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Lonely day on the seawall

Lonely day on the seawall

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Lonely day on the sea wall.

Lonely day on the seawall

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I thought that would be a good picture to apply some special effects to, so I did.

Fractalius filter by RedfieldLonely day on the seawall

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The following renditions all came about using the Topaz plug-in for Photoshop.

SunsetLonely day on the seawall

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DuskLonely day on the seawall

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MoonlightLonely day on the seawall

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The following, though, is my favorite. Compare the original to the following. Notice that the original has a significant blue tint throughout the picture. There simply was too much blue around me in the blue sky and the blue water. I tried changing the white balance but was not satisfied.

What I decided to do was place a mask on everything except those 13 posts making up the part of the seawall that the pelican is sitting on. Then I took the unmasked posts to the Topaz plug-in and applied some filters to it until I got the grungy brown posts, which I think make a much better overall picture.

Smile if you love pelicans….

Lonely day on the seawall

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San Diego from Point Loma

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Yesterday was an extraordinarily clear day here in the San Diego metroplex.

Usually when it is extraordinarily clear I have to work to pay bills.

Yesterday, though, since my Client postponed his home inspection until Monday, I took time to drive all the way over to Point Loma to get my best pictures ever of San Diego:

North Island Naval Air Station and downtown San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

North Island Naval Air Station and downtown San Diego from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma

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The U.S. Navy ship in the above picture has 53 on its hull. Unfortunately, there are two ships based in San Diego with 53 as their hull number: the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer, and the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile Cruiser. I believe the one in that picture is the USS Mobile Bay, and I’ll explain why I think that later in this post.

The following picture shows three submarines at the Point Loma submarine base, the most I’ve seen in port at one time.

Point Loma submarine base

Point Loma submarine base

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Shelter Island, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

Shelter Island, San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

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Shelter Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

Shelter Island, North Island Naval Air Station, and downtown San Diego from Point Loma

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See the ship cruising into San Diego Harbor? It does not have a number on its hull. However, the rear of the ship has “John Paul Jones” on it, so it is the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer.

Since is was only about 15 minutes between the earlier picture with a ship at dock and this picture with the ship sailing merrily into San Diego Harbor, logic suggests that the ship at dock would not/could not get underway in just 15 minutes and get down to where I was, so I’m using logic to say that the ship in the earlier picture is the USS Mobile Bay since the ship in this picture definitely is the USS John Paul Jones.

We have 61 commissioned Navy ships home-ported in San Diego, so keeping track of them for a novice like me can get confusing at times, especially since ships stationed elsewhere on the West Coast often make a pit stop in San Diego on their way to and fro.

Downtown San Diego from Harbor Island

Downtown San Diego from Harbor Island

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Pelicans were everywhere, and I can never resist taking pictures of them. They are so much fun to watch. By far my favorite bird, outside of the flamingos at the San Diego Zoo, of course.

Pelican at Fisherman's Landing in San Diego

Pelican at Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego

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Look who was peeking out the window when we arrived home:

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Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends

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Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends!

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Six-month-old Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo

Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

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Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston’s crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

Johnston's crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

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Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

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Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

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Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

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Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

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Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

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Pigeon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

Piegon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

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Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

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Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

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Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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Tall ship in San Diego

Make a splash on the SEAL!

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Sometimes, in order to see the best of San Diego, you have to leave the driving to someone else.

The first time I remember hearing about driving was when our family was driving home to Brigham City, Utah, from Salt Lake City one snowy, dark, winter night. Dad was tired and mom offered to drive. After pulling over and switching seats, mom proceeded to take us on down the highway. I don’t remember how long it was, but mom was driving when we skidded on some ice and spun around, coming to a stop at the edge of the road, which happened to be a cliff with a long drop-off to the canyon below. Fortunately, the guardrail, while damaged, did its job. Dad said something about how things go bad when you leave the driving to someone else. He might have said something about women drivers, but I’m not going there……………….

I’m here to tell you, though, that you should make a Splash on the SEAL and leave the driving to someone else.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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SEAL tours are unique in that they start on land, either at Seaport Village or the Star of India, drive around to Shelter Island and then into the water. Going into the water is a unique experience itself; it just doesn’t seem right. They will motor around San Diego Bay for a while and take you out to see Mother and Father Nature’s seals and the submarine base before driving up and out of the ocean and back to your starting point.

Make a Splash on the Seal

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The whole narrated trip takes about 90 minutes and costs only $36 for adults, $19 for children age 4-12, and free for children under age 4.

seaport village (1)-500If you buy your tickets online, there is a discount.

Reservations are required but you cannot make reservations online. You’ll have to go to Seaport Village or the Star of India to make your reservations. The Star of India stop is seasonal — “seasonal” usually means during tourist season, about Memorial Day through Labor Day — so I’d recommend making Seaport Village your point of origination. Besides, if your ride is more than 30 minutes in the future, there is megastuff to do at Seaport Village and Marina Park.

A walk around Marina Park or through Seaport Village provides you with beautiful views of the Bay, the Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and downtown San Diego, as well as shopping and dining.

