Thailand: Wat Bang Kung (Tree Temple)

Written by drseb on April 4th, 2010

Wat Bang Kung (Tree Temple) is a temple in the province of Samut Songkhram, as it was left abandoned the jungle ended covered it entirely.


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Thailand: Samut Songkhram

Written by drseb on April 4th, 2010

On my first day in Thailand I visited Samut Songkhram about 50 miles south west of Bangkok. One oddity was a day market installed on the railroad. Trains pass by several times a day and merchants manage to remove and put back their products in no time.

This is not a touristic market and you certainly won’t see many foreigners as this is mostly about fresh fruits, fish, and meat. I have to question the freshness given that it was about 35 degrees Celsius on that day.


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San Diego Trip

Written by drseb on November 27th, 2009

Just a few night pictures taken on Coronado Island and its famous Coronado Hotel:

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Downtown San Diego seen from the north east side of Coronado Island:
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Fall colors gallery

Written by drseb on November 14th, 2009

Just a few pictures showcasing Fall colors in the neighborhood:

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Arlington National Cemetery

Written by drseb on October 4th, 2009

John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s grave lit by an eternal Flame:
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Fallen soldiers:
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Washington DC

Written by drseb on October 3rd, 2009

Welcome to Washington DC:
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The White House from the north and south sides:
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Guitar porn: Fender Daphne Blue Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Written by drseb on September 3rd, 2009

Fender Signature Eric Clapton Stratocaster upgraded with Daphne Blue body from Warmoth Guitar Products and Fender Custom Shop 69 pickups with dummy coil pickup.
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Guitar porn: Fender Eric Clapton Custom Shop Gold Leaf Strat

Written by drseb on September 2nd, 2009

In 1996, Fender’s 50th anniversary, Eric Clapton asked the Fender Custom Shop to build a one of a kind guitar.  John Page, then vice president of the Fender Custom Shop, recalls that “Eric was in the search of something special, a piece that could hang in a museum like the Louvre”.  John thought about gilding a Stratocaster using 23K gold leaves, it took three trials prior to finding the right combination of finish/hardware.

EC’s guitar was built by Masterbuilder Mark Kendrick with gold pickguard, control knobs and pickup covers. Eric replaced the pickguard, pickups, and control knobs with the usual white plastic components found on his Signature Stratocaster. The guitar was extensively used in 1997, and sold for $455,000 on June 24th 2004 during the Christies charity auction for the Crossroads Center which he founded in 1998.

In 2004 Guitar Center introduced a limited Masterbuilt edition of the Gold Leaf Strat which retailed for $8000.
Luckily, with a bit of patience you can gild your own guitar body and make your own gold leaf Strat.

I based mine on a brand new Fender Custom Shop Teambuilt Eric Clapton Stratocaster in Mercedes blue finish.
That was a long time ago (~2007) when the price difference between the Teambuilt model and the USA production model was still relatively small:
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The body was replaced by a USACG one-piece alder body finished with 23k gold leaves clear-coated with polyurethane. I also replaced the Vintage Noiseless pickups with a set of Hot Gold Lace Sensors, and upgraded to gold hardware from Fender (except for the bridge from Gotoh):
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Mountain Winery: Live concert with Susan Tedeschi and Jackie Greene

Written by drseb on August 27th, 2009

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The Mountain Winery is located in the hills of the Bay Area, southwest of Saratoga. I favor this outdoor venue for its relatively small size and the quality of the artists gracing the stage. Contrary to stadium-size venues, you can always get close to the stage provided you book your tickets right after they go on sale, I got a front row center seat and being so close to the stage I could not pass on the opportunity to take pictures.

Attending concerts in California is always an interesting experience  as you are bound to have a patron nearby, usually in his/her forties, smoking pot, and hiding it like a teenager. It sure is entertaining and makes 2nd hand smoking a lot more enjoyable than cigarettes…

The concert started at 7:30pm with Jackie Greene (http://www.jackiegreene.com/) opening for  Susan Tedeschi (http://www.susantedeschi.com/).

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Yosemite National Park

Written by drseb on August 8th, 2009

This trip to Yosemite was mostly focused on Glacier Point and some night photography of Yosemite Valley. Let’s start with a few shots of the valley, with the Upper falls followed by Bridalveil falls:

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When driving on route 41 make sure to stop at Wawona tunnel viewpoint for an impressive view on Yosemite valley, you can spot Bridalveil falls Click to continue »