Saturday, October 3, 2015
Thank heavens that the hurricane passed safely offshore. We had a lot of rain and gray skies, and a fair amount of wind, but nothing serious. It is interesting that I drove to the Apple store today and it was closed because they had no power. The water was really high, at high tide today, but there were no waves to speak of.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:41 PM
Friday, October 2, 2015
Does this car say "California" or what! Found it in Liz' neighborhood while out walking one day. I am not a motorhead, but this thing is a beauty. Only thing is, there is a lot missing inside the car! There is no horn in the steering wheel, and I forget some of the other things. I guess that can be forgiven because this machine is so cool!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:50 PM
Thursday, October 1, 2015
We were walking along Wilshire Boulevard between a restaurant and a grocery store, and I was just looking around when I noticed this hedge and the grasses. It seemed so out of place somehow to find this amongst all the concrete. And yet is was like an oasis. So I stopped to look at it carefully and I loved finding all the waves and swirls in the grasses. Please click on it to see it with more detail.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 6:51 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I still have some photographs from Los Angeles. They are more interesting that anything I could shoot around here! I went walking with Liz when she was walking her dog Wesley, and we saw this sign, weighed down with rocks, in someone's garden between the sidewalk and the street. Wow! Liz and I had no idea what could possibly have happened here. But this note just boggles my mind!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:30 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
I've still got some photographs from California to post. This is a shot I did on Santa Catalina island, just after we had dinner. The sun had set, and the moon was rising. I was stopped by all the wonderful shapes of the palm trees - the tall ones and the short ones and the fat ones and the thin ones. I just love all the shapes in this photograph.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:21 PM
Monday, September 28, 2015
Kathy was talking with Amy a month or so ago, and mentioned that she had always wanted to do ziplining! Really? Amy mentioned that she knew that there was a zipline facility on Santa Catalina island. So we took the ferry over, and all went ziplining. I will say this, that it is absolutely exhilarating! We were all carefully instructed in how everything works, and safety considerations, then we were fitted with helmets and harnesses. The we took a bus to the top of one of the mountains and for each of the 5 ziplines, our equipment was carefully checked before each launch. One of the lines was 300 feet above the ground! Wow. But screaming along the zipline in our harnesses and feeling the rush of wind in our face was really something! I recommend it for everyone!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:57 PM
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The weather forecast for this evening's lunar eclipse was not looking good. But amazingly, just before the eclipse began the skies cleared! I started observing with binoculars and then noticed a neighbor and her son trying to photograph the moon with a cell phone, using flash. I asked if they had binoculars, and they didn't. I said "stay right there - I am going to get a telescope." She went and got two more neighbors and their two kids, and her husband, and I called another neighbor, and we had a star party! The kids thought seeing this was pretty cool! Then it looked like it would stay clear for a while, so I got another telescope and my camera, and this is the result. After I got this photograph, I got out my 15 power binoculars and a lawn chair, and just sat there watching this magical scene.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:54 PM