I'm up in San Francisco for the night. I have a presentation at a convention tomorrow. No sweat. It'll be fun. Meanwhile, I'm really enjoying the view of the bay from my hotel bedroom. I'll post a picture or two when I get back but here's the Golden Gate Bridge for now.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Saw this duck doing a deep stretch at the Wild Animal Park the other day. They spend a lot of time on their feet, perhaps most of the day, so a good stretch is obviously welcome. It reminded me of some of those yoga poses with one leg and an arm pointed off in some unnatural direction (owww).
Monday, February 26, 2007
Birds like handouts. Herons are no exception. This Heron was camped out strategically by one of the many cafes at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, apparently looking for handouts. I had no idea they ate anything but fish but this plump Heron was proof that they are (a) not shy when there's food involved; and (b) likely are eating something besides fresh fish (since fresh fish is not for sale at the cafeteria). In any case, the Heron (we'll call him Bob just for chuckles) was friendly enough to let me pose by him without giving me a nasty peck or two so here we are in all of our glory!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
We like to think humans are pretty special and that we're different from all of the other animals. We've come up with all sorts of reasons. Humans can recognize themselves. Humans can use tools. Humans can do abstract thought. Ironically, one by one, we are discovering animals doing each of the things that we thought unique to mankind. This young gorilla was throwing branches into the tree to knock off leaves which he would then eat, once they fell to the ground. His brother, nearby, grabbed a big, solid turd and tossed it a good 15 feet. Luckily, he was not apparently aiming for the audience which, as thickly crowded as it was, would have been an easy target. Of course, if he did, perhaps it would have proved a point about being locked in an enclosure and put on display.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
It was a particularly cold January and the banana trees and citrus just about went to the big compost heap in the sky. I spent the morning cutting down dead, brown banana leaves. Notably not too brown to get me covered in banana sap from head to toe (bleah). The yard almost looks respectable again.
Even better still, the flowers are blooming in fierce profusion. Peaches, Aloe, Penstemon, Kangaroo Paw and many more. The parks are awash in color (and the front yard's doing pretty decent too, complete with daffodils and Aloe). I snapped a picture one of the double blooming peaches in the park this morning. They were putting on a gorgeous show.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I snapped this shot of a Gulf Fritillary along the trail to the source of the Seven Sacred Pools out past Hana, Maui. The trail was really beautiful although the water level was a little low since they had just gotten through a dry spell. The weather compensated by drenching us silly up at the falls and along the way back to the car. Luckily, that Hawaiian rain is wonderfully warm, refreshing stuff although the camera was probably none too appreciative (stayed in the backpack on the way back).
Monday, February 19, 2007
It has been raining all day long. My tree frog, out front, was singing happily. Perhaps it was washing the car that did it? Whatever the case, I want it to stop. No more rain. No more rain. No more rain. Heheheh. Third times a charm, right? As long as it stops before tomorrow morning's rush hour, I'll be happy.
The poisoin dart frog was in the "dangerous and deadly" exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Apparently, Amazon natives used the poison from the frog's skin to tip their darts for hunting small prey. This particular frog was in an aquarium on display and probably received all the crickets he could eat. Not a bad life for a frog!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The dog's getting old on me. She has a hard time with steps, especially in the morning when her joints are a little creaky. This morning her legs slipped out from under her while she was going up the steps. I tried to catch her to keep her from sliding down the steps and, in the process sent dog food flying everywhere. I did manage to catch the dog, however. As I cleaned up the dog food (luckily it's the dry stuff), she comes back and looks at me with one of those, "hey, what's taking you so long" kind of looks. I had to laugh at that. I gotta give that dog credit; there was no whining and she didn't slow down a bit. In fact, she was out sniffing in the grass for squirrels as soon as I opened the door. I suppose we could learn something from dogs, creaky or not.
