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Permalink 01:45:04 am, by fumanchu Email , 0 words   English (US)
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Work in progress


Permalink 06:16:18 pm, by fumanchu Email , 28 words   English (US)
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The Dresden Codak Gallery

Just wanted to show off my new framed prints from Can't wait to get a bigger place where they'll really look good!


Permalink 07:04:23 pm, by fumanchu Email , 211 words   English (US)
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Sespe Wilderness Trip

Ryan and I took a spur-of-the-moment backpacking trip to the Sespe Wilderness this weekend. His notes and photos are here.

All in all, I felt it was a so-so trip. It was all rushed, and only three days long, so I didn't quite get into the 2-person backpacking vibe. When you hike with only one other person, you find yourself with a lot more solo time than with 3 people or more. I also was hoping to go all the way to the Sespe hot springs on the first day, but blisters prevented that. We settled for the Willette Hot Springs, which took a couple of hours to find and was pretty disappointing. I think I've been spoiled by Big Sur. We also had some technical problems (always, always buy real Nalgene!) that didn't help the overall enjoyment of the trip.

Despite all that, it was worth it. The Sespe river in May is moderately strong, and our trail crossed it at least 6 times. So if you ever go in May, hike in river-running shoes, so you don't have to stop and change shoes every hour.


180-degree panorama of the Sespe river valley

360-degree meadow

Black and yellow butterfly macro

Frosted paintbrush flowers

Horned lizard

Sunset over Hwy 33

Purple mist in evening, Sespe

Sespe river


Permalink 01:45:08 am, by fumanchu Email , 545 words   English (US)
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Backpacking in Los Padres National Forest

Ryan (my fellow IT worker), Chris (his girlfriend), and I took a well-deserved five days and went backpacking on the Pine Ridge Trail in the Los Padres National Forest (Ventana Wilderness).

On Thursday, we left San Diego at 1:00 AM so that we could get a full day's hiking in. It's over 10 miles to Sykes Camp, plenty of time to reacquaint oneself with California's gorgeous trees:

Twisted trees on the Pine Ridge trail Entwined trees on the Pine Ridge trail Tall dark trees in a deep canyon

Once we arrived at Sykes, we partook of the hot springs. Here's Chris standing in a very small one:

Chris standing in a hot spring

The next day, we didn't move camp—just wandered up the Big Sur River in search of cool things. We found quite a lot of them, but I don't have any pictures to show you, and I probably would hide them from you if I had any. No sense making such a fantastic place too popular. Ryan found a turtle, maybe this pic will tide you over:

Floyd the turtle on Ryan's head

Saturday, we decided to hike on over to Cienega Camp, which sits above the North Fork of the Big Sur River. Here's a panorama of the North Fork valley:

Panorama of the Big Sur North Fork valley

That day...wasn't the best. Cienega is six miles away from Sykes, but the last three miles are a tough fight through thick brush. Wear pants if you ever try it. I didn't. ;) Once we got there, we found Cienega to be little more than a wide spot in the trail, so we turned around and backtracked the three miles to Redwood Creek Camp, which was much nicer:

Wall of redwoods at Redwood Creek Camp

Deep shot of redwoods

In the second picture, I hope you can see that the forest floor is a long way down. The "small" trees in the gaps are the same size as the near trees, just much further away.

Sunday, we continued our return trip, this time passing Sykes and stopping for the night at Barlow Flats Camp. Once there, Ryan and I decided to wade down the Big Sur River. I wanted to see the point where Logwood Creek fed out into the river, and once there, I cajoled Ryan into scrambling up its whole length until it rejoined the trail. Sure glad we did; this waterfall was 20 feet high, and fed into a pool at least 20 feet deep:

20 foot waterfall

This is only one of the many cool waterfalls we navigated on our way up.

In Barlow Flats Camp, unlike the other camps, the nearly-full moon was visible, and astoundingly bright. I spent a lot of time trying to get the perfect moon shots:

Moon behind a deciduous leaf Moon and Big Sur River

On Monday, we headed back to the parking lot, having traveled about 40 miles in all. Here's a last pic of the trail which I particularly liked, due to its spiral structure:

Trail with hint of a spiral

We left the park about 1:30 PM, stopped for pizza in Monterey, and tried to head home. After road closures, rain, flash floods, accidents, wrong turns, and too many leftover snacks, we hit San Diego about midnight! But I got a neat picture of the moon over Tehachapi. Note that, for all of these moon pictures, I used anywhere from a 4 to 15 second exposure, and never had a tripod—just me holding the camera as steady as I could.

