I have again been away from Santa Barbara the last few weeks but have returned for the next 10 days after which I’ll be gone for another week. I am meeting my friends in northern California, near Yreka, to say goodbye to Copco Lake where we have been taking a group photo every 5 years for 40 years. Next January the lake will be drained and the power dam removed to allow salmon to migrate that part of the Klamath River. The lake is nice but visiting with friends has always been the reason we go. We’ll continue taking our photos at my buddy’s cabin every five years until we are all on the other side of the grass, after which the plan is for my son to take a portrait of an empty bench to complete the series, which began in 1982.