Wednesday, September 27, 2017


During our visit at the San Diego Museum of art we spent time in the galley with “genre” paintings that includes landscapes, still life and interiors.  Around 1600 a shift took place with the rise of naturalism. 

Painting by Juan Sanchez Cotan

Venice Canal by Bernardo Bellotto
Grand Canal by Giovanni Canaletto

The Penetant Saint by El Greco

The gallery with European devotion art spans 1550-1850. Religious
Institutions commissioned artists and architects to build and decorate places of worship, from cathedrals to monasteries and hospitals.

Monarchs and wealthy nobility also employed artists to paint devotional works for domestic setting and design altarpieces for family chapels at parish churches.


Le Bassin de Nympheas by Claude Monet

Paul and I enjoyed at day in
Balboa Park visiting the Timken  Museum of Art and the San Diego Art museum to see a few Claude Monet paintings along with the rest of the art collections at each of these art museums .   We took a lunch break at the Prado with an outdoors table during a pleasant afternoon.

Etretat is located on the Normandy coast of north-western France

Etretat by Claude Monet
Etretat by Claude Monet

Varengeville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Normandy region in north-western France

The Church at Varengeville by Claude Monet

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


 After visiting the new Africa Rocks exhibit at the zoo Paul and I  explored some of the other exhibits that included the two large aviaries.  The San Diego Zoo is committed to saving species worldwide through expertise in animal care and conservation science.  The 100 acre Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing  more than 650 species and subspecies and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.  The temperate, sunny maritime climate is well suited to an extensive collection of birds, reptiles and mammals.
         It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses and successfully breeds the giant panda.  The zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China.



Paul enjoys photography


The Sun and Sea Festival was held on July 14-15, 2017. The festival featured world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast. There was also a community parade, a pancake breakfast, live music, children's craft activities, a kids 'n kastles competition, a farmer's market and an international food fair.

The theme for this year's annual sand castle competition in Imperial Beach was                                   "Pirates in Paradise" showcasing the talents of world-class sandcastle sculptors. 
Paul took photos of some of the sandcastles.
MEDIEVAL CASTLE     People's Choice

Monday, July 17, 2017


            Paul and I visited the San Diego Zoo — fresh off celebrating its first 100 years — steps into the future with the opening of Africa Rocks, its biggest construction project ever.
    New exhibits are more naturalistic and more focused on conservation than entertainment.
            Africa Rocks replaces Dog & Cat Canyon, which dated to the 1930s.
Six distinct habitats will feature flora and fauna from the African continent.
    There is a 65-foot waterfall people can walk behind and a 2-acre tensile metal aviary net overhead. It’s more about immersion than staring.   

             The space for the African penguins, an endangered species, includes giant artificial rocks like the granite ones found at Boulders Beach in South Africa. It’s why the 170-foot-long pool they swim in has a wave-making machine to mimic gentle surf rolling ashore. And it’s why there are holes that lead to nesting caves carved into some of the rocks, a way of encouraging the penguins to breed. 


  They are black and white and cute all over. African 
Penguins are also known as “jackass” penguins for their donkey-like bray. They bray to attract a mate.  They yell to defend territory and haw to locate each other.

            The African penguin is only found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017


We attended a concert at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church on Father's Day, June 18, 2017, that included favorite songs sung by the choir along with instrumental music. The chancel choir, the La Jolla Brass, a handball choir and the church orchestra were featured.

The church was remodeled during 1956-57.  Ten stained-glass windows were placed to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary.  They were created by the Judson Studios of South Pasadena, a family business that went back to the late 1800’s.  The windows were designed by Bohdan Bucmaniuk who was born in the Ukraine.  His father was a church artist in the Eastern Orthodox branch of Chistianity, so he was well acquainted with Biblical history..  The windows tell the story of Jesus from this birth to his ascension.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


 Paul and I enjoyed taking a walk along the La Jolla coast in June with a variety of ice plant in bloom on the cliffs.
 Part of the La Jolla coast walk is the Children’s Pool. It is protected by a sea wall built in the 1930s for  a safe place for children to swim. However, the area filled with more sand than anticipated over time. Seals have gravitated toward the calm water and have sort of taken over the area. 

You can walk down on to the sand, but a rope barrier protects the seals from humans during pupping season, The seals sunbathe on the sand and it’s not uncommon to see pups
The most obvious difference between sea lions and seals is that sea lions have external ears.  Sea lions also have larger and stronger front flippers that enable them to “walk” and climb up cliffs  which is why they’re so visible around La Jolla Cove. Seals move around on land by wiggling on their stomachs. They have smaller, webbed front flippers. Sea lions are brown and seals are darker grey, brown or almost black with speckled skin. If you hear barking, that’s definitely a sea lion. Seals are only capable of low grunts. Seals are typically solitary animals but you will see them in large groups here in La Jolla. Sea lions often pile up next to each other.

Just over the fence, next to the sidewalk, there is also a colony of California ground squirrels begging for handouts and chewing on the ice plant for moisture. They have strong front paws and teeth that never stop growing.  Forging on tough plant matter is needed to wear the teeth how to keep healthy.

 Adult seagulls have a red dot on their beaks so that the chicks know where to tap in order to get their parents to regurgitate  digested food.