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A visit to La Jolla, California, jewel of the Southern California coast

Out & About

If you have been following along with my recent posts, you might have detected that I was in La Jolla recently, several times since Hillary Clinton was here signing books a month ago.

Let us stay with the La Jolla theme for one more post.

Following are Photographic Art based on pictures in and around La Jolla, mostly along the coast and in the central business district.

Let’s start at the coast first, the La Jolla cove, which is where you’ll find billions and billions and billions of brown pelicans, white-breasted cormorants, harbor seals, and sea lions.

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Look back at the very first picture, the panorama, smack dab (smack dab?) top center, you can see a little platform. Here is what was happening on that platform the morning I was there:

La Jolla, California

The coastline is awesome, so you can find all sorts of art for sale. Of course, the best La Jolla art is in the La Jolla Gallery of Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America! (I might be slightly prejudiced.)

La Jolla, California

There are many art galleries in La Jolla, and some of them put their art outside for the enjoyment of all:

La Jolla, California

Along with murals on exterior building walls….

La Jolla, California

….you can find “trash can” art. Virtually every trash can and public utility box is painted on all four sides….

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Native Indians (the Kumeyaay and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians) enjoyed La Jolla before the white man (actually Spaniards) ever got there. One trashcan’s art features an American Indian, and the feathers spell out the names of several areas along the San Diego County coast:

La Jolla, California

I find it amazing that we have so many murals, trash can art, and utility box art here in San Diego yet California schools continue to dismantle K-12 art (and music) programs. Of course, sports programs live on…. Sad….

You can find wall art at restaurants and on the front walls of many homes:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Some restaurants and stores make art out of plants:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Because of the cool, coastal climate, as well as natural watering via night mist and dew, virtually any plant will grow in La Jolla, and they make some beautiful Photographic Art:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Of course, La Jolla would not be a seaside, (rich) beach community without common seagulls:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla for awesome views of the coast and the amazing wildlife which choose to hang out there. You might even see me walking around with camera in hand!

La Jolla, California

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Mug shot reveals identifying characteristic

 

 

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Seems law enforcement agencies are posting mug shots to Facebook and agency blogs in today’s world.

Some of them do make for an interesting break from work. Justin Bieber’s comes to mind.

Recently I went for a walk at Lake Murray, a large lake about a half mile from me.

Lots of birds, and this beautiful pigeon decided he wanted his mug shot taken:

White pigeon

It kept walking up and down, back and forth, perhaps used to people feeding food to it.

I, on the other hand, was looking for identifying characteristics, sometimes difficult to find on wildlife that is all white.

A-ha! (not the group)

We found an identifying characteristic:

Identifying characteristic

It will not get away from us now! We’ve got him!

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Marine mammals of La Jolla, California

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I have accomplished so much today that I thought I would treat y’all to an extra blog post.

Since my blog post earlier was Photographic Art of the brown pelicans of La Jolla, I thought I’d stick with the wildlife of La Jolla theme and show you the harbor seals and sea lions.

Smile (or leave a comment) if you know the two quickest ways to tell a harbor seal from a sea lion.

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla awesome views of the coast and the amazing wildlife which choose to hang out there.

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The brown pelicans of La Jolla, California

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The first time I visited La Jolla in 1993, it was to watch the people.

Over the years, though, it has become much more fun to watch the wildlife—pelicans, cormorants, harbor seals, and sea lions—as they seem to have taken over the La Jolla Cove.

Following are some Photographic Art of pelicans based on pictures from a recent trip to the Cove. We’ll get to the cormorants, seals, and sea lions in a future post.

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla for the views of the coast and the wildlife.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

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Who am I to argue?

Picture of the Moment

Generally I respect people’s opinions of themselves.

I mean, who am I to argue with them?

Low life

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It’s San Diego Gay Pride weekend!

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Gay flag in Hillcrest, San Diego, CaliforniaThis weekend is Gay Pride weekend in San Diego.

If you ask yourself why we have Gay Pride weekends in virtually every major city throughout the world, well,

  • as soon as we can get married to the person we love throughout the world;
  • walk down the streets holding hands;
  • make out under the street lamp on the corner like so many straight couples do;
  • put pictures of our loved ones on our desks and walls at work;
  • U.S. and Gay Pride flagsall with nary a second thought….

well, we might not need a Gay Pride weekend anymore. Until then….

