Archive | January, 2011

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.

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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.