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DO NOT EAT LIZARDS!

I livew in my own little world

My mother-in-law celebrated her 80th birthday last week. It happened to be the same day as Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, Jim and I did not get to go celebrate with her until yesterday, a celebration that occurred at Famous Dave’s, our favorite barbecue restaurant in San Diego County.

Following are five pictures from our visit yesterday.

First up is this rooster:

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That rooster crows from its spot on top of the refrigerator. I always have liked it so yesterday I took a picture of it while no one was looking. Moral: Never invite me to your house because you know I’ll have my camera with me…. snap! snap! snap!

Next up is Buddy. Looks like this:

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Buddy had to go to the vet last week because he was not feeling well. The vet shaved his little tummy to do an ultrasound, and he had to have an IV, too. You can see a little shaved section on his paw where the IV was. Nothing definitive, but some antibiotics returned him to normal. The only thing that made any sense is that Buddy had been seen eating a lizard just before he got sick. Moral: DO NOT EAT LIZARDS!

Next up is a set of three sunset pictures. Sunset can be quite beautiful from their back yard in Vista because of the trees. Here they are, as well as the time they were taken:

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7:29 p.m.img_2004 sunset joan frimmer stamp

7:41 p.m.img_2006 sunset joan frimmer stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (1-2-15)—Electric flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

As my end-of-year present to myself, I bought Topaz Glow since there was a pretty good end-of-year discount.

I have found that it lends itself very well to busy flower pictures, i.e., those with lots of little doohickeys.

As opposed to last week when I included the original pictures with my Photographic Art productions, I’m not doing that this week. Simply enjoy the Photographic Art for what it is: not a photograph.

I would not want a huge collection of these hanging on a wall because I’d go psycho looking at them every day….

Zoey the Cool CatHuh?

Hold on….

A-ha! (not the group).

Zoey the Cool Cat tells me I’m already psycho.

There ya have it…. Expert opinion from the expert.

I do think any one of them would look good as a centerpiece, perhaps a 60″x40″ metal print….

My favorites are #10, #9, #4, and #2.

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Wax-leaf BegoniaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Tuberous BegoniaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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DaturaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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4
BottlebrushFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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5
Flowering MapleFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Angel’s TrumpetFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Sausage TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Coral TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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BanksiaFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Angel’s TrumpetFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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EucalyptusFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Coral TreeFriday Flower Fiesta with Topaz Glow

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Staring up at a eucalyptus

Away she goes!

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

The closest Costco is about a half mile from my house, and it’s normally extremely easy to get to. Not today:

Fallen eucalyptus tree

 

That’s a eucalyptus tree, and not a particularly big one, but it had fallen and was blocking 3½ lanes of the highway frontage road. The police had the southbound lanes completely closed, but our northbound lanes were still open albeit scrunching two lanes down into ½ lane on the shoulder.

Eucalyptus trees are not native to San Diego. They were brought from Australia back ca. 1850 to use for railroad ties. Unfortunately, the wood is very brittle and did not make good ties. However, the tree loved San Diego’s climate and by driving around the County you’d never think that they were not native here. They are everywhere!

They grow rather tall but have somewhat shallow root systems. Couple that with the brittle wood, and the poor trees sometimes fall over or break apart during our six-week rainy season or during the high Santa Ana wind season.

We had the wettest April I can remember in the 18 years I’ve lived here, and I suspect the ground around that eucalyptus simply couldn’t hold that massive tree with the shallow root system anymore, and away she goes!

I love eucalyptus trees but they really don’t belong on small residential properties or along freeways. Here’s one of my favorite pictures of a giant in Balboa Park:

Staring up at a eucalyptus

 

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

 

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Out & About San Diego — #7: San Diego: A bird-lover’s paradise

Out & About San Diego

#7
San Diego: A bird-lover’s paradise

San Diego County lays claim to a bird-lover’s paradise because there have been more species of birds seen in the County than in any other county in the nation. The current tally is 505 different species of birds being seen here.

Early this morning my assistant, Eric Cooper, and I took advantage of that claim to go out with the San Diego Beginning Birders meetup group. We met at 8:00 at Hernandez Hideway at 19320 Lake Drive in Escondio, right on the shores of Lake Hodges.

Hernandez' Hideaway, 19320 Lake Drive, Escondido, California

There are many parking lots on the shore side of Lake Drive, and we chose one of them to park everyone’s cars, about 20 cars for about 30 people. Overlooking the parking lot were lots of eucalyptus trees and oak trees, and in the trees were about a dozen acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus). Here are two of them:

Acorn woodpeckers

According to the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, acorn woodpeckers are very sociable and usually found in small, noisy colonies. They eat mainly acorns and use a granary tree to store food. A granary tree is a tree with dozens, maybe hundreds, of holes pecked into the trunk, and each hole is filled with acorns. It looks like this:

Granary tree for acorn woodpeckers

Acorn woodpeckers use the same granary tree year after year, so if you want to see a lot of woodpeckers, now you know where to go!

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.

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