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2015 Photographic Art digital calendars are on their way!

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I have been cataloging pictures like crazy this past week, and with the response I got from offering free calendar pages (choose month, year & picture!), I have decided to make a 2015 digital calendar. I will be offering five different calendars:

1. Scenes from San Diego County
2. Little cats
3. Big cats
4. Birds
5. Wildlife from the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, & SeaWorld
6. You choose 12 pictures from my galleries at Fine Art America
7. You provide up to 12 pictures and choose the others

These calendars, while digital, are sized for 8½x11-inch paper, so they can easily be printed. If you’re in a country where paper size is slightly smaller, you can easily have your printer scale the page to fit your paper size with no loss in quality.

For this first iteration, I will be be selling #1 through #5 for $9.99 each, payment via PayPal preferable, but check, cash, and money order also accepted. Payment with credit card can be done through PayPal, and PayPal does not require you to have an account to send money to someone.

I will be selling #6 and #7 for $19.99. Same payment methods.

Here are two calendar pages that I made for a couple of my blog readers:

January 2015 Photographic Art calendar page

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June 2015 Photographic Art calendar page

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All pages will have six weeks, filled in as displayed. No need to flip backward or forward to see the most recent past or future. Note that the week starts on Monday so that Saturday & Sunday are together, like weekend days should be!

You can print one page and hang it on the wall, or print all pages and hang them on the wall. No more having a calendar that is too heavy and constantly falling off the wall!

In future posts for the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring some of my best Photographic Art that I am considering using for calendar pages, such as this one of a spoonbill:

Spoonbill

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You expect me to swim in that?

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I have had so many problems in the past whenever I upgraded Adobe Photoshop. Thus, when Photoshop CC (2014) was released in June, I resisted the temptation to upgrade.

That temptation overcame me today, which means that I started upgrading at around 6:00 this morning and just finished a few minutes ago.

Upgrading for me meant that I had to install a new version of Photoshop CC since it’s a major upgrade and does not install on top of any older versions.

A new version doesn’t recognize Actions, Extension Panels, Plug-ins, etc.

Since I have a lot of that stuff for my Photographic Art enterprise, I had to re-install or re-create everything. So burdensome. One would think that in today’s technological world, a few good programmers would be able to make things go more smoothly. Not the case….

Anyways, everything seems to be working, so I’m back in action. Here’s my first Photographic Art creation using Photoshop CC (2014):

You expect me to swim in that?

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Plastic bags banned (mostly) in California effective 7-1-15

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today that makes California the first state in the nation to ban plastic grocery bags. Interestingly, the news about the legislation says that it will prohibit “large stores” from using the sacks beginning in July 2015. I could find no definition of “large stores,” but the news article states, “The law applies to stores that sell groceries and pharmacies— think Safeway, Target, Walmart, Rite Aid— but not stores that don’t sell those items, like Macy’s.” Hmmm. I think Macy’s qualifies as a “large store.” I’m confused, but government often confuses me, so no big deal there.

Over 120 local California cities and counties currently ban plastic bags. I know the bags are dangerous to our wildlife, but so are the plastic rings that occupy the top of your six packs of canned beer and sodas…. and string…. and rubber bands…. and fishing line…. I don’t see anyone rushing to ban those. Oh, what a tangled web we weave….

Last night, Zoey the Cool Cat had an incident that frightened her, as well as Jim and me. I found a sack stuffed in a cupboard so I put it on the bed for Zoey the Cool Cat to enjoy:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Does she not look happy and satisfied, probably having pleasant dreams of finally catching the mourning doves outside our office window.

I mention the plastic bags because wildlife often get tangled up in them and die. Last night, Zoey the Cool Cat got tangled up in that sack. See the two handles? She got her head through one and couldn’t get out. She took off through the house, trying to get rid of the thing around her neck, frightened and howling. She finally got stuck in a corner where I was able to reach her and get the sack off her neck. It took about 30 minutes of me holding her and talking to her before she calmed down, though. Poor kitty….

I can only imagine what the wildlife outside goes through when they get their necks, feet, and wings caught up in plastic bags, plastic ring tops, fishing line, and string.

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Yep…. going on the Internet

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Several months ago I discovered a sanctuary for small birds. Somehow the pictures got cataloged in the wrong file folder, so I found them just this morning. There are some good ones, too.

Here is one of my favorites:

Are you going to put us on the Internet?

The sanctuary was not open when I found it, but the manager saw me peeking through the windows and screens and let me in…. FREE!

For the life of me right now, I cannot remember where this sanctuary was, but I think I’ll be able to track it down based on the date I took the pictures.

I’ll have more about it, and lots more pictures, as soon as I discover its name and location.

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Some might consider having their nails done

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And I thought my toenails looked bad….

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Sun God: The biggest and most colorful bird ever

Out & About

These past few posts about larger-than-life public art reminded me of the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

I went digging in my huge collection of cataloged but unprocessed pictures and found the UCSD Sun God.

