Growing is Forever screencapture

Those Beautiful Redwoods

If you’ve never been to the redwood forests of northern California I highly recommend you find a way to do so. Words cannot describe the beautiful majesty of these coastal giants nor the tranquil peace that can be found deep within the forest boundaries. Jesse Rosten has done a magnificent job of capturing a glimpse, a tiny snippet, of what it is like amongst the redwoods. Sit back, relax, and take a little journey. Allow your imagination to fully immerse you in the experience. Make sure your speakers are on, the audio adds something serene to this already wonderful work.

H2 Cafe by Magneto Industries

H2 Cafe by Magneto Industries

You may have noticed that I have a thing for two-stroke street bikes. Well, pretty much anything two-stroke. Here’s a fine specimen that is still a work in progress. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Sure makes me want to hunt down a H2, or maybe just the engine, and stuff it in the frame of my ZX-6R. Hmmmmm, maybe someday. This beauty incorporates a Norton Manx fuel tank and the front end from a Suzuki GSXR. Hop on over to Rocket Garage for more details and photos.

H2 Cafe by Magneto Industries

H2 Cafe by Magneto Industries (Photo courtesy of magneto industries)

Clutch Basket

I Got Distracted

I’ve been working on a personal photography project to document the tools used by varying professions. During the photo shoot of tools used by a motorcycle mechanic I found myself completely distracted by the nifty mechanical things the tools are used on. A sampling is provided here. I could have spent much more time photographing pistons, cams, cylinder bores, and lots of other goodies. I have to admit that I learned a lesson though, when I have a limited amount of time I need to complete the primary task first, then it’s ok to get distracted by the more fascinating things. I spent far too much time lost in my fascinations and not focusing on the task at hand. I obtained a few shots of what I was supposed to but may revisit this one down the road again, this time without losing focus. Hopefully.

All of the photos are from the same 500cc Kawasaki parallel twin. It is believed the engine has somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 miles on it (the odometer was MIA at the time). Look at all that nasty carbon build-up on the piston dome and in the combustion chamber. Oh how this make me long for the days of clean regular leaded gasoline that didn’t carbon things up so quickly or badly. This engine was run only on supreme unleaded gasoline. I can’t imagine how bad it would look if it had been run on regular unleaded. I have seen far worse than this in cars but usually at higher mileage. I’m not used to seeing carbon build-up like this in a motorcycle engine that is more finely tuned than most automobile engines.

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Some fun photos (well, I had fun making them at least) of the primary drive chain, clutch basket, and a few of the gears from the constant mesh transmission.

Primary Drive
Clutch BasketConstant Mesh

Face Off

Playing with Light

For no reason whatsoever I found myself playing with light. Nothing spectacular, but in the end I liked these two images. Sometimes this is what I do, I just grab my camera and some props and start playing around just to see what I come up with. Sometimes I get lucky and actually learn something along the way, sometimes I just waste a lot of pixels for no apparent reason. I really like LED lighting and usually put half a dozen or more LED flashlights to use, but on this day I chose to stick to the strobes.

I particularly like the first image because it’s manufacturer neutral. While I don’t give a darn who makes the camera in my hands I get tired of the age-old argument about which manufacturer is better. Long ago when my life evolved around automobiles I found myself in the same situation. Everyone around me was arguing about which of the big three was better. My stance was, and still is, they all stink equally. That’s right, all of them. No, I’m not saying American iron is poor quality, I’m saying all manufacturers of whatever gizmo or widget is being discussed stinks. In most cases, equally. All of them, every single one, could be doing a better job at something. Period. Nothing else matters. Therefore, they are all on a level playing field. Each has strengths, each has weaknesses. Each is unique to some extent. It doesn’t matter which one you choose as long as it makes you happy and you get enjoyment or purposeful use out of it. Wow, this wasn’t suppose to turn into an observations post, just a couple of photos for fun. Oh well, I find it impossible to fit into the “no opinion” category.

Shadow Giants

Shadow Giants

Which came first? The hotshoe flash, or the camera? Just kidding. Don’t take me so seriously.

Face Off

Face Off

Dusting of Snow

Contrasts of the Sonoran Desert

After a wonderful storm Saturday night we made a trip toward Four Peaks on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the dusting of snow the surrounding mountains had gotten. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach the Four Peaks area due to a traffic accident but we made the most of it anyway.

Dusting of Snow

Four Peaks in White

It’s amazing how quickly the snow disappears when the sun comes out as can be seen by the difference in snow between these two photos taken two hours apart.

Touch of Pink

Four Peaks Pink on White

One of the things that makes this a great place to live (yeah, I occasionally convince myself this is true) is the wonderful contrast found in the Sonoran Desert. This stately saguaro stands tall regardless of the snow capped peaks behind it.

Contrast in the Desert

Contrast in the Sonoran Desert

There was a light dusting of snow atop the Superstition Mountains and Weaver’s Needle to the east as well.

Snow Capped Superstitions

Snow Capped Superstitions


Last Light

Last Light on the Superstitions