Top Dog Gala 2017

For the first time, I covered the Fresno State Alumni Association’s Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala at the Save Mart Center, on Oct. 13. Shout out to my buddy Cary for the referral.

This was a super fancy event. A lot of folks were in tuxes as the association honored 14 recipients including  Kim Ruiz Beck, of Ruiz Foods, who was named Distinguished Alumna.

It’s great to see all the good work local alumni are doing and how they constantly praise what they learned from their educators while attending Fresno State. Kinda makes me wish I went to Fresno State instead of San Jose State for my journalism degree. Wait! Heck no! I’m true blue and gold and proud of it. 🙂

Enjoy the photos.

Ice Cream and Animals at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo

It was a slightly less hot August night than in past years when the Fresno Chaffee Zoo held its annual Producers Dairy Ice Cream Zoofari earlier this month. As usual, there were tons of different ice cream flavors, toppings and other treats at stations scattered throughout the zoo. On a typical summer night in Fresno, that’s a welcome sight.

It looked like the rainbow sherbet, red velvet and cookies and cream were pretty popular, but I really enjoyed the Death by Chocolate and salted caramel flavors myself. I also preferred the cone to the cup – except with the root beer float of course. Yes, it was a bit of a sugar overload.

It was fun to see Parker out there posing for photos along with the cheetahs and lions. Zoo events are such great events as they always include the volunteer docents to talk to folks about animal facts and conservation.

Enjoy the photos while I head to the gym to burn off some of those calories.

Dental Team Relieves Animal Toothaches

A week ago I was asked by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo to come document the work of doctors from the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation. The team of four travels the world on their weekends away from their regular jobs to volunteer their skills to help captive exotic animals.

Dr. Barron Hall, Dr. Charles Dyer and their team came to the Fresno zoo to help with dental work on one of the sloth bears and Kiki, one of the zoo’s female lions (and mother to Kijani, the young lion cub). The sloth bear needed a root canal done and Kiki needed two!

Below are photos from both procedures done last weekend. It was fascinating to watch the team work so well together. Zoo veterinary team members, curators and mammal keepers all assisted in the procedures as well as performing some other preventative care.

Additionally, the doctors did dental work on one of Project Survival’s Cat Haven jaguars. After that, they were back to their regular jobs. Pretty amazing weekend for these guys.

The photographs I shot for the zoo may be used in their newsletter as well as on their Facebook page. I also shot some video, which I think they may publish too.

Scenes from Boston

I’ve been wanting to visit Boston since I did my sixth grade state project on Massachusetts. Yes, that was a while ago.

I love travel and I love history – and, of course, photography too. All of those things came together in a great way for our week-long visit to Boston. Historically, it’s at the top for most important places in the birth of our country. The Freedom Trail makes it easy to find the very spots where critical moments in the forming of the U.S. took place.

We saw Paul Revere’s House, the graves of many founding fathers, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the tavern where ideas for the American Revolution were hatched. We also visited Harvard, MIT, Salem, and the JFK Presidential Museum. And for good measure, we took in a Sox game. Boston is a very impressive place and made for a fun week. Enjoy the photos.

Everything was shot with my Sony RX100.

Marshall’s Beach, San Francisco

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith my mom living in Daly City, I usually make several trips a year to the Bay Area. When I do, I always intend to bring my camera and try to make at least one cool picture I can be proud of. When Donna comes along, my mom and her are usually pretty good sports as they sit in the car and read while I work on my art. I’ve wanted to make a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge at Marshall’s Beach for a while and figured this last trip would be my chance.

Of the four days we were there, there was only one day where the fog didn’t roll in during the evening. Luckily, we timed it right. What I didn’t know, was how long a hike it is from the parking lot to the beach. It’s probably just a mile or two, but it’s pretty steep and rugged. Coming back in the dark was a little tricky.

But in the end, I got the shot I was hoping for. Good enough to not have to try it again anyway.

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