Sunday Morning 7:00 a.m. on My Street

10 Apr

This is India Street in Little Italy – where we live. This is what it looked like this morning at 7:10 a.m. as an estimated 2,000 bike riders waited to start a race. You can see the starting line near the top of the image. The view is from the fourth floor of our building.

The second shot, looking straight down, is riders at the back of the pack working their way up to the starting line several minutes after the leaders took off. I deliberately shot at a slow shutter speed to create the motion blur.

A Morning at the Zoo

13 Feb

I went to my second photo Meetup this week – Thursday morning at the San Diego Zoo. We entered when the zoo opened at 9:00 and stayed until about 1:30 p.m.There were about 15 of us.

This is a resting rhinoceros.

This young elephant had been playing with water from a pond. I happened to be in the right place when he decided to take a big gulp directly from the pipe that was spraying the water into that pond.    

As I was about to leave, I stopped at the flamingo pond near the entrance.

I just happened to see this one flamingo in the one shaft of light in an otherwise shaded area. This was my last shot of the day.  

Old Cars and Trucks and Trains

30 Jan

On Saturday, 1/29/11, I went to a photo “Meetup” with a group from the Pacific Photographic Society. It was a day of shooting at the Motor Transport Museum and the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – both in Campo. It’s a small town in east San Diego County in the foothills near the Mexican border. It was a great day with a group of very talented and friendly people.

The first batch of photos are from the Motor Transport Museum and are displayed with their permission. Wandering the grounds, among so many rusted wrecks, I couldn’t help thinking about a continuum between Museums at one end and junk yards at the other.

This is a hood ornament from an old pick-up truck.

There were these gigantic gears lying on the ground. When I say gigantic, I think they were more than four feet in diameter.  Perhaps part of a transmission from …?

This latch was holding the engine cover on an old truck.

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is, in my mind, definitely more on the museum portion of that continuum. The next group were shot there. They have their share of rusting and decaying hulks. But they also have railcars and engines that have been partially or fully restored.

This last is my favorite from the shoot. While I was there, walking around and inside these old and antique railcars, it felt at times as if I was wandering among the spirits of a bygone era.

December in Silicon Valley

7 Jan

One of the highlights of December for us was visiting our daughter’s family in Sunnyvale. We were there at what may have been the end of the autumn leaves colors. It’s later than other parts of the country and it’s something we don’t see in Downtown San Diego.

The first shot is of a bench in the park at the Children’s Museum in San Jose.

Park Bench with Autumn Leaves

Later the same afternoon, while our grandson was napping, I went for a walk in our daughter’s neighborhood. This tree is near her house. Those few leaves really were still green.

It's not easy being green.

Leaves that had fallen onto the rocks between the sidewalk and the street.

These trees were a block away.

I saw these on the way back to her house.

Brushing the sky

November 2010

4 Jan

I’m playing catch-up and posting photos taken in November.


Along the San Diego waterfront there is a walkway and park that honors America’s veterans, especially from the Navy. In a Veteran’s Day observance, a veterans group placed markers commemorating American forces killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were placed in the grass area near where the aircraft carrier Midway Museum is anchored. While crosses predominate, there were also crescents, stars of David and others without a clear religious symbol. I noticed a young man with a haircut that suggested he might be a Marine as he contemplated a marker that also had the photo of a Marine who gave his life in those wars.


On Tuesdays, on a rotating basis, the museums at Balboa Park have free admission for San Diegans. Following are some pictures I took at the park on Nov. 16.

The first is a woman I saw sitting near paintings on display in the  Spanish Village Art Center. (See also my post of July 13 for related pictures). I was taken by her gray hat and hair against the color of her shirt and the red bench.

This photo was taken from inside the Art Museum looking out a back window along the corridor leading to the restrooms. The window overlooks part of the park. It had a light filtering shade. I shot through the shade because I liked the sort of impressionist painting effect it had on the scene outside.


The next two shots were definitely influenced by being in the art museum. These are lily pads in the pond in front of the Botanical Building. Both photos are of the same group of lily pads, but from different angles. I played with the images a little in Photoshop to get a suggestion (to me) of a Monet painting.



Inside the Botanical Building looking out – I liked the spider webs between the turned posts that make a grill instead of a wall.


After I left the Botanical Building, I took this shot because I was taken by the contrast between the elderly couple slowly walking and the young couple enjoying the park in a different way.


Coming up in the next post, December photos.


Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010

7 Oct

The Nature of Coffee Shops.

First, let me say I’m not a Starbuck’s customer. I don’t have anything against the chain or its imitators/competitors. It’s just that I’m not a real coffee drinker. It’s rare that I have coffee beyond two cups with breakfast.

There are several coffee shops in our neighborhood. When I passed this one today, I saw what symbolized to me what they seem to have have become – stations to web surf and maybe do some work. I never did see this guy’s face, just his hands enclosing his coffee cup while working at his laptop.

The Net Result

I’ve also included in this post pictures I took during the upload break. I’ll be adding some of those over the next several posts. Today’s “catch-up” photos were taken late in the afternoon on Aug. 7 when Jan and I walked along a dock at Tuna Harbor where commercial fishing boats tie up. I was attracted to three different perspectives on fishing nets.

The first photo is of nets that have been neglected for so long that weeds are growing out of them even though they’re covered, mostly, with a plastic tarp.

The second shot is just the opposite – and on the other side of the dock – a fishing boat on which the nets are rolled up and ready for the next deployment.

In between, we saw a commercial fisherman and his wife who were working, even as sunset was nearing, on repairing their fishing nets. I had their permission to take their picture.

Saturday, 10/2/10 – Restarting and Catching Up

2 Oct

The shoulder has been much better for the last month and it appears I’ll be able to avoid surgery. So here are some photos I took during the “gap” even though I didn’t get out to shoot every day.

The first set are some of my favorites from our recent vacation in Maui. All were taken on/along Kaanapali Beach (for those who have never been there, it’s on the west shore with the islands of Lanai and Molokai across the channel). The first two were taken at dawn.

Along Kaanapali Beach - looking south

The bird landing on the tree made this image for me.

The third photo was taken right after the sun came over the top of the mountain and hit clouds over the channel. There was a small rain squall in the distance and the combination created a partial rainbow. This is my favorite scenic photo from the trip.

Walking back to the condo at the resort, early sunbeams were starting to hit the sand and the edges of tracks from both people and birds.

As I got back to the resort, the lounge chairs arranged in the grass were wet (sprinklers?). This one had a flower petal that had fallen from the tree during the night.

We were snorkeling over a reef when I saw this fellow free diving in about 20 feet of water. A few minutes later, I caught him surfacing from another dive. I was using an Olympus camera – a “Luca Brazzi” model. I named it that after I lost it the next day near this spot but in deeper water.

This is my favorite non-scenic shot from the trip. It’s our daughter and grandson. I took it just before we ate dinner outside on our last evening in Maui.

Of course, no set of Maui photos would be complete without a sunset shot.


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