Thursday, January 07, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes?

From For Ellipsis

"There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is to wise or too cruel for that."

-Oscar Wilde

Have you heard about the strange case of the missing sea lions? Pier 39 in San Francisco usually has hundreds of them along the wharf area, but since the end of last October they have been mysteriously disappearing... at an alarming rate! In fact it all occurred virtually overnight! I am so glad I got to go to Pier 39 in March of last year, and was able to capture this picture of them while they were still there. Who knew that in less then a year, they would be mostly gone. :( Local marine biologists have been investigating what might have happened, but so far the situation has them stumped. Earlier today I saw on my local news about a sudden influx on California sea lions found in Oregon, which is good news because at least they are safe, but still one has to wonder... why did they leave San Francisco, and at such a fast rate? :(

Personally, I find the whole thing rather spooky. I wonder if they had some sense of something bad coming our way? And the moderate earthquake we had this morning really isn't helping my mood or my nerves! The 4.1 quake was centered a few miles north of Milpitas, and it was a good jolt to us here in the East Bay. As always, the news reminds us not to be worried, but they also never fail to mention that someday we will be facing the BIG ONE. Fine. Thanks for reminding me. :(

Will 2010 be the year that all of California's woes were erased by the BIG ONE? That's one way to fix California's budget problems I guess... LOL... ROCKING AND ROLLING and SLIDING into the Pacific Ocean in a matter of moments! WEEE! Hey, living here means occasionally the earth will move under your feet. That's just the way it is, but as for the sea lions, well, until someone can give me a simple scientific explanation I think I will lean just the least little bit toward the superstitious side of my reasoning and do a little praying. I just hope it's not too late. I know one thing, a 4.1 quake isn't enough to drive the sea lions away.


Read More About It Here...

San Francisco's Vanishing Sea Lions Baffles Experts

4.1 Preliminary Magnitude Quake Strikes Near Milpitas

USGS Earthquake Log for S.F. Bay Area

UPDATE: A major earthquake (6.5) hit at 4:27 PM near Ferndale Ca.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #71: Weather

"Some people like snow, I find it the unnecessary freezing of water."

-Carl Reiner

Your photography assignment this time around is an easy one , simply show me the weather in your neck of the woods as it looks this week! NO ARCHIVED photos for the main assignment, but you can use the archived ones for the Extra Credit part of the assignment. You see, I want to see what the rest of the country looks like as we begin 2010! So, show me the WEATHER!

Extra Credit: Show me an archived photo of your favorite weather conditions.

This photo shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. Please submit your entry by that day and time by getting your photo, uploading it to your blog, journal or website, and then comeback here with the direct link back to it. Please remember the link you leave must go back to an entry which is specific to this week's photo shoot assignment. A general link to your site will not be added to the Linking List. Also, please include a link back here in your entry, so other folks can find the assignment and play along with us.

Linking List for EMPS#70: My 2009 Gallery 12/28/09


1. JRC

2. Sherrie

3. Fredamans

4. Jama

5. Suzanne

6. Duane

7. Carly (Yep, I played too!)

8. Greg

9. Mike

10 Karen (Here) and (Here)

I enjoyed all your photos very much! Thank you for your participation in 2009! Well done! See you next Monday with an all new assignment!


Sunday, January 03, 2010

EMPS #70: My 2009 Gallery

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man."

-Edward Steichen

Here are my favorite photos of 2009. It is a little incomplete, some of my favorites are stored on the computer that died, still, I am happy with these...

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009
From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009
From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009
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From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

From My Favorite Photos Of 2009
From My Favorite Photos Of 2009
From My Favorite Photos Of 2009

That's My Gallery... thanks for stopping by. :)