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About carto

Retired software engineer who grew up in Montana, went to Montana State College in Bozeman, and moved to California to work at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Carto's Library is about books I've read and liked; Carto's Logbook is about photography, travel and adventure. Mt. Maurice Times is tall tales mostly biographical.

Transformation — Land’s End turns chilly

It’s always a pleasure to visit Land’s End where San Francisco meets the Pacific, but you never know what weather you will find. In these shots we see Summer turning to Fall when the haze and fog fill the air, … Continue reading

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Peek — Halloween in Palo Alto

Take a peek at this figure hiding behind a traffic cone. What’s going on? It’s all a part of Halloween in Palo Alto — four blocks were closed to traffic and most of the home owners prepared special effects (one … Continue reading

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Stanford at Night

I’m taking a short course in the History of Photography at the new McMurtry Building adjacent to the Cantor Center for the Arts. The class is held in a projection room that is just off the 3rd floor roof garden. … Continue reading

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Layered — A City in the Sky

The skyscrapers in Sheila O’Hara’s tapestry float mysteriously on a field of red. An abstract freeway flows through the buildings into a starry sky. Is this the future for San Francisco? This tapestry was on exhibit downtown, several years ago, … Continue reading

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Waiting — Horses Crossing

Two horses cross the road while cars wait. The horses are returning to the stables that replaced the site formerly used by the Stanford Artificial Intelligence  Laboratory (SAIL) from 1965 to 1991. Horses now tread where robots once roamed. Quite … Continue reading

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Corners — Box-like Homes are Trending

  All corners, that’s my take on this large residence in Palo Alto. Most new homes in Palo Alto are much larger than the home they replace; many are two story with a full basement. And, a popular style is … Continue reading

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Elemental — Earth and Fire, Ceramics as Art

Above is  a detail of a large wood-fired stoneware sculpture by Peter Voulkos. The piece stands almost 4 ft. high, and is 2 feet wide and weights over 150 pounds. Imagine muscling that around a studio and into a kiln. … Continue reading

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