We went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach today. It's about a two hour drive North of San Diego. The aquarium is fairly large, as aquariums go, and there were all sorts of fun things to see including seals, otters, sea lions and gazillions (aka, a lot) of different types of fish. I've included a snap shot of a large school of unidentified catfish.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I found this Royal tern, Sterna maxima, hanging out with a flock of gulls. He's showing full breeding plumage. He allowed me to get close enough to snap a few pictures before flying off over the water. He's shown here stretching out his wings.
Friday, February 16, 2007
I went to Twigg's last night to hear Sacha Sacket. You can hear him on his MySpace page linked above (click on Sacha Sacket). It was a nice break from the crazy work schedule to hang out and listen to the music. No pressure. No stress. Not too shabby.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Well okay, it's really still Winter but you wouldn't know it in San Diego. The Aloes are bursting into bloom and my Penstemon and Kangaroo paw are as well. The ice plant is blooming in huge purple waves alongside the highways. I love this time of year when the weather warms up a little and the flowers start to gain some momentum. It reminds me of why I moved out here in the first place.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Whew. Rough day. Everything feels like it's going to hell in a handbasket at work. I suppose I should be working right now but I'm going to wish you a happy valentine's day instead! Hmmm maybe some V-Day poetry. Let's see...
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse
When in through the window,
And into the house
Came Cupid and Eros,
To wish you good cheer,
The Happiest of V-Days
With chocolate and beer
LOL. Okay, no Nobel Laureate here! Happy Valentine's Day to one and to all!
Monday, February 12, 2007
These two lobsters give new definition to the term "food fight!" For some reason, they both wanted top spot on the rock. The big lobster was perched on the top of the rock and was absolutely not budging. The little lobster would climb up the front of the rock and try to poke at the bigger lobster. In turn, the big lobster would rear up and pounce on the little lobster with its front legs. It was one of the odder things I've seen and it gathered quite an audience. Obviously, neither one of them was worried about being spotted and ending up on the dinner table.
There was another possibility. They might have been boy lobster and girl lobster. Hmmm...or maybe boy lobster and boy lobster? Do you suppose?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I actually got a full night's sleep last night for the first time in a week. Amazing how much pressure disappears once you've taken the LSAT versus when you're studying for it. At this point, the score was either good enough or not and nothing I can do will change that so why not relax and have some fun? The Leopard Shark was from today's photo excursion. Hope you enjoy it.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I hiked down the cliff to Black's Beach the other day. I most enjoy that beach during the cold winter months since the beach is nearly deserted and I can spend time photographing the birds. Between the weather and the hike down the cliff face, the place stays pretty empty during the Winter. True to form, the pelicans and I had the beach all to ourselves. The pyrite-laden sand sparkled gold and black, forming little wave patterns along the beach and thousands of pismo clams glistened in the waves. A light fog was slowly rolling in, adding a dull haze through which you could see the steep sandstone cliffs, carved in dramatic formations with the La Jolla pier visible in the distance. Wow, what a day.
As for the LSAT, well it's done and over with. I did fine. Fine meaning likely good enough to get into the law school I'm applying to. However, it's all on a curve so I won't really know for a month or so. Either way, it's done and I'm chilling out. I can get back to sleeping at night instead of worrying about the LSAT and the Nikon D200 is back out of the drawer. The two of us are going to do some serious picture snapping(big silly grin). I'm already looking forward to it.
Friday, February 09, 2007
The Nikon's back online. I still keep the Olympus around for those spur of the moment photos but today was a photo safari day! I used a day of vacation and went down to the beach to snap some photos. This one, of kangaroo's paw buds, was from the front yard.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
This gull had a frustrated look about him as he stared at the spot light, seeming wanting to will it to turn on. Gulls are pretty common in San Diego, perhaps not quite as common as pigeons but pretty close. Still, they are very intelligent and fairly fun to watch as they do their gull antics. They have been known to snatch food from upheld hands or even in mid air from a gentle toss.