organic farm

2016-08-23 NESKOWIN, OREGON, USA -- Noriko and I visited Corvus Landing Organic Farms in Neskowin, Oregon.

They are located 29 kilometers north of where we live, 5 kilometers off the highway.

The farm sells directly to the public on summer Tuesdays from 10:00 to 16:00.

Kero met a cheerful young lady who works on the farm.

I was impressed with the irrigation pipework on their gate. Somebody good with tools carved "Corvus Landing". The pipes are topped with pine tree carvings.

Kero inspected the farm. Beyond the hills in the background lies the Pacific Ocean.

The section of the farm they let us walk through was quite small. Noriko and I together might be able to care for it, if we worked full-time.

Rows of veggies.

Green onion, a slender and shorter kind of Japanese

Onions lay half-exposed, ready for harvest.

chocolate frog

2016-08-22 WALDPORT, OREGON, USA -- Noriko and I visited the Chocolate Frog store in Waldport, Oregon. The owners might open a new, larger store south of Florence! We are happy for their expansion.

Their store is full of frog-themed items.

Noriko gave the owners frog gifts from Japan.

They make chocolate frogs.

They also make chocolate bars, featuring wrappers designed by local high school students.

Here's the write-up by the teenage artist.

Another work of art.

And her write-up.

We got a refrigerator magnet.

Can you spot it on our freezer door?

lincoln pops big band

2016-08-20 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA -- The Lincoln Pops Orchestra played dance music at our city's community hall. My trumpet teacher John Bringetto is the band director and also performs trumpet and flugelhorn. Noriko and I took pictures and movies so that John can give them to his band members.

Patty George sings while John Bringetto plays flugelhorn. The Lincoln Pops Orchestra tends to play a tad slower for elderly dancers.

Storm Wedel is 19 years old. Noriko and I enjoy observing him grow as a vocalist and trumpet player. Monochrome photographs capture jazz music better than color.

full moon

2016-08-18 LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA -- The moon was full and bright tonight.

I was too lazy to set up my tripod in our family room. I took this picture by holding my camera in my hand.

whale watching

2016-08-17 DEPOE BAY, OREGON, USA -- We watched whales and tourists watching whales from our table at a Mexican restaurant.

Whale-watching boats carrying tourists depart every 10 to 15 minutes from the world's smallest harbor at Depoe Bay. Depoe Bay is on the Oregon coast, about a 20-minute drive south from where we live.

The dark hump near the center of the picture is the back of a whale. The whale-watching boats claim that the friendly whales approach the boats. Somehow I suspect it's the other way around.

Thar she blows!

The wisp of vapor is viewed more clearly in this video. The dark line crossing the top of the image is a power line hanging outside our restaurant window.

corvallis community band

2016-08-16 CORVALLIS, OREGON, USA -- The Corvallis Community Band plays each Tuesday evening in the summer at Corvallis Central Park, across the street from the main library and close to the downtown campus of Oregon State University.

Corvallis is about 100 kilometers inland from the Oregon coast. Daytime temperatures soar above 35 Celsius (this day it felt like 38). After sundown the temperature quickly drops to 25, and continues to fall until dawn to around 13. The band starts playing at dusk.

The locals bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music.

We snacked at a picnic table, although it was a bit far away from the band.

We listened and watched through the trees.

trumpet lesson with john bringetto

2016-08-16 SEAL ROCK, OREGON, USA -- I had my 20th trumpet lesson with John Bringetto at his home in Seal Rock, 58 kilometers south of our home. I have been learning trumpet for 26 months. Progress is slow.I feel like I am learning how to write the letters of the alphabet. Not sure I am even learning how to spell yet. Certainly not yet learning how to read and write sentences.

I asked John if there is hope for me. He told me not to think that. Childlike absence of inhibition is key, he says.

He wants me to play long tones and scales pianissimo. Playing soft is fatiguing! It's like adjusting a faucet to obtain the thinnest continuous trickle of water, right at the boundary of a fast drip. I am starving the horn of air, holding my breath in.

John let me play 4 mouthpieces from his vast collection. They clearly felt different on my mouth. Truth be told, when I played them they hardly sounded different, because I was focused on adjusting myself to each mouthpiece and I had no ears for timbre. Noriko took a video showing us comparing 2 of his Monette Prana mouthpieces with my Bach 3C. The mouthpieces do sound different in the video.

I think that compared to my Bach 3C his Monette with 1.25-inch rim matches better the intended acoustic design of my Carol Brass 6580. My Bach 3C is probably better suited for my Yamaha 8310Z. My understanding of the difference in frequency response of the 2 horns is that the 6580 and 8310Z have more energy in the lower and higher frequencies respectively. This difference is paralleled in the frequency response of the Monette and Bach mouthpieces.

I wish I could measure the frequency response of horns and mouthpieces independently and under reproducible conditions. Brass instrument manufacturers should publish frequency response charts, just like camera lens manufacturers publish MTF (modulation transfer function) charts.