Category Archives: Agriculture

AgFest costume contest

TOP: Nine-year-old Gracie Irola with the Escalon 4H dressed as Cleopatra while her steer Harold was made up as King Tut in the annual costume contest where animals are dressed up by the kids who raised them at the AgFest at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds in Stockton.  BOTTOM LEFT: Fourteen-year-old Erin Grogan, left, and [...]

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Artichokes

I don’t particularly care for artichokes, but I know that many people do. They’ll steam the artichoke, perhaps add a little melted butter and scrape off the fleshy insides of the leaves with their teeth (my mom liked them with mayonnaise). To me they’re too much work for too little reward. Because I don’t like [...]

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Spill the wine

Wine has an image of being sexy and romantic. One envisions candlelit dinners next to a crackling fireplace and fancy bottle of wine. I recently covered the Unified Grape and Wine Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center in downtown Sacramento and it seemed anything but sexy. Informative? Certainly. Practical? Sure. Sexy? Not so much. The event [...]

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Spring is in the air

Grower Michael Fondse checks out blossom in an almond orchard on Carrolton Road in Ripon. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250 sec. @ f/11. ISO: 200) “Spring fever, spring is here at last Spring fever, my heart’s beating fast Get up, get out spring is everywhere” – Elvis Presley A bee [...]

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Cutting the mustard

Wild mustard grows in a almond orchard along Highway 99 near Hammer Lane in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/8. ISO: 200) “The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.” – L. Frank Baum (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250 sec., [...]

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True colors

“Blue flower, red thorns! Blue flower, red thorns! Oh, this would be so much easier if I wasn’t color-blind!” – Donkey from Shrek (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 120mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., @ f/8. ISO: 160.) In June of 2007 Kodak discontinued its 35mm color infrared films. It had some scientific and medical [...]

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Missing the trees for the forest

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: f/8 @ 1/400. ISO: 200) I got this shot of a leaf on a grape vine during the harvest time at the Indian Rock Vineyards in Murphys. Walking through a place like a vineyard, with leaves everywhere you look, a picture like this is easy to [...]

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Playing ditch

To get a shot of the abandoned couch in the previous post I had to climb part way down a steep embankment to a 10-ft-deep ravine-like irrigation canal. The couch was placed right at the edge of the ditch with only inches to spare, I wanted to get the front of the couch with traffic [...]

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Sofa, so good

As a photographer I’m always on the look out for the unusual. That’s why I stopped to shoot this loveseat sofa sitting on the side of the Highway 4 near Wilhoit Road just West of Stockton. It wasn’t the kind of picture that would normally make it into the paper, but I thought it was [...]

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Robots in disguise

Kyle Lerner, president of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association, drives a grape harvester along E. Harney Lane near Lodi. A telephoto lens helps to compress the perspective of this picture, enhancing the size of the vehicle and bringing the background closer. I had this assignment on a story on how people need to be [...]

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