Monthly Archives: July 2012

Coneflower

Friday Flower Fiesta — July 27, 2012

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Flower pictures that were original, dull, blah, and uninspiring. They came alive with some added contrast and sharpening using Photoshop CS6, which allowed me to make some DRIPPERS and ROUNDERS out of them.

Picture 1Yellow Flower 4

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Picture 2Calla Lily

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Picture 3Canna

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Picture 4Clivia

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Picture 5Coneflower

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Picture 6Coral Tree

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Picture 7Dahlia

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Picture 8Flower

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Picture 9Flower

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Picture 10Pink Flower

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Picture 11Yellow and Purple Flowers

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Picture 12Yellow Flower and Shadow

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Just me and my big dog

Contemplation — Me and my big dog

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The following picture is from my recent Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk a few mornings ago. I love the expression on the young girl’s face as she contemplates…..

Just me and my big dog

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

I love you, Sandbox

Out & About

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Another eighteen pictures from my 3-mile walk with the Pacific Photographic Society around Mission Bay and Mission Beach.

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Here’s the first set: Simpler times: No pooping.

And the second set: Mirror, mirror on the door

And the third set: If you’re lucky enough to be at the beach…

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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You don't scare me

You don’t scare me

Picture of the Moment

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I think the following picture, from my Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk a couple of mornings ago, speaks for itself as to the title of this post.

You don't scare me

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Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

Up and down and round and round

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Over at Mission Bay is a historic roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, in Belmont Park. It was built in 1925. The twin to the Giant Dipper is at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. They are the only two remaining roller coasters on the West Coast that were built by Prior & Church, noted builders of roller coasters throughout the nation.

A couple of days ago I got some pretty good pictures of it, something that’s not easy to do because of tall trees and lots of traffic:

Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

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Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

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Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

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Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

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I realized that the last two pictures actually got the whole roller coaster so I went to CorelDRAW X6 to create a panorama:

Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, San Diego California

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I thought that was pretty good for hand-holding a camera and having no plans at the beginning to create a panorama. With some diligence, I could even use Photoshop and its layers and masks to make the brightness and contrast match, but I don’t have time to play around with that right now….

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

If you’re lucky enough to be at the beach…

Out & About

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Yesterday morning I went for a 3-mile walk with the Pacific Photographic Society around Mission Bay and Mission Beach.

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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333 pictures in three hours. It takes a little while to catalog all of them.

Here’s the first set: Simpler times: No pooping.

And the second set: Mirror, mirror on the door

Walking around the Beach and Bay is almost like walking around an art museum.

Here are twelve more pictures:

Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Bay/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

Mirror, mirror on the door

Out & About

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Yesterday morning I went for a 3-mile walk with the Pacific Photographic Society around Mission Bay and Mission Beach.

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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333 pictures in three hours. It takes a little while to catalog all of them.

Here’s the first set: Simpler times: No pooping.

Here are twelve more:

Self portrait

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Bay walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

Simpler times: No pooping

Out & About

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This morning I went for a (long) walk with the Pacific Photographic Society around Mission Bay and Mission Beach.

Mission Beach/Mission Bay Walk

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It is about a three-mile walk, and I was feeling it at the end. I did get 333 pictures. Here’s a sampling:

Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Mission Beach/Mission Beach Walk

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Fuchsia

100 things YOU can do to make a difference

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FuchsiaI’ve been fortunate because I don’t have all my eggs in one basket. I work persistently and consistently on my daily plans, often creating niche markets, niche economies, and niche environments that insulate me from the doom and gloom over which I have no control.

Even more important, I get out and contribute to my community. For those occasions when I cannot contribute to my community, I’ll write a check.

The recent mass murder (it was much more than what the press calls a “mass shooting”) in Colorado reminds me that, as Hillary Clinton said, “It takes a village….”

FuchsiaFor those people who continue to rant about things over which you have no control, I would suggest getting out in your community and volunteering. You probably won’t make any money today or tomorrow, but I can guarantee you a lot of good will, and if you’ll make sure that people know who you are and what you do for a living, you just might be surprised at how fast one good turn will return another good turn.

