Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beauty of BIG SUR California by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Photography by Robert Swetz
Beauty of BIG SUR California by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

For anyone that has been to BIG SUR California these photos and video are going to bring back some great memories. And for anyone that has never been to BIG SUR California ... "Shame On You" and what are you waiting for?

Photography by Robert Swetz

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz had the privilege to once again visit one of his favorite places along the pacific coast today and here are several photos that I took along the way.
Along with a video that I took several years ago when I was in BIG SUR. This video footage of BIG SUR was loaded up to YouTube and I am not very impressed with YouTube because the actual video blows away the one I presented here on the post. Unless you (PAY) YouTube money for High Definition video all you get is this low definition one. The actual video I took of BIG SUR was taken with a $6000 dollar video camera and it is tucked away in my video library along with 100's of other videos.
Anyway here it is below in YouTube mode ...

I guess you get what you pay for!
So for anyone that hasn't ever been to visit BIG SUR I would suggest you put it in your 'Bucket List' along with a visit to Carmel, Monterey Bay and some other wonderful places north of BIG SUR.
Vegas Bob has been visiting BIG SUR since he was a teenager and still continues to this day because once you've actually been to BIG SUR and viewed it's beauty live and close-up you will be taken away ...

Photography by Robert Swetz
Photographs & Video taken by Robert Swetz

Alaska Bob enjoying the warm weather in BIG SUR Califor - ActiveRain

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Sep 27, 2015 - Alaska Bob enjoying the warm weather in BIG SUR California. By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz. Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group 211236.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Did Robert Swetz capture UFO in a Cloud?

Did Robert Swetz capture UFO in a Cloud?

Robert Swetz aka Vegas Bob has been taking photographs for over 35 years and when he comes across a strange object in the sky, he begins to wonder.
I begin to wonder what that green ball is in the cloud? Could it be a UFO? Maybe some aircraft from another country? A drone?
I have spent many late nights into early hours around AREA 51, parts of New Mexico and other states across the US looking into the sky. Looking at satellites, shooting stars and other moving objects. 
In fact several years ago when I was on the edge of AREA 51 by Rachel Nevada around midnight and I had my cameras, video camera and binoculars out looking into the sky. I was alone and all of a sudden cars and trucks started driving up to the same location from the east a couple hours later.
They also had cameras, binoculars and chairs that they sat on as they also looked into the sky. After about one hour I slowly went over to them and asked some of them what they were looking at, some of them said satellites and UFOs. I asked some of them if they have ever seen a UFO and they replied yes  haven't you? I proceeded to ask another gentleman what a UFO looked like and he said UFOs come in many shapes and forms. He first sighting of a UFO was when he was around 5 years old, he said the UFO was long and shaped like a cigar. He stated that the UFO would slowly move from electrical power lines sucking electricity from them.
As I talked with many of them about UFOs they started to show me while looking into the stars what they look like compared to satellites, planets and shooting stars.
The people that I met that evening were a special group of people from Idaho that travel to different parts of the US viewing UFOs. They also mentioned that their favorite place to view with more sightings then anywhere across the country was around AREA 51 in Nevada.
So what's your opinion?
What is this little green looking ball in the clouds? And have you ever seem a UFO?

Photography by Robert Swetz
This photograph was taken in Homer Alaska by Robert Swetz in May 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lake Home or Cabin Vegas Bob wants to purchase

Lake Home
 Lake Home or Cabin Vegas Bob wants to purchase

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz owned a lake property in northern Minnesota 25 years ago that he sold 2 years ago because he hadn't had a chance to stay in it for almost 8 years. With 161 feet of shore line on Island Lake by Northome Minnesota Robert's property was very beautiful but the winters there were colder than winters in Anchorage Alaska, dropping down to 20-30 below zero.

Lake Home

Robert also owned a river property in northern California with 600 feet on the Mad River with 11 acres of rolling black oak trees that he sold 16 years ago. Located in Humboldt county after marijuana became legal Robert ended up losing approx $450,000 dollars in equity if he had not sold it when he did.

Lake Home

Robert has been searching once again for a very small home or cabin on a lake with some privacy. It doesn't have to be big or fancy, in fact a fixer-upper would be just fine. And Robert doesn't want a lake home in Alaska because he already spent most of the summer looking in 2015.

Lake Home

 Robert would like to find a lake/cabin home in states between Nevada and Alaska where the temps don't reach below zero. States like Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho or western Montana.
Now if Robert can find a great deal in another state, well there might be a chance we would be interested in a purchase.
The lake that Robert is interested in finding a home/cabin can't be some little pond and or small lake, Robert wants a home on a lake where he can travel and cruise around searching for fish and adventure.

Lake Home Dock

Monday, August 15, 2016

Home Buyers: There is no such thing as a Perfect Home

Perfect Home

Home Buyers: There is no such thing as a Perfect Home

Last week I asked a question to the Q & A platform "Is there such thing as a Perfect Home" and around 80% of the answers that came in from ActiveRain members was ... NO!

Perfect Home

I believe that the Perfect Home is in the eyes of the beholder, and every ones opinion of the Perfect Home is different.
For example: take a look at the home right (above), a architect more than likely designed this home and he may think this is the Perfect Home for him, and some people may think it's ugly.

