senoritafish: (Toki kitty)
After a lot of bad news about amphibians, a little good news! She's really pretty too!

Rainbow toad: Found after 87 years, first photo ever

Toad
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
Hope everyone had a Happy 4th (here in the States, that is). Pretty par for the course here. Parade, fireworks. We thought about going to Anime Expo on Sunday, but at least one fry decided they didn't want to go, [livejournal.com profile] runsamuck pouted about possibly staying home from his friend Jerry's (they have a standing Sunday video game playdate), and most importantly, I neglected to buy tickets ahead of time, not to mention Angus is no longer in the child ticket range, and definitely won't pass for twelve anymore (I think he's as tall as me now, and starting to get acne and a peach fuzz mustache. Pretty sure he's outgrown the Sesshomaru costume I made for him few years ago). It would have been $170 at the door just to get in for one day, which I really can't justify right now. Maybe a smaller convention later, if we can find one nearby. Angus likes to remind me, "I kept telling you!" Yes, dear...

Also, on Saturday up there, there was a bomb scare, but people seem to be less freaked out by hordes of costumed fans descending on downtown Los Angeles. Although I find it a little odd that these articles were all in the OC Register, and I didn't come across any from the LA Times. Oh well.

Aquarium... )



7/4/2011 )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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Another walk (since it was Spring Break and the kids were home all week), this time to Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve, where we walked from the parking up to the lagoon north of the flood control channel, on a trail at the base of the mesa. We hadn't been along that path before. While trying to get close to some flowers, I looked down and saw this male side-blotched lizard catching some late-afternoon rays at the front of his burrow in the earth.

Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
7 April 2010

moar... )

23. earth ☺
2. pace ☺
5. flower ☺
20. fruit ☺
1. stair ☺
3. bird ☺
22. camera ☺
senoritafish: (pensive)
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We actually went to the human cemetery today, but were surprised to find the gate locked; I would've thought it would been open at least until sunset. Then we checked out the pet cemetery, where in a corner we found what I took below. However, in the end I decided the above meant a little more to me. These rocks mark the spot in our side yard where my good buddy Bob is interred; the best cat who thought he was a dog who ever consented to live with me. He's kept company by Termite, not the smartest, but the sweetest. We miss them both immensely. The back rock is actually light green and sparkly, but I could not get the phone's white balance to record it properly. The front one is obsidian with red veins.

To serve and protect... )

24. Gravestone ♥
senoritafish: (Isane Faye-Faye)
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Six tigers; Angus (1998), me (1962), and my dad, Robert (1926) were all born in the year of the Tiger, plus two toys and our newest little tiger, Scooter. 

And the last of my Feb. scavenger hunt... )

And I'll be back for the next scavenger hunt, because this one is done!

3. Tiger ☺
13. A kiss ☺
28. Something you want to spend your tax return on ☺
8. A sign of jealousy ☺
18. Self portrait at work ☺
22. The cover of a book with the word "home" in the title ☺
9. Laughter ☺
7. An object you always have with you ☺
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)
OCC Science Night

Petting a California rosy boa at Community Science Night. Orange Coast College puts on this event every year - kids also get to climb on some old planes in the Aviation Technology dept., turn cranks and watch tops being turned in a programmable lathe in the machine shop, drive remote control robots, look at a smoker's lung, look behind the scenes in the aquariums, and smell scented plants in the horticulture department. They have a blast and get interested in science at the same time.

Science Night
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa CA
Canon EOS 1000D
16 October 2009
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)
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Stopped by the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse because I never tire of lighthouses.

Pt. Fermin
San Pedro CA
Canon EOS 1000D
15 October 2009

One of these things is not like the other... )
senoritafish: (Heart fish)
Sitting here sort of spacing out - about to go home as I did docks this morning - and then I heard panting and someone saying "hey, hey, settle down. Want your ball?" Peaked aroung my cube wall and there's a female warden in the hallway with a German shepard. He just barked and startled me; getting a little antsy from being indoors and behaving himself, I suppose. Seems like he's an official dog; I believe I just heard her call him "Reno," although I'm not sure why a dog working for the State of California is named after a city in Nevada... ;)

Yikes, it's 100°F here, and smoky. Thought it would cool down as it gets later and it's just getting hotter. I seldom see three digits on that little widget on my desktop...
senoritafish: (so tired...)
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This place is less than mile from my home, and I actually worked for about three years at the fast-food place visible in the background more than two decades ago. But in all the time I've lived in the neighborhood, I've never ventured inside, despite my father making use of the services there for my grandmother. Specifically, for my grandmother's beloved Boo-Boo.

Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
14 August 2009

+4 )
senoritafish: (build your own icon!)
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Another Waymark; I noticed there was a category for "Lion statues" so I thought I'd enter the one at the top of the auditorium of my old high school, since he's a bit high up and I'm not sure anyone notices him all that much. The buildings were just recently renovated; although, apparently, he was in fine shape and didn't need anything. These buildings are about 84 years old.

