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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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SNIPPETS (7-10-14)

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SNIPPET 1

My wise old grandmother subscribed to Saturday Evening Post when I was growing up. I always looked forward to getting it because the front cover often was artwork by Norman Rockwell. I freely admit that Norman Rockwell has an influence on my Photographic Art, and I think this would do Rockwell proud:

Starving artist in San Diego's Balboa Park

I love how the children are being children while the starving artist does his thing.

SNIPPET #2

The water lilies in the Lily Pond in front of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park are recovering from the $100,000 worth of damage wrought by a Facebook-advertised party in late 2012. Unfortunately, the criminals still have not been caught. Here’s what one looked like a couple of days ago:

Water liles in the Lily Pond in San Diego's Balboa Park

SNIPPET #3

The Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park has this piece of art on the exterior of the building:

Artwork at the Museum of Natural History in San Diego's Balboa Park

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SNIPPET #4

Although the crepe myrtles are taking over the landscapes, there are still a few areas where the jacarandas are hanging on.

Jacaranda

SNIPPET #5

Pelicans are my favorite bird that I’ve actually seen out in their native habitat. This is a pink-backed pelican, but it is a resident of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since this is not their native habitat.

Pink-backed pelican at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SNIPPET #6

Lantanas are one of the prettiest bushes in the San Diego area. They love it when it’s hot and dry.

Lantana

SNIPPET #7

The following picture is a white-breasted cormorant. It lives with the pink-backed pelican in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I really like this picture because of the gold on the back and wings.

White-breasted cormorant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SNIPPET #8

The following is Photographic Art of a wild iris, a common plant here in San Diego that blooms year-round.

Wild iris

SNIPPET #9

I think I like the reflection of this Great Egret better than the Great Egret itself!

Great Egret

SNIPPET #10

I was testing the photographic capabilities of Facebook a couple of days ago to see how it treated huge, monster, gigantic, really really big pictures. Sadly, Facebook downsizes it to a useless low-resolution picture, which is kind of good if you don’t want people stealing your pictures.

Following is the picture that I used for my test. It is a photomerge of 16 pictures encompassing about 270° in the view, so it’s a panorama that cannot be captured with a birdseye or fisheye lens since they only capture about 180°. Click on the picture for a gigantic version with readable text.

270° panorama of San Diego, California

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SNIPPETS (7-5-14)—Bigger is better

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SNIPPET 1

Home, home on the range….

The range looks different in different states, sometimes even different in different areas of the same state. Here is a range from the central valley in California:

The range

SNIPPET #2

I was exploring a deconstruction site a few weeks ago when I found five windows that were the only windows left intact in the building that was being demolished. Following is what was on those five windows, with the glare removed from the pictures. I’m willing to bet that someone is going to save the windows.

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SNIPPET #3

Happy Fourth of July weekend to everyone!

Eagle and United States flag

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SNIPPET #4

The Magellanic penguins at SeaWorld San Diego are a joy to watch. This one was well camouflaged in the midst of the rocks and was playing peek-a-boo with the crowd:

Magellanic penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

SNIPPET #5

As you exit the Arctic penguin exhibit at SeaWorld, this is what you see:

Penguin flight

SNIPPET #6

It is hard to get good view of the mansions in Rancho Santa Fe because they are walled compounds behind gates. When I go out there on Saturday mornings to teach chess to four children, I always go early with an intent to explore the roads. I found a road leading up up up and got a fairly decent picture of the 11,700-square-foot mansion where I teach chess:

Here I come!

Since that is a fairly decent picture (take my word for it), you now understand the problems inherent in getting really good pictures of these mansions in one of the richest areas of the United States.

SNIPPET #7

Just outside the entrance to the San Diego Zoo is the Balboa Park Railroad. It’s a garden railroad that offers rides, and the area where the railroad goes has garden sculptures of zoo animals:

Garden sculpture at the Balboa Park Railroad

Garden sculpture at the Balboa Park Railroad

The tower you see in the first picture is the California Tower, one of San Diego’s most recognizable buildings. Read more about the California Tower in my blog post here: San Diego Historical Landmarks — #1: El Prado Area Designation, part 3

SNIPPET #8

My wise old grandmother used to sit at the dining room table taking her pictures and cutting out parts she didn’t want, cutting them into interesting shapes, and placing the results very carefully in her photo albums and scrapbooks. She was the one who taught me that “what comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

The following is Photographic Art of one the San Diego Zoo’s ambassadors, this one a turtle. The turtle was all grungy looking and the picture was all washed out due to where the sun was when I took the picture. Most people would have deleted it. Not me! Thank you oh great and wise old grandmother!

