Frank B. Baiamonte

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

More Tiger Pictures, and Some Birds

Here are a few recent images of Connor, the Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo, from November and December 2014.



He's looking pretty intense in these next two.



Now for something a bit less serious.



Okay, back to serious.



He was a bit close for this next shot, but I took it anyway.


One last look back over his shoulder as he walks away.


It's hard to tell from looking at this blog sometimes, but I do occasionally take pictures of other things at the Zoo.  Here are a couple of birds, a Mandarin Duck and a Flamingo.



Click here to see more images from the San Diego Zoo during November and December 2014.
     

Huntington Gardens and Art Museum - San Marino, California

We spent an afternoon recently at the Huntington in San Marino (near Pasadena).  Officially known as the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, it was founded in 1919 by railroad tycoon Henry Huntington.

It was such a nice day outside that we spent most of our time in the gardens, but we also toured one of the art museum buildings as well.  They closed fairly early that day so we had to skip the library.

Our first stop, and one of our favorite parts of the Huntington, is the Chinese Garden - the Garden of Flowering Fragrance.  It's the newest of the gardens there, but the landscaping has now grown in quite a bit since the last time we visited, and it's a great place to spend some time wandering.







Here's an image from the upper part of the Japanese Garden.


The Huntington's former residence has been turned into an art museum, with a very impressive collection of works including Gainsborough's Blue Boy and Lawrence's Pinkie.






Click here to see a few more images from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
      

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Balboa Park Carousel - San Diego

The Balboa Park Carousel was built in 1910, and all but two pairs of the hand-carved wooden animals in the menagerie are original.  





Something about this next one seems oddly familiar.


While we're on the subject of large carnivores . . .


The Carousel is located not far from the entrance to the San Diego Zoo. You drive right past it on your way into the parking lot.


This is apparently one of the few remaining carousels in the world which still offers the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride.



Click here to see more images of the Balboa Park Carousel.
        

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Some Recent Pictures of Connor the Tiger

I'm still sorting through the pictures from our recent trip to the Huntington Gardens and Library and Aquarium of the Pacific over Thanksgiving, as well as all the pictures from yesterday and today at the Zoo, so in the meantime, here are a few pictures of Connor, the Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo, from earlier this month.






Click here to see a few more pictures of Connor from November 16, 2014.
     

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Views On The Drive Home Were Nice Too

On the way home from Anza Borrego on Sunday evening I called Heather, who mentioned that a fresh apple pie from the bakery in Santa Ysabel would be nice.  That resulted in my being on the road west at just the right time to see one of the best sunsets in a very long time.  I did manage to stop for one picture just outside of Santa Ysabel.  After that there was no good place to stop, so I just drove on, enjoying an amazing view as all those clouds turned to a spectacular shade of orange.

       

Overnight in Anza Borrego

A couple of friends and I found an out of the way little canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park to do some night sky photography on Saturday evening.  The weather was beautiful, mild temperature with a few clouds, no moon, and lots of stars in the sky.  Thanks to the remote location in the Park, and the way the canyon was facing, we had pretty much no light pollution to deal with.

Here's the view looking north from our campsite a few minutes after sunset.


Lots of stars.  The one lantern we had going in camp was enough to light up the canyon walls for some added interest. 



The Xterra makes a great camping vehicle for one or two people, it's quite comfortable to stretch out in the back.  


Our little campsite was plenty big enough for 3 Xterras. It was actually pretty flat, but the fisheye lens adds a lot of distortion.


On Sunday morning the 3 of us went off in search of interesting desert landscape.  We found this great looking cliff, with big cracked chunks of sandstone looking like teeth about to fall out. 


The looked like they could come crashing down at any moment, and completely block the trail below.  Of course, we didn't notice that until after we got out of the trucks.  In retrospect, perhaps this was not the safest parking spot.  We didn't stay here long.


We went for a walk in the portion of a hiking trail known as The Slot.  It's hard to tell without someone in the picture for scale, but I had to turn sideways in order to get through this section.


This spot was a bit wider, which was a good thing since when you looked up all you really wanted to do was run.


There used to be 2 of these beehive-looking formations side-by-side in Borrego Mountain Wash.  You can see what remains of one of them on the ground to the left of the one still standing.


Later, in a different part of the Park, we found some great examples of wind erosion in exposed sandstone formations.



We all agreed that we could not begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for the early explorers to cross this part of the world, especially in the warmer months.  There is definitely something to be said for the modern conveniences of air conditioning, a good stereo, and suspension.


Looking north in the late afternoon, as we neared the end of the off-road portion of our day.


Click here to see a few more images from our weekend photography trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park on November 22-23, 2014.
     

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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.