My life has been full of volunteerism, so much so that too often I let the unpaid volunteer job interfere with the paid professional job. I started with Key Club in high school, moved on to Alpha Phi Omega National Co-ed Service Fraternity in college, and then to Red Cross, American Heart Association, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and many, many others.

FuchsiaFollowing are 100 things you can do to help the world. I have done them all at some point in my life. Don’t let your ego get in the way of contributing to your neighborhood and city. Keep in mind that businesses have liability concerns, so the type of services that you’re allowed to volunteer for might be limited.

  1. Adopt a block in your neighborhood and pick up the trash and pull the weeds growing in the sidewalk cracks.
  2. Have a block party. Make sure you inform the city in case permits or safety personnel are required.
  3. If you can’t have a block party, have a moving or rolling supper. We did this in college in Alpha Phi Omega where we had hors d’oeuvres at one house, salad at another, soup at another, etc. Great way to meet people and have fun.
  4. FuchsiaGive blood (I’m a 10-gallon blood donor. It would be more but blood centers still discriminate against gay people, and I refuse to lie to them, to go back in the closet, in order to donate blood.).
  5. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  6. Take a group of neighborhood children some place that’s free. Many of our museums here are free on the first Tuesday of each month.
  7. Since many small businesses are suffering, go to your favorite hair dresser or farmer’s market — or any other business — and ask if they can use your help for an hour. It might just be sweeping the floor, cleaning the windows, or taking out the trash, but you doing that will free up their employees to help their customers.
  8. FuchsiaClean your home and donate things that you haven’t used in six months to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other such organizations.
  9. Have a neighborhood yard sale.
  10. Volunteer with Big Brothers.
  11. Volunteer with Big Sisters.
  12. Volunteer with Boy Scouts.
  13. Volunteer with Girl Scouts.
  14. Write a restaurant review for your local newspaper.
  15. Have a children’s story hour for neighborhood children.
  16. FuchsiaVolunteer at your local library.
  17. Volunteer at your local museum.
  18. Volunteer at your local park.
  19. Volunteer with Special Olympics.
  20. Volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  21. Volunteer with the Red Cross.
  22. Volunteer with the American Cancer Society.
  23. Volunteer for an after-school activity.
  24. Write a book review for your local newspaper.
  25. Volunteer at your public television station.
  26. FuchsiaWhatever your area of expertise, offer a seminar on that topic for your neighbors.
  27. Volunteer at an assisted living residence.
  28. Plant a tree — on someone else’s property!
  29. Help a neighbor paint their house.
  30. Help a neighbor spruce up their landscaping.
  31. Volunteer at a Battered Women and Children facility.
  32. Volunteer at an HIV/AIDS facility.
  33. Volunteer at a crisis counseling facility.
  34. Volunteer at a cancer support facility.
  35. FuchsiaVolunteer for Meals on Wheels.
  36. Volunteer for your local disability services.
  37. Volunteer at a substance abuse facility.
  38. Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  39. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  40. Volunteer at a justice and legal support center.
  41. Volunteer at a community center.
  42. Volunteer at your church.
  43. Volunteer at your school.
  44. Volunteer at a troubled youth support center.
  45. Volunteer at a gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered community center.
  46. FuchsiaVolunteer at a Jewish community center.
  47. Volunteer at a job fair.
  48. Volunteer at your local historical society.
  49. Volunteer at your local police department.
  50. Volunteer at your local fire department.
  51. Volunteer with a political action committee.
  52. Volunteer at a local politician’s office.
  53. Volunteer at your YMCA.
  54. Volunteer at your YWCA.
  55. FuchsiaVolunteer at a day care facility.
  56. Volunteer at an adult day care facility.
  57. Find out who’s the oldest person in your neighborhood. Interview that person about his or her life, type it up, and donate it to your local historical society or library.
  58. Be a tutor for youth in your neighborhood.
  59. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
  60. Volunteer at the court house.
  61. Volunteer with AmeriCorps.
  62. Volunteer at your local community college.
  63. FuchsiaVolunteer with your opera society.
  64. Volunteer with your symphony society.
  65. Volunteer with 4-H.
  66. Volunteer with United Way.
  67. Volunteer at 1-800-Volunteer.org.
  68. Take part in medical research if available in your community.
  69. Volunteer at a mental health facility.
  70. Volunteer with your local fitness council.
  71. Volunteer with your Audubon Society.
  72. FuchsiaVolunteer with Junior Achievement.
  73. Sponsor a high school club or organization.
  74. Volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  75. Volunteer with American Heart Association.
  76. Volunteer with Path of Life Ministries.
  77. Be a reader for recording books for the blind and dyslexic.
  78. Volunteer at your local blood bank.
  79. Volunteer with Ronald McDonald House.
  80. Volunteer at Planned Parenthood.
  81. FuchsiaTeach a course at your local home improvement store.
  82. Teach a course at your local community college.
  83. Volunteer at your city’s visitor’s bureau.
  84. Volunteer at your local food bank.
  85. Volunteer at a thrift store.
  86. Volunteer with Project C.U.R.E.
  87. Volunteer at your local political party headquarters.
  88. Volunteer with HandsOn.
  89. Volunteer with your local Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  90. Volunteer with your local animal rescue organization.
  91. FuchsiaCheck out a book from your local library — Many library budgets are based on library usage.
  92. Get a group of four or five people together and go throughout your neighborhood doing minor tasks for home owners.
  93. Volunteer with the ACLU.
  94. Volunteer with your local Better Business Bureau.
  95. Have a game night for the youth in your neighborhood.
  96. Dine out at least once a week, even if it’s just at McDonald’s.
  97. Volunteer with Easter Seals.
  98. Volunteer with Volunteers of America.
  99. Pick a charity and volunteer or donate.
  100. Expand your world by meeting one new person each day. WordPress makes it easy!

