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Weather in San Diego was kind of crazy today. Unfortunately, where I live in La Mesa was not included in the craziness. All I got here was sunshine, ten minutes of clouds, one clap of thunder, and then sunshine again.

Some areas, including here in La Mesa, got up to 106°F. Fortunately, we used modern technology to keep the house cool.

Some areas lost power, and some areas still are without power tonight, with temperatures still hovering in the 80s with 40% humidity.

All very unusual conditions for us this time of year.

And with that update on the weather, I leave you with these clouds from my journey to the high desert last month:

Desert clouds

For the record, it did rain on me in the eastern area of the high desert, and the rains brought some flash floods to the area. Those conditions, however, are common for where I was.

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Recently—last night!—I discovered the publish-in-the-future function of WordPress, so if a post pops up on my blog at, say, midnight plus one minute, that’s not me!

I’m still sorting through the billions and billions and billions of pictures from my 476-mile journey through Southern California on August 12. Here is one of my favorites:

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I don’t know what they are farming out there, but I’m pretty sure that whatever it is, I ain’t buying….

I’m still exploring special Photographic Art effects for that picture because the vastness of the landscape, the beauty of the sky, and the barren “farm” is just begging for some very special effects.

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At least you can tell which way the wind is blowing

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Having lived in several large cities—Houston, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego—throughout my life, I am accustomed to large airports with planes landing and taking off every thirty seconds from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.

I find that many smaller airports don’t have quite the amenities of their big brothers, such as the Ocotillo Wells Airport about ninety miles due east of San Diego. Looks like this:

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No vending machines…. no outlets to charge one’s phone or laptop computer…. no water fountains…. no restaurants…. no restrooms…. no lounge to catch up on news, weather, and sports…. no hard surface runways…. no baggage claim…. no ticket counters…. no strip search to get into the airport….

….heck, no airplanes!

But at least you can tell which way the wind is blowing.

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Fire on the horizon (also called “sunrise”)

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When I started composing my post this morning about the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, I realized that I, uh, didn’t have any pictures of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Or at least, none that I could find.

That was at 5:00 a.m., so I jumped in the car and headed to Balboa Park. The sun was due to come up around 6:00 a.m., and the park would not yet be crowded, so I should be able to get back home by 7:30 a.m.

And I did, even though I waited around for 15 minutes to get these two pictures:

Fire on the horizon

Sunrise in San Diego's Balboa Park on Sunday, 9-14-14

There are exactly fifteen minutes between the two pictures.

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Monochrome photography with a touch of natural color

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When I was growing up, color movies and television were not quite mainstream yet. I watched initial episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched” in black & white, but being was oh-so-happy when we got a color television and the shows also were in color. After all, the world is in color.

So while I’m not really into black & white photography, or “monochrome” as it seems to be called today, I do occasionally find the really interesting picture that is basically black & white but has a little color thrown in to make things interesting.

Such as this picture:

Rental sailboats

I loved the overcast sky creating dull gray sand and water, contrasted by a slight pinkish tinge in the low sky from the sunset, the green fronds of the palm trees, and those beautiful rental sail boats.

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Would you like a date?

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My wise old grandmother used to make a wide variety of pies, three of which I disliked intensely: pecan, mince meat, and date. Nuts and meat simply don’t belong in pies. Dates I simply didn’t like.

When I was over in Palm Springs a few weeks ago, I saw many date palms, all of them with their little dates hanging in plastic bags. Looked like this:

Date palms

I thought it interesting that dates apparently are harvested by letting them fall into the plastic bags. Unless the plastic bags help them all ripen at the same time, or something like that. Anyway, what a unique picture of date palm trees, something we don’t see here in San Diego.

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Meet Mr. Cowboy from North Shore, California

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Along with seeing Southern California’s Abominable Snowman recently, I discovered a larger than life figure that I did not know about: Mr. Cowboy (I named him). Looks like this:

Norrth Shore Cowboy

In the interest of full disclosure, Mr. Cowboy was in front of a dilapidated country store and next to a huge dumpster. Wasn’t a pretty picture. The whole north and east side of the Salton Sea was really depressing because of all the abandoned real estate and such.

I removed Mr. Cowboy from the original picture, placed him in a picture with a tall cactus to give him some height perspective, and then put some rocks and plants around his feet to mask the concrete and trash originally there.

Thus, that Photographic Art creation is actually a merging of three pictures. Ya just can’t trust me….

Mr Cowboy location

See location on Google maps

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