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These are a few of my favorite signs

I livew in my own little world

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These are a few of my favorite signs (sung to “These are a few of my favorite things”). These are actual signs I have come across on my photographic expeditions throughout San Diego County:

Remote controlled locomotives

Imagine seeing a 100-ton diesel locomotive coming at you with no engineer.

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Caution: Watch for pedestrians crossing sidewalk

I would be extremely cautious if I saw someone
crossing the sidewalk instead of walking on the sidewalk!

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Bee swarm: Please avoid this area

With such a beautiful sign,
I’m thinking this is not the first time they have had a bee swarm in that area.

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Do not do anything!

Ooopsie.
Well, at least I wasn’t smoking,
drinking alcohol out of glass bottles, and burning pallets.
Burning pallets? Who does that?

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Still a virgin? Call now!Just doing my civic duty to get people the help they need.

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Clothing optionalHey, it didn’t say I couldn’t take pictures!

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Deadly force is authorizedAnd THAT’s why they have a fence!

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In case of earthquake, run for cover before facebooking about itAt least we can tweet about it!

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Best real estate disclosure everBest real estate disclosure ever.

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Fight organized crime, don't re-elect anyoneBest. Advice. Ever.

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Yield to horsesYou’re not in the city anymore.

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Beware of dogLest the dog take a bite out of crime.

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Grow dammitDoes this work for asphalt, too?

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Surf naked, it adds color to your cheeks‘Nough said

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Judgment dayMissed again

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Someone is going to be dancing aloneSomeone is going to be dancing alone.

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Wine a bit. You'll feel better.But my wise old grandmother always told me,
“Don’t wine!”

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Flower pictures that don’t look quite so picturery

How I Did It

I got so involved cataloging pictures from the last year and photoshopping some of them that the weekend suddenly has disappeared. Where did it go?

Ah, well, since it’s gone, following are a few flowers that I photoshopped using Topaz Glow, an awesome program if you want to create some really interesting pictures that don’t look like pictures anymore. All of these flowers were growing in one yard. They saw me out their living room window taking pictures and came out to talk to me.

Zinnia, Zinnia, Sunflower daisy, Passionflower.

Zinnia

Zinnia

Sunflower daisy

Passionflower

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Imagine being kissed by that!

Picture of the Moment

When I was driving for Uber earlier this year, I would get up at 3:30 a.m. and start driving at 4:00. That allowed for some significant long drives from where I live in La Mesa to coastal places like the 32nd Street Naval Station, downtown San Diego, and the airport, all popular places to go at that hour of the morning. I would drive for 5 hours and then go home. One day, though, as I was about to head home a little early, I got a ride request. I thought, “Sure, why not? They might be going my way anyway.”

Well, they were from Nebraska and going to the San Diego Zoo. Perfect opportunity for me to stop at the Zoo, too. That day was May 27, 2016. I don’t remember it specifically, but I have a few billion pictures which I took that day, including those in the immediate posts preceding this one.

What I find interesting about a lot of these pictures is that they are the best pictures I have gotten of certain animals over the 23 years that I have been going to the Zoo on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Including this one of a 3-month-old giraffe:

Baby Giraffe

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That giraffe must really love that twig.

Imagine being kissed by that tongue!

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Tasmanian Devil

I saw my first devil (other than Trump)

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It only took 23 years of going regularly to the San Diego Zoo before I finally saw the Tasmanian Devil. It just doesn’t like people, or maybe it knows when I’m coming by and scurries into its hiding places. Nonetheless, on May 27 this year, it was all out and about, scurrying here and there, mocking the people standing around oohing and aahing, and generally being a devil.

Tasmanian Devil

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It doesn’t look too happy but maybe that’s because it was too early in the morning. Or maybe it knew that I was going to put its picture in my blog….

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Yes, yes I am

Picture of the Moment

Now that I’m back to WordPress, I can catalog all of the pictures I have taken over the last year, and share some of them, too.

Whenever I go to the San Diego Zoo, I always make sure that I visit Flamingo Lagoon, right inside the entrance so it’s impossible to miss, and the Australian Outback, where the largest colony of koalas exist outside of Australia.

The koalas are not photogenic because they prefer to hide in eucalyptus trees and eat or sleep. Earlier this year, on May 27, many of the koalas were very active, and that allowed me to get several very good pictures. Here’s my favorite:

Koala

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Those eyes and that face seem to know exactly what I plan to do: “You’re going to put me in your WordPress blog, aren’t you?”

Yes, yes I am.

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This is MY territory!

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One of my goals of driving for Uber and Amazon is to explore San Diego County, the little nooks and crannies that I would never find on my own. I’m quite pleased that I’m accomplishing that goal.

If I don’t have time to stop and take pictures, I simply note the location on my tablet with the intent of going back later. My list is getting quite long because going back later isn’t happening….

Here’s a picture that I took recently in Cardiff-by-the-Sea;

Bee and aeonium flower

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The flowers in the picture are from an aeonium, a succulent that has beautiful leaves, too:

AeoniumPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

My walkaround lens is a Tamron 28-300 mm zoom lens, so getting a good picture of a flying bee is not the easiest thing to do since the shutter speed is slow at the 300 mm end of the lens.

Best lenses for getting good pictures of little flying guys is something like a 50 mm or 100 mm macro lens.

I, however, don’t have an intense desire to get too close to them so I either take a bunch of 300 mm shots and hope for a good one, or I mosey along to find a cute kitty cat keeping its eye on a stranger invading its territory:

Pretty cat

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Sunrises

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I have sang at several weddings for friends, the last one in 1984 in Boerne, Texas.

The song I sang for Thad & Charlotte was “Sunrise, Sunset” from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof.”

While I liked the song and realized what it was about, without ever having seen the movie (it came out in 1971, while the musical is from 1964), I was the only one of my friends who was always up in time to watch the sunrise and late enough to bed to catch the sunset, so just the title of the song made it a favorite of mine.

Sunrises and sunsets in 2016 here in the San Diego area have been spectacular almost every day so far.

Following are two of my favorite sunrises, the first one being from this morning.

San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 14, 2016

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San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 6, 2016

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