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Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Day With The Big Cats

I spent the afternoon of New Year's Day with the big cats at the San Diego Zoo.  Here are a few shots of the female Amur Leopards to start, followed by one of the female Snow Leopards.

Needless to say, I also spent some time with the Malayan Tigers.  And, probably also needless to say, they spent a lot of time napping . . . but they did occasionally get up, and when the did, the afternoon light was really nice.

Click here to see a few more images of the Malayan Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards, from the San Diego Zoo on January 1, 2017.  

Happy New Year!

Eagle Gold Mine Tour - Julian, California

Back in early November we did the tour of the Eagle Gold Mine in Julian, California.  It was both a lot of fun and informative.

You enter the side of the mountain at the Eagle Mine, which was started in 1870.

Our guide, sitting at the Underground Foreman's desk.  Right after I took this he turned off all the lights so we could see how dark it gets that far underground.  It was dark.

After walking for quite a ways, and climbing up a steep ladder, you exit through the High Peak Mine on the other side of the mountain.

On our way back to San Diego we stopped off in Santa Ysabel to check out the recently restored General Store, and then it was across the street to the Julian Pie Company's main bakery for a slice of apple-mountainberry pie and coffee.

Click here to see a few more images from the Eagle Gold Mine and Santa Ysabel on November 6, 2016.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Day With The Tigers

I spent a few hours on Christmas morning hanging out with Connor, Cinta, and Berani, the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo.

On my way there I came upon a choice . . . but it was not so tough a choice it turns out.

Cinta found a gourd decorated for the holidays, and promptly decided to play with it.  This should serve as a warning for anyone who leaves holiday decorations out in the yard . . . you never know when the neighborhood cat is going to show up.

Later in the morning the keeper threw a couple more decorated gourds over the rail and into the pond.  Cinta and Berani went charging in after them.

It seems I got a lot more pictures of Cinta than I did of Berani, but in one of the pictures I did get of Berani he looks positively crazed.  I'm sure it's just the way the light is hitting him . . . and the way his eyes are.

Click here to see a few more images of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo on Christmas morning.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays


Christmas Eve Tiger

Sometimes you just have to improvise.

Actually, I did wander through the San Diego Zoo for a bit today, and spent 45 minutes watching the Malayan Tigers play in the water and sit along the edge of the cliff . . . all without my camera and long lens.  There really is a tiger in this next picture (and I even cropped this one in a bit to make him easier to see).


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Getty Villa - Malibu, California - Part 2

There were two special exhibitions on display the day we visited the Getty Villa.  The first was a collection of Roman floor mosaics from various parts of the Roman Empire.

The second special exhibit was a collection of antique glassware.

See Part 1 of this series for more from the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.

The Getty Villa - Malibu, California - Part 1

In 1968 J. Paul Getty started building a re-creation of a first-century Roman country home, the Villa dei Papiri, on property he owned on the coast in Malibu, California.  It opened in 1974 as the J. Paul Getty Museum.  In 1997 the Malibu property was closed for renovation, and the same year the current J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center opened to the public.  The renovation of the Villa was completed and the property re-opened as the Getty Villa in 2006.  The Villa museum is dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.  We visited the Villa last week.

The architecture is every bit as interesting as the art.  The Villa is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman country house in Herculaneum buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.  Because most of the Villa dei Papiri remains unexcavated, many of the Getty Villa's architectural details are based on elements found on other ancient Roman homes in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.

Here's Zeus.  In the gallery which is linked at the end of this post you see where Zeus photobombed the selfie that Heather and I took in this gallery.

There was an entire room with just portrait busts and carvings of Roman women.

And another with just Roman men.

And a hallway full of animals.  I particularly liked this bear and lion.

Click here to see more images from our visit to the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.

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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.