Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A beaver did this

A beaver did this, originally uploaded by efroymson.

There are beavers where The Nature Conservancy has restored a former Santa Fe, NM reservoir. When we used to go to Santa Fe this area (near Canyon Rd and Cerro Gordo) was fenced in. Now the reservoir is further up the canyon, and there is a reserve and a park and bike trails all around.

There is a sign prohibiting dogs from the reserve, as they might scare the beavers.

You can see the beaver teeth marks if you look for them. They are rodents, so if they don't eat trees their teeth grow through their heads. Apparently there is some nutrition in the cambrium as well.

Chicago skyline

Chicago skyline, originally uploaded by efroymson.

Back in Oakland now, but since the traffic photo was popular, thought I would put this one up. Took a whole series as the sky got darker, this one has a nice combination of twilight and city light. Without a tripod some of the fine details are smudged, holding the camera against the window is not quite the same thing.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Chicago traffic

Chicago traffic, originally uploaded by efroymson.

Went to the top of the John Hancock last night, took this picture with a one-half second exposure. Came out pretty well I thought. The sky was pretty clear, we could see Gary Indiana, around the lake.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Playing around with some musical toys.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Why I can't drink White Wine

I went up to Napa valley yesterday on a wine tour. First stop was Rudd, where Jeff Morgan of Covenant Wines met us. We tasted one white, and two reds, a Rudd Cab and the new Covenant Cab. The white, as usual, tasted awful when I first sipped it. It did not smell too bad though, and when I tried the retro-nasal breathing I was able to notice a number of interesting flavors. The reds were both wonderful though.

Jeff said a number of things about wine, including that Whites are more acidic than reds. I began to wonder if that was the problem. When I was in High School a friend of mine could not drink soda. He called it "masochism juice". The bubbles from the carbon dioxide indicate that there is carbonic acid in the soda, which apparently was too much for him. I am not quite so sensitive to acid. The sugar in soda makes it palatable, and I can also drink Rieslings or dessert wines with no problem. Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay are right out though. Champagne is another problem. John Maynard Keynes famously said his one regret in life was that he did not drink more champagne. My regret is that I did not drink less.

The tour continued to Honig and Hagafen. Hagafen Cellars is interesting, they use a flash pasteurizing machine like the ones used for milk to make their wine Mevushal. Mevushal used to mean "boiled" and as you can imagine boiled wine does not taste very good. Jeff Morgan does not boil or flash pasteurize Covenant wines to avoid any taint. I found the Hagafen wine to be very good.

Thanks to the San Francisco Ben Gurion Society folks for organizing a great trip!