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I shot these two photographs minutes apart while staking out a scenic spot at San Diego’s Lake Murray, a great park just a few minutes from Kongo’s banana tree.  In the photo above the sun had about two minutes before it disappeared below the hills in the background.  At just the right moment, this kayaker paddled into the middle of the sunbeam.  I was using multiple gray filters at a 20mm setting.  ISO was 100 and I set the f-stop for 22.  The shot was 0.3 seconds which is why the paddler is a little blurry but I think it works here.

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Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is DISTANCE so Kongo has included a few distance images from travels over the past year.  See more distance photos at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack blog and join the fun in her weekly theme challenges.  The shot above is of downtown San Diego, California.

Travel Safe.  Have fun.

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With an approaching birthday this weekend, Kongo was invited out last night for an evening with long time friends Betty and Kim and their friends Mike and Shelly who were visiting from New York.  The six of them headed off in the late afternoon to the Cordiano Winery in Escondido for some wine, pizza, and a spectacular sunset.  Betty and Kongo have been traipsing about the world together for more than 30 years and they had a great evening talking about where they might be headed to next.  Myanmar before it gets spoiled?  Panama? And then Kongo starts whining about the India trip he wants to take.  Mrs. Kongo and Kim (Betty’s husband) just smile and sip wine through these types of talks. They’ve heard it all before.  Read on.

_MG_5352Yesterday Kongo visited the famous Ghost Ranch near the small town of Abiquiu in Northwest New Mexico.  The monkey was trying to find traces of the famous Georgia O’Keeffe who lived and worked in this area here from 1929 until her death in 1986.  Georgia was a reclusive soul and as Kongo wandered the Ghost Ranch trails and canyons he realized why this was such a perfect place for someone like her.  The light, the colors, the stillness, the smell of piñon, the crunch of hiking shoes on red New Mexico dirt.  All of this seems to draw you into the essence of her famous works of the cliffs and mountains of this wonderful area.