Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sky Watch #62

IMG_0549, originally uploaded by M'roy.

With all the destruction/calamity happening lately, i.e. worst flooding the Philippines has seen in 40 years, the earthquakes in American Samoa and Indonesia, sky watching takes on a more spiritual turn. While we skywatch, let us say a prayer or two for our brothers and sisters who are in pain, grieving, devastated, and lost.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Scenic Sunday #15

IMG_0145, originally uploaded by M'roy.

San Francisco waterfront is pretty scenic, a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo Hunt #56: Twisted

IMG_0036, originally uploaded by M'roy.

See anything twisted here?

I have nothing in my archives that would fit the theme perfectly, but I hope this twisted horn/antler will suffice.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sky Watch #61

IMG_0090, originally uploaded by M'roy.

As I was driving to work I managed to see how beautiful our sky is today. It is blue with patches of puffy white clouds exactly like this one the picture. Except that this image was taken in the spring. The minute I snapped this image I knew I was going to show it for skywatch. I didn't know that it would take me until Fall to post it. Better late than never, isn't it.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quiet Moment

ohlone16, originally uploaded by M'roy.

I noticed that my walks during the spring have a different tone or mood than the walks I take during the fall. In the fall, my walks are more meditative, more subdued, more relaxed.

Winter, Sunol-Ohlone Park.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It Won't Be Long......

IMG_0448copy, originally uploaded by M'roy.

before the landscape looks like this.

Are you like me, do you love autumn? I know it's California and we don't have those gorgeous colors in the Northeast, but I still love the smell of autumn air.

True to Bay Area form though, we have our summer heat in September. It's gonna be boiling around here all this week.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Photo Hunt #55: Upside down

red hot poker, originally uploaded by M'roy.

This week's theme posed quite a challenge for me, although I have some sort of an idea what to post (i.e. reflection). However,I thought why not stretch it out a little bit and so off I went digging into the archives again and found this.

Some plants produce flowers that bloom upside down like the red hot poker, which is a big hit with hummingbirds. I spent countless moments watching a hummingbird enjoy this delectable goodness.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

SkyWatch #60

First image is that of a September 1 sunset looking west infront of my house. The second image is a September 2 sunset taken in Raley's parking lot looking out to San Pablo Bay. I have been lucky with sunsets this month as I see them on my commute home. I'm posting two images today, because heck, it's my 60th post to Skywatch.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So Long Patrick

white, originally uploaded by M'roy.

While I don't really consider Patrick Swayze as a favorite, I love watching three of his movies over and over, DIRTY DANCING, RED DAWN, and GHOST. And I love his song, SHE'S LIKE THE WIND, from Dirty Dancing. The lyrics below rang true for me. A million years ago, there was a boy who was just out of my league. So long Patrick, rest in peace.

Feel her breath on my face
Her body close to me
Can't look in her eyes
She's out of my league
Just a fool to believe
I have anything she needs
She's like the wind

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scenic Sunday #14

ohlone10, originally uploaded by M'roy.

Trees on display at one of the regional parks around here.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Photo Hunt #54: Electric

vegas, originally uploaded by M'roy.

We were driving around Vegas in search of a place to dine when I spotted these electric posts. I thought I'd take a shot in case I would run a series on electric posts later. I have always loved looking at them in tandem with skywatching. So here's my dusk shot of a different Vegas.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sky Watch #59

bigsur sunset, originally uploaded by M'roy.

A drive by Big Sur sunset as captured while traversing scenic Highway 1 (central coast).

Another random oldie. Sorry haven't had time to upload to Flickr the wonderful sunset images from the first week of September.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Most things in life....

are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. ~Tony Benn

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Scenic Sunday # 13

IMG_0006, originally uploaded by M'roy.

I am back after a long break from posting on Scenic Sunday. Here's a dusk image from my fave walking park.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Photo Hunt #53: Orange

IMG_0488, originally uploaded by M'roy.

I was surprised to see orange groves on our way back from Sequioa-Kings Canyon NP one summer so I snapped while we were about to take the curve.

I surfed the net for some information about California's citrus industry, in particular orange industry for this theme. Here's what I found.

~ California's citrus industry ranks second to Florida.

~ Oranges, on average, accounted for 2/3 the state's citrus crop.

~ While California produces 24 percent of the nation’s oranges, its crop accounts for 80 percent of those going to the fresh-market (which means you're probably eating some California oranges right now).

~ Navel oranges comprise most of California’s orange crop. Navels accounted for about 75 percent over the past three seasons. Valencia oranges account for the remainder.

~ The value of production for California’s oranges averaged $578 million over the past three seasons, 98 percent of which came from fresh-market sales.

***All information were taken from USDA Economic Research Service study.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Sky Watch #58

IMG_0003, originally uploaded by M'roy.

With the sun setting earlier nowadays, I am able to do quite a few sunset watching while on the drive home.

This one was on Tuesday night between 7:30 and 7:45. The five-lane West 580 in Oakland was reduced to 2 lanes as police cars, tow trucks, and ambulance/firetrucks close 3 lanes to attend to a nasty accident. Since we were barely moving at all and the sunset is right in front of me (driving towards the bay) I decided to whip out my point and shoot and well, shoot! I got to about 2 shots when my car needed to move about five inches. I was also going to shoot the accident, but I saw the policeman was right there. I don't wanna get caught being a kibitzer. Anyway, I thought I'd let you know this one's a SOOC.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

When you photograph people....

Three of a Kind?, originally uploaded by M'roy.

in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! ~Ted Grant

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

When words become unclear......

IMG_0102, originally uploaded by M'roy.

I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel Adams