Sunday Slowpoke

Here’s one for you: Why did the snail cross the road? Splat! He didn’t. The sidewalk is a dangerous place for a slow-moving mollusca on a Sunday morning, with pedestrians reveling the fresh breeze or walking dogs—and none looking down where the foot falls. I spotted this little slogger while walking with my wife to…

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Busy Bee

I am in process of completing a review of the Moto Z Force Droid, which is a Verizon Wireless exclusive. This afternoon, I shot some nectaring bee photos with the smartphone and iPhone 7 Plus for comparison. My wife and I went on a walk with both devices, stopping at what we affectionately call the Butterfly…

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The Camel

For one of her birthday activities, my wife Anne wanted to ride the Skyfari Aerial Tram across San Diego zoo. We walked back through the park to the exit, despite detours due to massive construction of new habitats. Among my favorite animals: Camels and llamas; if you have never read my absolutely true llama story from…

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Leica Q, Rose for You

Two afternoons ago, while waiting for my wife outside Apple Store Fashion Valley, nearby flowers beckoned me to try out the Leica Q dedicated Macro mode. The Featured Image is as shot, converted from DNG to JPEG in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The fixed Summilux lens delivers beautiful bokeh, even at f/5.6 (manually set). Other vitals:…

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Kitty Food

Yum. Yum. Moment captured on April 23, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. PDT using the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens, with Classic Chrome simulation set. Vitals: f/4, ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, 55mm. The birds are in the same yard where I photographed a feline nicknamed Patience (real one unknown) for my “Cats of University Heights” series.

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Scrambled or Poached?

For the second time ever—and within a month—my wife and I visited San Diego Zoo yesterday. I was surprised to see another feather-brain nesting with the flamingos. Vitals for the moment captured using Fujifilm X100F, with manual aperture and Velvia film simulation set: f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/640 sec, 23mm; 2:07 p.m. PDT. I experimented with several…

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After the Rain

In nearly 10 years living in San Diego, I have not seen such lush, inviting foliage as visible this Winter—or what I call late Summer (the other two seasons are early Summer and mid Summer). Typical yearly rainfall is 25 cm (9.9 inches). Through yesterday’s massive storm, totals exceeded that amount, or more than 150…

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Bubba’s Buddy

Four days after I buried poor little Bubba baby bunny in our backyard, another appeared. The rabbit would be the second sighted and photographed in June 2006—this one on the 8th and the other the 25th; perhaps they were one and the same. There was something poignant about the bunny’s appearance, and, coincidentally or not, he…

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Backyard Bunny, Too

This past week I made a discovery while checking decade-old back-up DVDs: Not all the 2005-06 wild bunny photos shot in my Kensington, Md. backyard are lost. It’s an incomplete set, and the best images are still missing; presumed gone forever. On the afternoon of June 10, 2005, I stepped out onto the deck overlooking the…

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