Thursday, April 29, 2010

Glazed Over

For those of you in Southern California, I went to Armstrong Nursery today to buy a dwarf rio red grapefruit tree and came away with a glazed pot as well. Seems they are having a 25%-70% off sale on all pots. First day today.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Clean Trees

Our neighbor recently had the three palm trees bordering the back yard trimmed. It got rid of dead growth which can be used as rat's nests.... however I believe the dead fonds gave sanctuary to a fat squirrel that ate all our figs. In any event, the backyard is looking a little cleaner and sleeker.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shooting In Ruth's House

The other night we were shooting a commercial in the Bronx. For a more ethereal feel, there was some clever camera work done by suspending the lens underneath a 12'X12' balloon. We also had a mini helicopter to fly the camera around the stadium. As always, Gus and I found the best vantage point was from the home team dugout.....

First From Haiti

Sam C has arrived in Port Au Prince with some cash we all helped raise to help the guys we worked with rebuild their lives. Sam has sent back a few pictures so far..... It looks like he met everyone in a restaurant and that they had some fun. Old man Donald is still looking as mischievous as ever while big Joe has married and his wife is expecting their first child in five days! Congrats.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Springtime in Brooklyn

Finishing up a two week stint in Brooklyn and I visited the new park on Pier 1 south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Still very much a work in progress but you can see the formations of small canals and vast lawns. The trees are bursting and tulips everywhere.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Secret of Her Picture

I went to the movies last night with MR to see an excellent Argentine thriller, "The Secret of Their Eyes". Lots of twists and turns. Several endings that keep one guessing although I figured out the last surprise. Some great camera work also, featuring a chase through a soccer stadium.
As a pre BDay present, MR gave me my favorite picture from her recent gallery exhibit of Mongolian pictures. The whole show along with stories of the subjects can be seen here

Saturday, April 17, 2010


The mini bush with the pink flowers has been positively ID-ed by GT as Orchid Rockrose. About a third of the bush died away during the unusually cold winter.... but what was left has grown and blossomed beautifully. It's just sad that it only flowers for about 4 weeks.
The tea tree bush has riotous clumps of redness. Very showy in the sunshine.

Monday, April 12, 2010


WL sent some pics of a few new blooms in the front. The lilac is coming to life as are the manzanita and an aromatic sage, both with small white flowers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

London Shoot

I came across a site yesterday that had a bunch of footage we created from our Earl's Court shoot last year. The car company's vision change shortly after the filming ended and our "lifestyle" scenes never made it into any broadcast commercials. A British design company, Broken Antler, has edited several pieces to discuss the design and technological aspects of the new XJ. It was the first time I saw our footage. Not too shabby.
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