Allen's Zoo

Fish Culture

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September 28, 2015, 1:45 pm
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I took this photo during a rare moment walking when the sun had risen.
I saw yet another shooting star about a week ago just before the sun rose. It was over the ocean more westerly than the previous two. This time I was facing it directly and could trace the streak across the sky. It was a long streak of light, it’s origin was a slightly thicker light tapering towards the end. Like the others it was just a brief moment…which I guess makes these moments all that more magical.

Moonlight Adventures

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Gouache studies done during my moonlight excursions.

During my moonlight walks there’s a beauty beyond compare to anything I’ve seen during the day. There’s a kind of magic in it. Some sights are really breathtaking…I saw a shooting star just upon starting my walk about a week ago. It was over the ocean, towards my south. This is the second I’ve seen. In fact the first time I saw one it was in that same place. This shooting star was different from the first as it wasn’t merely a streak of light…I saw a shape with a long tail of light. Then it appeared to slow for a moment as it entered the atmosphere and seemed to then disappear, assumably disintegrating. Maybe it was space junk. In any case it was very cool to see— and in fact, I said just that right after seeing it.

Dawn of the Raccoon 

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I painted this during my usual crazy early hour of the morning walk. You can see that it was pretty dark. After sitting there awhile, I heard a kind of purring sound. It reminded me of the sound that dinosaur made in Jurassic Park before it attacked Newman. I didn’t move at first, then I turned and clearly saw a raccoon standing up looking at me not three yards away, and another scampering away. I said softly, “It’s okay.” I said it not only to calm the raccoon… but also to calm myself. Then I turned and deliberately walked away.

Big Daddy


Happy Father’s Day, everyone.

April 24, 2015, 5:09 pm
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via Russian Hill

During my travels in San Francisco I climbed Russian Hill. I took these photos below there. Upon taking them I sat on a ledge of a planter that had a hedge in it before heading down again. While leaving I realized my day planner was gone. I then remembered I used it as a cushion on the ledge. Within an hour of realizing this my daughter received a message on her phone. On her phone the message and the accent indicated they were from Alabama. They said they found my planner on the ledge and hid it in the hedge where only I could find it. I found it the next day. I was not only thankful but also impressed with their integrity and resourcefulness. I still don’t know how they found my daughter’s phone number.


Deepsea Concerns (right into the teeth of it)

deepsea concern (right into the teeth of it)


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