Marston House

Today Kongo visits historic Marston House at the northwest corner of Balboa Park and learned a few things about architecture and the history of San Diego.  When this house was built in 1905 by the architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill, Balboa Park was known as City Park and the entire area was nothing much more than scrub, adobe clay, and untamed canyons.  It was far, far away from downtown but not for long.  It became an important architectural transition structure that helped to usher in the Prairie School of style which exploded in San Diego in the early 20th…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

  This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Carefree.  These lucky souls aboard this sailboat moving slowly off the coast of La Jolla last evening certainly fit somewhere into the carefree category.  See more carefree images at the Weekly Photo Challenge. Shot with a neutral density gray filter.  135mm | f32 | ISO 100 | 0.4 Seconds | Canon 7D |  

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Big

  This week Ailsa’s Travel Theme is BIG.  After reading the challenge this image of a large butte rising from a canyon floor at the Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico came to mind.  Kongo visited the Ghost Ranch as part of National Geographic Photo Expedition Workshop in July.  See more BIG images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack. Related articles NatGeo Photo Workshop: A Review ( In Search of Georgia O’Keeffe (  

Lunch in Old Town

  Kongo had lunch in Old Town San Diego earlier this week and captured these images.  Old Town used to be a favorite spot but it’s become so super touristy that the monkey has been avoiding it for several years.  He had to look hard to find shots that didn’t evoke all that is wrong with this rendition of San Diego at the end of the century before last.