Turtle

SNIPPET #9

Someone more famous than me once said, “Bigger is better.” Obviously this leaf was paying attention:

Big leaf

SNIPPET #10

SNIPPET #9 was taken in the Botanical Building in Balboa Park, the nation’s largest municipal cultural park. I had gone to see the leftover orchids from an orchid show, as had this guy:

Taking a picture

I always feel guilty when I’m taking a picture with my big Canon 550D and someone else is taking a picture with their little smarty pants phone.

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SNIPPETS (6-26-14)—Drill moms rule!

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SNIPPET 1

Recently I was at a mall that I had never been to before. After being there, I understood why I had never been there: It’s too difficult to get to unless you happen to live in the area.

As I was walking around the mall, I came across two large, tiled murals:

Tiled murals

Tiled murals

How cool it would be to visit your old neighborhood 20, 30, 40 years later and see a tiled mural comprising tiles of your high school friends, including one tile with YOUR name on it!

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SNIPPET #2

I teach chess at after-school enrichment programs for a dozen elementary schools in San Diego County so I’m always pleased when I see people playing chess in unusual places, such as the waterfront in Coronado, across the bay from downtown San Diego.

Chess On The Waterfront

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SNIPPET #3

I don’t enjoy churches or religions because I think they waste too much money on things that don’t have anything to do with helping the poor, the needy, the sick, the homeless…. In fact, a couple of decades ago I quit my church when I found out the pastor had a million-dollar home and drove a Rolls Royce, but the church had no money to help feed the poor at Thanksgiving. You know, then, that I don’t have any patience whatsoever with people like Joel Osteen, living in a $12½ million Houston mansion and making over $40 million annually , tax free, as head of his church.

I have always enjoyed church architecture, though, such as this cute little country-style building in the middle of an older part of the City of San Diego:

Nestor Methodist Church

That’s the Nestor Methodist Church, and here’s Photographic Art of the steeple:

Nestor Methodist Church steeple

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SNIPPET #4

Jim has a listing at 5745 Friars Road, Unit 107, in Presidio Place, a large condominium complex with beautiful landscaping. They have some old ficus trees, old defined as with roots dangling from the branches, common to ficus trees.

One enterprising soul thought the roots would make a nice hanger for Mr. Sun:

Mr Sun

Jim’s listing is on YouTube, which means that I can embed the video here. Pictures are by, well, do I really need to say?

If you would like to move to Mission Valley, or buy a second home here, Presidio Place is in a great location at the western edge of Mission Valley. It’s quieter than the heart of the Valley yet still just minutes from major thoroughfares and freeways, San Diego Trolley stations, beaches, Old Town, University of San Diego, and SeaWorld.

SNIPPET #5

Speaking of SeaWorld, I try to go once a week, using my annual pass. SeaWorld San Diego opened in 1964, which means they are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. They have new exhibits, new shows, and new signage.

Seaworld San Diego

Seaworld San Diego

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SNIPPET #6

My main reason to have an annual pass is to ensure that I see ALL the wildlife because on any one visit, some might not be cooperative. Flamingos always are cooperative.

Flamingo at SeaWorld San Diego

As are the penguins:

Magellanic penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

I got my first good pictures of the African Crested Porcupine and the Nine-banded Armadillo at a recent visit.

African Crested Porcupine at SeaWorld San Diego

Nine-banded Armadillo at SeaWorld San Diego

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SNIPPET #7

Anytime I see an armadillo, I spontaneously start singing “London Homesick Blues,” written by Gary P. Nunn. The following version by Jerry Jeff Walker is probably the best known version and features the Lost Gonzo Band, which included Gary P. Nunn on keyboards.

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SNIPPET #8

Coming up on July 12 & 13 is the Reptile Super Show. Don’t let the name mislead you. Along with lizards, turtles, and frogs, they also always have spiders, such as this beautiful one from two years ago:

Tarantula

That reminds me of Mr. Alexander, my tenth grade biology teacher. He gave extra credit to students who brought in live wildlife for the day. After school, Mr. Alexander would be in the classroom interacting with the wildlife and talking with the students about the creatures.

