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Don’t be cruel to your family pet

Out & About San Diego

Near one of the places where I go walking quite often is a colony of feral cats. During bad economies, the colony grows because people who can no longer afford to feed or care for their cats drop them off at the mouth of the San Diego River where this feral colony lives.

During one visit in 2009 I counted 187 cats. This morning I counted only six, and not a single one was photogenic. Thus, I returned home with not a single new picture of a fine, furry, feline friend.

Not to fear, though, because I have many pictures from past visits, and I’ll share eight of my favorites with you today.

1Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

2Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

3Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

4Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

5Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

6Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

7Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

8Feral cat in San Diego, California

 

Remember, folks, if you don’t want your family dog or cat, or can no longer take care of it, please take it to a no-kill animal shelter rather than dropping it off in an isolated location. That’s just plain cruel.

If you have an unusual pet—snake, bird, lizard, etc.—take it to a pet store. Many of them will buy your pet from you or take it in on consignment, providing you with a commission when it sells.

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The first I’ve seen in 21½ years in San Diego

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As much as I love wildlife of all kinds, one of the things that I really disliked about my native home state of Texas was the number of bugs.

You DID NOT want to go outside at night because you would have to turn an outdoor light on, and that meant you would be walking out into billions and billions and billions of flying bugs.

I know we have nighttime flying bugs here in San Diego, but I think they go to sleep at night just like I do.

And ants! I hated ants. Especially fire ants. I remember one time when I went with a friend to Lake Houston to go sailing on his brand new sailboat. Out in the middle of the lake we jumped in to go swimming….. right into a bunch of fire ants! IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE! That day ruined me forever on going sailing and going to Lake Houston.

The last time I saw an ant colony here in San Diego was July 6, 2009. You’re laughing, aren’t you? You think me knowing the date is funny. I know the date because I took a picture, and the metadata tells me that I took it on July 6, 2009. Now you’re laughing because I took a picture….

Ants

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Should I talk about roaches? Ack! When I moved to Houston in 1977 after graduating from Texas A&M University, my first apartment was next to a bayou. Add in lots of palm trees, and it was roach city. My roommates and I used to cook greasy food each night, collecting the grease in bowls and cans to spread around the apartment. Then and only then could we get a good night’s sleep because the roaches would go after the grease, climb in the bowl, get stuck and drown. The next morning, those bowls had 20 or 30 roaches in each of them. We only stayed there three months, and those three months ruined me forever on living near lakes, rivers, streams, and palm trees in Houston.

I can count on one hand the number of roaches I have seen in 21½ years in San Diego.

Then we come to spiders. I love spiders. Except daddy longlegs. For some reason, I find daddy longlegs to be creepy. My wise old grandmother, though, taught me an appreciation for all wildlife, explaining to me the food chain, so when I find spiders inside that don’t belong inside, I shoo them back outside. Hmmm. Some day I’ll have to let Julian video me shooing a spider back outdoors. That video probably would go viral….

The spider I miss, though, is the big garden spider, the one that builds a huge, beautiful orb web at night so that when you go to get the paper in the morning, you walk into a huge web, forgetting about the paper while running yelling to the shower.

I have never seen a garden spider here in Southern California…. WAIT! I lie. I saw one in Pacific Beach last weekend! I was so excited that people were rushing over to where I was taking pictures to see what was going on. I’m pretty sure most of them all of them thought I was weird. Nonetheless….

Following is Photographic Art of my beautiful garden spider. You may tell me in a comment how beautiful it is….

Garden spider

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Out & About

Even though San Diego technically is a desert, it’s hard for me to consider a city and suburbs of two million people a desert.

To me, a desert lacks people (for the most part) and has lots of sand, cactus, and blue sky.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest state park, is a great example.

It comprises 600,000 acres, including one-fifth of San Diego County, and is the the second-largest state park in the United States, behind Adirondack Park in New York.

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego State Park in California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park includes 500 miles of dirt roads, twelve designated wilderness areas, and 110 miles of hiking trails.