Perfect Home

Whether we are single, married with no children, married with 6 children, young, middle aged, or retired, everyone has that idea of the Perfect Home.
People like different colors, pools, no pools, 1 stories, 2 stories, 3 stories, log homes, earth homes, dome homes, igloos (just checking to see if your paying attention) and just about every type of home you could ever imagine as the Perfect Home.

Perfect Home

And even if we think we have either found that Perfect Home and or helped create that Perfect Home by home improvements, fixing up etc, as we get older our idea of the Perfect home starts to change once again.
Many years ago a persons career lasted a life time and in this day and age a person may go through 3 different careers.

Perfect Home

And then we have styles that come and go over the years, the 1930's, 40's 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, etc that are forever changing. Some styles come back into style and some only come around once.
So if Home Buyers are looking for that Perfect Home, there really isn't the Perfect Home.
Now if Home Buyers are looking for a specific home to their liking and or one that fits their needs and or one they feel they could fix up and call the Perfect Home, wonderful!
So for all you Home Buyers that keep looking and looking and looking for that Perfect Home, please stop being so picky. You can paint it a different color, you can tear out the carpet, you can do so many different things to a home to help to make it your Perfect Home.

And always remember ... You are not married to your home, you can sell it any time you like until you feel you have found the Perfect Home!

Perfect Home
Personally I like these homes on the lake because I grew up around water when my grandfather owned a lake home when I was young and growing up. Every time I get around a home on a lake it brings back happy memories ... ;o)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Is this trick photography or creative photography?

Is this trick photography or creative photography?

With all the technology in our computers and smart phones it has become easy to photoshop and doctor up photographs. And with so much of it going on our definitions of  doctored, photoshopped and trick photography continue to change.
This is quite a simple question and there may be a gray spot on the definition of this photograph below.
I took this photograph Saturday 8/13/2016 at the very far end of the longest pier in the United States and can you guess that pier?
SANTA CRUZ Pier in California
Now when looking at this photograph I didn't put on any special lens, filters, etc, and when I took this photo and it looks like the sun has set in the horizon behind the street light on the pier.
But really what I did was take the sun that actually wouldn't be setting for another hour and moved around until the sun shining in the sky was located right behind the glass bottom of the light. So it looks like the light is on and the sun has set in the horizon, but if you look real close you can see the sun reflecting off the water in front of the horizon ;o)

So would this be trick photography or creative photography? You decide ...

Photography by Robert Swetz

Snapshots of 100 year old homes in Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

Snapshots of 100 year old homes in Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz spent the whole day Saturday in Santa Cruz California staying out of the extreme heat in San Jose.
Vegas Bob usually parks away from the crowds up on the bluff of West Cliff Drive and Cowell Street overlooking the bluff to Santa Cruz Pier.
West Cliff Drive is a beautiful area filled with homes that date back 100 years, and as I walked along the roads where I parked my car I snapped a view photos.

Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

This home above is one of my favorites located on Santa Cruz Street and West Cliff Drive.

Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

Here is another beautiful home located just behind the first photo, this home is facing the pacific ocean on West Cliff Drive.

Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz

Here is a great photo of the front door entry of a beautiful looking home and the design is very impressive, along with another front door entry of  home next to this one.

Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz
Robert Swetz spends quite a few weekends playing around Santa Cruz which is only 30 miles from where he is staying in San Jose. Biggest reason would be 15-20 degree cooler temperatures and the beauty of the pacific coast.
As you can see Santa Cruz Beach was packed with families playing along the beach, fishing off the Santa Cruz Pier and playing along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.
Every Friday from the beginning of June till September musical bands play twice per night on Fridays the it's FREE ... ;o)

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach

TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 17 - September 2, 2016

 

 


2016 Concert Schedule

June 17Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner
"Hot Blooded"
June 24Blue Ã–yster Cult
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
July 1The Tubes, Featuring Fee Waybill
"She's A Beauty"
July 8The Family Stone
"Everyday People"
July 15Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie
"Black Magic Woman"
July 22Toad the Wet Sprocket
"All I Want"
July 29Taylor Dayne
"Tell It To My Heart"
Aug 5Y & T
"Summertime Girls"
Aug 12Foghat
"Slow Ride"
Aug 19Smash Mouth
"All Star"
Aug 26Los Lobos
"La Bamba"
Sept 2Papa Doo Run Run
"(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"
Santa Cruz by Robert Swetz
All photographs taken by Robert Swetz 8/13/2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In 2 weeks Robert Vegas Bob Swetz will be fishing in Alaska

Alaska by Robert Swetz

In 2 weeks Robert Vegas Bob Swetz will be fishing in Alaska

Robert Swetz is getting very excited because in 2 weeks he will be with his family in Alaska fishing halibut in Homer Alaska.

Alaska by Robert Swetz

I remember several months ago when I was booking a round trip flight from San Jose to Anchorage thinking I would have to wait forever, but now it's only 2 weeks away.

Alaska by Robert Swetz

I am sure hoping the weather is going to be nice and sunny on my visit to Alaska because my wife mentioned it has been raining up in Anchorage everyday for almost 2 weeks.
But even if it's raining I am going to have a great time and will be trying to catch that record halibut.
Halibut can reach up to 400 lbs and I can't even imagine catching one this big. Word has it the best eating halibut are around 85 lbs and I am fishing to eat them so with a family of 6, each person keeping 2 fish this comes out to be a lot of halibut for my family and I to eat ;o)

Alaska by Robert Swetz