Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Relaxing

  This week’s travel theme is relaxing.  Here in Koalifornia at the San Diego Zoo this koala relaxes in its nest.  These little guys (who are basically drunk all the time from fermented eucalyptus leaves in their digestive system) seem to be able to fall asleep in just about any position at the blink of an eye.  See more relaxing images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack.

Seaport Village

Kongo visited Seaport Village in San Diego last evening.  Frankly, this over hyped tourist trap has few redeeming qualities unless you’re looking for T-shirt shops, kite stores, kiosks with saccharine bumper stickers and things that stick to refrigerators, and over-priced art with a vaguely nautical theme.  The one thing it does have is some spectacular views of San Diego Bay and some great opportunities to practice nighttime photography.  So Kongo paid the outrageous ransom to park, land lugged about his tripod and camera kit to chase the lights.  Here are a few of his favorites.

Communing with a Reiki Master

So, Kongo was out doing some night photography this evening and came across Rabindra Sakar, a Reiki Master, in Seaport Village in San Diego.  Reiki is an alternative medicine involving spirituality where positive energies are released through the laying on of hands which promotes self-healing and a state of equilibrium.  Hmmm.  Anyway, when he’s not helping people heal themselves, Rabindra is a wizard at stacking rocks.  The rock pillars above do not use any glue or mechanical devices to get them to stay on top of each other.  It’s just a very, very good sense of balance on the part…

Sixth Sense

Kongo can’t recall his sixth birthday.  He definitely recalls his eighth because it didn’t end well when an actual fisticuffs melee broke out between the little monkey and his party guests over the placement of toy soldiers preparing to charge a mud mountain from whence they would be promptly mowed down with rubber band machine guns.  But when #1 granddaughter celebrated her sixth birthday over the weekend at Legoland in Carlsbad, California he thinks it will be a birthday to remember.  

My First Large Scale Display

Originally posted on Mark Shimazu Photography:
A couple of months back, I was approached by the Director of Marketing at the Westfield UTC regarding licensing one of my photos for a large scale commercial display. Now that the project is complete, I can share the results with you. The Westfield UTC is an upscale mall located in the University Town Center area adjacent to the University of California in San Diego and the beach enclave of La Jolla. The mall recently underwent a major renovation and art is a major theme. The plans called for a large five panel photo…