Desert Bighorn Sheep at the San Diego ZooThere is a fairly large population of desert bighorn sheep in the desert, so if you see a rock move, look more closely and you might be able to determine that it’s a bighorn sheep instead of a big rock.

It can get extremely hot in the desert, and flash floods are common, so if you go, be sure to take lots of water, keep an eye on the weather (it can change rapidly), and let family and friends know where you plan on going and when you plan on being there.

There are WiFi hot spots in some areas of the desert, but take extra batteries for your phone or laptop. Stop and take pictures, too, because the desert really can be more beautiful than it’s made out to be.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park location on Google Maps

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Later today I shall be leaving on a road trip. Here’s my route:

Road trip

This is a business trip to promote Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos.

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First stop will be Borrego Springs where I shall get pictures of the Rancheti Bigfoot and the many dinosaurs roaming around in the desert. You’ll just have to wait for the pictures….

Second stop is the east shore of the Salton Sea. I have never been there, so who knows what my trusty digital camera might find…

Third stop is La Quinta where I shall drop off a Photographic Art gift to one of my Realtor friends over there.

Last stop is Ontario where I shall be attending a home inspector meeting and publicizing my effort to get out of home inspections and into Photographic Art full time.

The route is 426 miles so I’m sure I will find all sorts of interesting things to take pictures of to make into Photographic Art!

Since I won’t be home today to interact with all my blogging friends, here’s the deal:

First, like or comment on this post.

Next, go to my galleries at Fine Art America (http://1-russel-ray.artistwebsites.com/) and choose your favorite picture. Let me know what it is in an email to PhotographicArt@RusselRayPhotos.com
and that Photographic Art creation is yours in all its full resolution digital glory to do with as you please.

I will be matching likes and comments with emails, so don’t try to cheat!

That’s it! Pretty good deal, no????

I have to go alone, so the home office will be occupied and protected by Jim, Julian, and, of course, Zoey the (ferocious) Cool Cat.

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

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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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SNIPPETS (8-16-14)—Dear WordPress….

 

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SNIPPET 1

Dear WordPress:

The new editor really [censored], and I say that in all sincerity. The old editor took all of one second to load. Now, depending on the length of the post being edited, the new editor can take as long as 47 seconds to load. Possibly longer, but I only had patience (and 37 minutes!) to test it out on one short post (took 13 seconds to load) and nine longer posts.

So, yes, I was missing the old editor and switched to classic editor. The problem, though, is that one cannot get to the classic editor without first waiting for Beep Beep Boop to load. By that time, one has lost precious seconds and minutes of life that will never be regained………..

Surely y’all can do better.

SNIPPET #2

I’m a pretty easygoing guy, born and raised in the South of South Texas. Lived in that culture for 38 years excepting for 4 years in an even more conservative religious cult(ure) in northern Utah.

LiberalI have lived in San Diego for 21½ years, and while San Diego is a rather conservative area of California, it’s probably twice as liberal as Austin, Texas, the most liberal city in Texas.

So as an adult with logic, reasoning, and thinking skills fully developed, I’ve seen both sides of the conservative/liberal coin. I prefer the liberal side because liberals tend to be more progressive, and my wise old grandmother taught me to care for everyone, something that conservatives don’t like to do.

Thus I wear my liberal/progressive badge with pride.

SNIPPET #3

When I came home from my first day of high school and told my wise old grandmother that I was joining the debate team, she said, “Just remember that when people start calling you names, you’ve won the debate.”

She was right.

Recently on Facebook I got into a discussion about the worst president in the history of the United States. In my mind right now, and I’m willing to bet that history will bear me out, President George W. Bush ranks as the worst. I think President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are war criminals. They invaded two foreign countries with no cause or a false cause; spent $4 trillion on that war, of which Cheney’s companies benefitted to the tune of more than $39 billion in profits; a war which caused thousands of deaths, both American and others, and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands or more in the families of those loved ones who were killed or injured.