Some of what I saw when I made a Splash on the SEAL:

Marina Park at Seaport Vilage

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Most of the kites are demonstration kites from the coolest kite store ever, located at Seaport Village just steps away from the flying kites. Except when the kite store is closed, there are always kites flying to keep the children (and your inner child) entertained.

Balanced rocks at Seaport Village in San Diego

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Marriott towers and Harbor Club towers

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Into the water we go!

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Pelicans on the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions from the SEAL tour in San Diego

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Seals and sea lions seen on the SEAL tour

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San Diego County has the free world’s largest concentration of military personnel, so it’s highly likely that you’ll see military helicopters, planes, and ships when you make a Splash on the SEAL. By the way, SEAL stands for “SE And Land” tour.

Navy ship in San Diego

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Helicopter shower

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USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

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Submarine and tugboat

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I got that submarine picture with my 300 mm lens; the tours are only allowed to get within a certain distance of military vessels.

Atessa IV mega-yacht in San Diego

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Tall ship in San Diego

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San Diego

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A visit to La Jolla, California

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If you come to visit San Diego, be sure to put a visit to La Jolla on your list of things to do. La Jolla is about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego:

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P.S. If you fly into San Diego, sit on the left side of the airplane. The view of downtown San Diego as you are landing is magnificent.

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California

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The historic Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California, is where the historic US Route 66 ended. Route 66 is also known as America’s Main Street and The Mother Road, covering 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The pier was built in 1909 and includes restaurants; shops; historic pictures of the pier through the years; an arcade; an aquarium; Pacific Park with its ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other rides; a Merry-go-round built in 1922; and a lower deck for the fisherpeople.

Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Fishing
(Long-time readers know that I was going to find a pelican.)Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Zoltar (Remember the movie Big?)Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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I felt like I was back in college at Texas A&M University.Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

Negative low tide, magnificent sunset, and a fellow WordPress blogger

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I know of two fellow WordPress bloggers here in San Diego County:
2 Rivers Photos and Enchanted Seashells. I let both of them know that there was a negative low tide at 5:25 p.m. yesterday. I have found in my 19 years here in San Diego that negative low tides for some reason often bring great sunsets. Yesterday did not disappoint in either respect, although only Bashar (2 Rivers Photos) was able to join Jim and me at the La Jolla Cove.

A negative low tide is when the water level is below the average low tide. That can sometimes make it difficult to determine whether or not the negative low tide will be one worth going to see, so I usually choose the lowest of the negative low tides for the year; check your local tide table for your area. Yesterday’s negative low tide was well worth seeing.

Jim and I left San Diego State University at 4:40, hoping that rush hour traffic north to La Jolla would not be bad. Not only was traffic great, but we got a parking spot in La Jolla right at La Jolla Cove. That has never happened before. Omen of a great time.

I set about taking pictures of underwater things that were no longer under water:

La Jolla Cove at negative low tide

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La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

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The beach I was standing on is normally under about ten feet of water and that big rock in the first picture usually has just its top exposed — the section with all the pelican poop on it. Speaking of pelicans, they were being photogenic:

Pelican in La Jolla, California

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In the following panorama of the La Jolla Cove (done using five separate pictures and the Photomerge function in Photoshop CS6), you can see Bashar on the seawall with his tripod (click on the picture for a bigger image):

La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

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Bashar had arrived before us and refused to wait, going off on his own to take pictures. I was so sad and depressed (not really; just had to dig Bashar a little ☺☺☺☺☺). Jim and I eventually caught up with Bashar and I snuck a picture while he wasn’t looking:

Bashar at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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We headed over to the tidepools but I think the tidepool wildlife had headed south for the winter.

Tidepool at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Although we saw very little tidepool wildlife, the seals and sea lions were enjoying the exposed rocks and seaweed, as well as the setting sun:

Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Many birds were enjoying finding bits of food in the tidepools:

Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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Birds at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California

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And the sunset was one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. Here are eleven as a sample of the 110 sunset pictures I took yesterday:

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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October 17, 2012, sunset in La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

Day at the Docks

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San Diego has a long history as a fishing town. There are always fishing boats coming and going but I never knew where they had their docks. Earlier this year I found them when the City of San Diego sponsored Day at the Docks. Following are some pictures from my few hours there. As you’ll see, more than just people showed up!

Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Day at the Docks, San Diego, California

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Fisherman's Landing, San Diego, California

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Leftovers Welcome

Leftovers welcome

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Yesterday evening I went for a walk at Shoreline Park over on Shelter Island:

Shoreline Park on Shelter Island

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I had driven on Shelter Island before but had never stopped to explore. It’s definitely worth exploring for a few hours. I got closer to more pelicans than at any time in my life, and that encompasses 57 years,
5 months, 27 days, 0 hours, and 44 minutes at the time I dictated that. Definitely my new go-to place for pelican watching.

I used CorelDRAW! X6 to create the following painting and titled it Leftovers Welcome.

Leftovers Welcome

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Here is the original picture:

Leftovers Welcome

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