San Diego Zoo in October

Carolyn and I enjoyed a visit to the San Diego zoo last week with good friends George and Bette Harper. The orangutans were very active and among our favorite...

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September Highlights: MCAS Miramar Airshow and Camp Pendleton

I enjoyed another great airshow on September 22nd at MCAS Miramar. Two days ago I visited Camp Pendleton to watch Marine infantrymen train for combat with a group from Mission Viejo that “adopted” the First Battalion. The young Marines are asked to do so much and assume enormous responsibilities. They will always hold my respect and gratitude. (Featured in the insert is our guide for the day, Sgt. Major Christianson, a shining example of a “poster...

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Two Wins at the 2017 Orange County Fair!

Two of my photos submitted to the photography competition at the 2017 Orange County Fair won first place awards in their respective categories.  My Hawksbill turtle, titled “On the Move,” was first among the Aquatic Animals category.  The photo was taken in April off Little Cayman Island where we stay at Paradise Villas and dive with Conch Club Divers.  My photo of the bicycle race, “The Sprint,” was taken in Dana Point, California at their annual Grand Prix.  “The Sprint” won first place in the category of Manipulated Images and was a division winner for Special Effects.  I was the only double winner in the 2017...

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Joshua Tree for Night Skies in June

A big “thank you” to Tony Prince and Larry Cunningham for showing us the way to photograph the Milky Way.  Travel companions and fellow photographers were George Harper, Linda Berman, and Ken...

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Saddleback College Emeritus Class Field Trips

  Field trip outings for the 2017 Spring and Summer semesters with Saddleback photography classes included visits to Segerstrom Music Center, Camp Pendleton and Mission San Juan...

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A return to Little Cayman, April 2017

In April, Carolyn and I returned to Little Cayman Island to dive with cousin Amy Fields and friend from Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Wagner.  We felt fortunate to reconnect with long time friends Marc Pothier and Sabine Hubaux and their son, Mathieu at Paradise Villas.  As always, we dove with Conch Club Divers and new owner Doug Christoffers, along with guides Claire and Emily.  This is such a reliable and relaxing spot to visit, we celebrated our 23rd visit to this very small...

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Sedona, Arizona in March; Great Views!

Carolyn and I enjoyed a short trip to Sedona, Arizona in March to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.  Although Sedona is heavily visited by fellow tourists, the scenery is delightful and southwestern hospitality was always on...

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February visit to LA

A recent visit to Los Angeles was filled with architectural wonders!...

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Portland, Oregon snow and La Jolla brown pelicans

We experienced ice and snow in Portland, Oregon in January.  This was a stark contrast to our usual California warmth and the sunny days when we photograph pelicans in La Jolla.  See recent photos from these visits in the Potpourri album....

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Hummingbirds 2016: The locals were plentiful

Our backyard feeders were busy all summer and into the fall.  Members of 5 different species were present, including Costas and Black-chinned hummingbirds, unusual migrants in western Orange County.  See new additions to the hummingbird...

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2016 sports update

Surfing continues to be the passion of the Bray twins, and an attraction for pro surfers who visit the Orange County coast two or three times each year.  Soccer and baseball were the popular activities for our Heimann grandkids, and new photos of the  family sports activities can be found in both in the sport and family...

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The Great Southwest

In October we visited several national parks and monuments in Utah and Arizona. The images shown on the blog feature Capitol Reef National Park in Utah and a grey fox in Monument Valley, Arizona. Our trip was arranged and led by Kara Patterson, one of the most popular Emeritus instructors at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.  View images from the trip in the Potpourri...

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