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Trash isn’t Sunken Treasure-Keeping the Ocean Clean

The ocean is a precious resource that shouldn’t be wasted on poor habits.  For those living on the coast and in the coastal lifestyle you know how important the ocean is to your way of life and the recreational activities you enjoy. Sailing, surfboarding, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are just some of the fun activities in the San Diego area.  Pollution and waste damage the environment for everyone and with a little care our beaches can be cleaned and improved. Last weekend I decided to take my snorkel and Nexus phone to La Jolla Cove in an attempt to see some of the ocean wildlife. Paddling along the ocean top and diving for interesting objects on the bottom I came across a lady’s sandal. A fairly expensive one at that so I’m sure she didn’t intentionally part with it! I didn't know Nemo was doing retail? It didn’t take much to clean up the mishap. I just dived down, grabbed it and came back up to the surface, swam near the shore and flung it onto the beach th

A Day and Life in San Diego-Leroy and the Sea Lion Tour

In search of ocean breeze and sunny skies we headed downtown to a two hour San Diego Bay cruise.   One of the fastest and convenient methods to the city’s activities is to jump on the famous San Diego trolley. As with all public transportation you will meet people from different walks of life. Some are old, many young, well-dressed professionals, and others flocked together in families making their way to a game.  As we walked into the trolley we came across an Indiana Jones looking man sitting quietly assembling all types of flowers, animals, and creatures from palm leaves. With only a few seats available we were forced to sit near the street artist. Perhaps too close for comfort. In the back of my head I kept thinking, “I hope he doesn’t ask for change”.   I watched him suspiciously over the top of the chair. This artist wasn’t just forging palm leaf products but also handing them out to anyone who took interest in his activities. Mothers, little girls, boys…he didn’t

The Poem "The Secret of the Sea"-A San Diego Boating Experience

Boats have been a fascination for a lot of people throughout history. The boat is the primary long-distance transportation vehicle since the beginning of society. The photographs of boats taken below were from Shelter Island which has a number of nice lookout spots, parks, and other activities.  Perhaps a poem will help you understand the fascination people have with boats and the sea.   The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me  As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me. Sails of silk and ropes of sandal, Such as gleam in ancient lore; And the singing of the sailors, And the answer from the shore! Most of all, the Spanish ballad Haunts me oft, and tarries long, Of the noble Count Arnaldos And the sailor's mystic song. Like the long waves on a sea-beach, Where the sand as silver shines, With a soft, monotonous cadence, Flow its unrhymed lyric lines:—

Photos of Tuna Harbor Park at Night

Last night I walked around Tuna Harbor Park to play with the settings on the Rebel T3I camera and see if I can get some nice photos at night. I have often wondered how the photographers take those shots in the darkness and come out with a soft glow and reflective water. The artistic mastery of some of the photographers have always astounded me. The P mode is the Program mode offers an opportunity to make those special pictures. It does not allow for the same creative adjustments you might find in some other modes but appears to adjust appropriately for aperture and shutter speed. It may be the amateur’s way of adjusting to the conditions without knowing all of the other camera functions. Take your tripod as keeping the camera absolutely still is necessary in a slower speed to avoid a blurry picture. The pictures were taken at the bay and Tuna Harbor Park. The park was built to give honor to the fishing industry of San Diego and the Navy’s sailors. Located at the end of th