Fading Memories of Candlestick Park

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Late Afternoon at Candlestick Park in 1991

Gazing at the Home Plate area and experiencing the serene and quiet upper deck down the first base line before a SF Giants game in 1991. I am more relaxed now looking at the photograph than when I took the picture.  I remember I was rushing around Candlestick Park photographing the stadium before the fans came in. I waited by the gate and rushed in when the staff opened them up 2 hours before game time. When I took this photograph in 1991, I had no idea that the SF Giants and 49’ers would move to different locations and that The Stick would be torn down. 

Memories are not as vivid compared to the actual time of an event. We forget details and sequence of events. We do not anticipate how places and people will change over time. This is why it is a good idea to take photos to chronicle the important events, people, and places in our life. I’m so glad that we now can take photos so easily with our cell phones.

I’m really thankful I have my collection of Candlestick Park photographs. Candlestick Park represented a turning point in my life. It was not only the place where I enjoyed watching the SF Giants play baseball, but it was also the place where I found my love of art in photography. I still love to photograph other baseball stadiums in the same manner I did when I was at Candlestick Park. But Candlestick Park was my first love. Stay tuned – I still have a lot more of the old photographs to scan and share.

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Farewell to SF Giants Great – Willie McCovey

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I was very sad to learn about the passing of Willie McCovey yesterday.  He was one of my favorite players.

When he got to the batter’s box, he had a distinctive practice swing.  He was a left handed hitter and had a slow deliberate practice swing but would hit the ball so hard that he could rip the cover off the ball. Willie McCovey could hit mammoth upper deck home runs.

I saw him play at Candlestick Park. I went to see the SF Giants play with my parents when I was a child. That was first time I saw him hit the upper deck home run in right field. My mother was so excited, impressed, and in awe.  I was so happy to finally go to a game where I could actually see my hero in action. All I remember about this game is the fun time I shared with my parents and seeing the great Willie McCovey play. I don’t remember who the SF Giants played against. I don’t remember the score. But Willie McCovey made a big impression for myself and my parents.

Willie McCovey – you will be dearly missed!

On Top of the Green Monster

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The Green Monster at Fenway Park is a popular nickname for this high left field wall. Fenway Park will be rocking this Tuesday as game 1 of the 2018 World Series will start.

I was fortunate to quickly photograph the Green Monster during my tour at Fenway Park last year.  This is the 2nd highest wall for a professional baseball field. It is the highest in the current MLB fields.

Wikipedia history about the Green Monster

The view is pretty great from the Green Monster. It is ironic how nice it is sit up here, since the original idea for a 25 foot high wooden fences was to prevent people from watching the Red Sox play for free.  Of course, it is not free to sit up there, but it is worth it to get a better view. It’s nice they added 269 seats in 2003 to replace the old nets.

Why was the Green Monster built?

The Green Monster is also known for its valuable space for displaying advertisements.  It still has the old concrete base and a hand-operated scoreboard – a rarity for today’s modern world. Celebrities even want to sign the Green Monster.

I loved seeing the Green Monster.  It reminds me a baseball field fortress with the different rigid upright structures. My experience in shooting Candlestick Park in San Francisco taught me to appreciate the art in a baseball stadium’s architecture. To me – the Green Monster is a piece of artwork at Fenway Park!

How to take Sunset Photos at Chocorua Lake

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Chocorua Lake in New Hampshire in 2017

Last year, I visited my good buddy, Larry, at his new home in North Andover, Massachusetts.  I timed it so I could find Eastern fall foliage to shoot. One of my photography passions is shooting the wide spectrum of fall colors which is not as common in northern California.

So, Larry was patient and kind to chauffeur me around the surrounding areas in search of scenic fall foliage. We stumbled and found Chocorua Lake at the end of day in New Hamshire. I love the orange, gold, red and green colors in the leaves.

I always strive to shoot the photos with the light in the background.  It is ideal to shoot as the sun is setting since the light is more subtle.  One has to be quick to get the ideal light before the sunsets. The spectacular lighting is the key for your photographs.  Also utilizing the natural light to highlight your scene is essential. Also there is a certain glow in the leaves which makes this scene pretty.

Sunsets are great to experience. Hope this post will encourage plans for an outing to enjoy the special light at sunset and take some great scenic shots. Scenic photos are one time events to capture, since the exact scene is only temporary.

Fenway Park will be Rocking on Saturday during the ALCS

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View from the Right Field Corner at Fenway Park

So, this Saturday, baseball fans will be eager to watch the Astros versus the Red Sox at Fenway Park to start the American League Championship Series.  This will be an interesting game with two well matched teams.

I took this photograph during my 2017 tour of Fenway Park! If you look at my blog, you are aware of my passion to take stadium photographs.  I took a lot of Candlestick Park photographs while I studied for my Fine Art Photography degree at the Academy of Art. I wonder if I have the largest collection of Candlestick Park photographs 

Fenway park has an interesting seating arrangement. Even the stripes created by the lawn mower are a little curved to match the field configuration. I wish I had more time to roam around this empty stadium to take more photographs. I love finding “art” in a stadium structure.

We are all looking forward to the rocking excitement that will happen at this Saturday’s ballgame! There’s nothing better than watching two equal teams compete and see who will be the AL representative for the 2018 World Series.

Where is Peek-A-Boo Canyon?

