Category Archives: Out & About

Where’s my mommy?

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It’s been a record-breaking year for SeaWorld, but sometimes you don’t want to see records broken. As is the case here.

It’s been a record-breaking year for the SeaWorld Rescue Teams rescuing stranded, abandoned, sick, injured, and disoriented baby sea lions and seals.

Here’s one that I saw on March 3 during an ultra-low tide at the Tide Pools in La Jolla, California:

img_0233 sea lion baby la jolla stamp Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

There were a lot of people watching that little one. As I was leaving, a SeaWorld rescue van pulled up in the parking lot. I had a pretty good idea of why they were there. I had to go teach chess to some rugrats at La Jolla Elementary School so I didn’t get to stay and record the rescue.

SeaWorldSeaWorld’s Rescue Team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year, and always ready to help an animal in need.

In other words, SeaWorld rocks!

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The beauty comes right after the ugly

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And on the eighth day, God created Photoshop.

I have never owned a fish-eye lens. There’s just something about the distorted pictures they produce that I don’t like. I do realize that they have their place in the world, such as when one can’t get far enough away from something to take a complete picture of that something.

Photoshop let me create this:

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That’s a panorama created using four individual pictures. Because of the slippery rocks and the ocean behind me, I couldn’t get far enough away to take one all-encompassing picture. So I took four pictures, each of a different area but overlapping some, and then had Photoshop stitch them together to create the monster panorama you see (click on the image to get a monsterer image). The panorama, I believe, better shows just how massive those sandstone bluffs are.

The pictures were taken during an ultra-low, low tide in La Jolla, California, about 20 miles north of San Diego, on March 2, 2015. Just 24 hours earlier we had overcast skies with heavy rain and hail! Hail in San Diego? Yeppers.

As I discovered while growing up in Kingsville, Texas, with my wise old grandmother, sometimes Mother & Fathers Nature are at their most beautiful right after being at their ugliest.

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Folks in the boondocks do things differently

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I did a home inspection yesterday for some buyers from Temecula, about 58 miles due north of where I live.

However, the property they were buying was in Ranchita, about 67 miles northeast of me….

….and in the boondocks….

….way out in the boondocks….

It was so far out in the boondocks that I was afraid the boondocks might swallow me while I was out there and that you would never see me again.

I did make it back, but it took hours and hours and hours….

….because I had to stop and take pictures here and there……………

One thing I did notice about the boondocks is that people like to name their properties:

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Imagine if we city slickers decided to name our properties. We’d have so many signs that I’m sure the politicians would be passing laws making it illegal to install a sign showing the name of your property….

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Is there enough room?

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Quite often when I’m out and about I’ll find something of beauty that seems to be ruined by the reality around it.

Something like this:

Pizza box

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Shoe in a stream

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I don’t know anyone who condones trash and litter, but sometimes that trash and litter makes one stop and think about the world around us and what’s happening.

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Such a juxtaposition in that picture.

So what do we do with the trash that results from the activities of 7½ billion people? Is there enough room on Earth for all those people and all their trash?

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It’s all in the clouds

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On April 30, 1993, the weather guy on TV announced that San Diego had not had even a trace of rain for three consecutive months. I thought to myself, “I could live here” even though I had only been here for three days. Yep, I stayed. Never even went back to Texas to sell all my assets. I let two friends (both of them office managers for my Texas businesses) do that for me and then gave them a nice commission. One of them used his commission to get married and the other used his to go on a three-month summer tour of Europe…. I’ll just leave it there.

The only problem with San Diego is that the lack of rain often means the lack of clouds. Too many clouds results in a dull, dreary, overcast day which then results in a dull, dreary, overcast picture. However, I’m not a fan of a completely blue, cloudless sky either. Partly cloudy is what I need!

Recently I was in La Jolla for an ultra low tide and got the best pictures ever in my 22 years here, made that way simply because of the beauty of the exposed ocean bottom coupled with the beauty of the partly cloudy sky.

You saw one of them yesterday. With required moving time increasing very quickly, over the next few days I’ll share some La Jolla pictures from this most recent ultra low tide, probably one each day to cut down on picture processing time and blog post compiling time.

Here is today’s picture:

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la jolla map

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Non-standard requirements of buying Ocean Beach real estate

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Ocean Beach is one of San Diego’s more popular neighborhoods.

I’m pretty sure that if one buys real estate in Ocean Beach, the purchase contract has a clause that requires you to have a mural, and the clause survives the termination of the contract.

Here are seven examples:

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img_0094 appletree mural ocean beach stamp

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img_0109 ocean beach utility box mural stamp

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img_0115 ocean beach mural stamp

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Ocean Beach

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Ocean Beach—Proud to be unusual, strange, different….

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Ocean Beach is one of San Diego’s more popular neighborhoods because, first, it’s a beach city.

Ocean Beach, California

Ocean Beach, California

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A beach city with great restaurants and lots to do.

Ocean Beach pier during a storm in San Diego

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Combine all of that with their desire to be different, unusual, stuck in a 1960s time warp, and anything but normal.

Ocean Beach, California

Peace symbol in Ocean Beach stamp

The Magic Bus in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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They do have a sense of humor.

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img_0069 ocean beach planters stamp

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You are always welcome in Ocean Beach.

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Unless you’re Starbucks or some other modern national chain….

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Or if you park blocking someone’s driveway….

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Ocean Beach

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