SNIPPETS (7-10-14)


Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts


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.


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


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

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos


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



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


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



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


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

Wild iris


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

Great Egret


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

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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26 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (7-10-14)

      1. babso2you

        That’s too bad! Such beautiful color on those trees. There was a tree on the SDSU campus back in 1975 that had a beautiful deep red. Are those still there?


  1. Hollis Hildebrand-Mills

    I love the photograph of the jacarandas. I remember seeing them in CA (LA area) one year. It was raining outside and the blossoms had been knocked off. The piles of blossoms all over the ground was so intense. Their beautiful color. Lucky You! Thank you for posting!



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