SNIPPETS (5-27-14)


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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts


Yesterday I went traipsing along the San Diego River with folks from the Pacific Photography Society, one of the 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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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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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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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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The bar in the C Level Lounge was particularly beautiful in subdued lighting:

C Level Lounge in San Diego, California

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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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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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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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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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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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I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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16 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (5-27-14)

  1. Karen B

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for a cool post. I love Zoey the cat ( I love Tabbies) and the Ospreys. The car was a mystery to me I am afraid, but I loved that you shared some pictures of your special meal. HUGE portions, but I do love a burger if it is with good beef. Glad you enjoyed it.


  2. laurie27wsmith

    A great looking burger there Russel, actually the whole post was excellent. Love the car. As the old saying goes, the best camera to use is the one you have in your hand. You’re right about taking photos, it’s picking the right shot with your eye, the composition and subject. The ospreys look as if they’ve been on a litter patrol. 🙂


  3. Maxi

    Your fabulous photos made a great start to my day, Russel. Poor Zoey, she must feel as if she lost a friend.

    Been on hiatus due to health and family issues. Hope all is well with you and Jim.

    blessings ~ maxi


  4. dogleadermysteries

    Hello Zoey & Ray, I just shared this post on Facebook. Love the “Cool Cat” in the bag. I’ve a house rabbit that is mostly black with white marks. My rabbit got the name Tuxedo at the animal shelter. Any tips for getting a good shot of him in a bag? He loves them! I don’t have or use flash, so it’s tricky to get him to pop out well against dark backgrounds in the kitchen.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Photoshop. I use it often to lighten up photos when I don’t use a flash. For example, my car, bar, and burger photos above were lightened up since I don’t use flash in restaurants and outside with the car was dark.

      If you don’t have Photoshop, any other good program has such functions, too–Lightroom, PaintShop Pro, Gimp, ACDsee, etc.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Thanks. WordPress says (again!) that I’m not following you but I know I am! Just one reason why I keep records in my an Excel spreadsheet so I don’t have to depend on WordPress (or anyone else!).



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