Fess Wishes You Happy Caturday

This is not the last time you will see Fess featured on this site. He is my favorite neighborhood feline. We first met on July 27, 2013, as I rode my then newly-acquired  Guerciotti bicycle down Monroe Ave. In November 2016, he appeared in my Cats of University Heights series. Last night, we visited briefly during an…

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Hey, Spider

Six years ago in October, I photographed a stunning sunset spider using Google Nexus S smartphone. On July 17, 2017, at 7:16 p.m., another opportunity came—and I felt bad for the arachnid.The nighttime web attached to bush and parked car. If the owner(s) were to go out… I shot several portraits with Leica Q, using…

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A Hillcrest Homeless Story

This afternoon, I’m walking down University Ave. in San Diego’s Hillcrest district, not far from Bank of America. Before me, a clearly homeless guy carries a white trash bag full of aluminum cans, which are redeemable for a nickel each in California. To his right, lying against a building’s wall, shaded from the blistering sun,…

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Sign for the Times

The alley behind our apartment building exits onto Monroe Ave., which across Maryland rims residences along a canyon. The street becomes Arch before circling back and changing to Meade. Near the turn is a lovely, lively house with birds and turtles protected by mesh, outdoor enclosure. The trickle of water punctuates the typically quiet neighborhood…

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Morning, Mourning Cloak

This AM, my daughter’s cat Cali started meowing mournfully before the front screen door. She desperately wanted something outside. As a formerly outdoor/indoor kitty, she suffers when birds or bugs come close by door or window. First look, I didn’t see the object of her torment, with appropriate name: Mourning Cloak. The butterfly genus is…

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A Forgettable Mac

The things that turn up on sidewalk sales: eMac, sighted this afternoon in University Heights while walking down Maryland Ave. to Trader Joe’s. Timing is coincidentally comical, as Apple discontinued the educational iMac wannabe nine years ago this week. Please bow your heads and lift your hands in memoriam for the failed four-year experiment to…

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