This might be the first San Diego Gay Pride weekend that I have missed completely since my first one in 1993.

So here are some pictures of past Gay Pride weekends:

Rainbow balloons

God loves all her children

Lining up for the parade

Colorful costumes

When do i get to vote on your civil rights

San Diego Pride

Gay dog

Rainbow flags

Celebrate diversity

San Diego gay pride parade

Proud ally

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San Diego Gay Pride Weekend is one of the few 3-day gay pride events in the world and, because of our weather and the beaches, is always well-attended. They were expecting around 200,000 people for the 2-hour parade this morning, and more for the festival today and tomorrow, ranking it as San Diego’s largest civic event.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (7-18-14)—Live and learn

Friday Flower Fiesta

In creating my Photographic Art, I use the highest resolution pictures I have.

Many years ago when I first started blogging, I never thought I would need pictures bigger than 800 pixels on the longest side.

I had my Canon DSLR camera set to save the picture as a JPG file, and then when I got home I resized all the pictures to 800 pixels on the longest side.

Sadly, I have some great pictures which I can’t use for Photographic Art.

Following are ten of them in all their unframed, un-Photographic Art glory.

Ah, well, as my wise old grandmother used to say: “Live and learn.”

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

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I finally learned its name!

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San Diego State University is just a mile down the road from me.

I often ride my bike to campus and then ride around campus, or I’ll walk down the hill from my house to the 70th Street trolley station and take the San Diego Trolley over to SDSU.

Either way, a ride or walk around the SDSU campus invariably provides many picture opportunities.

Following are two Photographic Art of Hepner Hall, the iconic building on the campus that appears in anything and everything about the university. I never knew its name, even after 21 years in San Diego, until Julian and I were uploading pictures to our galleries at Fine Art America.

Hepner Hall on the campus of San Diego State University

Hepner Hall on the campus of San Diego State University

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Yahooooooooo! WordAds approval came through today!

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Yahoooooooooo!

My Russel Ray Photos blog got approved for WordAds today!

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting someone’s blog and the latest blog post there was about how much money that blogger was getting from having advertisements on the blog. The money was much more than I would have thought possible. I looked into monetizing my blog since I have 5,459 followers and almost 260,000 views. Over at WordPress.com, I discovered information about, and a link to, WordAds. It’s the official advertising partner for WordPress. However, you have to apply and, if they like your blog, they will approve you. I applied a couple of weeks ago and got approved today, so that’s why you’re seeing ads on my blog today.

Any income from WordAds will go towards supporting my Photographic Art venture which means, of course, a salary for the awesome Julian. Here he is on his first day back at work after being in Texas for three weeks:

Julian back at work

I’ll keep everyone informed about what kind of income this brings in and then you can make a decision about WordAds for your own blog! Meanwhile………

Yahoooooooooo!

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Music on Mondays (7-14-14)—Take me out to the dead man’s party

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Yesterday I got to tour Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Looks like this from centerfield:

Petco Park panorama from center field

Speaking of center field….

“Centerfield” by John Fogerty, 1985

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The views of San Diego were more spectacular than actually touring the ballpark. For example, here’s a picture of the two-year-old Skybridge that connects the Hilton Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center with Petco Park and the 9-month-old San Diego Central Library:

Skybridge San Diego

Speaking of bridges, here’s an underappreciated song:

“Seven Bridges Road” by The Eagles, 1980

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Speaking of eagles, here’s….

“Fly Like An Eagle” by The Steve Miller Band, 1976

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Speaking of Miller, that reminds me of beer, which takes us back to the ballpark….

“I Like Beer” by Tom T. Hall, 1975

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Speaking of Tom T. Hall, one day in 1968 I got in trouble at school. The principal called my wise old grandmother to come get me. Playing on the radio on the drive home was “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley, written by Tom T. Hall.

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I had been expelled from school for two days, and I’ll just leave it at that. There’s a reason I didn’t become a teacher—I would have had a class full of little monster Russels…………….

Speaking of monsters, Comic Con International starts on July 24. Zombie Walk is Saturday, July 26. It’s basically a….

“Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo, 1986

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2013 San Diego Comic Con International

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

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