Allen's Zoo

April 10, 2014, 10:03 pm
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This place is just up the street from me, so I wondered why I hadn’t gone more often. I thought I’d have to take a breather a couple of times when I was walking uphill, I’m no spring chicken. I guessed right. When I arrived I saw I didn’t remember it this way. I didn’t remember this view here too. It was much better. I’m glad I came and glad I walked this time instead of driving. I guess working to get there gave me some perspective to appreciate it more.



October 24, 2013, 11:46 pm
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21, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

My Pretty Excellent Adventure
September 16, 2013, 12:29 am
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Gone Fishin’
July 26, 2013, 6:24 pm
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I realize I haven’t been posting as I usually do. I’ve been sidetracked by other things. As some already know I’m pictured above at one of my favorite places.

The Twilight (Tidal) Zone
June 23, 2013, 4:17 pm
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My daughter and I were exploring the tidal zone yesterday. Actually I think she’s running away from the bugs here.

November 30, 2012, 5:19 pm
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Monolith by 9567
Monolith, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Like the island of cyclops. Taken yesterday during my morning walk.

Must be that time of’s begun to snow.

A Birdseye View
May 18, 2012, 3:29 pm
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birdseye, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

May 10, 2012, 7:18 pm
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Pictured above for those of you who don’t know, the keeper of Allen’s Zoo exploring one of my favorite places.

I saw something while exploring the intertidal zone today I’m not likely to see for a while again if at all. While looking at the usually seen inhabitants, (hermit crabs, starfish, sea urchins) I rounded a rock and saw what I initially thought was the largest starfish I’d ever seen. It was about two and a half feet long (.7 meters). My mind making sense of something I’d never seen in the wild. Then realized then it wasn’t a starfish. It was a Pacific Octopus. I recognized the coloration from images in books I’ve used as reference. Although I know they happen around these ocean zones I didn’t know if it was still alive. It was not in water. I reached for my camera then remembered took the batteries out yesterday as they needed to be replaced. I then thought it probably wasn’t alive and waiting for the tide like the other things in the intertidal zone. I thought it’d be sad to photograph it then.

Also……Happy Mothers Day mom and all moms.

New Views on Old
March 30, 2012, 3:08 pm
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Taken about a week ago I thought this photo had a look of Biblical proportions.

Many of you already know I’m a cinephile possibly from mentioning it on previous posts. I’ve only recently become a fan of the late Yashujiro Ozu. Two of his films resonate with me Late Spring 1949, the first of his later films and An Autumn Afternoon 1963 his last film. These films have made such an impression on me I’ve watched them at least a half a dozen times each, finding the commentary on the DVD very informative and helpful to understand and appreciate these films. I’m not an old film buff, I often find many films of this similar time too dated for me to appreciate. These two films however seem to transcend that and reveal the essence of what it is to be human and that’s art.


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