Frank B. Baiamonte

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Drive - Anza Borrego Desert State Park - Buttes Pass Area

Heather and I took a drive out to Anza Borrego Desert State Park last Sunday (Nov 2). The plan was to hike a little, find a scenic spot for a picnic lunch, try out the 4WD system in the new Xterra, and generally just enjoy a quiet day in a really nice place. With over 1,000 square miles of desert to wander in, we had no problem finding what we were looking for.

Our first stop was Hawk Canyon, off of Buttes Pass Road, where got in a little hike up to the back of the canyon. The sun was bright, but the temperature was pleasant. Over the next few months it will just keep getting better (as in cooler) too.

From Hawk Canyon we drove over Buttes Pass heading north and turned east in San Felipe Wash. When I saw this in the mirror I knew it was time to stop for another picture.

It looks like the truck has picked up a bit of dust since the first picture was taken.

The views from along the Goat Trail are always nice.

We found a nice shady spot for lunch, pulled out the chairs, put our feet up on the cooler and enjoyed the view.

I took advantage of the tilt-screen on my camera to get this Schnauzer's-eye view of a cholla catcus in the late afternoon sun.

We drove out to the top of the Borrego Mountain Drop-Off for the late afternoon view north, with the setting sun behind us. Heather found a nice spot to sit and enjoy it.

As we headed home across the mountains we were treated to some great views of the clouds and the setting sun.

Click here to see a few more images from Anza Borrego Desert State Park on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

October Tiger Pictures - Connor, Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

October is an interesting time at the San Diego Zoo. On the one hand, it generally has some of the best light, because of where the sun is in the afternoon sky. On the other hand, it's Kids Free Month, which means it's jammed with people on the weekends. But, I still can't pass up the sunlight reflecting up off the lower pond at the Malayan Tiger enclosure.

Click here to see a few more images of Connor, the Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo, taken in early October.

Night Sky Photography

Some friends and I have been doing some night sky photography over the past few months.  Here are some of the results.

These first two are the Moon rising over downtown San Diego in early August of this year, taken from Harbor Island.

Here are few shots of the Milky Way, taken in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. It's actually somewhat late in the year for Milky Way pictures in this part of the world; we'll have to wait for Spring to go at this again.

I think it's nice to have something in foreground on these types of pictures. There are some great old trees up there that make for nice foreground subjects.

Sometimes we bring the foreground subject with us; in this case my Nissan Xterra. I've replaced the interior dome lamps with red LEDs, they make for a nice warm glow in the picture, and save your night vision when out on trips like this.

Sometimes I get into the picture myself - sort of.

Click here to see a few more night sky images.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Curious Cat - Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

There is a small group of us who can generally be found at the Malayan Tiger enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday mornings.  In fact, you're more likely to see us than you are to see the tiger.  We don't mind waiting hours for him to show up, and we're often rewarded with a few good pictures for our patience.  We'll just hang out and talk, either between ourselves or with other Zoo visitors.  Every now and then though, Connor surprises us by peering around a corner to see just who's out there, and to keep us on our toes.  He really does look like he's curious to know what's happening on the other side of the barrier.

Sometimes he sneaks up on us from the right, on the log that comes down from the upper pond.

Other times he peers around the corner from the left.

Over the course of a year the lighting in the enclosure changes a lot.  Late summer and early autumn are often very harsh in the late morning and mid-day, but nice in the early morning and later in the afternoon.  Last Saturday we had some particularly nice light around 2:00pm, with lots of sunlight reflecting up from the water in the lower pond and off the light colored rock walls.  And, we were also lucky enough to have a tiger show up at just the right time.

Here's something a little different.

Click here to see more of Connor, the San Diego Zoo's Malayan Tiger, from Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Few More Recent Images From The San Diego Zoo

Here are some images from a few recent trips to the San Diego Zoo.

Check out his eyes. It looks like he's coming up with some sort plan.

I wonder where this leads?

Now I remember, it's Connor, the Zoo's Malayan Tiger.

Click here to see a few more from the San Diego Zoo on August 31 and September 1, 2014.

I caught these Gharials hanging out in the pond the other day on my way down Tiger Trail. I thought that the symmetry was quite interesting.

Click here to see a few more images from the San Diego Zoo on September 6, 2014.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Green Flash Brewery - San Diego

A group of us from our local photo club took a tour of the Green Flash Brewery this afternoon.  It was a lot of fun, and we learned a bit about how beer is made at the same time.

At various stops along the tour they rolled out trays of samples.

Someone left this beer unattended on a counter, so of course several of took turns using it as a prop for our shots.

The highlight of the tour (after the samples) was the 40F cold storage room.  It was in the high 90's in parts of San Diego today.

Click here to see a few more images from our tour of the Green Flash Brewery in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego, California.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My iPhone Is Watching Me

I guess I knew, or assumed anyway, that my iPhone 5 was tracking where I was going, but I didn't realize to just what extent.  I hadn't been using this handy pull-down screen much, mostly because I forget about the feature.  The few times that I did look at it were on weekday mornings, and this is the usual message.  "Right now, it would take you about 36 minutes to drive to work."

The other day I noticed this instead, which I like the idea of a lot better.

I guess this makes my wallpaper choice for the phone all the more appropriate.


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About me . . . When I'm not working I like to be out exploring and photographing. I do this blog just for fun, and to be able to share these images with friends. I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed creating them.


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Header image: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, Arizona. End image: Downtown San Diego, California skyline from Coronado Island. Profile picture: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, by Heather Baiamonte.