Looks like this:

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

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Sun God was created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) a French sculptor, painter, and film maker, and was the first work commissioned by the Stuart Collection. It also was her first outdoor work in North America.

Although born in France, she lived in New York from 1933 to 1951 and again in the 1960s. She lived and worked right here in La Jolla from 1992 until her death in 2002.

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

The vibrantly colored “bird” is fourteen feet tall and stands on a concrete arch fifteen feet tall on a grassy area between the Faculty Club and Mandeville Auditorium.

Sun God is a landmark on the UCSD campus and often is the target of various embellishments: giant sunglasses for the summer; a cap and gown for graduation; and earphones and a radio/tape player, turning the statue into a “Sony Walkbird.”

Sun God is the host of the annual Sun God Festival in the Spring, now the largest event sponsored by the UCSD Associated Students. Unfortunately, the Festival has become quite rowdy recently, resulting in many safety-related accidents and injuries. It’s also presumed that drugs and alcohol play a part in the Festival, a presumption that played out sadly when a student died of a drug overdose after attending the 2014 Sun God Festival. It looks like some changes are coming to the Festival for 2015.

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

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SNIPPETS (8-16-14, #2)—WordAds revenue, and more

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

The earnings report from my WordAds came in. I got approved for WordAds on July 15, so the revenue is for 16½ days.

Drum roll please….

$16.62.

Yep. A measly $16.62. Wait! Measly? NOT measly! I did nothing other than allow their ads to show up on my blog. $16.62 is 97.76¢ per day! That $16.62 for 17 days in July equates to about $30 per month. Julian and I think we can get to $50 per month by the end of the year, if not sooner. And ever since I got WordAds approved, I have been endeavoring to do everything possible to increase readership and views to get us there. I have even……….

SNIPPET #2

………..caught up on my backlog of blog visits. Remember when I was using Internet Explorer 9 from January 2 to March 27 and got so far behind in reading, liking, and commenting on blogs because the LIKE buttons and the comment boxes wouldn’t load? I got nine months behind. I pleased to say that as of today, I’m exactly 30 days behind.Goats at the 2013 San Diego County Fair

I find 30 days to be just about right because not everyone publishes a blog post each day like I do (sometimes two, like today!). The one thing that really gets my goat in the blogging world is when I go to visit someone’s blog only to find that they have published absolutely nothing since the last time I visited.

SNIPPET #3

My wise old grandmotherMy wise old grandmother was a master gardener before there was such a thing. Everything I learned about gardening, I learned from her. So my memories of her are strong when I visit gardening sites and blogs.

Recently I visited a blog that was telling the reader to provide nesting materials to get birds to build nests in your yard. Twigs make great nesting materials, and the article said that the twigs and sticks should be under four inches long.

Hmmmm.

Nest-building osprey

SNIPPET #4

Photographic Art of a rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo:

Rhinoceros

Created by Julian. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

SNIPPET #5

Would y’all like a blog post by Julian?

If there is strong enough demand, I’ll force him to comply with that demand as part of his ongoing partnership agreement with Photographic Art, but I won’t put any restrictions on what he can blog about. That might prove interesting……….LOL

Let me him know with a comment.

SNIPPET #6

Suicide is in the mainstream news again due to Robin Williams.

About a year ago, Junior Seau, also known as Mr. San Diego, committed suicide.

For readers who might not know, my dad committed suicide when I was six years old, although I didn’t find out about it until much later. Much, much later.

I also have been depressed and suicidal at times in my life, so I get quite disgusted by people with such a cavalier attitude about suicide and the effect on the people it leaves behind. So disgusted that I unfriend, unfollow, and unlike them.

SNIPPET #7

Tony GwynnWith the recent death of Tony Gwynn (see stamp at right) in June at the age of 54 from cancer, and the fact that the San Diego Padres, for whom he played his entire professional baseball career, won’t be going anywhere in the playoffs, people are reminiscing about the best years of the San Diego Padres. Those years are few and far between, with the Padres playing in, and losing, the World Series in 1984 and 1998. Tony Gwynn was with the team both times.

There have been some highlights beyond the team itself, though, such as when Tony Gwynn got hit #3,000 (see stamp above).

Here are two other players who provided lots of highlights for the Padres:

Steve Garvey
Home Run in the 1984 NLCS,
winning the game and sending the Padres to the World SeriesIMG_6979 steve garvey faa stamp

Trevor Hoffman
Save #500Trevor Hoffman

SNIPPET #8

When Jim and I went to watch the Big Bay Boom! fireworks downtown for the fourth of July, the San Diego Country Administration Building had been made into a Tony Gwynn memorial:

Tony Gwynn memorial on the San Diego County Administration Building

SNIPPET #9

A mural, titled “Escalera After Bechi,” in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego:

Escalera After Bechi

SNIPPET #10

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post today!

Hope you enjoyed the extra blog post and SNIPPETS today

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