Someone once brought a tarantula and, after school, Mr. Alexander was letting it walk up and down his arm. It was creepy but continued my wise old grandmother’s teachings about respect for all wildlife.

The advertisement in the San Diego Reader says that it is a fun & educational family event for ages 2-99. I think that if you’ve made it to 100, you should be able to go.

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SNIPPET #9

If you are over the age of 55, or are a member of AAA, wherever you go, be sure to ask if they have senior discounts or AAA discounts. It’s amazing how many places do. Unfortunately, the discounts are not cumulative, so it’s one or the other. Hmmm. Alrighty, then, I choose to be a 16-year-old AAA member. Can anyone help me here?

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SNIPPET #10

Julian on guitarJulian is in Texas spending money, which means he’s not here earning money working for Photographic Art! He’s only 16 years old but he’s awesome, and even from 1,500 miles away, he motivates this 59-year-old to do things that eventually will help both of us make some cool cash. So let’s see if Julian reads this blog post and finds this little snippet. Julian, if you find this, leave a comment and I’ll add a $10 bonus to your check for this week which means, of course, that since you’re in Texas all this week, your paycheck will be a whopping $10! Hey, that pays for 2½ gallons of gas for your new truck or motorcycle!

SNIPPET BONUS

When I’m working in the wee hours of the morning like this, Zoey the Cool Cat is always close by, either on the printer or on the desk.

Zoey the Cool Cat

It’s been several hours since I last saw her. I take a break every hour, and these past few hours I have used the break to look for her. Of course, she doesn’t come like a dog when you call her, so it’s all or nothing at each break.

She knows how to open cabinet and closet doors, so during my last break I went looking in the closets. Shoes and dirty clothes is all I found………………

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Blog Love (6-22-14)

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Really tall treeIf you missed my initial post about Blog Love, you can read it here. If you get mentioned in my Blog Love series, it’s a sure bet that I’m following YOU!

During these past two weeks, I had to slow down my blog camping since so many people don’t publish daily posts like I do. It’s difficult to camp out in someone’s blog when they have published only a couple of blog posts since last time I camped out. In some cases, people hadn’t published anything!

I left 2,200 LIKEs and 415 comments since June 4. The blogs where I left a total of at least ten LIKEs/comments are listed below.

Those bloggers who post pictures with very little text to read get the most LIKEs and comments, so it’s not unusual to find pet blogs and photography blogs high on the Blog Love list each week.

Click on the link to go visit them, and be sure to tell them that Russel Ray sent you their way!

  1. Help Us Help Our 4-Legged Frynds – 64
  2. kanzen sakura – 60
  3. Violet’s veg*n e-comics – 59
  4. Sand Spring Chesapeakes – 45
  5. Vit Peyr – 39
  6. FlowerEnchanted Seashells – 34
  7. Adventures and musings of an arch druidess – 31
    Realistic Cooking Ideas for Busy People – 31
  8. retireediary – 29
    Chronic Conditions and Life Lessons – 29
  9. Free View – 24
  10. rubicorno – 23
  11. Zoey the Cool Cat bookShaking the tree – 21
  12. RABIRIUS – 19
    Penlateral – 19
  13. Loving food, fashion, and life – 17
  14. wordsfromanneli – 16
  15. West Virginia Mountain Mama – 15
  16. Not just sassy on the inside – 13
  17. Friendly Fairy Tales – 12
  18. Pride in Photos Photography – 10

 

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SNIPPETS (6-18-14)

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SNIPPET 1

My friends who have known me throughout my business career sometimes call me the “Five-Year Man” because it’s rare for me to do anything for more than five years even though the five-year spans sometimes overlap.

13 reasons why you're not successfulOne of the business careers that I had for five years was as a marketing consultant, and I still really like marketing, helping people and companies find an audience for their products and services.

A few days ago I found a cool graphic that very directly explains why people are not as successful as they could be. The graphic had been around the world before I found it, but I tracked it down to Jim Kukral, a marketing expert whom I really identify with. Check him out at JimKukral.com, and see his graphic, “13 Reasons You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be.” I used a mini version of his graphic for beautification purposes here. It’s unreadable, so see the graphic at his web site which can be enlarged to be very readable.

