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King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit 2018, California Science Center – Photo Slideshow [Video] (7:45)

April 24th, 2018 Comments off

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit 2018, California Science Center – Photo Slideshow

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibit 2018, California Science Center - Photo Slideshow

 

On Saturday we toured the King Tut Exhibit at the California Science Museum. It is a wonderful exhibit and I will be featuring photos here over the next several weeks. 
You can see the entire collection of King Tut photos on my Flickr and Facebook pages. 

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Exposition Park – A Minute in Los Angeles 8 from My Word [Video]

April 23rd, 2018 Comments off
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Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 5 in a series [Video] (1:13)

April 5th, 2018 Comments off

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 5 in a series

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k - 5 in a series [Video] (1:13)

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird weighing less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz).

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph) and some species can dive at speeds in excess of 22 m/s (79 km/h; 49 mph).[1][2]

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.[3] To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.[4] — Wikipedia

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Little Tokyo/Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial – A Minute in Los Angeles 7 from My Word [Video]

April 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Little Tokyo/Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial – A Minute in Los Angeles 7 from My Word

Little Tokyo/Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial - A Minute in Los Angeles 7 from My Word

A minute in Little Tokyo with the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial and City Hall in the Background

Music: “Music for Manatees” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), Provided under Creative Commons License

 

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 2 in a series from My Word [Video] (1:05)

March 24th, 2018 Comments off

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 2 in a series from My Word

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close - 2 in a series from My Word [Video] (1:05)

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Television Academy – A Minute in Los Angeles 6 from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

March 17th, 2018 Comments off

Television Academy – A Minute in Los Angeles 6 from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

Television Academy - A Minute in Los Angeles 6 from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

A minute checking out the giant Emmy Award and surroundings at the Television Academy campus at 5220 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601.

Music: “Broken Reality” by Kevin MacLeod, Provided under Creative Commons License

 

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Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

March 13th, 2018 Comments off

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k – 4 in a series

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Hummingbirds at the feeder in 4k - 4 in a series [Video] (1:00)

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird weighing less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz).

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph) and some species can dive at speeds in excess of 22 m/s (79 km/h; 49 mph).[1][2]

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.[3] To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.[4] — Wikipedia

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): Back Again – 6 in a series from My Word [Video] (0:50)

March 6th, 2018 Comments off

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): Back Again – 6 in a series from My Word

This Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) returned to the garden again, so I’ll be sharing a series of video clips of its behaviors for those interested in raptors.

In this video, it’s bath time and an exuberant one at that!

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii): Back Again - 6 in a series from My Word

 

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 1 in a series [Video] (0:58)

February 27th, 2018 Comments off

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close – 1 in a series [Video] (0:58)

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is available in 4k. I recently upgraded my camera and am trying it out on a variety of subjects.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Up Close - 1 in a series [Video] (0:58)

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In The Kitchen: Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef) from Food Wishes (with video recipe)

February 22nd, 2018 Comments off

This recipe, found on the Food Wishes YouTube Channel, is all about the WOW! You will definitely be surprised by the amount of black pepper it uses, but once it is braised for several hours it all mellows in a wonderful flavor with a little bit of heat on the finish.

I made mine with a simple pot roast from the grocery, instead of the short ribs used in the video, but it came out wonderfully. I just cut the roast into about 6 large chunks. I would made it with short ribs though for anyone who might specially like them.

While this certainly takes a lot of time to cook, it doesn’t require a lot of attention. I did strain the sauce at the end before cooking it down as the rosemary had disintegrated and I personally don’t like chunks of rosemary needles in my food.

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

My version, just getting started

I served mine over polenta, just like the video. I have been using this accompaniment for braised meats and such for a long time. It is a great way of capturing all the juices, and the flavor they bring to the dish.

This is a wonderful collection of flavors and while I don’t often eat large cuts of meat like this, it is definitely a recipe I will make again!

One tip: If you don’t have a tight fitting lid for your large skillet or dutch over, seal the top with aluminum foil and then cover with the existing lid and crimp the edges of the foil. This really helps keep all the moist, juicy, goodness inside over the long cooking time.

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

My largest skillet with foil seal. The foil covers the entire top and then is crimped at the edges.

Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

Food Wishes Finished Version

Some recipes have amusing, or romantic stories for how they came to be, but this peposo isn’t one of them, unless you consider making bad quality beef taste better by covering it in black pepper, amusing or romantic.

As the story goes, the workers who made terracotta tiles in the city of Impruneta, would place this stew into clay pots, and leave it their still-hot kilns overnight, where it would be ready the next morning. Since they were often stuck using less than fresh meat, copious amounts of black peppercorn was used to make the beef palatable.

Read this entire blog post – Peposo dell’Impruneta – Making Bad Beef Better Since Before Columbus on Food Wishes


Recipe: Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

Ingredients for 6 portions:

6 bone-in beef short ribs (about 8 to 10 ounces each)
1 tablespoon kosher salt to coat the beef
8 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, freshly crushed
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
3-4 sage leaves
3-4 small sprigs rosemary
2 cups red wine, preferably Chianti
2 bay leaves
salt to taste, to adjust sauce

Simmer on low, covered, about 3 1/2 hours, or until fork tender. Turn occasionally.


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