Photography Explorations

Walking around the streets of Menlo Park in February and it’s evident that the abundant magnolia blossoms are giving Menlo Park’s official tree, the oak, a run for its money.

Luckily, InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was out and about with his camera before this week’s pounding rain. In fact, he found a nice sunny day giving the blossom a lovely blue back drop in many shots.

There are two kinds of magnolia trees. The evergreen has leaves year round while  deciduous magnolia trees lose their leaves allowing the magnificent blossoms to take over.

“The huge magnolias we see in Menlo Park are probably anywhere from 50 to 100 years old,” said Janet Bell, a Menlo Park resident and owner of Garden Sense. “They take a long time to grow and they tend to grow wide.”

Reviewing the photos Robb took Janet reminded us that while the magnolias featured here are in a variety of pink shades, they are are actually yellow and magenta magnolia blossoms as well. “There’s wide variety of colors,” she said.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Seeing double while exploring the Stanford campus

This photograph by InMenlo co-founder and skilled photographer Scott Loftesness was taken yesterday as he strolled around the Stanford campus. Scott explains: “It’s a tweaked photo, edited on my iPhone using Adobe’s excellent Photoshop Express app (which includes an easy to use reflection feature — along with a slew of other editing features). “The photo […]

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Spotted: Raging Damiani Creek in Portola Valley

InMenlo contributing photographer took a drive out Alpine Road yesterday and captured the raging waters of Damiani Creek as it roared down the adjacent canyon. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Filoli’s gardens are beautiful even in the rain

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg stopped at Filoli on Friday afternoon just before it closed. “It was treat to see it damp, thanks to all the rain,” she emailed. Frances, a Menlo Park resident, has long been represented by Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts where you can view her work. Here we present […]

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Birds of many feathers on display in the marshes of San Francisco Bay

On Saturday, InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most joined local bird expert Kaye Bonney on an expedition through the marshlands adjacent to San Francisco Bay. He was shooting between storms, and we think the results are terrific. Bird identified top to bottom: Gull (with a bird in its mouth); Red Tail Hawk in winter plumage [correct to […]

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Laura Pitchford visits the markets of Santiago, Chile

Atherton resident Laura Pitchford journeyed to Chile last fall to visit her niece who is teaching college English in Santiago. One trip highlight was the chance to have dinner with one of the descendants of Faxon Dean Atherton who was one of the first property owners in the mid- Peninsula. His wife was Chilean, and […]

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Scott Loftesness proves there’s more than just street photography in Japan

We recently showcased photographs that InMenlo co-founder — and experienced street photographer — Scott Loftesness took in both Tokyo and Kyoto, mostly using his iPhone Xs Max. Emailed Scott: “When I wrote that post, I was focused on my street photography (my current love!) but, as it turns out, I included a mix of both street […]

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Light rain overnight adds up in Menlo Park

InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ report another .1″ Friday afternoon with an additional .05” overnight, “Bringing us to 1.1” season to date. Looking forward to more and more.” Sunny skies should prevail over the next few days with rain returning on Tuesday. During the rain InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the moisture on flowers. We […]

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Capturing street scenes of Japan with an iPhone

I recently traveled to Japan, visiting two of that countries great cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. As an avid street photographer, I was looking forward to hitting the streets with my usual camera gear — Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. Over the last five years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many cities with this gear and have come […]

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Capturing the Blue Angels photographically over the San Francisco Bay

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most and his wife, Timi, journeyed up to San Francisco last Saturday to watch the U.S Navy Blue Angels execute their aerial maneuvers. The aerial team was here as part of Fleet Week. Robb and Timi’s viewing spot was along the Embarcadero near the Exploratorium. We enjoyed viewing the resulting photos, […]

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Portola Valley resident’s photo wins landscape category in Midpen’s photo contest

Portola Valley resident Jack Lucas’s image of a sunrise taken at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve won the landscape category in the MidPeninsula Open Space District’s annual photo contest. Jack is a fairly new resident of Portola Valley, although he lived in Menlo Park before that and attended Menlo School. His interest in photography was […]

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