Two debating opponents thought Obama was the worst ever. However, they couldn’t come up with any facts to support them. All they could do is say things like, “Obama’s an idiot, just like you.” Or “Obama’s the worst President and you’re the worst home inspector.” And similar things.

Now remember from SNIPPET #2 that I’m a pretty easygoing fellow. Thus, I give people and companies three strikes before calling them, OUT! These two guys got three strikes in three minutes, so I unfriended them and blocked them from posting on my Timeline.

Debate’s okay. Name-calling and bullying is not, and some adults can be every bit as bad as children. I can only imagine what their children are like………..

SNIPPET #4

Now back to something more positive since my wise old grandmother taught me to be positive, to surround myself with positive people, and to get rid of negative thoughts and negative people.

My wise old grandmother also taught me to add laughter to each and every day, and for 49 years I’ve tried to do that. Here’s some laughter for today, at the expense of our little furry feline friends who just want to help.

SNIPPET #5

Julian made Photographic Art—and a stamp!—based on a picture of a capybara:

Capybara

I really like what he created. A capybara, for those who don’t know, is the world’s largest rodent.

Rodent, for those who don’t know, also includes cute little creatures like rats and mice.

So I know you’re thinking to yourself, “That looks kind of big. Just how large is the world’s largest rodent?”

And I’m just the one to answer your question!

A capybara can grow to—are you ready for this?—4.4 feet long, 2 feet tall, and a record 201 pounds. Hmmm. 201 pounds. It can weigh more than me!

SNIPPET #6

Guess what the following is?

Wall of books

If you guessed, “Some sort of path,” well, I’m going to give that to you. Congratulations!

More interestingly, though, it’s a path in the new auditorium of the new San Diego Central Library, and the left side is a wall of books. Looks like this in close-up:

Wall of books

Every time I go there I look at several books to see if I recognize any of the titles or authors. So far, no luck. I’m thinking these probably are not the classics….

SNIPPET #7

Another Photographic Art creation by Julian:

Giraffe Photographic Art

He has a good eye for picking out good pictures to use to create Photographic Art, a good eye for actually creating Photographic Art, and a superb memory. I only have to tell or show him something once and he’s all over it. Wish I had a memory like that. My memory comprises a few billion Excel spreadsheets, Google, and Wikipedia….

SNIPPET #8

How to tell the world that you’re a patriot:

Patriot

SNIPPET #9

Speaking of boats, my wise old grandmother taught me to try to repurpose something instead of throwing it away. As she might have said 50 years ago: “Don’t throw anything away! There is no away!” This is my repurpose picture from recently:

Full boat

SNIPPET #10

Lastly, we’ll stick with a water/boat theme.

Sometimes the dog house is okay.

If I had a dog house like this:

The Dog House

….I might voluntarily banish myself there for weeks at a time….

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Please welcome Zoey the Cool Cat….

Picture of the Moment

Late last night I was trying to find or create a spokesperson for my new venture, Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos. I was getting frustrated because I wasn’t making any progress. Whenever I’m trying to get something done but not making progress, I will quit and go take a catnap.

A catnap lets me refresh without losing focus from sleeping for too many hours, not that I could ever sleep for “too many hours” anyway. About the longest I ever sleep is four hours. Then, instead of rolling around in bed trying to get back to sleep like I used to do when I was ten, I’ll just get up and do something constructive.

Getting up from my catnap last night was very difficult because Zoey the Cool Cat had decided to take her catnap in the middle of my back.

That’s when it hit me!

My new spokesperson, er, spokescat:

I dream of a house full of photographic art.

Isn’t it amazing how our pets help us out in soooooooo many ways?

If you want to see Zoey the Cool Cat in action on a regular basis as the new representative of Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos, we have a new WordPress site at russelrayphotos.com. It’s a self-hosted blog so I had to install a LIKE button and it may or may not be working at any one time. Got some work to do still there. Leave a short comment if the LIKE button isn’t working!

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