Camera, subject…& 80,000 volts of electricity? The Peninsula’s newest photo exhibit may shock you.

Art Ventures Gallery presents Robert Buelteman’s explorations around Stanford’s Jasper Ridge, and features an electrifying new technique. by Sheryl Nonnenberg Robert Buelteman was granted permission from Stanford University to document the protected habitat of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Pictured: “Black Oak” by Robert Buelteman (Image courtesy of Art Ventures Gallery) Art can take us to places we have never been and places we cannot access. Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve has been ...

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From street to screen: Menlo Park filmmaker tackles female homelessness in upcoming documentary

Local resident Laura Ferro aims to shine a light on the plight of unhoused pregnant women. Laura Ferro, a Menlo Park director making a documentary about women who are homeless and pregnant in the Bay Area, is photographed in Menlo Park on Jan. 12. Photo by Magali Gauthier. Menlo Park resident Laura Ferro is raising funds for a project to complete a documentary she is directing about women who are homeless and ...

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Biggest waves in 10 years: Photos & vids of surf icons riding the 50-foot monsters at Mavericks

Get an up-close look at the epic action happening out on the coast. Peter Mel navigates a monster wave during the epic session at Mavericks on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Euan Rannachan/Euanart) As you’ve probably already heard, it’s been a big season at Mavericks this year. And by “big,” we mean epic, monstrous and kinda scary. Kai Lenny goes under the rainbow at Mavericks, on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Euan Rannachan/Euanart) Yes, ...

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Up close and six feet away: It’s the 650’s socially-distanced Year in Photos

From Covid to comets, see what our photogs captured through the lens. Oak Knoll Elementary School first-graders snack (socially-distanced) at the start of recess at the Menlo Park school on Sept. 29, 2020. All students must sit six feet apart and face the same direction. After eating, they sanitize their hands and play in a predetermined area on campus: the field, the blacktop or the playground. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) 2020. It’s a ...

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We’re positive: Nine pandemic-proof 650 stories that made us smile this year

A recently discovered comet, a long lost concert, feral cats, the best Vietnamese food in America….and much more. Scenes from the 6–5–0 (sans pandemic, wildfires, political chaos and other 2020 insanity). Ok, look—we could have given you a standard year in review, where we rehash every major storyline of this deranged shit show of a dumpster fire that was the past 12 months. And we got exactly seven seconds into doing that ...

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Wonders of the water: Meet the tide pool whisperer of the San Mateo coastline

Local resident Aron Sanchez has curated an engaging Instagram account of aquatic oddities, coastal creatures and other rapidly-disappearing denizens of the sea A purple sea star gorges on a mossy chitin; San Mateo County, June 2015. (Image via Aron Sanchez/Waterbod) Aron Sanchez never really liked the beach while growing up. It’s a paradox, of course, for a guy who has amassed 119,000 followers on Instagram as a result of clocking long hours on ...

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Silicon Valley Stargazing: here’s how to see Comet Neowise on the SF Peninsula…this week!

We checked in with an astronomer (and local photographers too) to get the best tips for viewing…and then we went out and had a look. A composite image capturing Neowise in the early a.m. hours over Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, in San Jose. (Photo by Dan Pruyn) We checked in with an astronomer (and local photographers too) to get the best tips for viewing…and then we went out and had a ...

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CLICK! Check out the 25 winning images from the Six Fifty’s annual Peninsula Photo Contest

Youth Honorable Mention: Rohan Vaswani, “Under the Sails” 2019, Sydney, Australia. This year’s winners offered up an engaging assortment of enticing visuals Well…perhaps it is just all too easy to lose sight of the craft of photography these days. After all, our phones and apps and Insta have all made point-and-shoot—once a derisive term to any respectable shutterbug—the day-to-day default mode of modern photography. Best in Show/Travel Winner: Teri Vershel, “Laundry Day” July, 2019, ...

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“We’re up against it.” Images of the 1906 quake — the Peninsula’s most famous forgotten catastrophe

Front of Stanford Quad — Louis Agassiz statue fallen in front of Zoology Building; 1906. (Image via the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) “We’re up against it.” Images of the 1906 earthquake — the Peninsula’s most famous forgotten catastrophe On the anniversary of the Bay Area’s worst disaster, take a visual tour as a reminder of what we’ve overcome in the past. It is widely remembered as “the San Francisco Earthquake.” And rightfully so, since the 7.9 magnitude quake ...

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Scenes from Silicon Valley: take a visual tour of the Peninsula’s Covid-19 response

The line of hundreds of customers starts to move as Costco opens in Mountain View on the morning of March 15, 2020. The line serpentined through much of the parking lot. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Six Fifty/Palo Alto Weekly photographer Magali Gauthier puts on a corona-sweater to get the shot Toss that day’s used masks and gloves in the garbage. Sanitize hands. Wipe down camera, laptop and car with disinfecting wipes. Remove sweater. ...

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