FuchsiaSome of those might require you to get out of your comfort zone. That’s their purpose! Especially in communities that appear homogeneous, there are people who feel out of place, and those are the people who turn into the Jimmy Holmeses of the world. By being active in your community, you just might be able to “friend” that person and prevent a lot of death and grief, even though you might never know it.

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Each SNIPPETS will have at leasst one picture.
After all, this is Russel Ray Photos.

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Ghost bike

My wise old grandmother taught me to share

My wise old grandmother

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Along with going for extended walks several times a week, I also like to go for bike rides. Although I like bike rides better than walking, simply because I can cover more area, San Diego is not known as a very friendly city for bikers, not that walkers have it that much better.

On my bike ride this morning I found an abandoned bike looking all forlorn:

Ghost bike

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It looks abandoned and forlorn because it’s supposed to look that way. It is a “ghost bike.” Ghost bikes are roadside memorials, the roadside crosses of the cycling community. They are painted white and adorned with flowers and other mementoes to honor a fallen cyclist.

This ghost bike is at the intersection of Montezume Road and Collwood Boulevard:

Location of ghost bike

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It was left there in April in honor of bicyclist Charles Gilbreth, 63, who was struck from behind by an SUV and killed.

In researching ghost bikes, I discovered that the bikewas a gift from an anonymous cyclist and that the white paint was purchased by Forrest Brodsky, a senior at San Diego State University. In early July, the city posted a violation notice on the bike since it was chained in the public right-of-way without a permit. It was scheduled to be removed 72 hours after the notice was issued.

A protest rally was scheduled but didn’t take place because Councilwoman Marti Emerald got wind of everything and made calls to the City to resolve the issue. The bike remains.

Generally I don’t ride on the streets even though the City has made its streets more bike friendly, theoretically, by painting bikes in the far right lanes:

Bike warning

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Bike warning

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It doesn’t really matter where one rides, though, street or sidewalk. On streets, you have to beware of cars that don’t care. On sidewalks, you have to beware of people opening car doors on parked vehicles or people coming out of buildings.

My wise old grandmother taught me to share, and she didn’t tell me that I could put restrictions on what I shared. “Share, share, share!” she often exclaimed. Wouldn’t it be nice if the roadways were shared with cars, cyclists, and even pedestrians simply crossing the street?

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Russel Ray’s bike

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