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SNIPPET #2

Jim and I got married on October 30, 2008.

A few days later, 7,001,084 voters (52.24%) of 13,402,566 valid votes cast, representing 35,000,000 Californians, decided via Proposition 8 that gay people should not be able to get married in California.

In May 2009, the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriages which had occurred legally (such as mine!) would remain legal. In June 2013, the United States Supreme Court basically ruled (in a legal way) that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, and gay marriages resumed.

It’s only a matter of time before gay people throughout the United States will be able to marry the person they love, as indicated by this MSNBC graphic from a few days ago:

Gay marriage is coming!

I find it interesting (NOT!) that the sky has not fallen, the ground has not opened up and swallowed mankind, and the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west.

Sunrise on Mt. Helix in La Mesa, California

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SNIPPET #3

A few days ago, when I went to the Bird Song gardens (Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance), I had to pass through the area burned a month ago in what is called the Cocos Fire.

After 21 years in San Diego, I still find it odd that we name fires, but I grew up in Texas where named hurricanes often visited us. But why no named blizzards, floods, or tornadoes?

Here is a picture showing how close the fire came:

Close Call

Throughout the area, you can see scorched earth with untouched homes sitting in its midst. In the October 2003 fires, these homes probably would have burned. But after both the October 2003 and October 2007 fires, San Diego County has a rural defense law that requires defensible space around rural homes. That defensible space has been credited with saving many homes in the May 2014 fires. Of course, our firefighters get some credit, too.

Thank you EFF fire fighters

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SNIPPET #4

When I arrived in San Diego in April 1993, the local paper announced that there was not a single natural river remaining in the Los Angeles County north of us. All of them had been converted into concrete channels, similar to this one:

Southern California river

We now know that, during what little rainfall we get here, concrete channels exacerbate the flooding by allowing rainwater to move at a much faster rate, so when it does overflow those channels, it does a lot of damage.

San Diego was in the process of converting all of its rivers to concrete channels when peer-reviewed research reached the public confirming what many of us already knew. San Diego quit converting its rivers to concrete channels, and many of those throughout Southern California now look like that in the picture above, being allowed to revert to their natural form.

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SNIPPET #5

While I was taking pictures of the concrete river, I saw two mallard ducks enjoying the stagnant water, which seems to indicate that stagnant water isn’t all that bad. Bottoms up!

Bottoms up

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SNIPPET #6

The San Diego County fair, purported to be the fifth largest in North America, is well under way, opening on Saturday, June 7. Last day is Sunday, July 5. Trust me. Go now. Don’t wait until the last weekend.

The Fair is closed on Mondays, as well as the first two Tuesdays of its run. Doesn’t make sense to me, which I guess is why I don’t run the Fair.

A couple of days ago, knowing that the Fair was closed, I went to get some pictures, also knowing that there would be parking places and that I wouldn’t get run over by traffic. Following are my two favorite pictures. Those who know me will not be surprised that there are trains in both of them.

Amtrak at the San Diego County Fair

Coaster at the San Diego County Fair

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SNIPPET #7

I’m proud to say that Jim Frimmer, Janelle DeStefano, and Joanne Regenhardt got a standing ovation from the 82 attendees at their performance this past Sunday at the new Central Library in downtown San Diego. I’m the official page turner………perhaps they were standing for me?

Jim Frimmer, Janelle DeStefano, and Joanne Regenhardt

Next performance at the Central Library is Sunday, June 29, followed by a final performance on Sunday, July 13. Both performances begin at 2:30 p.m. and are free!

New San Diego Central Library on March 23, 2013

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SNIPPET #8

Time magazine’s issue of June 18, 1956, reported on three cities which had banned “rock-and-roll and other forms of frenzied music.” Those three cities were Santa Cruz, California; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and San Antonio, Texas. Santa Cruz and Asbury Park are now rock and roll havens. Such auspicious beginnings.

A few rock and roll music personalities who lived in Santa Cruz:

Cornelius Bumpus—saxophonist for the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan

Derek Sherinian—keyboardist for Alice Cooper, KISS, and Dream Theater

Scott Weiland—vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver

Here is “Thank You Love” from The Doobie Brothers’ “One Step Closer” album issued in 1980. Cornelius Bumpus is the composer.

