Category Archives: Photos

Friday Flower Fiesta (8-29-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s Friday again…. Where does the time go…. School has started…. My Texas A&M Aggies, ranked #21, destroyed #9 South Carolina 52-48 on the football field in South Carolina…. Christmas is just around the corner…. So onward to today’s Friday Flower Fiesta….

#1
Pink hibiscus

#2
Yellow and red hisiscus #3
Orange double hibiscus

#4
Unknown yellow flower

#5
Foxglove

The first three flowers are hibiscus, and #5 is a foxglove, but if anyone knows what #4 is, please let me know!

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved byThis post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift?
Visit Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

photograhic art taking pictures making art

About these ads

Exterior home decorations of the extraordinarily wealthy

Out & About

It’s no secret to Southern Californians that Newport Beach—all of Orange County, really—is an enclave of fairly wealthy people. That fact seems ironic considering that Orange County filed for bankruptcy in 1994, taking two years to get its affairs back in order. Nonetheless, all one has to do is walk through some Newport Beach neighborhoods to see that it’s not your average city. Along with many large, magnificent, and beautiful homes….

Newport Beach, California

…the little things indicate that these people have a little extra disposable income. Witness the addresses on their homes:

Newport Beach, California Newport Beach, California Newport Beach, California

Once they finish the beautiful address markers, many include extra decorative ornamentation….

Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California Newport Beach, California Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California

Some of them even decorate their mailboxes. Don’t want any ugly black or gray things hanging on fences or walls.

Newport Beach, California

I don’t have access to public real estate records for Orange County like I do San Diego County, so I couldn’t check addresses to determine which was the biggest house I saw. However, I’m pretty sure this one was at or near the top:

Newport Beach, California

At first I thought it was a beach hotel since the beach is pretty much where I was standing to take the picture. However, I walked around it several times and came to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a single family home.

copy-image002.jpg

This post approved by
Zoey the Cool CatZoey the Cool Cat using a Photoshop CS6 filter

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

2014 Festival of Sail is here!

Out & About

The San Diego Festival of Sail officially starts tomorrow and runs through Labor Day!

However, today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Festival of Sail Tall Ships Parade, always led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, based right here in San Diego.

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Here are some pictures of tall ships from Tall Ship Parades in years gone by:

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ships in San Diego for the Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ship in San Diego

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

The Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Labor Day weekend in downtown San Diego is transformed into a nautical theme park for four days.

Admission is only $7 for adults.

Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, go to Festival of Sail.

copy-image002.jpg

This post approved byThis post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

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

Go to location on Google Maps

copy-image002.jpg

This post approved by
Zoey the Cool (wet) CatZoey the Cool (wet) Cat

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

Historic Goldenrod Footbridge in Newport Beach, California

Out & About

Before I went to Newport Beach a couple of weeks ago, I got out all my travel books to plan my attack for seeing as much as possible in a short time frame.

One of the things that was going to be close to where I was going to be was the Goldenrod Footbridge. Looks like this:

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

The plaque on the right post tells us just everything that average person wants to know:

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

Of course, you know that I’m not average….

Sadly, the only other information I could dredge up on the bridge is that it underwent seismic upgrades in 2011 to ensure that it could withstand a “large seismic event.” While original construction costs amounted to $10,884, the seismic retrofitting cost $140,000.

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

IMG_7664 bayside park drive newport beach faa framed

Goldenrod Footbridge Newport Beach California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Bayside Drive Park, Newport Beach, California

Go to location on Google Maps

copy-image002.jpg

This post approved byThis post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

You are now in the boondocks

 

Out & About

It’s always an extreme pleasure to do a home inspection out in the boondocks simply because the boondocks are like no other place on Earth.

The people who live in the boondocks have so much fun putting up street signs and addresses so we city slickers can find them!

To wit:

Street sign in the boondocks

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Street number in the boondocks

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Address in the boondocks

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Address in the boondocks

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved byThis post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray

Lifeguard

Out & About

Remember to keep an eye on my Photographic Art blog because that’s where I announce daily and weekly specials, as well as special specials for special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduation, etc.

Orchids are on sale today only at 50% off, so if you like orchids, head on over to my Flowers gallery at Fine Art America and buy your favorite Photographic Art orchid!

Meanwhile….

Following is Photographic Art titled “Lifeguard” based on a picture that I took while I was up in Newport Beach a couple of weeks ago. This lifeguard looked like he might be a senior in high school or possibly a freshman in college. I’m thinking that he’s thinking how tough his job is, out there on the rocks in the middle of the water all by himself. I felt so sorry for him….NOT!

Lifeguard

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved byThis post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Need a unique gift? Choose Photographic Art!Photographic Art logo
Visit Photographic Art at Fine Art America.

►►►►◄◄◄◄

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend James Frimmer, Realtor, CDPE
CalBRE #0145857201 HomeSmartDiamondSmall copy 2

02 HomeSmartRWnameOnly2 copy

►►►►◄◄◄◄

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!

Real Estate Solutions by Russel Ray