Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

On the Beach at Playa del Rey, California

On the Beach at Playa del Rey, California.  Notice the life-guard house.

When I was growing up in West Los Angeles, almost every day after school, I would ride my bike down to the beach and often the Santa Monica Pier, where I liked to go and see the people fishing.  I remember the cool ocean breeze and the warm sunshine.  This seemed so fresh to me at the time. It was something I did when I wanted to clear my head.  The weird thing is the California beach comes to my mind as fresh before the beaches in New York City where I have lived for the past 30 years.  It’s because those early years are so etched in my mind.  I think the weather in Santa Monica, California, and the coast area adjacent, the best of any where I’ve ever been.  I miss it.

Santa Monica Bay from the Air

Santa Monica Bay from the Air

 

 

Jackson Pollock’s 103rd Birthday Today

Watch good documentary on Jackson Pollock at:  http://youtu.be/lfwUxQrDGqw

 

Today is the birthday of Jackson Pollock, icon of the abstract expressionist movement, who once said that when he painting from the unconscious, “figures are bound to emerge.”  What figures do you see hiding in Pollock’s “Guardians of the Secret”? Can you decode it?

Today is the birthday of Jackson Pollock, icon of the abstract expressionist movement, who once said that when he painting from the unconscious, “figures are bound to emerge.” What figures do you see hiding in Pollock’s “Guardians of the Secret”? (1943) Can you decode it?  (taken from SF MOMA)

Snowy Owl Update

I’ve written 3 posts before about the snowy owl  (Nyctea scandiaca) , The Snowy Owl Being Saved at JFK Airport, Followup: The Snowy Owl Being Saved at JFK Airport., and Snowy Owls Hit The Big Apple.  Now I have some new data for those few who find this magnificent creature interesting.

The latest issue of National Wildlife from the National Wildlife Federation contains an article about how they have invaded the U.S. from the Canadian Arctic and have been seen as far south as Florida.  This is the biggest invasion of snowy owls in a century.

Photo shows a Snowy Owl flying over Pennsylvania.  It has a tracking device on  the top of it.  There are around 23 owls with these tracking devices.  The tracking devices cost $3,000 each.

Photo shows a Snowy Owl flying over Pennsylvania. You can see on its top a GPS/GSM transmitter–solar-powered devices that record precise locations (longitude, longitude and altitude) in 3D using the same GPS system a smartphone taps into.  It’s like getting text messages from the owls.. There are 22 owls with these tracking devices. The tracking devices cost $3,000 each and were paid for by contributions.  (photo from the National Wildlife magazine Feb/March 2015)

I figure it’s only a matter of time until the owl figures out how to remove the tracking device.

Weekly Photo Challenge – NEW

This topic gives me an opportunity to show off a couple of my kitten photos.  These photos were taken with b&w film before digital and I printed them myself in a darkroom.  Before the computer, I did all my own b&w printing, but I never learned now to print color.  Header photo is Baby Rosebud sunbathing in windowsill.(Staten Island, 1985)

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