Archive for August, 2007

Night Photography on August 25 and 26
Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Fine example of night photography by Patrick DavisPatrick Davis will open up a whole new environment to photographers on August 25 and 26 during his night photo shoot. With tools from Patrick’s class, students will learn how to conquer the challenges of night photography to create images such as this one. Sign up now to participate in this unique and fun class.

TOPICS for the Workshop: How to limit Noise with a long exposure; Getting the correct exposure; Tripod techniques (yes, there is a right and wrong way); HDR; Hyper focus; Flash painting.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Warm Clothing! Come in layers, Fort Bragg can be cool and down right cold. If you are not comfortable you can not enjoy shooting!


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Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaking on Sunday Night, August 12
Saturday, August 11th, 2007

The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Sunday evening, August 12, in the evening and up until dawn on Monday.  The Perseids can produce spurts of 60-80 meteors per hour, a most impressive sight. Because it’s a New Moon on Sunday night, there won’t be any light interference, and the skies are pretty black along the Coast here anyway. The shower is named after the constellation of Perseus, in the northern part of the sky, because the meteors will seem to radiate from that area. The only thing to consider is the possibility of fog in the night, obscuring any view of the sky. We do get fog off and on in August, and it can go in or out quickly. If you’re determined to see meteors, then plan your route to higher ground inland, such as going east on Highways 20 or 128. I’ve seen some pretty amazing meteors from the Perseids — large and green, with long tracks across the sky. The Perseids have produced 200 an hour in bursts in previous years, and it could always happen when you’re looking. It probably won’t produce that many, but it can easily be one every minute or so — plenty enough to be entertaining.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Historic Mill House Tour
Thursday, August 9th, 2007

On Saturday, take a walk back in time and participate in the Navarro Mill Company House tour. The one-day event is sponsored by Navarro-by-the-Sea Center, The Charles Fletcher Society and California State Parks – a benefit to help save Captain Fletcher’s Inn. The inn was built by Capt. Fletcher and his partners in the 1860’s for sailors who had to wait several days while their schooners were loaded with lumber from the Navarro Mill. There’s a wonderfully written, full history of Captain Fletcher provided by the Navarro-by-the-Sea Center. If you can, take time to support another valuable restoration effort. Visit and tour the house and learn about the efforts to save the inn. Jim Martin at 877-3477. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Navarro State Beach, off Highway 1, just south of the Navarro River bridge. (This is right where Highway 128 joins up with Highway One.)


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
Monday, August 6th, 2007

Workshops led by mystery writer John Lescoart, and best-selling author Christine Feehan will highlight the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference this weekend, August 9-11, in Mendocino. Sponsored by the College of the Redwoods with support by local bookshops. Gallery Bookshop will set up a on-site shop featuring workshop authors. On Wednesday and Friday, Cheshire Books will host evening events and book signings.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Paul Bunyan Days and the Ugliest Dog
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Chopping away at the foundation!Paul Bunyan Days has kept alive a small-town spirit and a way of honoring old-time traditions that feels, for lack of a better word, homey. This event makes it worth your while to join the crowds.

Stand in awe at the logging show, where “the best” will participate in the Axe Throw, Single Buck Handsaw, Hand Chopping, Pole Climb, Chain Saw Bucking, competing for $10,000 in prizes. Paul Bunyan, band and drill teams, and this year’s “Belle of the Redwoods” are among the highlights of the parade.

You can dance to live music at the Fireman’s Ball, the Blue Ox Beer Fest or the Big Brothers/Big Sisters BBQ. Then, for a slower pace, browse the Soroptimist craft fair or try your luck at horseshoes.

Although one of the smallest events, my favorite is the Ugly Dog Contest, which also includes categories for Dog & Master Look-alike, Smartest Dog, Best Frisbee Dog, Smallest Dog, Largest Dog and Prettiest Dog. I have never seen so many breeds, sizes, and variations of dogs in one place. I entered my dog, Gilmour, one year. Although he was a good sport about it, he wasn’t thrilled by the experience.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a genuine, hometown experiences. For a full schedule: www.paulbunyandays.com.
Dogs entering the ring for the Ugliest Dog Contest.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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