Archive | June, 2010

Wednesday, 6-23-10 – Sending the Birds a Message

23 Jun

Have they been having a problem with trespassing birds?  I smiled when I saw the juxtaposition of the sign and the birdhouses mounted on top of this fence.


Tuesday, 6-22-10 – Another Wrought Iron Gate

22 Jun

I seem to be drawn to photographing wrought iron gates. This one is in front of a shop that’s in a shed in an alley between two old houses that now house shops. It was closed today. But I think they sell flowers and gardening décor items. 

Monday, 6-21-10 — Rub-a-Dub-Dub

21 Jun

Remember the nursery rhyme that begins “Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub…”? That was what immediately popped into my mind when I saw this tub with three chairs inside sitting on the sidewalk outside “Architectural Salvage” on Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy. I got this smile on my face and had to take the picture.

Architectural Salvage is a really neat store. It used to be on India Street but moved to a bigger location with better parking. As the name suggests, they carry all sorts of things salvaged from building demolition & remodeling projects.

Inside, I saw two shelves filled with old seltzer bottles. Here are a few.

Next door is a décor & gift shop in an old house that is painted in bright colors. This mailbox and chair are on the front porch.

Finally, I have another take on an earlier photo. In my entry for June 2, 2010, I had a picture of an old, somewhat dirty, wrought iron gate at the entrance of a business. Today, the dingy white door was open, but there was no light inside. So I was able to shoot the gate against a dark background. I think I like this better than the earlier version.

Sunday, 6-20-10 Fathers Day

20 Jun

Since Jan had to work on Mother’s Day, we went out for a combination Mothers/Fathers Day lunch at one of our favorite casual restaurants – Island Prime. It’s right on the water along San Diego bay.

The first photo is part of the view from our table. The second shot is the trunk of a palm tree adjacent to the restaurant’s outside deck. The plant growing next to it looks like a ginger plant but with white flowers rather than red. I liked the texture of the trunk and the bright green leaves against the gray.

Saturday, 6-19-10 Waterfront Walk

20 Jun

Jan and I took a walk along the bay this afternoon. There is a stretch of the waterfront where a number of live-aboard sailboats are anchored. What caught my eye first about this one was the pirate flag at the stern. There was a guy sitting on deck playing bongos. What immediately came into my mind was the Jimmy Buffet song, “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and the following verse:

Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder
I’m an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late.

Now that I look at the picture, I realize he’s more likely a “Dead-head” than a “Parrot-head.” But it doesn’t change the song this photo brings to my mind.

Friday, 6-18-10 — India Street Chairs

18 Jun

One of the things that the Little Italy Association has done is put chairs out on the sidewalks on the corners along India Street. It makes it more inviting to walk and gives you a place to sit if you’re tired or just want to people watch. I like the patterns of the chairs and their shadows in the afternoon sun.

Thursday, 6-17-10

17 Jun

This beautifully painted and maintained fence encloses a law office in downtown San Diego.

The fence continues to an adjacent building that looks like it could be a medieval structure in a European city. Instead, it’s some kind of utility station for SDG&E I put me lens through the fence to shoot this section of a large wooden door that has seen better days.