Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chicken Thigh Paella

We got a big patch of thighs yesterday.  WL made an excellent salsa chicken dish.  Today, I put the reminder in a paella.

Banco in Situ

Friday, July 29, 2016

Paparazzi On The Beach

We were shooting on the beach in Santa Monica yesterday.  The model was unknown to me but the paparazzi certainly knew her.....
Simone took a snap of our lighting rig with me standing by to direct it.

Unauthorized photos here

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sand Fire

We finished working in Pacoima yesterday and a brush fire over the mountain and along the 14 Fwy was just getting started.  Called the Sand Fire, I grabbed a pic as I drove home along the 210 Fwy. The moon last night was a vivid orange.  This morning, the sun was blotted out by the smoke.  It's leaving soot and grime on the cars.  The mountains are not visible.  The bottom map shows the areas affected by this smoke.  The only good thing is that this cover should throttle back a scorching heat that was to plague us today.

Updates here

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dirty Dog

Time for a bath

Scared Dog

The fireworks continue in the neighborhood.  Banco has resorted to camping out behind the womb chair for solace.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Saber Time

Natalie tries out her new and engraved wedding present whilst her bride of several weeks clutches the cava.

4th of July Chemistry Lesson

The science behind those pretty colors here

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Weekend Dog Remembered

It's been two years since we lost Seven.  Sometimes it still feels like yesterday.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

First Bud

I came back from Phoenix to a bud on the new Santa Teresa Lemon tree. The 100 plus degree weather a few weeks ago sun burned some of the leaves, so we rigged an old window screen overhead to help the young thing beat the heat.
We also think the heat might be inhibiting the Oro Blanco grapefruit in the back so I got some white lace to cover it.  Hopefully the tree can make some healthier leaves, and we can remove the veil in Fall.

Next Phase

 The next phase in Banco's slalom training has begun.  Each day the space will narrow until she's swerving around like a pro.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Big Figs

Now that we've stripped away a lot of the ivy and underbrush around the fig tree, it looks like we will be getting a bumper crop this year. If we can get to them before the squirrels do.

Paella Fan

A steaming paella catches Banco's attention.

Phoenix Bound

This past Monday had me leaving the Burbank hills toward a brutally hot Scottsdale, AZ.
92 degrees at 6 AM and climbing did not make for a great working environment. We did the job, and returned to a refreshing 83 degreed LA yesterday.

More Agility

WL is training Banco to jump higher and to navigate a slalom course.  Anything for a treat.

Italian Pot Roast

WL has been making a killer Italian pot roast lately. The gravy that this melange produces is almost as good as the meat.
The complete recipe is here

Coyote Morning

A coyote followed Banco and I along a ridge and then dropped down to street level for a better view. Banco wanted to play but the coyote turned tail and bolted back up the steps and was away.

G&E's New Yard

We dropped in on Georgia and Esteban recently and marveled at their new front yard. Beautifully landscaped and ready to become a jungle like ours when things start growing and expanding.

Banco in Situ


A 2nd AC who is now shooting sent me some snaps from a film we worked on together in 2003.  That's Martina basking in the sun next to me on the boat and pulling focus for Wolfgang in the top photo.