Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Dry

This week Ailsa’s Travel Theme is Dry.  Ailsa is evidently inundated with rain and longs for something dry.  She should come to San Diego.  Although we actually had some heavy mist this morning, the season has been very, very dry and there’s little snow in the Sierra’s so we’re going to see some more water rationing this year.  Anyway, Kongo frequently goes to very dry places such as Saguaro National Monument near Tucson, Arizona where he captured this rock that had a profile that reminded the little monkey of Nefertiti (who also lived in a dry area). See more dry…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This week’s photo challenge is object where we are asked to focus on a single object for our subject and to make it clear what our focus was.  Kongo’s choice for this challenge is the clock at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris taken at night from a boat cruising the Seine.  Using a fast setting I was able to suppress any reflections from the building and just focus on the clock itself, which is illuminated from inside.  See more objects at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks west of Balboa Park is the 102-year old Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, or as locals call it:  The wiggly bridge.  The bridge was build in 1912 across Kate Sessions Canyon (Kate Sessions is known as the mother of Balboa Park) to connect the Bankers Hill and Balboa Park neighborhoods to the street car lines that were pushing up from downtown.  

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Wood

Ailsa’s theme this week is wood.  Above is the wooden bowsprit and figurehead on the HMS Surprise at the Maritime Museum in San Diego, which was the set for one of Kongo’s favorite movies, Master and Commander.  The figurehead represents the goddess Athena who stood for, among other things, just war.  Knock on wood.  See more wooden themes at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

This week’s photo challenge is juxtaposition.  That’s the side-by-side comparison of two things to emphasize contrast.  In this image sailors unfurl the sails of the 19th century Star of India against the backdrop of a 21st century high-rise condominium tower in downtown San Diego.  See more juxtaposed images at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

The Weather Channel Was Right After All

As a promised follow-up to an earlier post today, it turns out there was a storm after all.  Despite the monkey’s hopeful strategy.  There were a couple of random flakes early but it started right at 10 AM in earnest, just as predicted.  And by earnest I mean blizzardy, horizontal snow accompanied by a howling wind that was just evil.  By 1130 when Kongo went out for lunch the parking lot (image below) looked pretty ugly and Kongo (above) took ten minutes to clear the windshield of snow.

What were we thinking?

Kongo leaves America’s finest city yesterday morning under crystal clear skies and warm temperatures.  Mrs.Kongo reports it was 80-something at the tree house yesterday when she came back from the gym.  But now Kongo is headed east into the jaws of yet another POLAR VORTEX on the East Coast.  What was he thinking?  The trip was not without adventure.