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When the North Bay fires forced the cancellation of the Firefly Institute’s photo camp for women, a group of Menlo Park women came to the rescue, opening their homes for the four days of the camp to the 25 attendees.

“While Westerbeke Ranch, the camp’s location, was not in the evacuation area, the air quality was problematic,” explained Pam Sooge, the camp director. “Plus, it seemed important to keep the roads open to personnel needed to fight the fires. So we canceled the camp.”

But not quite! A group of Menlo Park women, including Chrissie Kremer, Irene Searles, Suzanne O’Brien, Kay Melchor, and Jackie MacDonald opened their homes so that a pop up version of the camp could go on.

Most of the women who were flying in for the camp canceled their flights and did not attend, although two international attendees, one from New Zealand and the other from Denmark, were already in town.

“It turned out to be amazing,” said Pam. “The intimate home setting was perfect.”

Added Irene Searles: “As women, we don’t bail. We figure it out.”

The pop up camp began getting organized on Tuesday morning and was ready to start by Wednesday night. The attendees learned about infrared photography, self-portraiture, and how to work with models.

They’ll have the opportunity to do it all again with another Firefly Institute camp next April, which will feature a session with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths.

Photos courtesy of Firefly Institute

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Taking a photo journey with David Hibbard on the Olympic Peninsula

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We were delighted to reconnect with Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard and take a photo journey with him around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where he’d spent eight days that he described as “not long enough.” He explained that he was just getting back into photography after a number of family responsibilities hindered his time […]

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Barry Fleisher and his camera head coastside to catch fishermen at their work

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When we asked Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher how he shifted from chronicling the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to capturing fishermen working out of Pillar Point Harbor, he said he saw more similarities than differences. “They’re both about people at work,” he said. “Hard and sometimes dangerous work.” His latest project […]

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Photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the sights at Strideaway Farms

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The InMenlo team recently visited horse trainer and riding instructor Nancy Hey at her facility Strideaway Farms in Menlo Park. Beyond capturing what Nancy was doing that day, InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow cast her camera lens at other scenes at the riding academy. We present a few of our favorites here.

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This spring Yosemite Valley is a watery wonderland reports Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most

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For the past 40 years, Menlo Park residents Timi and Robb Most have been visiting Yosemite in the spring. But this year, they report, is unlike any other due to the amount of water, not just in the form of raging waterfalls but the flooded valley floor. (And no, the top photo is not upside […]

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Exploring San Francisco’s Embarcadero with my iPhone

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I often meet up with my friend Doug Kaye for a couple of hours of street photography in San Francisco. We often meet  at San Francisco’s Ferry Building and head out from there along San Francisco’s Embarcadero towards Pier 24 (which is directly under where the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge heads out over the Bay). […]

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Photographer Stuart Jacobson in taking part in Silicon Valley Open Studios this weekend

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By his own account, Menlo Park resident Stuart Jacobson loves taking photos of wildlife and making big prints. “But my landscapes are probably more successful as not too many people want big photos of animals over their sofa,” he told us when we stopped by today to see his photographs, part of the 2017 Silicon […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg cast her lens on Hawaii

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery this May. You can meet her in person at a reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit, titled “The Colors of Hawaii,” features landscapes and seascapes, as well as floral and wildlife […]

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Wishing you all a happy Easter, happy spring!

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This morning we celebrate the determination of a crawling baby, who just happens to be the son of long-time contributing photographer Frances Freyberg. She took him to Burgess Park for the egg hunt yesterday, not realizing “what a madhouse” it would be. That didn’t seem to bother Dylan, who demonstrated his crawling expertise in the […]

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Betsy Sergeant Snow captures the wildflower glory at Carrizo Plain on spring break trip

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Followers of San Francisco Chronicle outdoors writer Tom Stienstra got tipped off about the great wildflower display going on at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southeastern San Joaquin County in last Sunday’s paper. The Los Angeles Times also weighed in: “The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and […]

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Alan McGee’s photographs examine landscape as metaphor

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“Beauty and Terror: Landscape as Metaphor” by photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery (75 Arbor Road) in March. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The show features photographs from 35 years of Alan’s explorations on the beaches […]

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