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Peek-A-Boo Canyon Magnet Pin

Last year, we enjoyed a family road trip thru a few states. We drove to Kenab, Utah. My parents carefully planned all the details for each day of our trip. They previously visited these sites and wanted their children to enjoy their experiences.

So, my mom reserved an off-road tour to go see Peek-A-Boo Canyon aka Mystic Slot Canyon in Kenab, Utah. It was a fun roller coaster ride to this canyon. It was worth the bumpy ride to see the amazing colors of this canyon. It was also a very serene time taking our time to hike thru the canyon.  Unlike the popular Antelope Canyon, this canyon was more isolated and quieter. We did not see lots of tourists visiting which made this hike very enjoyable.

I made this magnet pin to add to my Etsy store. My wife has been wearing this pin for a while and matching with her clothing. She normally wears these colors. Wearing this pin helps her to remember the beauty of this slot canyon and appreciate the time we spent there.

Even if you have not had the opportunity to visit this slot canyon, we would like everyone to experience the beauty of Peek-A-Boo canyon by wearing this magnet pin.   We are blessed with many beautiful sites in our world. It is difficult for us to visit all the wonderful natural sites. But we can share the pretty sites by wearing a magnet pin. We can appreciate and learn about how beautiful our world is. Incorporating nature into our day to day life gives a different perspective of our world. It can calm us. It can remind us we need to take time to visit nature.

Just as my parents wanted to share their experience of these wonderful sites with their family, we also want to share Nature with you thru our photos and products.

Please take a look at our Etsy store to see our collection of magnet pins!

See below is our YouTube explanation about how we can enjoy beautiful sites in a different way by wearing a magnet pin!

Back of the Photo Magnet Pin with the magnet in the middle

Falling for Marymere Falls at Olympic National Park

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Marymere Falls is a wonderful sight at Olympic National Park in the State of Washington.  We hiked up the Marymere Falls Trail which begins with the tunnel we posted yesterday in our blog.  It is a pleasant hike of 1.7 mile.

We initially walked past Lake Crescent before the tunnel.  After the tunnel, we crossed 2 bridges to get to the falls.

The falls with the surrounding green moss reminds me of a woman with flowing “green” hair.  It’s a good reminder that all of us should “let our hair down” at times to relax, be uninhibited and just have fun.  If we would practice this on a regular basis, we might be able to lower our blood pressure and enjoy the moments in our life better.

Photos are good reminders of things we ought to do.  So let your hair down and enjoy!

 

What did we see at the Hoh Rainforest?

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One does not have to visit Chile, New Zealand or southern Australia to find a rain forest.  We visited the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in the state of Washington.

As a result of enormous amount of rain – 12 to 14 feet/year, there were wonderful trees decorated with moss varieties and ferns.

I love the draping effect of the growth on the branches.  The variety of growth in this tree is beautiful.

It reminds us that beauty does not need to conform to any particular convention.  Society promotes beauty to conform to certain standards.  Just as this tree’s beauty is a reflection of the rain and other environmental factors which cause the variety of growth, our individual standard of beauty should be a reflection of our internal processes and experiences which will effect the outward appearance.  May we focus on our inward growth to improve our outward persona.

See below is a link to learn more about the Hoh Rain Forest.

What are Temperate Rain Forests?

How to find Marymere Falls at Olympic National Park?

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We visited Olympic National Park in Washington State this past summer.  Our family loves road trips.  So we spent almost a week driving up north enjoying the greenery as we traveled to our destination.

My mother wanted to see Marymere Falls.

This interesting stone tunnel is near the Storm King Ranger Station which leads to the falls.  Highway 101 is above this tunnel.

It’s interesting to see the ridges of the metal sides.

In life, we may go through “tunnel” periods.  When we are in a tunnel, it may be a little mundane inside.  It could be a little dark.  It could be a little cold.  But we have to remember there is an exit to get out of the tunnel if we keep walking.  It could be far away or not as far as we anticipate.  We just need to remember to keep going to get out of the tunnel to see the light.

Outside the tunnel, our goal was to walk to the falls. Our goal in life should always be to seek to get out of the “tunnel” periods to see the light and beautiful views that are waiting for us.  Perseverance brings blessings and beauty in life.

We know this was true as we went on this hike.  I will share more photographs what is on the other side of the tunnel.

Pregame Fuji Photo Day at Candlestick Park

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I loved Fuji Photo Day at Candlestick Park on Saturday, May 14, 1988.  Fans were allowed on the field before the game to take pictures of the players and the ballpark.  I loved walking on the pristine and immaculate grass.  I wish I could have preserved a piece of the field to bring home.  Fuji Photo Day was one of my top favorite events at the Stick besides Opening Day and the Post Season games.

Fans were able to get on the field 2 hours before the game.  I wish AT&T Park would have a similar event now.  I would roam around and go crazy shooting photographs.

I do not remember who the gentleman is in this photograph. I really like his SF Giants shirt.  I am not sure if he was an usher.

The SF Giants player in the background is Joe Price.  He played for SF Giants from 1987 to 1989 as a left handed pitcher.   The SF Giants defeated the New York Mets 3-2 with Mike Krukow getting the win and Ron Darling taking the loss.

Just wondering if any other SF Giants fans who visited Candlestick Park also have good memories of the Fuji Photo Day events?  Please share any memories from this event too.  From my interaction on social media, I have heard how fans really treasure the fun moments at Candlestick Park.