On Monday, a day the earth didn’t end after all, Kongo was in San Diego for a conference. He had some time on his hands in the morning so off he went to some of his favorite haunts in Balboa Park. It turns out about 10,000 others had the same idea. Outside the Reuben E, Fleet Space Center at the park a whole troop of astronomers and wannabe star gazers gathered to watch the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN. Everyone got into the act, both young and old. It was lots of fun watching people watching. Of course it wasn’t…
So, Santa found his way to Kongo’s Treehouse in San Diego yesterday and the simpering simian found a wonderful surprise in his stocking. Kongo got his first true “fast glass” from Mrs. Kongo, a Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM prime lens. The monkey has been dropping hints about this piece of camera kit for some weeks and was thrilled to finally get it. He has other Canon “L” lenses, of course, and he likes them all, but he was really longing for a true piece of fast glass with the depth of field and low light capability that comes with…
After spending some time with the Sumatran Tigers yesterday, Kongo found this East African Crowned Crane at San Diego’s Safari Park. This bird was all decked out for the holidays with an impressive crown, Christmas red wattle, and a fuzzy little beret that seemed to come straight from 5th Avenue.
There’s something about piers. If there is one on a beach it becomes a destination. Those who like to walk on beaches (remember those old profiles in lonely hearts columns…”I like long walks on the beach…”) seem to always gravitate toward pilings that stretch out over the water. Kongo likes piers too.
Parkma is a made up word invented by Mrs. Kongo to describe her uncanny ability to always find a good parking place in lots that are otherwise completely full. To Kongo, the word also describes the fun things to do at San Diego’s wonderful Balboa Park.
This inviting spot at San Diego’s Safari Park is located in the World Gardens section of the zoo. It’s far away from the crowds and tourist monkeys scampering all over the more popular attractions and Kongo likes to sit on a little bench under a big pine tree there and listen to the birds. He thinks this is a good image to add to Ailsa’s “Inviting” travel theme this week.
Monkeys like the night so this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge was right up Kongo’s tree house. The San Diego skyline just after sunset on a clear day is always a great photo subject. Kongo snapped this image Thursday evening from Harbor Island, just across from the San Diego airport, taking several time exposure images at different exposures then blending them together to make this HDR rendition. Some critics have said the San Diego skyline resembles a smile with several missing teeth. I get their point but I still like it! See more nighttime images at the challenge page.