The University of California at Santa Cruz has a lot of rock and roll musicians as alumni, and the City of Santa Cruz itself now is a center of rock and roll bands calling California home, most of them in the genres of death metal, deathcore, and punk.

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SNIPPET #9

My wise old grandmother taught me to add laughter to each day. Courtesy of our fine, furry, four-legged friends (cats), here’s enough laughter to last today, tomorrow, and perhaps the rest of the month:

Laughter for today

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SNIPPET #10

One of the great things about aquariums and zoos is that you get to see wildlife that you would never see in the wild. Here is a picture of a northern white rhinoceros living at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park:

Northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Not only will you not see the northern white rhinoceros in the wild, but it’s highly unlikely that you will see it at a zoo, either. According to the San Diego Zoo, the northern white rhinoceros is “functionally extinct,” meaning that it is extinct in the wild and no breeding populations exist anywhere else.

In fact, there are only seven of these magnificent creatures left in the world, two here at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, and five at other zoos. When these seven individuals die, there will be no more. Probably in YOUR lifetime! Poaching and habitat destruction. How sad. :(

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From Julian: We Have A New Facebook Page

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Julian Rey Saenz, Muisican and Partner of Russel Ray Photos

Hello everyone, Julian here, >>

#2 over at Russel Ray Photos.

This is my very first post on Russel’s Southern California blog, and I come here with important news.

As a teenager and an active member in social networking, I understand the importance of the Internet and its applicableness in today’s world. For that reason, I concocted a “brand new” Facebook page for Russel Ray Photos (it’s actually been around since 2007, Russel just forgot to ever publish it).

Russel and I, as always, appreciate your continued support, and we would love you even more if you stopped by to like our new Facebook page!

Thank you!

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SNIPPETS (6-3-14)—Have a seat and you’ll get some milk

Snippets

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SNIPPET 1

I have never really liked abstract art. There always seemed to be something missing, like a subject. As I was traipsing around San Diego last week, I found an abstract building, so I took a picture. Here’s my abstract Photographic Art of the abstract building:Abstract art

Since it’s abstract art, I don’t have to tell you what you’re looking at. However, I feel bad if I don’t, so the vertical line in the center of the art is the corner of the building. Hope I didn’t ruin the abstract….

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SNIPPET #2

Maybe if you have a seat, you’ll get some milk.

Leche

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SNIPPET #3

Just yards away from the couch shown above was this boat.

A boat out of water

I wonder if this is how they arrived to get their milk. Where is everyone now?

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SNIPPET #4

Continuing the theme from SNIPPETs #2 and #3:

No trespassing, no dumping

Ah-ha! (not the group). I suspect that the people who arrived on the boat and sat on the couch to have some milk are now in jail for trespassing and dumping……… :(

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SNIPPET #5

It’s difficult to take great pictures from a moving train. The pictures in SNIPPETs #2 and #3 were taken from a train, but the train was not moving. The following picture, however, was taken while the train was moving at about 60 mph.

A shelter pet wants to meet you

That sculpture is located in Rialto, California, which could explain why it says Rialto on it……. :). But that’s not even the part of the picture that has me smiling. Look at the billboard at the left side. It says, “A shelter pet wants to meet you!” It’s difficult to read in this postage stamp picture, but I have the 32″x49″ picture, and it’s prominent there! Adopt today!

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SNIPPET #6

It’s probably no secret that I love Mother and Father Nature. Here’s my favorite “flower pot” from this past week:

Flower pot

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SNIPPET #7

As many of you know, I teach chess at a secluded Rancho Santa Fe home for the four children of a one-percenter. I always take my time going to the property so I can take pictures of the magnificent homes. About half of the homes are not visible or accessible from public thoroughfares, but you can only wonder at their magnificence when you see an entrance gate like this:

Rancho Santa Fe California

That setup probably cost more than my home!…….. :)

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SNIPPET #8

Rancho Santa Fe had 3,117 residents as of the 2010 census. With a median income of $188,859, it always ranks in the Top 5, quite often at #1, on the list of high-income communities.

