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I spy a dragonfly
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I spy a dragonfly

Aug 8, 2015 by

I was walking back to my car from the Saturday morning farmer’s market at Cabrillo College with a bag of Kumamoto oysters when I caught a glimpse of this beauty, the biggest, fattest dragonfly I’ve ever seen. Where did it come...

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Community Bulletin Board
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The community bulletin board at Charlie Hong Kong is not the most notable thing about it – that honor belongs to their Asian street food menu with high-quality ingredients, huge servings, and affordable prices. And yet. . . it captures a certain Santa Cruz-iness: myriad ways to better your life, but don’t forget to stop and...

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Plastic on Beach After Big Surf
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HUGE surf at Seacliff today after last night’s rain- the waves must have been 8 feet high crashing straight down on the sand. The wave photos are impressive, but the amount of garbage that got churned up and dumped was truly shocking. Two neighbors passed me carrying bags of sand toys previously lost at sea, several people had co-opted dog poop bags for trash...

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Playing with Drones
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Playing with Drones

Feb 27, 2014 by

Walked with my old friend Amy today and ran into a man who builds and sells camera drones. He was playing with one and let us have a turn – the glasses show you everything the drone is seeing. These have an incredible range; I can think of so many ways they’d be useful for the beach lifeguards and so many ways they could...

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Someone Help Barbie Please
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Most mornings I swim; our club is smallish and quiet and surrounded by trees. I was the only one there this morning and discovered that Barbie had had a tragic accident overnight. Couldn’t resist the...

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Winter Fog at Sunset
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Winter Fog at Sunset

Feb 25, 2014 by

All these evenings walking the dog at sunset, sometimes it’s hard to take the photo, because I think “oh, another foggy sky.” But after looking at the pictures and seeing all the changes in the light and color and clouds and fog, I feel like I’m starting to capture a living representation of the sea sky in all its...

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One Way
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One Way

Feb 22, 2014 by

We saw this sign on Sumner after our 3 or so mile walk to lunch at the Seascape Market. Kid Two thought it was the most hilariously obvious sign he’d ever seen – one of those things that’s easy to accept on face value until seen through the uber-analytic eyes of a teenager. This was our anniversary walk, I just remembered. 22 years of marriage, celebrated...

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Public art, 41st Avenue
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This is the only photo I took this day, but I didn’t really take it. I had Kid Two in the car and was stopped in traffic on 41st Avenue. This tiled image on an old bank building wall took me by surprise, and I had him snap a picture with my iPhone before driving...

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Our Dog Koah
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Our Dog Koah

Feb 17, 2014 by

Koah is a 16-pound pitshihuahua: pit bull/chihuahua on his father’s side and shi tzu/7 other breeds on his mother’s side. That’s the kind of thing you discover when you use a puppy DNA kit on your rescue pooch. Koah is cute – everyone says...

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Fog banks against the Santa Lucias
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Sometimes you can see clear across the bay to Monterey. Often, though, the view is obscured by a thick marine layer. On this spectacular evening, the fog obscured just the coastline, leaving the silhouette of Santa Lucia foothills in view. . . awesome. I believe the highest point is Jacks...

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Kelp and Sea Grass
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Kelp and Sea Grass

Feb 9, 2014 by

I LOVE this picture so much! Piles of kelp and seagrass often wash up on shore, fragments of our undersea forest, and the sun hit this one just right to show the colors and textures to their best...

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Seabird Prints in the Sand
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I walked on the beach with Kid One this afternoon. This is a notable event now, because he’s moved to San Jose and entered the world of full-time employment and casual strolls on the beach after school are out. In are casual strolls on the beach on occasional weekends. It was notable also because the storms let up just long enough for us to...

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Fender Telecaster
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Fender Telecaster

Feb 7, 2014 by

I forgot to take a picture today, so before I went to bed I tried to take a close-up of my Telecaster, a gift from LL many years ago and an instrument I adore, both for its look and its...

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The Succulents are Blooming
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Everywhere I look in the neighborhood, it seems that long-dormant succulents are blooming. This is a popular plant in yards and planters around here; I see them in various sizes, but never in a state of bloom like...

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The Everchangeing Sky
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The Everchangeing Sky

Feb 4, 2014 by

The rains have passed for now . . . leftover clouds streak the sky and a single sailboat visible in the horizon. The sun leaves its mark on the water even though not clearly visible in the sky. Very...

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Seacliff Surfer
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Seacliff Surfer

Feb 3, 2014 by

The waves don’t often lend themselves to surfing near the Cement Ship, but there was a good break this blustery morning, and I was lucky enough to be standing at the top of the cliff with my camera to catch...

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Calla Lily
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Calla Lily

Feb 2, 2014 by

It rained all day, and I didn’t get very far from home. Pup is not a fan of the wet and cold; he’s only 3 and we’re in a drought, so he hasn’t had much experience with it. This calla lily always astonishes me – it’s a volunteer flower, sneaking in and making its way into the ground in the perfect spot next to...

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Pampas Grass Before Sunset
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I posted a photo of the pampas grass once before, that one in a harsher, hazy morning light. It looks equally awesome in this warm, late afternoon, pre-sunset light. it is in the pre-sunset...

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