Photography Explorations

These photos bring a smile to my face — and hopefully to yours.  They’re the result of a happenstance meeting between two InMenlo contributing photographers, Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton, who live just a few miles apart in Woodside and Ladera respectively.

“I’d gone for a walk along Portola Rd. with my new camera and saw a woman and girl with a darling puppy,” says Irene. “As I got closer I realized it was Laura.”

The puppy, named Beau Ranger Hamilton (Beau for short) is a sheepadoodle who found a home with the Hamiltons last week. “The puppy training is going pretty well, and he’s a smart little guy!” reports Laura.

“[My daughter] Linden and I wanted to get out and take some wildflower photos with Beau. She’s trying to keep up her art class and get credit for distance learning at La Entrada.

“So I took photos of her and she took photos of me. It was a great way to get out and be creative! And what a wonderful time to teach your kids to find inspiration.”
Top and bottom photo by Irene; Linden and Beau by Laura; Laura and Beau by Linden (c) 2020

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Bloom watch begins before winter ends at Filoli

Each week, Filoli’s Head of Horticulture, Jim Salyards scouts the garden for amazing blooms. Here’s what’s happening now through March 15, according to Jim. Note: the photos by Robb Most were taken on February 26. “The spring garden is definitely waking up, with tulip foliage emerging out of the ground, buds swelling on the spring-flowering […]

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Global street photographer Lee Hicks is back at Cafe Borrone with a new exhibit

Photographer Lee Hicks is currently exhibiting 40 photographs showing people from around the world experiencing joy, sorrow, laughter and love of family at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. There will be a reception for the photographer on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. “I love interacting with people,” says Lee. “My work has a […]

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The calendar may say “winter” but it’s looking like spring at Filoli

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg visited Filoli in Woodside yesterday and from her resulting photographs, it looks like spring has sprung in the gardens there. Here’s the official scoop: The fruit trees and hyacinths are starting to bloom. The magnolias and camellias are out right now. The daffodils are at their peak. The tulips are still a week […]

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Barbara Coll discovers bird photography after a life time of wildlife watching

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds. “The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the […]

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Winter light in Half Moon Bay – plus latest rain report

We applaud this photo taken in Half Moon Bay by InMenlo co-founder Scott Loftesness. It captures the winter light so well that we selected it to accompany the latest rain report. Yes, it came overnight — again! Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Another .05”. Now 4.8” season to date. A year ago the total […]

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Spotted: Half Moon Bay bathed in winter light

InMenlo reader Patti Yukawa responded to our call for “more winter light photos” with this lovely photo taken in nearby Half Moon Bay.

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Photos by locals near and far show off quality of winter light

Menlo Park residents who’ve been out and about this holiday season have taken some lovely photographs that show off the wonderful effects of winter light. We’re hoping this photo essay brightens your day! If you’re out and about this winter and capture the beauty of the low sun and/or clouds, send your photo to tips[at] […]

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Sports, local landmarks, historical moments, coyotes, yarn arms – just a sample of what happened in 2019

There are a number of threads woven through the soon to be completed year of 2019. Here’s what captured readers’ attention in 2019 on InMenlo. Showing just how creative they can be, families and young children came out in force for the annual Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured […]

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Capturing Filoli’s holiday splendor with new Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

A few months back I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max primarily for its new camera system. The new system includes three separate cameras and lenses which provide three different focal lengths. Apple calls them wide, ultra wide and telephoto. Note: It’s ironic with today’s technology that this small handheld device includes three […]

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Capturing the beauty of Menlo Park in the fall

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg was out and about in Menlo Park and captured these lovely images of the fall trees at and surrounding the Allied Arts Guild. Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2019

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