To help you understand just how uppity and snooty Rancho Santa Fe is, the city charter doesn’t allow mail delivery. To actually have postal carriers in USPS vehicles delivering mail to home mail boxes is waaaaaaaay beneath the dignity of the people of Rancho Santa Fe. However, that doesn’t prevent architects who are unfamiliar with the mail delivery restriction from designing really nice mailboxes for some of the subdivisions:

Mail delivery in Rancho Santa Fe California

At least we know that the people of Rancho Santa Fe won’t be complaining when the Postal Service quits providing home mail delivery………. LOL

Rancho Santa Fe requires their residents to go to the post office to pick up their mail. Since there are so many rich and famous people who live in Rancho Santa Fe, hang out at the post office if you want to see a few each day.

A short list of some who live or have homes in Rancho Santa Fe:

Pete Conrad, third man to walk on the moon
Jenny Craig, weight loss guru
Geena Davis, actress
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder
David Gates, singer with Bread
Chris Hillman, singer with The Byrds
Trevor Hoffman, professional baseball
Janet Jackson, singer
Richard Jefferson, NBA player with the San Antonio Spurs
Jewel, singer
Mike Love, singer with the Beach Boys
Jack McDowell, professional baseball
Phil Mickelson, professional golf
John Moores, former owner of the San Diego Padres
Juice Newton, singer
T. Boone Pickens, investor
Joe Walsh, singer/guitarist with The James Gang and The Eagles
Luke Walton, NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers
Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist

The list of former residents throughout history is quite long. Google or Wikipedia “Rancho Santa Fe.”

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SNIPPET #9

Does a big bowl of fresh strawberries count as fresh fruit if I add a gallon of whole milk and a pound of sugar?

Fresh strawberries

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SNIPPET #10

This was outside a business on one of the triple-digit hot days we had a couple of weeks ago:

Water for the doggies

Let’s hear it for businesses that get it.

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SNIPPETS (5-27-14)

Snippets

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SNIPPET 1

Yesterday I went traipsing along the San Diego River with folks from the Pacific Photography Society, one of the meetup.com groups that I belong to. My best picture was of a snowy egret doing a little fishing. Here it is made into Photographic Art:

Snowy egret

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SNIPPET #2

For our 20th anniversary meal yesterday, Jim and I went to the C Level Lounge. It’s quite a bit out of my preferred price range, but we went there four years ago for our anniversary, and since I wanted to go to the waterfront, we chose the C Level Lounge again. This car was in the parking lot as we were leaving:

Beautiful car

Smile if you know what kind of car it is, and if you do, you’ll understand why the C Level Lounge is out of my preferred price range.

That car goes for about $338,000, has 602 horsepower, and hits a top speed of 202 miles per hour. This specific model was just released, so I had the privilege of seeing in person one of the first. Since there will only be about 100 of them made, it’s a rare sight, indeed!

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SNIPPET #3

When Jim and I went to the fundraiser for Cat House on the Kings on May 3, we returned home via the loop road that goes through Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park. The loop will take you through several forests of redwoods and sequoias, the largest living organisms on Earth. Throughout the area we found cold, wet, sticky, white stuff on the ground. Looks like this:

Wet, sticky white stuff

Anyone have any idea what that mush is? We didn’t much care for it.

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SNIPPET #4

On the way home from the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser, we hit a traffic jam in Burbank, at 10:30 at night! We moved a whopping 6/10 of a mile in one hour and thirty-three minutes. We knew that there was a serious accident when we saw the coroner’s van drive by on the shoulder. Turns out that it was a one car/two motorcycle accident, with one of the motorcyclists being killed, and the car driver being arrested. While we were stopped on the freeway in downtown Burbank, I took this 57-second video of the lighting display on one of the buildings:

The cars speeding by were northbound on the freeway whereas we were stopped going southbound.

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SNIPPET #5

The bar in the C Level Lounge was particularly beautiful in subdued lighting:

C Level Lounge in San Diego, California

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SNIPPET #6

At the mouth of the San Diego River is Dog Beach, located in the eclectic community of Ocean Beach within the San Diego city limits. That’s where I wound up yesterday with my Pacific Photography Society outing.

Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

And here’s my favorite doggie from yesterday made into Photographic Art:

Big doggie

Smile if you know what dog breed that big boy is.

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SNIPPET #7

For the last seven years, Zoey the Cool Cat has taken up residence on my printer when I’m working in the wee hours of the morning:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Recently I had to replace that printer. It was seven years old and would not print anymore. I got the new printer a few days ago, and Zoey the Cool Cat is none too happy. She has only laid on it once, but I did get a picture:

Zoey the Cool Cat

Notice how uncertain she looks.

