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Macro of raindrops on a Black Rose Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop')

Picture of the Moment—That counts as a selfie, yes?

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It rained almost all day and night on March 10.

I usually dislike the rain, intensely, but now that I have a 90mm macro lens, I still dislike the rain, intensely.

However, since Mother & Father Nature don’t really listen to me when it comes to rain, well, I deal with it.

In this case, I went out to my cactus & succulent gardens and started taking macro pictures of raindrops on the little plants.

As I was taking pictures, I was singing “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” I have the whiskers on kittens but I don’t have any roses. The police stopped and threatened to arrest me because I was singing “raindrops on roses” but didn’t have any roses. Who knew?


I was standing over a “black rose aeonium” (Aeonium arboreum ‘Swartkop’) with little raindrops on the leafies. As soon as I said “rose,” the rose police backed off and apologized.

Here’s the macro picture I got:

Macro of raindrops on a Black Rose Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop')

I like how the little raindrops act as magnifying glasses, and if you look very closely at the bottom of the largest raindrop at the front, you can see me with my digital camera in my face. That counts as a selfie, yes?

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My 62nd Fourth of July….

Out & About

The move is going well, but that means my time at WordPress and visiting blogging buddies is suffering.

Have no fear, though, because once the move is over, I will be able to do more.


This is my 62nd Fourth of July, although I do not remember the first ten. Of the past 52, this is the first one of which I am not real proud of being from the United States. President Twitler is destroying the United States from within, and most people, and most countries, realize it. So for this Fourth of July, I’ll just say “Happy Holiday” and leave it at that.

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Snippets (12-28-16)—You’re a little different….


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snip-pet: a small piece of something
Snippets: mini blog posts


When two of my hard drives crashed concurrently in early October, my main concern was retrieving over a million photographs and videos. Fortunately, I got them all back, albeit at a cost of a couple of grand.

Now I’m in the process of cataloging all of them, deleting duplicates, and then, instead of backing up to an external hard drive, which is what I was doing when both drives crashed, I’m going to do backups to the cloud where there are multiple redundancies to prevent crashes and losses.

I have not chosen a cloud storage service so I’m open to suggestions.


I am enjoying going through all the uncatalogued pictures and finding some gems, such as the following two. Feel free to provide your own caption.

A seal praying that Trump doesn’t destroy the worldSeal praying that Trump doesn't destroy the world

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When one of the gang realizes you’re a little different
and still comes over to say hello.Seals & pelicanPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos


Joey Thaidigsman, freshman computer science major at the University of California at BerkeleyJoey Thaidigsman, the IT Director of Russel Ray (which comprises Photographic Art, Russel Ray Photos, and House Key News) is a freshman Computer Science major at the University of California at Berkeley. I’m proud to tell you that he earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average for his first semester. He wants to go into artificial intelligence. Hmmm. Maybe he IS artificial intelligence. I’ll keep an eye on him….


Since Trump is intent on blowing up the world, Jim and I figured we would go out in style, so Christmas Eve afternoon we traded in our 2015 Honda Civic EX-L, which we bought on February 6, 2016, for a 2017 Honda Civic EX. We switched from a white exterior with beige leather interior to a “modern steel metallic” exterior (very dark gray, basically) with a black interior. The white/beige showed too much dust and dirt all the time, so we’re going to try the darker colors for a couple of years.

I think it’s the second most fun car Jim and I have owned, behind the 1998 Pontiac Trans Am. The other cars were a 1989 Saleen Ford Mustang GT, 1991 Honda Civic, 1998 Toyota Avalon, 2000 Honda Accord, 2002 Nissan Maxima, 2003 Toyota Camry, 2005 Nissan Altima, and a 2015 Toyota Corolla (which we still have).

It has two USB ports for the stereo system, great cruise control, dual-zone heating and cooling (convenient since, in 22½ years, Jim and I have never agreed on comfort temperature), and a moon roof for those starry starry nights.

2017 Honda Civic EX

2017 Honda Civic EX

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Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! Best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2017 and beyond!

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From Julian: We Have A New Facebook Page

I livew in my own little world

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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May I camp out in your blog?

Out & About The World

I love to go camping. Unfortunately, I have not been camping in almost 20 years. My knees, ankles, and friends won’t let me go camping.

However, no one can stop me from going camping on the Internet, and that I do each day.

If you leave a like or a comment in my blog, I promise that I’ll eventually be by to visit your blog. It might not be today, or even next week. But I’ll be there. And when I get there, it’s highly likely that I’ll camp out in your blog for a little while — reading, liking, and commenting.

Today I camped out in nine blogs. I left from six to nineteen likes in each blog, as well as no comments up to nine comments.

The number of likes I leave is highly related to how many posts you have published since last time I visited your blog. The number of comments depends on whether I have anything intelligent to say. I’ll often read through the comments, and if someone else has said what I would say, I usually won’t duplicate that. I’ll just leave a like.

I promise that I will clean up my campground when I leave your blog. I will extinguish my fire, clean up my trash, and leave your blog at least as clean when I leave as it was when I arrived.


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