Learning Curve on Fresno State Campus

World renowned artist, Patrick Dougherty’s, latest creation was unveiled in Fresno yesterday.  The sculpture, titled the Learning Curve, is made from willow saplings and other organic materials.  The monumental scale environmental installation begs to be touched, smelled, and walked through.  Look for it on the CSUFresno campus near the Conley Art Building.  You can see more of Dougherty’s work on-line at stickwork.net.

Who Stole The Lake? - part 2

More images of Shaver Lake, CA taken Dec. 27, 2011.
Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA - 12/27/2011 by David Billman

Who Stole the Lake?

While out photographing homes in the community of Shaver Lake, CA the other day I drove up to take a look at the lake and this was my view.  Since my camera was close at hand I snapped a couple of images to share with you.  If you get the opportunity you should take the drive yourself.
Shaver Lake, CA 12/21/2011   •   by David Billman

Shaver Lake, CA 12/21/2011   •   by David Billman
For more on what is going on at Shaver Lake, check out this ABC30 news story from 12/17/2011:


Half Dome from Dewey Point

Half Dome and Clouds Rest are only two of the majestic Yosemite peaks that can be appreciated from Dewey Point.

Dewey Point Panormic View

From the vantage point of Dewey Point, you can look down into Yosemite Valley and take in panoramic views that include many well know peaks such as El Capitan, Half Dome, North Dome, and Cloud’s Rest. This awesome vista spans far into the eastern Sierras.

In the winter, snow shoers and cross country skiers can reach Dewey by starting from the Badger Pass ski resort parking lot. To take this 8 mile round trip trail, follow the graded cross country path that follows Glacier Point Road. Watch for signs on the left of the road as they point the turn onto the Dewey Point trail. The first turn indicating it is a more difficult route than the second that you will find across from Summit meadow & the rest facility.

Islands in the clouds...

On Wednesday morning I was on my way up to Shaver Lake to photograph a few homes and on my way up I witnessed this beautiful sight. So at the top of the Highway 168 4 lane I pulled into the vista stop and snapped this photo with my cell phone camera.

Kings Canyon Panoramic Point

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks have breathtaking trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking.

This photo shows the view from Panoramic Point that includes views of mountain ranges in both parks and includes Hume Lake.

A 2.5 one-way snowshoe or you can drive this distance in the summer and take a 5 minute walk to this vista point. Whether going on foot or in a car, the road begins at the right side of the John Muir Lodge at Grant Grove Village in Kings Canyon.

Oldtown Clovis

Oldtown Clovis is a great place to eat, shop, or just stroll.  During the Christmas season it's nice to take a break from the busy shopping malls and enjoy a more laid back experience.


Oldtown Clovis Fire Station No. 1

Thanks to a Federal Government grant the beautiful Clovis Fire Station No. 1 will be reopening in 2011.

Wintertime near Oldtown Clovis

One thing I love about the downtown Clovis area is there are many beautiful and safe places to walk.  This photo was taken just outside the playground area of the Catholic School OLPH.

Fresno REALTORS Attend Epic Ensembles

Fresno and Clovis REALTORS, Ken and Carol Maul, were delighted with Epic Ensembles, part of California State University, Fresno's (CSUF) 12th CSU Summer Arts season.

Included in the Ensemble were Thomas Loewenheim on the Cello, Bruce Bransby on Bass, Leor Maltinski and Limon Toren-Immerman, Violin, Evan N. Wilson playing Viola and Antoinette Perry on the piano.

Loewenheim is currently the Head of Strings, Professor of Cello and Conductor of the University Orchestra at CSUF;  Bransby served as principal double bass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Carolo Maria Giullini and Andre Previn; Maltinski is the Isaac Stern Chair of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Perry is a performer in festivals throughout the United States; Toren-Immerman serves as Concertmaster for the Mozart Classical Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of South Bay; Wilson is Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Part of the Fresno State Centennial celebration, CSU Summer Arts is celebrating its 25th season and its 12th season at Fresno State.     Directed by Jim Spalding, the Summer Arts programs is bringing over 40 public events to this area.   Some of the best artists from throughout the world are in residence at Summer Arts, sharing their art and skills.

Epic Ensembles will make another concert appearance on Monday, July 19.

The Summer Arts Season ends on July 23, 2010.

For a complete schedule and more information, see CSU Summer Arts.

Fresno REALTORS Thrilled with Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Fresno

Fresno and Clovis REALTORS, Ken and Carol Maul, were privileged to attend the Youth Orchestras of Fresno concert at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall on the Clovis North Campus of the Clovis Unified School District.

Under the director of Thomas Loewenheim, conductor, the 101 musicians in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra performed the Violin Concerto in D Major by Brahms with Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman.   Also presented was Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12 in D Minor.

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the Shastakovich Twelfth Symphony again in Los Angeles on June 16.   There they will be playing at the Orchestra Festival at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Youth Orchestras of Fresno is comprised of musicians from over 50 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as local colleges.   It was established in 1950 as an all-city ensemble.   Today it is an independent nonprofit serving youth throughout California's Central Valley.   Over 200 students participate in the three orchestras:   The Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.    The participants range in age from 6 to 19 and come from 15 cities.

Auditions for the orchestras are scheduled for August 28 and 29 and September 4 and 5 of this year.      Programs are scheduled for 2010 and 2011.   For more information and concert dates see Youth Orchestras of Fresno.

Super Adoption TODAY (5/15/10) till 4:00

Looking for a new 4 legged friend? Better hot foot it over to Super Adoption 2010 held on 5/15/10 till 4:00 at CSUF's O'Neill Park. 600 dogs & cats just waiting for a loving home. This is a joint effort of animal shelters in Fresno, Madera, Tulare & Kings counties. Check out the Valley Animal Coalition's web site for info on adopting a pet any day of the year.