt stops at the signals. Whilst it may not look like it I promise you you are NOT going over the same track twice.

Wonder how big a replica Z scale layout of Train Mountain wouild be????? Hmmmmm!