Kongo spent the morning in Balboa Park, one of his favorite spots, studying lines and curves. He’s come to appreciate how verticals add tension and horizontals soothe. Check out these images and see what you think. The image above has strong vertical lines from the palm trees contrasted against the horizontal angles of the building.
It’s easy to see why this bright orange bird is called the “Cock of the Walk.” It’s an expression that evokes flashiness, bossiness, and dominance over those lesser beings in the barnyard. This Andean Cock of the Walk at the Parker Aviary in the San Diego Zoo today was making a lot of noise as befits a Cock of the Walk in mating season.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge today is PERSPECTIVE. The first photo shows the La Jolla shore yesterday afternoon with blooming flowers in the foreground and crashing waves against the rocks in the background. For the second photo I stood up and zoomed in on the rocks to catch the next wave to come crashing in and the effect makes it seems like the surf is much larger surf than it actually is. It’s all a matter of perspective. See more perspective images at the Weekly Photo Challenge.
This week, Ailsa’s Travel Them is TEMPTING. It’s hard for a child to resist the temptation of a cool, spraying fountain on a hot summer day as shown by this little girl who succumbs to the tempting allure to jump in the water on an August day in Balboa Park. See more tempting images at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack.
Kongo paid a visit to La Jolla today and found several brand new seal pups! These harbor seal species are part of the pinnipedia order and birthing season in Southern California is between late January through the end of April. At the Children’s Pool Beach the city ropes off a section for the seals during birthing season but these seals were on a nearby stretch of sand and people were getting fairly close. Seals have very sharp teeth and mother seals can be aggressive if they feel their young are threatened so it’s best to stay back and approach with only a long lens. Besides, both the mother’s and baby seals need time to rest after the birthing ordeal so please leave them in peace and watch from afar. Continue reading
After four days of rain, some of it torrential, the skies finally cleared over San Diego this afternoon. We needed the rain, of course. California is in the midst of a biblical drought and at Kongo’s house more than four inches fell. At least that’s how much the pool level rose. Since we only average about eight inches a year that’s a lot of rain. Not enough to end the drought but something. Now all the weather heads toward the East Coast on the jet stream.
So the monkey headed out to the Old Cactus Garden in Balboa Park to see how the plants weathered the storm. They did just fine. The colors today were particularly intense. Mrs. Kongo, who knows her way around a color wheel, said “nature always knows what colors go together. Nature knows best.” And so it does.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is WHITE. Above is St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev has many beautiful churches but this Baroque beauty at the top of St. Andrew’s Descent, an artsy neighborhood in Kiev, is one of Kongo’s favorites. It was built in 1745 by the Russian Empress Elizabeth who needed a private church for her daily worship near a palace she kept nearby. This picture was taken in November 2012 before the present troubles in this beautiful city. See more WHITE images at Cee’s blog.