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SNIPPET #8

The goal of our Pacific Photography Society outing yesterday was to get some great pictures of a nesting pair of Ospreys with their fledgling. Unfortunately, the marine layer at 7:00 a.m. in May (commonly called “May Gray”) doesn’t make for great pictures of anything with sky in it. Here is the nest, though, showing the two parents watching over their little one:

Osprey nest and birds

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SNIPPET #9

After each Pacific Photography Society outing, members upload pictures to the web site. Theoretically, they upload their best pictures. I always find it amazing that people with $10,000 cameras and lenses often don’t have the critical eye to look for, and compose, unique pictures. Proves that the camera and lens do not necessarily make you a photographer. Invariably I upload only a few pictures, but they always get lots of WOW comments. The picture in SNIPPET #1 was the most popular, and this came in second:

Tree trunk

Remember that we went out to look at ospreys and here I am taking pictures of common snowy egrets through a damaged chain link fence, and tree trunks. Ah, well, I never was much good at following assignment instructions, kind of preferring to do my own thing….

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SNIPPET #10

C Level Lounge gave me the second largest burger I’ve ever had:

Big burger and fries

It was so large that I couldn’t eat the fries that came with it, so I brought them home. The restaurant put the fries in a Styrofoam box (I thought the world had done away with Styrofoam!) and then put that in a reusable and recyclable bag. Environmentally unfriendly Styrofoam in an environmentally friendly reusable and recyclable bag. Ironic.

The bag looked like it might be just big enough for Zoey the Cool Cat to get into, so I threw it on the bed. It took 2.73117 seconds for her to get inside and make herself at home:

Zoey the Cool Cat

As I was composing this post, Zoey the Cool Cat, normally on the printer next to me, decided to take a catnap in the reusable and recyclable bag. So that’s where she is right now! Happy kitty….

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SNIPPETS (5-24-14)

Snippets

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SNIPPET 1

I hope everyone had a happy World Turtle Day yesterday! Let’s have one final turtle picture in honor of turtles throughout the world.

Galapagos Tortoise

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SNIPPET #2

Sometimes when I’m doing a home inspection, a child follows me around, often asking, “What are you doing?” My answer never satisfies them because they following up that first question with a second one: “Why?”

Sometimes a cat or dog will follow me around, such as this little cutie:

Cat checking out my home inspection bag

I’m pretty sure she had no interest in becoming a home inspector. Another few minutes and my bag would have been her new home!

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SNIPPET #3

Sometimes I get followed around by non-children, non-cats, and non-dogs:

Birds wanting food

Those birds were used to being fed right there. How do I know? Because the property was vacant except for a big jar of bird seed to feed the little ones. How sweet.

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SNIPPET #4

Ever wonder what a butterfly convention looks like?

Butterfly convention

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SNIPPET #5

I ordered a printer from Staples on May 15. A couple of minutes after placing the order, I got an email message that it would be here May 23. The email included tracking information so I could follow its journey to San Diego. The tracking information link never worked.

No notification arrived yesterday, either by phone or email, so I chatted with a Staples rep online. The printer had been here since May 16! No phone call or email notification from Staples telling me that, though. Ack!

Where is our customer service today? Oh, wait. Staples is a company that Mitt Romney set up. Nevermind. (That was a political comment…)

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SNIPPET #6

Who was the bright individual who decided that power buttons should be on the back of big, tall, wide printers? In fact, who decided that power buttons, possibly the most used and most critical part, should be on the back of anything? Ack! 

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SNIPPET #7

Zoey the Cool Cat did not like the box the printer came in. It was way too big. However, she did like all the papers that came with it.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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SNIPPET #8

The jacarandas are looking particularly stunning this season, possibly because rainfall was lower than normal. They just really don’t like to be all wet.

Here is Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos of my favorite
jacaranda so far this purple season:

Jacaranda in San Diego, California

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SNIPPET #9

I realize that all life dies, but I still feel sorry when it happens, as with this poor duck which died at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Dead duck

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SNIPPET #10

Ever find a really neat-looking building and wish you had enough money to buy it just to say that it was yours?

When I went to the Cat House on the Kings fundraiser on May 3, this building was next to the hotel where I stayed:

Cool building

It used to be a restaurant, King’s Buffet, but it is vacant and shuttered now, wanting someone to buy it and bring it to life again.

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