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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.



Tuesday, 7-13-10 – And Now for Someplace Completely Different

13 Jul

(With apologies to Monty Python)

Most of the photos, so far, in this blog have been shot in and around our neighborhood of Little Italy. The bulk of the rest have been shot in the SF Bay Area with our grandson, Spencer, as the subject.

Today I drove to Balboa Park, drawn by the monthly “free Tuesday” at the Museum of Photographic Arts. So were lots and lots of other people. The museum was too crowded to enjoy the current exhibition. So I walked around the nearby areas and took my own photos.

The first is of the walkway at the park’s Spanish Village Art Center. Much better than boring gray concrete.

In the middle of the art center is a gazebo where I saw this woman sitting and enjoying the shade (today was the warmest day we’ve had in quite a while).

I next walked through part of the cactus and succulent garden. If you’ve never walked there, it’s really worthwhile. What struck me today was that people had carved their declarations of love into cactus plants. And I found myself wondering whether there is some kind of sub-conscious symbolism there about the nature of those individuals’ relationships.

As I left the cactus garden, I saw this (aloe?) plant. I took the picture with the intent to convert it to black and white.