Photo Challenge Redux: Nighttime

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After some heavy showers, the monkey caught this image from his French balcony at his hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.  The blue bridge is the historic Main Street Bridge that spans the St. John’s River.  The hardest part of taking this photo was that the camera kept fogging up.  See more nighttime challenge entries at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Inviting

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This inviting spot at San Diego’s Safari Park is located in the World Gardens section of the zoo.  It’s far away from the crowds and tourist monkeys scampering all over the more popular attractions and Kongo likes to sit on a little bench under a big pine tree there and listen to the birds.  He thinks this is a good image to add to Ailsa’s “Inviting” travel theme this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

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Monkeys like the night so this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge was right up Kongo’s tree house.  The San Diego skyline just after sunset on a clear day is always a great photo subject.  Kongo snapped this image Thursday evening from Harbor Island, just across from the San Diego airport, taking several time exposure images at different exposures then blending them together to make this HDR rendition.

Some critics have said the San Diego skyline resembles a smile with several missing teeth.  I get their point but I still like it!

See more nighttime images at the challenge page.

New Camera Old Sunsets

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So the monkey has been really busy.  As in crashing on one major proposal after another, sweating in those 18-hour days, composing hundred-page attachments and losing his eyesight in spreadsheets with dozens upon dozens of linked tabs.  Some of you know how that goes.  Anyway, last month Kongo got a new birthday camera but hasn’t had that much time to play with it.  This past week, with Mrs. Kongo back in Boston playing with the new granddaughter (her name is Persephone, BTW) Kongo put the computer in sleep mode and went out to spend a few hours at sunset.  The image above is the San Diego skyline from the lawn next to Peohe’s in Coronado. Continue reading

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Merchandise

_MG_7088This week Ailsa theme challenges us with travel merchandise and Kongo immediately thought of all the junk, uh…I mean of course souvenirs hand crafted by indigenous artisans in local villages high in the Andes…that he came across during a recent trip to Peru and Machu Pichu.  The markets were teeming with all kinds of stuff like the cloth and dolls above and the bull below which is a symbol of fertility in the Andes mountains.

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Boston Baby Scramble

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Yesterday was just one of those days where nothing turned out the way you thought it would.  Kongo was up before the crack of dawn in Jacksonville to pack for an early flight back to the West Coast.  About 10 minutes before boarding his 45-minute flight to ATL where he had a short connection to catch the SAN flight the monkey gets a cryptic text from his youngest wondering if the monkey might be up for a quick trip to Boston.  Huh?  Today?  The Kongos knew that granddaughter number three (#1 for the youngest) was actually due yesterday but there had been no warnings and well, you know what they say about first babies being late and everything.  The original plan, hashed out laboriously (pun intended) with Mrs. Kongo, the Virginia grandparents, and the expectant parents was that the Virginia grandparents would head north when their daughter went into labor and the Kongos would book tickets to arrive a week or so later so as not to overwhelm the new parents.  That plan didn’t work out.

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Jacksonsville Waterfront

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The waterfront in Jacksonville, Florida is a beautiful on a Sunday morning without thunderstorms.  Kongo has visited this area twice before and was chased underneath bridges because of nearby lightening bolts and thundering rain.  Not yesterday.  Finally a clear day.

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