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Halloween’s getting closer

Out & About

I have never been one to decorate the house—inside or outside—for the various holidays, but I sure don’t mind walking and driving the neighborhoods to enjoy what other people do.

Here are three Halloween decorations that showed up on my neighbors’ houses yesterday:

Halloween

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Halloween

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Halloween

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2014 Woodie car show at Moonlight Beach in Encinicatas, California

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Each year in September, Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, California, is host to one of the best car shows in San Diego County, featuring the Woodie:

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

A Woodie has bodywork constructed of wood or simulated wood. The style first appeared in the early 1930s when the wood was actually a structural component of the car. Eventually it became simply an applied decoration to the side and doors. I think its heyday was with the 1950s and ’60s surfing generation.

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Just about every car manufacturer of the ’50s and ’60s featured at least one Woodie in its car lineup, which makes seeing such lineups at Woodie car shows quite interesting.

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

I fell in love with all of them….

Well, except for this one:

1951 Ford Woodie

I’m the last person you would want to restore a car. By the time I finished, it would be something like what Johnny Cash described in “One Piece At A Time.”

Woody at the 2014 Woody car show in Encinitas, California

Moonlight State Beach

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Scenes from Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, California

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Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, California, is a rather small beach compared to many other San Diego County beaches. It is not easy to get to, either, which means that locals are pretty much the only ones enjoying its serenity.

There are 30 minutes separating each of the following four pictures: no people at 6:00 a.m., one man at 6:30 a.m., two men at 7:00 a.m., and four people at 7:30 a.m..

Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California

Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California

Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California

Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California

Moonlight State Beach

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More from the Southern California high desert

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My last set of scenes from the Southern California high desert:

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

Southern California high desert

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Cactus & succulents rule!

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Late last month I went to a Woody gathering at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. I got there well before they opened, so I walked around nearby neighborhoods looking for good subject for Photographic Art. One of the houses that I found looked like this:

Encinitas home

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As you can see, it has nothing but cactus and succulents in its landscaping. Long-time readers know that I’m a big cactus and succulent fan. I spent a couple of hours taking pictures of his garden. Here are some of my favorites, made into Photographic Art:

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

Cactus & succulents rule!

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

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I was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas, just 70 miles or so north of the Mexican border. Basically that part of South Texas is a desert environment as defined by vegetation—mesquite and acacia trees, thick brush, and, of course, cactus.

I never had a great appreciation of the South Texas desert, and I still prefer a nice redwood or sequoia forest over the desert environs.

However, I do think that desert pictures subject to serious photoshopping make better pictures than the forests.

Here, then, are some Photographic Art of the environs known as the Southern California High Desert, specifically in and around Anza-Borrego Desert State Park:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

I visited the desert back in August, and I’m still wondering where the plums are in Plum Canyon.

This one shows those “purple mountains majesty”:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

The following picture shows a “wash.” Washes are where the waters flow during heavy desert rains, and that cloud you see in the picture brought some heavy rains to where I was. I didn’t stick around to get a picture of any flash floods; I’m more of a dry weather guy.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

In the following picture are two ocotillo, a plant that is quite beautiful in the spring when it blooms.  Surrounding them, and in the middle of the picture, are cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia sp.). Most of the cholla found in Southern California are called “jumping cholla” because the stems easily break off if you brush up against them, and when these things become stuck to your clothing or your skin, it is painful and the thorns are difficult to remove.

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Looking like a moonscape:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Another wash:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

This mountain had been scarred by a recent wildfire:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

Wildfires are common throughout Southern California. Upon first glance, it doesn’t appear that there is much to burn in a desert, but the saltbush and manzanita provide real nice, oily materials that produce great fires.

In the following picture, I was tempted to follow that road, but my car is a front-wheel drive vehicle, and I’ve learned not to trust it in off-road conditions. There are over 500 miles of dirt roads in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

This shows the community of Borrego Springs in the middle of the picture:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California

For the picture above, in the map below I was standing due west of the B in Borrego Springs at the green border.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park location on Google Maps

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, established in 1933, is the largest state park in California, comprising 585,930 acres. The park is very popular in the spring, especially after a good, wet winter, because of the wildflowers, but it’s well worth a visit at any time of the year.

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Desert Death

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Just about everything in the desert lends itself to extreme photo processing.

Here are three pictures from near Borrego Springs, out in the Southern California high desert.

I have titled them “Desert Death I,” “Desert Death II,” and “Desert Death III.”

Desert Death III

Desert Death I

Desert Death II

Borrego Springs location

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