The Japanese Tea Rooms

I was out and about at the amazing Huntington Gardens and Huntington Library a couple of weeks ago. It is a fascinating display, both in the mansion and grounds. A truly magnificent collection of plants, trees, cacti, succulents and shrubs from around the globe. The grounds are so well put together and some the fine collections have been well maintained and cared for over many years, allowing the gardens to mature in a veritable paradise! I took a couple of photos while there and would like to add a few to this page, so you get a feel for the beauty and history which embodies Huntington Gardens…

Japanese Tea Room 3 by Mike-Hope

The Japanese Tea Rooms by Mike-Hope 

Japanese Tea Room by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Rooms 2 by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Room 2 by Mike-Hope

Japanese Tea Rooms 3 by Mike-Hope

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed the pics…


Rainforest Connection – Phones Turned to Forest Guardians

Hi all,

I have been checking this out and find it fascinating on how we can use old phones to potentially stop illegal deforestation of the rain forests, in both Africa and South America. This illegal logging speeds the extinction of endangered species and significantly adds to the effects of global climate change!  This ultimately effects every one of us as we share this planet with many other creatures all of which have a right to survive.  Take a moment to check it out and I think you’ll appreciate what these guys are trying to do. They can also use a little help to get this great project well and truly off the ground.  Great work guys and you’ve got my support!!!

Here is a an extract from their site – the project is supported by KICKSTARTER

See what Neil Young, Environmentalist, Musician, Inventor, has to say...

Watch the Video

Technology to stop illegal logging and poaching on-the-spot. It’s our answer to climate change & mass extinctions.
Rainforest Connection - Kickstarter

Rainforest Connection – Kickstarter

How will it be done…
Rainforest Connection

Rainforest Connection



What is Rainforest Connection?


Rainforest Connection (RFCx) transforms recycled smartphones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices that can detect and pinpoint signs of environmental destruction activity—such as chainsaws, gunshots and animal distress calls—at great distance.

Current detection systems rely on satellites which show rainforest destruction days or weeks too late. Our system provides  the world’s first real-time logging/poaching detection system. We can pinpoint deforestation activity the moment it begins, while simultaneously streaming the data openly and immediately to anyone around the world.

Rainforest Connection - Kickstarter

Rainforest Connection – Kickstarter

With the Rainforest Connection mobile app, any interested person from around the world can listen-in on the rainforest anytime, from anywhere…

Taking it one step further: the Rainforest Connection mobile app




In late 2014,  web & mobile apps will be released to let backers stream the LIVE sounds of the rainforest in Africa and the AmazonJust click Play above to hear the sounds of the rainforest as captured by the RFCx system in Sumatra.

Rainforest Connection - Press

Rainforest Connection – Press


Listen to the cry of the forest!

Rainforest Connection


Learn more…




I really appreciate you taking a moment look at this as it’s using technology for a great cause! I like it a lot…


Hermosa Beach – One Minute on Earth Project – June 21st, 2014

I took this shot on Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach yesterday as part of the One Minute on Earth photo project with Everyone takes a photo at exactly the same time around the world. Then Kujaja will put together a book where all the proceeds go to helping a children’s orphanage in Cape Town South Africa!! I’ll keep you posted on the progress…
Taken at Hermosa Beach Pier Ave. June 21st, 2014

Taken at Hermosa Beach Pier Ave. June 21st, 2014

You can see the actual picture at
Thank you for taking a look and check out all the One Minute on Earth photos at KuJaJa. I think you’ll like them…

COSMOS -A Spacetime Odyssey

Have you been watching  Cosmos 2014 with Neil DeGrasse Tyson? This is quite amazing and a real tribute to Carl Sagan who co-wrote and presented the original awesome series!! If you haven’t seen this series you should check it out the production is amazing and the logic flawless.  The last enthralling episode will help many of us understand more fully the causes and consequences of global climate change. For some this may be an eye opener and for all it should be a call to action!! You can check it out on-line at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey


“We are alive thanks to our countless ancestors who have survived for over 3 billion years”

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Carl Sagan

Let’s turn Carl Sagan’s vision and Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s tenacity into reality. We can make this into a “Garden of Eden“, we have the power if we have the will!! The strength of humanity is in it’s common bond and that common bond can drive us to great things. As it says on the web photo “We are alive thanks to our countless ancestors who have survived for over 3 billion years” To reflect on this, just for a short time, makes us realise that hardships and sacrifices they all went through to bring us to this point in our long and turbulent history. Let’s not forget our heritage and do what all those millions of voices would be imploring us to do! After all it is their world too…

Thanks for stopping by,

Mike Hope


Photos from Calico Ghost Town

Hi All,

I was passing by Calico Ghost Town the other week on the way back from Vegas and decided to stop by. It was just around five in the afternoon and the sun was getting low. Most people had left for the day and we just managed to slip in. It was great, quiet and a just a little creepy!! This is an old silver mining town in the Californian Mojave desert off Interstate 15. A great place to get some photos of a bit of western history!! I have posted some up on my 500PX site  and on fine art site too.

Fire - Bucket Mike-Hope

Take a look and let me know what you think…

Here’s a bit from Wikapedia on Calico:

Calico is a ghost town and former mining town in San Bernardino CountyCaliforniaUnited States. Located in the Calico Mountains of the Mojave Desert region of Southern California, it was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, and today has been converted into a county park. Located off Interstate 15, it lies 3 miles (4.8 km) from Barstow and 3 miles from YermoGiant lettersspelling CALICO can be seen on the Calico Peaks behind the ghost town from the freeway. Walter Knott purchased Calico in 1950s, architecturally restoring all but the five remaining original buildings to look as they did in 1880s. Calico received California Historical Landmark #782

Check Guns Mike-Hope

All Guns Check At Saddle Shop by Mike Hope

Thanks for stopping by,

Mike Hope

The Power of Photography – National Geographic – 125 years.

This should really be a great exhibit and I can’t wait to check this out. The Power of Photography – National Geographic – 125 yearsIt starts this weekend, October 26th, at the Annenberg Space for Photography at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. The exhibit is FREE and parking is a dollar with Annenberg validation…

National Geographic - Tribute

The Power of Photography

The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Check it out and let me know what you think….

…I still have a bunch of old National Geographis hard cover, going back to 1927 and beyond., I can’t give them up!!

Thanks again for stopping by,

Mike Hope

Joel Sartore

A photo by Joel Sartore – National Geographic Photographer and Speaker


Redondo Harbor Drive Mosaic Wall Project

Now here is something on a much lighter note. I ride by here most weekends and have been watching the progress with interest. I think it is really great that people with so much talent are able to bring that little bit of joy into our lives and surroundings. The Redondo Harbor Drive Mosaic Wall Project…

Redondo Harbor Drive Mosaic Project

… is just one of them and the artists, Patrice Linnett and Deborah Collette, are working their magic on the wall.  If you havn’t seen it you should check it out.  Also, the steps on the Avenue of the Arts on Redondo Pier. I was amazed at this and  admire it everytime I walk or ride by. I stopped there the other day and took the picture below of my daughter Roxanna with the mosaic steps in the background.


Peace One Day – live from Wembley Stadium – September 21st!!

Hi All,

Check out Peace One Day live from Wembley Stadium on YouTube. September 21st, 2012.

Peace One Day is delighted that Elton John will be headlining the event on Peace Day 21 September, which also features performances from James Morrison and 2CELLOS, at Wembley Arena London. Introductions will be made by Peace One Day Ambassador Jude Law, Lily Cole and I, with special contributions from around the world.

If you can’t be there be part of it!! check it out on YouTube!


Peace One Day

Peace for a Day!! 21st of September, 2011. Be somewhere on that day and just try to attend one of the events. You can learn more at Peace One Day

Please check out the site. This could save lives all around the globe. Together we can make a difference! twit it, Facebook it, pass it around!!