Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Fluffy Cloud Blanket or Harsh Beauty?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
fluffy blanket clouds

Fluffy Cloud Blanket or Harsh Beauty?

I’ve been going through some old website archives recently, and have pulled a few things of interest out. This photo is one of them. Unfortunately it’s circa 2004 (give or take) and is a pretty crappy resolution. But I still love it.

I love the contrast between the fluffy, pink, soothing clouds and the harshness of the buildings and the utility lines. In case you’re wondering, I took this when I lived down in Pacific Beach ages ago. It was behind the Henry’s on Garnet looking west towards the beach.

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Exploring the mud caves, Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Entrance to mud cave in the desert

Entrance to mud cave in the desert

With desert season coming here in San Diego, I figure it’s a good time to share some information about the mud caves out in the Anza Borrego desert. They are great to explore, all you need is a headlamp or flashlight, and a sense of exploration! Bring some water, make sure there’s no rain in the forecast, and don’t get lost!

Here is an excerpt of my previous write up about the mud caves:

I had always heard of the mud caves out in the Anza Borrego desert, and the fact that they are supposed to be some of the best in the world was enough to finally get me out there. I used the “Afoot & Afield San Diego County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide

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Baja California Trip Memories

Friday, July 31st, 2009
A few hours south of the US/Mexico border

A few hours south of the US/Mexico border

The place we were to be going in Mexico was called Punto San Jacinto, and it’s located on the Pacific coast, and if I recall it is somewhere around 150 miles south of the US/Mexico border, definitely a good several hour drive. Getting there is pretty easy, you just head south towards Tijuana, cross the border, and head to the toll road going south. Once you get out of Tijuana it’s a straight shot on the winding highway. There was only one checkpoint, and the fact that my girlfriend is pretty fluent with Spanish made it easy.

At the time we took this trip, the Tijuana area was getting a pretty bad rap in the news because of murders and kidnappings, but we had no problems. We left after dark [...]

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Day trip to Gibraltar from Spain

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

After a relaxing two days in Tarifa, (well mostly relaxing, with the exception of my day trip to Tangier), I had one last day and night before an early morning flight out of Málaga. All along I had really been hoping to make it to Gibraltar, but I wasn’t sure how it would work out. But of course as so often happens in travel, everything fell into place perfectly for me to make the run over into Gibraltar on my way out.

I woke up early and caught one of the first buses out of Tarifa. I am writing this a while after the trip, if I recall I think I took the wrong bus. The idea was to catch a bus going direct to La Linea de la Concepcion, but I’m [...]

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Two days in Tarifa, Spain

Friday, May 8th, 2009
View from top of hotel, looking across Strait of Gibraltar towards Morocco, Africa and Atlas Mountains

View from top of hotel, looking acrossStrait of Gibraltar towards Morocco, Africaand Atlas Mountains

I woke up early after a couple of days in Granada, hopped the bus to the bus station for one Euro, where I then bought a ticket to Algeciras. This is where I thought my trip would get confusing, but it turns out it went quite smoothly. I think it was about 2 hours to Algeciras, and I was a bit nervous since I’d heard that city is nothing but a port city, with a fair amount of shady characters hanging around. But as it turns out it was ok, and I was able to then get an ongoing to to Tarifa — only a short 30 minute bus ride away. Somehow [...]

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Some vacation memories before my next one

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I have been pretty slow in posting the photos and write ups from my vacation last fall, and since it won’t happen this weekend since I’ll be in Colorado, I’ll leave you with a couple photos. See Cordoba, Spain and Tangier, Morocco below!

Inside the Mezquita – Cordoba, Spain
Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain

Near Petit Socco in Medina – Tangier, Morocco
Near Petit Socco in Medina, Tangier, Morocco

Tangier, Morocco

Graffiti with Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco in the distance

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have recently posted some photos (here, here, and here) I took of graffiti while in Spain (which seem to be very popular according to Google Images), so here is yet another. This one was taken in Tarifa, Spain, which is at the southern tip of the country. From the location where this photo was taken, you can see Morocco and Africa in the distance across the Strait of Gibraltar, and to the west is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the east is Mediterranean. The graffiti isn’t what makes this picture for me, it is really the location that makes this one special. Both of these photos were taken around the same time, but with different camera settings.

See more photos of Tarifa here

Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – looking towards Morocco
Graffiti Tarifa Spain
Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – looking towards Morocco

 

Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – taken in sunset mode
Graffiti Tarifa Spain Sunset
Graffiti, Tarifa, Spain – taken in sunset mode

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Two days in Granada, Spain

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
View from hotel looking up to la Alhambra

View from hotel looking up to la Alhambra

Granada is a beautiful city, and there is plenty to see and do there. Of course visiting la Alhambra is necessary, but there is quite a bit of other sightseeing to do as well. I was able to see pretty much la Alhambra in its entirety in one day, but it involved a lot of walking. If you are willing to walk it is even accessible by foot from the city. From the main plaza in town you can just walk up the hill for probably 20 minutes or so and you are there. I did learn that it is easiest to buy tickets for entry online, otherwise you have to wait in line and you risk the possibility of not even getting in, since they limit the [...]

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