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Music Video for Antique

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I assisted Rising Star Productions on a music video shoot for Antique’s song Warrior in Oakland, California. The music video will be released in Fall of 2014. Here are some behind the scenes shots of the cast and crew.

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Yolla Bolly Wilderness 2014

For the second year in a row, I visited the Yolla Bolly Wilderness for my birthday in early June. The wilderness is located at the corners of Mendocino, Trinity and Tehama counties, and is a beautiful, pristine, high alpine location. I was accompanied by several close friends and my mother, and I spent a total of eight days hiking, between 6000 and 7500 feet. The wilderness was very dry, due to the low rainfall last winter, but cold mountain streams created vibrant green oases of grass and plants in some spots. Parts of the forest were burned in forest fires three years ago, which you can see in some of the photos. Many trees were dead, and parts of the trail were very hard to follow.

If you would like information about hiking in this amazing wilderness, please contact me. I took notes on my trip, and have a number of helpful suggestions.

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Photos: Panoramas of Big River at sunset, Mendocino, California

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Harvesting Lavender, Garberville, California

I joined my friend Brian at his place near Garberville to harvest lavender in July, to make into essential oil.  The oil is ready, but has not yet been collected from the distiller.  I’m excited to give it a smell.

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Lost Coast, Sinkyone Wilderness, Mendocino, California, USA

Photos from my camping trip with Mischka in Spring of 2012 along the Lost Coast in Mendocino’s Synkione Wilderness.

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Cherry Picking for Nile’s 32nd Birthday

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Shiitake Mushrooms

The first fruiting of my home grown shiitake mushroom patch.  Only two years for them to incubate and start producing!

For the shiitake mushrooms, I bought ~1000 inoculated plugs from fungi.com and put them into oak logs that I had cut on the property. It’s a pretty labor intensive process: cut the oak (other hardwoods work too), let it age for about six weeks on the ground, drill a hole for each of the plugs, pound the plugs in with a rubber hammer, cover with wax, set the logs against something, water and wait. It took nearly two years for them to start fruiting. It’s normally meant to be about six months, but mine took longer for some reason. There are a number of variables, so I’m not certain why.

I keep the logs behind the studio where they are mostly in shade, and water them with a lawn sprinkler every two days for fifteen minutes on a timer.

The process of plugging the logs took me about two half-days, with intermittent help from Rob and Kurt. The bigger logs weighed around 70 pounds each, and my back was sore for about two weeks afterwards from lifting them – that was bad. Big investment of energy up front, but now I only have to water them and harvest mushrooms.

You can also buy kits with inoculated substrate, usually wood chips or grain or something. These incubate faster, but also produce for a much shorter period of time – just a couple months. The logs are supposed to produce heavily for two years and then continue for up to five to six years, until the log is basically gone. You can check out more about this at fungi.com, and they have a variety of different mushrooms you can grow.

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