ZooTunes With Friends

I attended my first ZooTunes concert recently to hear to ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Jake is from Hawaii (!) and a truly amazing musician. Plus, he looks like he’s having so much fun on stage, it’s infectious. The ZooTunes concerts are wonderfully casual, and we snuck in some wine along with our picnic foods. “Professional” cameras aren’t allowed so I brought my Lumix GF-1 which is compact and doesn’t look as “pro” as my Canon 5d MkIII. It doesn’t have much of a telephoto, so there aren’t any great Jake photos. 

ZooTunes picnic
Jake Shimabukuro on stage at ZooTunes
My friend Connie, looking ever radiant.


And though it was a sold-out concert, when Jake played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” you could hear a pin drop. I think even the animals were hypnotized by the song’s beauty, as interpreted by Jake. This clip isn’t from ZooTunes, but I wanted you to be able to hear it for yourself.


Beth Evans-RamosJuly 13, 2012 - 7:09 pm

It looks like you had a terrific time at your zoo concert. I haven’t been to one since my boys were really boys. We are overdue to do this fun event again.

Julie | PhotoMura ImagesJuly 15, 2012 - 6:47 pm

I hope you get a chance to attend a Zoo concert soon, and I also hope you were able to listen to a bit of Jake on the link. So lovely.

Of Cats and Men

I had the pleasure of seeing Grand Master Jimmy Mirikitani at the Wing Luke Museum recently. If you haven’t seen the film, The Cats of Mirikitani, please stop reading now and find a copy and watch it. For me, it’s a testament to love and a spirit that would not be extinguished. Jimmy Mirikitani was homeless, living on the streets and making art in New York City when documentary filmmaker Linda Hattendorf became intrigued by this man, and started to film him. We learn that Jimmy was born in the US but his family moved to Hiroshima, Japan when he was young. There he witnessed the deaths of many of his family members in the bombing. After moving back to the US, Jimmy rebuilds his life, which is then interrupted by the Japanese American internment camps. Many years later, Jimmy is in his eighties and is living on the streets. After 9/11, Linda, out of concern for Jimmy’s safety and health, takes him in to live in her apartment. Then his incredible story unfolds, and love and friendship begin to heal old wounds.

How many times have we turned our faces away from the people who are homeless, in need, fragile? Linda Hattendorf did not, and the love and affection that she and Jimmy have for each other is deep and sustaining. Jimmy’s now 93, and living in an apartment and still making art. Love truly does heal.

Jimmy flashes the peace sign whenever he can, saying “Make art, not war.”

Jimmy Mirikitani
Jimmy Mirikitani
Jimmy Mirikitani
Jimmy Mirikitani
Jimmy Mirikitani

And a rare PhotoMura sighting, courtesy of Lucky.

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JenJuly 10, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your photos are so lovely and you really captured that night so elegantly. We have the artwork shown in your first photo in our living room and it makes me smile each time I look at it. It was truly a great night.

Photo fun with Beth

My good friend, Beth, of Mama Knows Her Cocktails, has a tantalizing website full of cocktail recipes, entertaining tips and gardening gems. She has been busy sharpening her photographic skills and one afternoon we got together to work on a few studio set-ups. If you’re interested in learning more about craft cocktails in a down-to-earth, non-fussy way, Mama Knows Her Cocktails is for you. Is anyone thirsty yet?

Beth Evans-RamosJune 22, 2012 - 10:25 am

Of course, I am IN LOVE with these photos! The details you capture with your amazing artistic talents are stunning. Thank you for taking pictures of me taking pictures during our creative day together. (I have a post scheduled for Monday with the kitchen counter picture, and will link it to this even better photo essay.)

The Divine Miss M: A Family Portrait of Love

What a joy it was to photograph Rob and Rob and their baby, Miss M. This family came together with the help of the good work of Amara, a non-profit adoption agency in Madrona. I’ve worked with Amara for four years now, and this experience has shaped how I define love and family. Seeing the love in Rob and Rob’s eyes for their daughter warms my heart. And this family is so darn attractive, even the dog has a great smile!


Beth Evans-RamosJune 20, 2012 - 2:37 pm

What a joyful and happy family!

Julie | PhotoMura ImagesJune 20, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Thank you Beth. It was such a pleasure and privilege to be able to be part of this family’s life, if only for a couple of hours.

Weekend in La Conner, Washington (a little of this, a little of that)

Lucky, Kai and I spent the weekend exploring the quaint town of La Conner, and doing a little hiking near Deception Pass. There was more eating and drinking than hiking, I’m afraid. But the weather was unexpectedly lovely, and a good time was had by all critters, both two- and four-legged.

LaConner_WA_PhotoMura Images
LaConner_WA_PhotoMura Images
LaConner_WA_PhotoMura Images


LaConner_WA_PhotoMura Images
LaConner_WA_PhotoMura Images

Beth Evans-RamosJune 20, 2012 - 2:34 pm

The picture of the peeling white painted wall is my kind of beautiful. All these photos convey their own sense of beauty.

Julie | PhotoMura ImagesJune 20, 2012 - 8:23 pm

We will have to go on a photo safari soon! I love finding these lovely scenes in unexpected places.

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