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Do you like to do outdoor activities like biking, kayaking or skiing? Well, roof top car racks make it easier to carry your gear to your favorite destinations. Personally, I need a way to transport my canoe, so I decide to get the latest aerodynamic crossbars, the Jetstream bars by Yakima. The product is a bit complicated to install and is rather pricey, but it is worth it if you do a lot of stuff outdoors.

Check out my experience and review of the Yakima Jetstream in my video :) What kind of gear would you like to bring with you on your road trip?

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The following gear I used in this video:
Yakima Jetstream Aerodynamic Bar for Roof Rack, Black, 50″
Yakima KeelOver Rooftop Mounted Canoe Rack
Yakima Baseline, adjustable Towers (4 Pack)
Yakima BaseClip Attachment Mount for Baseline Towers
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
Panasonic HC-V800
GoPro Hero 6

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sketch: tennis postcards

October 5, 2019

postcard_tennis_set_by_al_lau

I have been building a collection of tennis sketches over time. I look back at my early drawings and think, oh my god, what was I thinking? Needless to say, my earlier work left a lot to desire.

I’ve always observed tennis players as good exercises in figure drawing. As they say, draw what you enjoy. Right?

More recently, I am happier with the results of my studies in proportion and action, and I decided that they are finally worthy enough to make into prints. I also left my sketches as line drawings, without painting them, keeping it raw and simple. Kind of a departure from my other subject matter. In fact, they are now available at my store as a set of 4 postcards. Check it out :)

What do you you think?

small vs big crankbait fishing challenge

What lure fires up a Bass to bite? Today, I do a mini challenge to see what the fish are attracted to – a small or a big crankbait, both are by Bagley brand. Crankbaits emulate a scurrying fish when being retrieved in the water. I really like Bagley brand lures because they come in bright neon colors. They almost belong in a Mardi Gras parade! And it is a parade for me when I catch a fish :)

Plus, while I am on the river, I am pleasantly surprised by the presence of a rare endangered bird. It is a sighting of a Peregrine Falcon! You may not know it but I am an aspiring birdwatcher. (I have a bunch of bird feeders outside my window. And I like to see if I can name the birds that visit my deck.)

In my neck of the woods, Peregrine Falcons used to flourish before industrialization, living on the towering cliffs of the Hudson River and the Delaware Water Gap. Then, Peregrines were threatened due to heavy use of pesticides, like DDT, that seeped into the rivers, and drinking water, making their eggs so brittle that babies would not survive. Thankfully, DDT was banned in the 1970s and Peregrine Falcon populations are healthier and returning.

The falcon that I see is very big and fluffy, because it is a female, and females are much bigger than the males. In the distance, if you listen carefully, you can hear the babies. I am blessed to capture her on video perched, while drinking water from the river, and in flight.

Check out my short video, and let me know what you think.

tennis_two_handed_by_al_lau

Even though the last grand slam of the year, the US Open, is over, that doesn’t mean the season is over. Tournaments continue onto Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea. Actually, did you know that tennis competition is a 11-month long season? Players only get a true rest in December. There is always a tournament going on somewhere, internationally.

It seems like it is exhausting for athletes, to travel for so long and so far. Tennis as a career is a life choice and good money can be made if they go up the rankings. Plus, they get to see different beautiful cities. Still, it is great for avid tennis fans, like myself :) Plenty of entertaining games to watch on television!

My drawing is of a player who is very focused, doing a two-handed backhand. As you probably noticed, capturing tennis players in action is my favorite way to practice figure drawing.

Have a great Sunday!

 

smallest fish in cape cod

Do you like the beach and lighthouses? Well, have you ever been to Cape Cod or thinking about going there? Here, I do a mini travel guide and show you a sampler, recommending 5 Fun Things To Do in the Cape, featuring the following; Visiting a lighthouse, biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, paddling on the Bass River, walking in the bay at low tide and touring the Truro Vineyard/Distillery. Plus, I catch the smallest saltwater fish I ever saw. What kind of fish is it?

Check out my short video which is a supplement to last week’s Shark posting. (No dangerous sharks included here.) Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

sketch: great white shark

September 8, 2019

great_white_shark_by_al_lau

Recently, I went to Cape Cod and I did all the awesome activities that the amazing locale has to offer, except one. And that is, swimming in the ocean. Absolutely, no swimming in the sea for me because there have been more sightings of sharks in the area. Sharks are attracted to the population boom of sea lions close to the shoreline. Delicious, fatty sea lions.

In Cape Cod, there are warning signs everywhere to beware and to swim at your own risk. There are even stop-the-bleeding kits stationed at the beaches! Sharks can easily mistake a surfer, body boarder or swimmer for a sea lion meal. If a shark bites you, they won’t go, “I’m sorry, my bad.” The ocean is their domain and who would be the one to blame if a shark and a human cross paths?

Now I am shaking just thinking about it. Anyway, I do a sketch of a Great White Shark. I guess if I want to face my fears, I have to draw it. Right?

Did you swim at the beach this summer? Without the fear of sharks swimming nearby? What animal do you fear?

Whenever I prepare my gear to go fishing, my cat likes to watch me. Not just because there is line involved, but because my tackle makes little clicking sounds I guess. So I make a fishing pole cat toy for play. He likes fishing too! Check out my short video :) Today, I go for pan fish including Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Crappie.

It’s a long holiday weekend, so get out and enjoy!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Bagley Rattlin Killer B Crankbait, Chartreuse Shad
https://amzn.to/2MHe1Dz
Rapala Balsa Xtreme Brat Hard Bait Lure
https://amzn.to/2YXAd26
Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade
https://amzn.to/2VKbZCR
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
https://amzn.to/2N7D9R2
St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
https://amzn.to/2NCxXHE
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
https://amzn.to/2tCZgX7
Boga Grip
https://amzn.to/2GdlGUA
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 8lb Low Vis Green
https://amzn.to/2Kdd8BM
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
https://amzn.to/2LqiUwv
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
https://amzn.to/2q7sWK3
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
https://amzn.to/2PNJTUW
Panasonic HC-V800
https://amzn.to/2QomOsU
GoPro Hero 6
https://amzn.to/2LtDADG

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