Simple Yet Not Easy

Simple Yet Not Easy

Dr. Michael Sparkhul is a veteran surgeon in Ventura County. His experience in the operating room led him to invent a simple device for protecting a patient’s face during surgery. Rather than elaborate about the why’s and wherefore’s of the Saving...
Western Seagulls of Anacapa Island

Western Seagulls of Anacapa Island

On May 13, I went with two friends to East Anacapa Island, the smallest of the chain that comprises the Channel Islands National Park. Western sea gulls were nesting practically everywhere. Many nests are just inches off the foot path. One was right in the middle,...
Moving an MRI: Delicate and Muscular

Moving an MRI: Delicate and Muscular

The Ventura County Medical Center began constructing a new hospital in 2013, and I have been keeping a photographic chronicle since demolition of the old structure began. There have been many fascinating moments watching the new facility come together. In December, I...
Whetting the appetite at 65 mph

Whetting the appetite at 65 mph

When you pass a billboard, you have an average of seven seconds to read it. Sometimes less, as with the billboard on US 101 northbound into Oxnard. Because of the Del Norte freeway overpass, the billboard is not visible until you pass under it, cutting the time to get...
A visit to earth’s oldest living organisms

A visit to earth’s oldest living organisms

California has the tallest peak (Mt. Whitney) in the continental US and the lowest point (Death Valley.) It also boasts the tallest trees, the biggest trees and the oldest trees. The latter are the Bristlecone pines, located in the White Mountains, one of which has...