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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Evolve beyond Instagram: The 650’s Peninsula Photo Contest is back

2019 Honorable Mention “A Moment of Reflection” by Andrew Valencia Yan Show off your imagery, get noticed and win cash prizes for your photo skills. Deadline is extended to March 30th. SF Peninsula photographers of all ages and skill levels who live, work or attend school within the 650 area code are invited to submit entries for six different visual categories: HumorPortraitsThe Natural WorldMomentsAbstractTravel Click here for full information on rules and entry guidelines Clockwise from top left: ...

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With 1000 new images, Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center builds their world class photography collection

With 1000 new images, Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center builds up a world class photography collection Why curator Elizabeth Mitchell is slowly releasing the new historic print collection in three separate shows By Sheryl Nonnenberg New York c. 1942 by Helen Levitt, U.S.A., 1913–2009. (Image courtesy of Cantor Arts Center Collection, The Capital Group Foundation Photography Collection at Stanford University) When the Cantor Arts Center received a gift of 1,000 photographs from the Capital Group Foundation ...

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Get up close with Año Nuevo’s elephant seals in all of their blubbery, bewhiskered glory

Año Nuevo celebrity seal Mr. Elliot crawls along the dunes during Seal Adventure Saturday at the State Park, in 2012. Elliot, a three-ton male, wears scars along his neck from when, as a yearling, he had a plastic toilet seat stuck around his head. (Photo by Charles Russo) Now is the time to visit the world famous NorCal breeding grounds. In the animal kingdom, the seal family won’t be winning any prizes in the ...

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Urchins & Anenomes: photos from King Tide weekend on the San Mateo Coastside

The view westward from Mavericks Beach, as dozens of spectators and sea foragers comb the low tide. (Photo by Charles Russo) It was a tide pool wonderland during the exceptionally low tide this week. What goes up also comes down. It was this simple law of nature that had Pillar Point Harbor (and the adjacent Princeton-by-the-Sea neighborhood) abuzz this weekend, as families, fishermen and local nature lovers alike all made the trek out to Mavericks Beach ...

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