Painterly Light at Morro Rock

After a great fish dinner at The Galley in Morro Bay, my wife and I watched the marine layer come and go, at times obscuring the 581' high "volcanic plug." It comprises one of the "Nine Sisters" of volcanic peaks in San Luis Obispo county (central California). I took...

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Modern Medicine’s Fantastic Voyage

One term you don't hear much anymore is "exploratory surgery." Advances make it possible for doctors to look inside the human body without cutting it open. I was on hand at the Ventura County Medical Center to photograph its first EBUS (Endobronchial...

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Trains, Lanes & Automobiles

  Some assignments take an hour, others may last several weeks. For about six weeks I traveled most of Ventura County chronicling all things pertaining to transportation in the county. I worked for the Ventura County Transportation Commission through their agency,...

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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 Eyes face shield,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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