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Folks in the boondocks do things differently

Out & About

I did a home inspection yesterday for some buyers from Temecula, about 58 miles due north of where I live.

However, the property they were buying was in Ranchita, about 67 miles northeast of me….

….and in the boondocks….

….way out in the boondocks….

It was so far out in the boondocks that I was afraid the boondocks might swallow me while I was out there and that you would never see me again.

I did make it back, but it took hours and hours and hours….

….because I had to stop and take pictures here and there……………

One thing I did notice about the boondocks is that people like to name their properties:

img_2040 boondocks sign stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

img_2041 stewart's nest boondocks stamp

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Imagine if we city slickers decided to name our properties. We’d have so many signs that I’m sure the politicians would be passing laws making it illegal to install a sign showing the name of your property….

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Friday Flower Fiesta — #3 (February 3, 2012)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to Sharon Lord of Tempe, Arizona, who owns Argent Décor. She provides home staging, vacation home furnishing, and décor ideas, all of it affordable.

I have known Sharon as a virtual friend for several years and believe that if you need any advice on staging, furnishing, and décor, Sharon is your go-to woman. Sharon, this Friday Flower Fiesta is for you!

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta pictures were taken this past week at the San Diego Zoo, which also is an internationally recognized botanical garden as well as a world-class zoo.

 

Picture 1 — Unknown flowersUnknown flower

 

Picture 2 — Unknown flowersUnknown flower

 

Picture 3 — ProteaProtea

 

Picture 4 — IrisPurple iris

 

Picture 5 — Giant hibiscusGiant hibiscus

 

Picture 6 — Giant hibiscus with guestGiant hibiscus and guest

 

If you’re having a cloudy day,
remember the power of flowers.

 

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Sea lion posing for the camera

Picture of the momentThere are two places to see seals and sea lions in San Diego, one in La Jolla and one at the north end of San Diego Bay near the submarine base. La Jolla is easier and less expensive to get to, but the ones near the submarine base are usually much more active. Unfortunately, in order to get to the ones near the submarine base, you have to either have a boat, rent a boat, or go on some sort of cruise.

Here’s an alpha male sea lion that posed for me recently when I went on a whale watching cruise:

Sea lion in San Diego Bay near the submarine base

 

Seals and sea lions are very similar in appearance, but there is one sure way you can tell the difference: sea lions have external ear flaps; seals don’t.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

Find other posts in my Picture of the Moment series by clicking on the logo at the upper right.

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Not all car washes are created equal….

Picture of the momentAcross the bay from downtown San Diego is Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado where there is lots of activity by planes, ships, and helicopters. Since they get dirty, sometimes they have to be washed. This helicopter, for example:

Navy helicopter coming in for a landing at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, California

…is not coming in for just any landing. It’s next in line at the helicopter wash, as soon as this one is finished:

Helicopter wash at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, California

All clean! Move ’em out!

Helicopter wash at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, California

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

Find other posts in my Picture of the Moment series by clicking on the logo at the upper right.

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Why do we get excited….

Picture of the momentWhy do we get excited….

I go at least once a week to the Zoo or Safari Park. With all the interesting animals there — komodo dragon, elephants, giraffes…. — why do we get excited when we see a wild rabbit?

Wild rabbit at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Wild rabbit at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Moms, dads, kids, and me! were standing around taking pictures of the little rabbit, which I’m pretty sure is a cottontail.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 30, 2012, using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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Out & About San Diego — #6: Sheraton Harbor Island is a great place to stay when you come to San Diego

Out & About San Diego

#6
Sheraton Harbor Island
is a great place to stay
when you come to San Diego

This post is dedicated to Al and Peggy Cunningham, aliens who live north of the border in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Al and Peggy were all set to come to San Diego to visit in September 2010. Just a couple of days before they were to get on the airplane, one of them (won’t mention any names) realized that HIS passport had expired. Trip canceled.

I was out and about San Diego on a whale watching cruise yesterday, and as the boat left San Diego Bay, it passed right by the Sheraton Harbor Island where Al and Peggy had reservations. I thought it would be nice of me to take some pictures of what they missed.

Here we have the Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from the Bay at sunset:

Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from San Diego Bay

 

The Sheraton Harbor Island is right across the street from the San Diego International Airport. As you’re coming from the airport exit, this is the view of the Sheraton Harbor Island:

 Sheraton Harbor Island as viewed from the airport

 

There are no bad rooms at the Sheraton Harbor Island, and most rooms, if not all of them, have a view of downtown San Diego, which looks something like this when the sun is setting:

Downtown San Diego as viewed from the Sheraton Harbor Island

 

If you know anyone moving to the Toronto area in Canada and need some great real estate agents, contact Al and Peggy Cunningham, voted “Best people in real estate in 2011,” their sixteenth year receiving that recognition.

Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing using Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

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Location, location, location….

Picture of the momentLocation, location, location…

This is the first in my Picture of the Moment series. You’ll always be able to identify this series by the logo in the upper right corner. This series is more picture, less text.

 

Buoy with seagulls and seals

 

The seagulls have the view;
the seals are closer to the swimming pool.

 

x marks the spot

 

Pictures taken by Russel Ray on January 27, 2012, using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

 

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