Moon over Tehachapi, CA

To Dan, I just have to say, we should have gone to Los Padres instead of Kern last month. ;)

Permalink 12:30:06 am, by fumanchu Email , 54 words   English (US)
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This is just a fun panoramic shot I took from Eunice's driveway, showing the view of the whole El Cajon valley from her house (keep in mind that it's a distorted panorama; the extreme edges of the pic are actually in a line with each other, not at right angles as it might appear).

Panorama of El Cajon


Permalink 11:32:29 pm, by fumanchu Email , 52 words   English (US)
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Pics from my vacation

I'm a bit reluctant to tell you where I went, because it's crowded enough already. Okay, if you want to do a little work, I took these pictures in noynaCs'gniK near AC, onserF. I might find the time to tell you the story...later. Right now, here's the pics I like most.

River, Trees, Mountain, and Sky Mist Falls, as seen through two trees White flowers in green verge bordering a mountain trail Dead tree with white branches

Panorama of Zumwalt Meadow (N to S)

Sun peeking out from behind a tree (oversaturated) Smoke covering the Cedar Grove valley One of several gorgeous waterfalls in Sheep Creek Moss growing on a partially-dead manzanita tree Spiderweb on tree bark Red eggs and larvae in a side pool


Permalink 12:14:06 am, by fumanchu Email , 37 words   English (US)
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A black day for John Dempsey

His 40th birthday, that is. Here's the obligatory pictures of:

The surprise.

John being surprised

The cake.

40th Birthday Cake

The confetti. Lots of confetti.

Confetti (4 pics) Boy spinning with confetti in his hair

The crowd.

Panorama of messy interior

The Toast.

A toast to the old man

Here's to the next 40, Stubaby. I want to be you when I grow up.


Permalink 10:28:08 pm, by fumanchu Email , 63 words   English (US)
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The moon over Balboa Park

The matte appearance of the dark side of the moon, despite the fairly bright crescent, struck me while driving home tonight.

NW Moon over Balboa Park

These two were taken with different exposure times:

Two moons, different exposures

The moon sets a bit north of west, and was almost perfectly in line with the airport. Here's a plane ascending after takeoff:

Plane ascending in front of moon, long exposure

And another, after having approached and then turned toward the north:

Plane moving away from moon, long exposure


Permalink 12:47:03 am, by fumanchu Email , 261 words   English (US)
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Rare pics of Plaustrum Exsputuminum

This rare species of van is usually found in large groups, exhibiting mutually-beneficial social behaviors such as the "queue" when resources become scarce. Leadership is well-defined by skin color, with the larger, darker males taking precedence in directing the periodic migrations of the herd.

Line of parked vans

Note the coordinated display of bright red markings, signifying the vans' acquiescence to the dominant leader, as he signals the end of the day's journey.

These vans are quite docile under normal circumstances. Once separated from the safety of the other vans, however, the Plaustrum Exsputuminum (or "spitting van") quickly becomes agitated. The front, side, and rear doors are puffed out to make the beast appear larger and more threatening, although they are already impressive at nearly 5 tons. In some cases, the hood is also extended. Often, the animal will explosively eject its contents at an attacker, as you can see in this second photograph:

15-passenger van with doors open and luggage strewn about

If you see a van with its doors or hood open, DO NOT APPROACH IT. Adult vans can accurately spray their luggage onto an attacker over 15 feet away. In addition, the frightened van may close its doors onto an unsuspecting victim's exposed hand, leg, or head. If you encounter a van in the wild, you should:

  • Make yourself look bigger.
  • Yell loudly but in a low voice. RrrrrrRrrrrrRrrrr.
  • Slowly walk backwards away from the animal. Vans do not navigate well in reverse.
  • Pick up small children right away.

March/April and June through August are the best times to observe these gentle giants, as they head south, seeking campgrounds throughout northern Mexico.

Permalink 12:01:03 am, by fumanchu Email , 6 words   English (US)
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Covenant Presbyterian Church: The Basement

Covenant Presbyterian Church basement

Landsakes, but this church has assets.

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