My Wife and I were celebrating our anniversary during the shutdown. We couldn’t find any place to eat that would be special. We drove even to Monterey and nothing. We ended up driving back to Santa Cruz and found this place. Me being a huge fan of Pizza, I was thinking it was going to be good. We walked in and found the sizes of the pizzas were huge. Not the biggest I have ever had but they were big. We ordered two small pies, one that she would like and one that I would like. We took them back to the Hotel because we couldn’t eat inside. Lone behold, when we took a bite out of them, they were super good. The flavor in the cheese and sauce was amazing, either that or we were starving.
So Good We Went Back The Next Day
The next morning, we ate breakfast by the Boardwalk but later that day, we walked back to Pizza My Heart and grabbed a big pizza to take back home and enjoy with the family. I was glad we found this place because I have always been a huge fan of pizza. Since, I was a kid way back in the day, I have always loved pizza. Pizza My Heart has a special place in my heart because even though the country was shutdown my wife and I were able to celebrate something special and it was all due to them. Thank you Pizza My Heart!
If you would like to read my Review on Yelp, follow the link. Add me as a Friend to see my other Reviews as they are written.
What Does A Guy Have To Do To Get A Drink Around Here?
We were walking down the pier and found this place that had a good menu. We were with family so we asked to get a table. It was packed but I guess because they didn’t think the Santa Cruz Band Review wasn’t going to bring in any clients that they didn’t need any additional help to wait on tables. We were seated eventually, and then the waiter took forever to finally ask us about drinks when we were already ready to order food and appetizers.
The Food Was Good
The food was good. The noise in the place was crazy and it was hard to have a conversation. I might go back again when it’s not so busy but who knows. Read my review on Yelp!
I have been shooting photos for quite some time now and I am going to give everyone the opportunity to get something for Christmas. Right now up until December 31, 2018, I will be giving locals (Anyone In the Fresno, California Area), copies of my work. Here is the catch…you pick the photo from all of my work(Landscapes Only Unless the Portraits Are Of You Or Someone You are Related To), you pick the type of print. I will be using Costco Photo Center to print these on anything that Costco wants. All you pay is the cost for the merchandise.
Select from any of my work. Not only on this page, but if you see any of my work on Instagram, Twitter or Anywhere else.
I see this as a way to get my work out there before I die. I would love to give to my friends and families, so please choose your work and get it printed. Contact Me to make your choice and be sure to give me your contact information so we can get a hold of you.
I was traveling for work and just coming back home from a long drive. I was traveling with a close friend. We had been driving all day and stopping off at certain locations along the way taking photos. We would stop and get a few shots in as we weren’t in a hurry to get home. The above photo was one of the last places we stopped at as we came up towards Tehachapi, California. I had set my camera up for the bracketed exposures and put three photos together to get the above shot. I love how the details are in the Joshua Tree and the ground and in the background mountains.
A few years ago, I was dabbling in Astrophotography and wanted to try out long exposures of certain areas. While working for my previous company, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime. I was asked to book my flight and hotel to Orlando, Florida to attend an exhibit show at the Orlando park. I knew I had an opportunity to get some time to catch some fireworks and some other HDR shots. When I first arrived, I spent some time exploring outside and seeing the atmosphere. I knew that because of the extreme lights nearby that I wouldn’t get any Astrophotography shots. So, I thought about some HDR and Long Exposures. I got the above shot using my Tripod and set my camera for a 30 second exposure. I thought it was great since I was just dabbling. I love the way the lights came out from across the lake.
The above shot, I set my camera up for a bracketed exposure to get three different exposures. I then took the three photos and stitched them together in Adobe Lightroom. I have a Plugin called Photomatix that allows me to take the three photos and create an HDR photo with some effects.
When I was traveling for work I was traveling a lot to New Mexico. Its one of the places where I made my first large sale. While visiting a couple of times, I heard about a Hot Air Balloon event that happens in Albuquerque, NM. I knew I had to go. I bought a ticket and got there super early so that I can be there for the setup.
I must admit it that I was freezing because it was so cold and I only had a light jacket. I wasn’t used to the altitude and the colder weather. When I arrived they got the go ahead to setup but that they couldn’t fly the balloons because of wind. The photo above shows a couple of balloons getting filled with heat. These things had some burners in them. From the distance where I was standing, I could feel a warmth that helped with me being cold.
May The Force Be With You
As I was wandering trying to get so many photos of the different balloons, I found one that was designed like Darth Vader’s Head. It was cool that they had so many styles and designs. If I am in New Mexico around the time of this event, I plan on attending. I want to be there when the Balloons go up.
I have only been to Mexico a few times in my life and I must say, I always seem to enjoy the beauty that it has to offer. This old abandoned house inside a small village reminds me of my travels as a young boy to Durango. This photo was taken in a village outside of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
This is near the place where my mother-in-law grew up. The name of the town is San Bernardo. This town seemed to put you at peace. Even the old abandoned school – Elementary School Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez was almost scary but peaceful. By using Google Maps, you can now see that the town has been growing and even the village area seems to have Street Views. Give it a gander.
When I was a kid I always dreamed of being an Architect. I always thought it was amazing to put a passion inside your work that everyone would be able to see it in a building or structure. I took this photo at my sister’s wedding while in Alton, Illinois. It is from inside of St. Mary’s Church. I looked up at the ceiling and saw this amazing piece of work and thought, I had to share.
I hope you enjoyed the photo and the small story. If you are interested in more of my Architecture work, be sure to click on the Architecture Tag below.
Thanks for reading!
If you have ever been to Yosemite, then you are familiar with El Capitan. It is a very large mountain that sits in the middle of the park and is a remarkable site to see. It attracts thousands and thousands a year so that people can climb it and see its amazing view.
Rain Makes For Amazing Waterfalls
The recent rains has revived some amazing waterfalls that haven’t been seen in a very long time. Not to mention the amount of water in the rivers. If you get a chance to go up and visit the park, please be sure to be careful around the water, as we have already had a few incidents where people have drowned.
It has been a while since I have been up to Yosemite, but I was offered an opportunity to go with my daughter and her class. It was a great time to see all the kids working to get great shots. I can’t wait to see some of their work. I will continue to post some of my photos online, either on the site or somewhere on social media. Be sure to stay up to date by subscribing to all of my posts.
My family and I visited San Francisco’s Golden Gate park one day and I believe it must have been a holiday because we were trying to go into the Science Museum and the line was rediculous. We ended up wandering around the rest of the park, but a few months later we timed it right and went back to see the Science Museum.
The Science Museum
We were amazed of all the stuff that was in the museum. I had no idea the place had existed until we stumbled upon it. We came across the Jelly Fish exhibit and I have always been a fan of them. I snapped this photo while watching this guy swim around. I even came across what I recall as the Banana Spider from when I was in Okinawa, Japan back in 1999-2000. I will try to share the photo with you and the story of the encounter we had while we were in the Jungle.
I guess the moral of this story is that, make sure you plan your trips accordingly and don’t be afraid to go back again if it can be done.