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Picture of the Moment—Row boats

Picture of the Moment

I had never seen purposely painted utility boxes and dumpsters until I came to San Diego. Around here, absolutely. everything. is painted. I do admit that they are much more pleasant to look at than the unpainted thing. Here’s the fence surrounding a couple of dumpsters at a ritzy hotel over on Mission Bay:

Real boats and mural boats

Notice that the painting of the row boats is a painting of the row boats sitting just a few feet away. I really liked that. Which is why I took a picture of it. Uh, der.

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Coaster commuter train, San Diego, California

I felt like an explorer with my new discovery

Out & About San Diego

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I went train watching early yesterday morning, specifically trying to get a picture of Amtrak on a long bridge over the San Diego River.

Amtrak usually has trains going north to Los Angeles every hour, and trains coming south from Los Angeles every hour, too. Because some of the tracks through San Diego canyons are single instead of double, the north and south trains meet at the halfway point where there is double tracking, allowing them to pass each other at full speed.

The Coaster, a commuter train between downtown San Diego and Oceanside, about 30 miles, also uses the tracks, so watching trains can be a lot of fun during the day.

During the three hours I was at the bridge, not a single Amtrak train came by. Maybe the Republicans have already cut its funding? (That’s an editorial comment.) However, there were lots of Coasters. Here’s one:

Coaster commuter train, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Only in San Diego does a river have trees and bushes growing in it……..lol

While I was waiting for trains to show up, I also did a little exploring since this was an area that I was not familiar with. I found a newly constructed bike path along the river, and at one entrance to the bike path I found some beautiful murals. Click on the following images for larger sizes.

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego River bike path mural, San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Each mural here was compiled from three or four pictures and stitched together using the Photomerge function in Photoshop CS6.

Here is where the murals are located:

Location of murals

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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