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Free flowers for everyone! (restrictions apply)

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For anyone liking my Photographic Art Facebook page between now and midnight Pacific time July 31, 2014, you get a free high resolution Photographic Art creation of any flower from my Flower Gallery at Fine Art America. A $20 value.

First go like https://www.facebook.com/russelrayphotos?ref=hl

Then go to http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-russel-ray.html?tab=artworkgalleries, click on Flowers, choose your flower, and email me at photoartsd@aol.com. Friday Flower Fiesta(If you laugh because I’m still with AOL after 20 years, you lose your right to a flower….)

You can do anything you want with your flower file. It’s yours!

Feel free to order any of my Photographic Art directly from Fine Art America.

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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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Who am I to argue?

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Generally I respect people’s opinions of themselves.

I mean, who am I to argue with them?

Low life

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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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It’s cute and adorable

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It’s no secret that most people put seagulls into categories such as “common bird,” “pesky bird,” “irritating bird,” “noisy bird,” and “go away bird.” Maybe others that I’m not familiar with.

When I went up to La Jolla recently to see Hillary Clinton, I spent some time walking around taking pictures. It’s a beautiful area, as you can see here:

La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

I came across a seagull which obviously was on a nest:

Seagull on a nest

I didn’t want to disturb it but I was hoping that it would stand up and let me see the egg since I have never seen a seagull egg.

I found a large rock to sit on, about four feet from it, and sat, and sat, and sat, and sat…. all the while encouraging it to stand up and take a break so I could see the egg.

After what seemed like forever, it obliged.

Seagull egg

Several other gulls came over while it was standing….

not sure what that was about….

but it left the egg in my care and went to chase the other gulls off.

Seagull egg

After a couple of minutes, it came back, thanked me for taking care of its egg, and went back to work.

Seagull on a nest

I left by a different route from which I had come in, and saw a result of all the hard work those seagulls do:

Seagull chick

Aren’t they cute? Do you see the second chick sitting in the foreground?

They look like the spots from the eggs rubbed off on them.

Moral of this post: Take time to enjoy all that is around you, even the common stuff, because sometimes it’s so cute and adorable.

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Desert bighorn sheep

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It is so much fun to take blasé pictures and try to make Photographic Art out of them. After all, my wise old grandmother said, as she sat at the dining room table cutting pictures apart and pasting them in her scrapbooks and photo albums, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

Here are two blasé pictures of desert bighorn sheep that were washed out and really horrible pictures, but they make pretty darn good Photographic Art.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep

These desert bighorn sheep are in a remote location in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It’s not an easy walk to where they are, so I suspect not too many people actually see these beautiful sheep.

The desert bighorn sheep is indigenous to the southwestern United States and the northern areas of Mexico. Interestingly, the total population of desert bighorn sheep is only about 20,000 yet their conservation status is listed as “least concern.” That I don’t understand.

They are superb climbers, using their climbing ability to escape mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, their main predators.

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Just inches away

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There has been lots of action this year at SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Seaworld San DiegoSeaWorld is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of being a top attraction here in San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo is renovating its oldest exhibit areas which have been in use since the founding of the Zoo in 1916. Once those exhibit areas have been renovated, the last of the animal cages will be gone in preference for open exhibits which allow the animals to roam more freely.

Out at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the new Tiger Trail opened a couple of weeks ago. Safari Park has six Sumatran Tigers, but in the past, the likelihood of seeing one was about zero percent, and that’s being generous.

The new exhibit area comprises 5.2 acres and cost over $19 million to create. Not surprising to me, these beautiful big cats are quite comfortable being close to humans.

The new Tiger Trail building has several viewing areas with huge glass panes being all that separate humans from tigers, and the tigers don’t mind being the object of attention:

Sumatran tiger at Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

However thick that glass is, is how close I was to that beautiful cat. I even got some pictures of tiger paws and tiger stripes:

Tiger paw

Tiger stripes

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We have the beach to ourselves!

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I left home at 5:30 this morning to head on over to Warwick’s book store in La Jolla, about 30 miles away, where Hillary Clinton was due to sign copies of her book. I got there at 6:00 and the line was a block long, with 359 people in it. When I left at 9:30, the line was three deep in front of Warwick’s and, as far as I could count, totaled 1,321 people. It was moving, too, so that was a floating number. Took 285 pictures and 10 videos in La Jolla.

For the past decade, harbor seals have created a rookery at La Jolla Cove. Rich, snobby La Jollans have tried to drive the seals away, even to the point of harassing them during pupping season. Harassing marine mammals is a federal crime but no one seems to want to do anything to harass the rich and snobby.

As I walked around La Jolla this morning, I found the beaches empty and got lots of great pictures of the harbor seals. I couldn’t resist making Photographic Art out of this one and adding a caption:

Harbor seals in La Jolla, California

Let’s hear it for Hillary and the harbor seals! Yahoooooooooooooo!

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My you are tall

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When Jim and I went to the May 3 fundraiser for Cat House on the Kings, we came back through Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Forest. The whole area is full of tall, massive trees, specifically redwoods and sequoias.

The loop road we drove took us directly through the Giant Forest of sequoias, where five of the ten most massive living organisms are located. I had to take twelve pictures and then have Photoshop stitch them together to get just a part of the Giant Forest:

Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park

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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) averages about 275 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter. The tallest sequoia measured 311 feet tall and the widest measured 56 feet in diameter.

I usually don’t like blogs that have pictures that are so big that you have to scroll to see all of a picture and never can get all of a picture on your screen. However, I thought it would be fun to include here a big picture of the big trees:

giant forest faa 2000 tall at 72 ppi

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My great white pelican

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A couple of decades ago I was working as a consultant in the wireless telecommunications industry. My home base was San Diego, but I was stationed at the time in Tampa, Florida. I loved it there. The city was great, the Gulf of Mexico and the bays were beautiful, and there were pelicans everywhere. Pelicans probably are my favorite bird that I have actually seen in the wild.

There was a waterfront store in Clearwater that had pelican statues of every shape and size. I knew that my final act when I had to leave Tampa would be to visit that store and buy one of the statues that had a Great White Pelican sitting on a post in the water. I had it shipped to San Diego but, sadly, it was broken when it arrived. I have never seen a similar statue again.

However……………………..

I saw the real thing a few days ago, right here at the San Diego Zoo!

I took a picture and made a Photographic Art stamp out of it:

Great White Pelican

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