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When blogging friends come to visit

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I love it when blogging friends call to tell me they are in town and actually want to meet me!

Petals Daye and Russel Ray

That’s me on the right, just in case you didn’t know.

On the left, though, is Kelly, also known as Petals Daye, also known as Boomdeeadda.

Kelly is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We got together yesterday for 90 minutes and had a great time. She even brought me a little Canadian gift (that’s the red box in my hand). I heard from Jim that it was something edible but I wouldn’t know because by the time Jim finished telling me what was in the box, the box was empty.

Ah, well.

Thanks for a wonderful 90 minutes, Kelly!

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Rainbow quintuplet

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I went to Old Town San Diego this morning at 6:00. Old Town is coming up very quickly in my San Diego Historical Landmark series and since I don’t like people in my pictures, I thought this morning would be a good time to get pictures without people in them.

Old Town is about ten miles from me, and halfway through the drive it started raining, hard, even though the part of the sky I could see was partly cloudy with three huge rainbows.

I tried to get a good picture but it’s difficult to do when you’re driving 65 mph in the rain. Without focusing I was pointing the camera and clicking. I got only two decent pictures, neither of them worth writing home about but certainly good enough for blogging:

Rainbow

Rainbow

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I suspect many of you see much better rainbow pictures on a daily basis. Here in San Diego we get excited if we see rain, much less rainbows!

I searched Google to see if there were any good pictures of the rainbow trio. Not a one. Then it occurred to me: It was 6:00 in the morning! No one except me was up! I could claim it was a rainbow quintuplet, get busy in Photoshop, post a rainbow quintuplet on Facebook, and probably no one would question it……..LOL

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Condominium tower for wildlife

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A condominium tower for wildlife.

The seagulls have the view but the seals are closer to the swimming pool.

Buoy with seagulls and seals

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You expect me to swim in that?

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I have had so many problems in the past whenever I upgraded Adobe Photoshop. Thus, when Photoshop CC (2014) was released in June, I resisted the temptation to upgrade.

That temptation overcame me today, which means that I started upgrading at around 6:00 this morning and just finished a few minutes ago.

Upgrading for me meant that I had to install a new version of Photoshop CC since it’s a major upgrade and does not install on top of any older versions.

A new version doesn’t recognize Actions, Extension Panels, Plug-ins, etc.

Since I have a lot of that stuff for my Photographic Art enterprise, I had to re-install or re-create everything. So burdensome. One would think that in today’s technological world, a few good programmers would be able to make things go more smoothly. Not the case….

Anyways, everything seems to be working, so I’m back in action. Here’s my first Photographic Art creation using Photoshop CC (2014):

You expect me to swim in that?

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I won’t walk on it

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As I continue to create works of Photographic Art, I find myself gaining a great appreciation of art of all kinds, even art that previously I didn’t particularly care for—Yoko Ono comes immediately to mind.

One thing I know, though, is that I could never walk on art, so when I find walkway art, I tend to walk around it and take pictures while everyone else is walking on it.

Such as these two pieces, found in the walkway at the Scripps Ranch branch of the San Diego Library:

Sidewalk snake art

Sidewalk lizard art

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It might be the most beautiful of all time

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When I visited La Quinta back on August 12, it was my first time. I drove down two main thoroughfares for many miles, and all I saw were golf resorts, condominium resorts, and monster homes behind huge fences and gates.

They also had the most beautiful and immaculately maintained medians and road sides.

I would not mind being a homeless person over there, although come to think of it, I didn’t see a single homeless person on a street corner asking for food and money. Hmmm. Maybe being homeless is against the city code….

Well, anyway, this was the most beautiful gate I saw, and it might rank as the most beautiful gate I’ve ever seen in my life:

Horsey gate

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Not a roadside memorial

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It’s common to see memorials along roadsides where someone has died, usually from an accident involving bicyclists, motorcycles, cars, and trucks.

When I was out in the Southern California high desert near Borrego Springs traipsing around looking at sculptures of prehistoric wildlife (see previous post), I found a memorial that was quite a distance from any road.

Desert memorial

There was no name on the marker but the dates indicated that the person was just 21 years and 3 days old. RIP, whoever you are.

My thinking in that regard is that the person probably was coming from Mexico to try to make a better life in the United States. The area in the high desert near Borrego Springs and Palm Springs is known as an entry point for Mexican nationals attempting to make their way into the United States for work. Unfortunately, it can get extremely hot in the desert, and without water and appropriate protection, deaths from exposure, even at night, are way too common.

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