All this and curb feelers too

Apparently a cool spot to hang out and watch the people and interesting vehicles go by was this one corner right before you get to the walkway to the Oceanside Pier.  When we didn’t walk to the beach we would park (5$ for 24hours) in the lot you see behind this car.

Which version do you like best and why?  I like the monochrome one because it gives it a bit of a blast from the past vibe.  No idea what make this is.  Any of you have an idea?  It was a cool beauty and made me think I was someplace else for a moment.

Looking at it made me want to sing… “Havana, ooh na-na!”

Teri  📷

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It was a cold and wintry night for a super wolf blood moon

And by cold I mean below zero cold…around 10 below I believe.  We had an ice and snow storm the night before which led me to wonder if the moon would even be visible but the storm moved eastward and left us with a very clear sky for the big night.

Preparations had to be made in order to get ready for this photography event.  By that I mean we had to unfreeze the back door, shovel snow from the deck and then attempt to chip away at the layer of ice underneath.  I walked in snow almost up to my knees in order to clear some area in the back yard in case I felt bold enough to set up my tripod there.

As it turned out it was just too too cold and I never ventured out for any photos further than a foot away from the door so that a quick dash back in the house was readily available.  This of course meant that there were some shots taken that were fails – as I did everything hand held – which would’ve turned out much better had I used a tripod.  It was just too cold for me.

Years of shooting full and crescent moons thereby honing my skills have paid off in getting the type of shots I want when the moon is full like these two here.  I switched between cameras using a 100-400mm lens and a 24-105mm lens.

It was when the moon became darker and darker ending in the blood moon that things became a bit more difficult for me.  Photographing the eclipsing and blood moon were firsts for me and I had to guess what settings would work even with my having done some research beforehand.

What I learned is that whatever settings work for the full moon are not going to work for the darker moon.  This is where the tripod would’ve come in very handy but oh well! Wanting to stay warmer won that flip of the coin.

As the moon darkened it was necessary to open up the lens, push the ISO (hence the grainier than I wanted to get final image) and adjust the shutter speed to see what combination of settings worked.  It’s a work in progress to get it right but as this is the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 and the next one visible here in North America won’t be for several more years… practice time might be difficult.

Regardless of the weather, equipment used or not and experience with the phenomenon, it was a fantastic event to see.  I hope wherever you are you were able to witness it too.

Teri  📷

(Want tips on how to photograph and edit a full moon? Check out my post here)


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Let’s go out to the lobby…

The plan was to go to the movies this weekend but the forecast is saying we will be getting inches of snow with a side order of ice.  I think we may be staying home and Netflix binge or something.

So instead, here is a photo I took of two beautiful works of art in Oceanside, California;  the theater and the wall mural on it’s side.  I would not mind being back there right now! Have a safe and warm weekend everyone.

Teri  📷

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The last and the first

The last sunset of 2018.

And the first sunset of 2019.

By the way, those ‘dots’ you see in the water on the left are not birds, they are surfers.

Teri  📷


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Start out the new year with a hug

All of the D’s spent New Years Eve and the first week of 2019 in Oceanside, California together.  Together as in there were seven of us in one Airbnb house.  On the first day of the new year, as we all took a walk to the pier and the beach, we came upon this group of happy folks celebrating.  I got my hug and then this photo.

Nice way to begin a new year; with kindness.  Hopefully that continues for all of us throughout 2019.

Teri  📷

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California Dreaming – Food

As I sit here occasionally looking out my window at the snow falling and accumulating (YUCK) I think back to our trip to Oceanside, California.  Sun, sand, ocean and a lot of eating.  A lot of eating…

But one night we were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time for a food market that shut down and took over several blocks.  This is just one sign from one of the many places I either got a sample or a plate from.  Can you see two reasons on this sign why I grinned from ear to ear?

(If you have been hit by this first snow storm of the year like my family in Missouri have, please take care and stay safe and warm.)

Teri  📷

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Waiting for a handout or dropped bait

The number and species of birds that visited the pier each day was amazing.  What was also amazing was how close they would get to or fly over humans… really really close especially if you were fishing from the pier or were eating something.

I’ve seen Hitchcock’s The Birds and  I’ve been “cautious” around birds ever since!

Teri  📷



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