Darryl Stilwagon Auditorium and Tower
Huntington Beach High School
Canon EOS 1000D
22 July 2009

entire building, which I've probably posted before... )
senoritafish: (0__0)
Woke up a little before 5 am to get [livejournal.com profile] runsamuck some coffee - he woke up having trouble breathing and that always helps - and Gareth also got up, saying he couldn't sleep. He spent the day at a friends and they both got sunburned - I did n't think to send sunscreen with him, and his arms and the tops of his feet just got fried. I got him settled in the living room and John his coffee, and was trying to figure out whether I should go back to bed or just stay up, when Gareth came in and said he heard noises on the patio.

The last couple of days we've found the cat food box - a sturdy plywood thing with a snap lock on a chain that my dad made, decades ago - dragged clear across the patio into the fountain (which does not contain any water at present), and the corners of the lid shredded as if something had been chewing on them. We told Gareth to turn on the light, and saw movement on the rock fountain. I looked closer and saw not one, but about five masked furry shapes, one large and four small. One by one they clambered back up the rocks and along the fence to the hawthorne hedge.

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Raccoon damage
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
16 July 2009

Well. We'd suspected a raccoon, but not an entire family of them! I know they live around here but this is the first time I've actually seen any. I guess we'll have to bring the box inside.
senoritafish: (so tired...)
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Tried for another geocache at the bluffs on the south end of Bolsa Chica Ecological preserve - however, it was a little too close to dark. We got to the coordinates but were supposed to spy the cache area a hundred fet away. We decided to finish another day, but we did see some wildlife while there.

Bosco's Bluff
Bolsa Chica
Huntington Beach CA
Canon EOS 100D
20 June 2009

Wildlife... )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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After finding an Earthcache up in Spokane, I was pleased to see one (of several)a little closer to home. This one is in a neighborhood in San Pedro, only a few blocks up the street from the harbor, where I occasionally go to sample fish. Not a real wonderful neighborhood, but a rarity in that the geology is exposed to view; normally placed like this would be covered up by iceplant or a retaining wall or something. In this case, one layer of ancient seabottom cuts across another, older and tilted at an angle. There are all kinds of fossils here; part of getting credit for this one was emailing in what made the holes in the sediments at the contact. Hint: there were fossils of them spread throughout these sediments.

Urban Unconformity
San Pedro CA
Canon EOS 1000D
18 June 2009

Ancient Diggers... )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
I am so far behind on these - good thing I'm not doing it every day right now...from back in June...

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Had the day off since I worked over the weekend, so went to the Aquarium on a Monday! Found another couple of geocaches and took this pic from one of them; messed about in Picnik with it a bit.

Queen Mary
Long Beach CA
Canon EOS 1000D
15 June 2009

here be dragons... )
senoritafish: (dreams on a 'chovie can)
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We found out this week that Gareth's mission model had been entered by the school in the county Youth Expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds. That's his, closest to the hay bale on the lowest level. The one just behind him is a classmate's; she decided to make hers out of gingerbread, with red licorice for the roof tiles - pretty creative, but it was looking a bit tired and crumbly after all the travel. I brought along the Big Camera, but unfortunately forgot the spare battery; after a few rabbit and chicken pics in the 4-H section, it died, so had to rely on my phone.

OC Youth Expo
Costa Mesa CA
Kyocera Switchbach phone camera
18 April 2009

By the way - the Fairgrounds really needs to label their entrances for events a little better. There was a Pet Expo going on at the same time, which took up most of the grounds and for which there was a $12 admission. There were signs on the main street for the Youth Expo (which was free), but no other direction. We parked at OCC, the community college across the street, and walked to what we thought would be the entrance, but both the main fairground entrances were to the Pet Expo. By the time we figured out the entrance was in the back, near the Equestrian Center, we had had to walk all the way around the Swap Meet (also going on, and charging admission so we couldn't take a short cut through it), and up Newport Blvd., nearly a complete circuit of the entire Fairgrounds. Which I wouldn't have minded so much, but it was HOT!!! and I hadn't brought any water with me. Plus three kids who weren't necessarily wearing walking shoes. Also, when we finally found the correct entrance, there was no sidewalk and very little allowance for pedestrians; I did not feel real comfortable with three kids, dodging cars to walk in the driveway.

other youth crafts, animals and balloons! )
senoritafish: (starry night)
Heading up to Monterey for a staff meeting. Driving because of the budget, and about 44 miles from Salinas. A few minutes ago, south of King City, we passed half a dozen deer in a dormant walnut orchard; it seemed strange to see them in such an open space, right next to the highway, dark gray-brown antlers among white walnut branches. For that matter, I could've sworn I saw a doe between the bushes below the Getty Center while we were still in LA. And coworker B has been making a game of counting redtailed hawks along the highway. It'll be dark soon. Glad to not be driving. He was just remarking how the last 50 miles seem to be the longest. (sent while heading up the 101...)
senoritafish: (Black Dog)
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On the door of the public entrance to my work building. Yes, you see strange things around my office sometimes.

Office Sign
Los Alamitos CA
Sharp VE-CG30
19 November 2008
senoritafish: (curlicue fish)
tons of lions

My SF/Fantasy book group decided to have a video night instead of meeting at the bookstore like we usually do. Our hostess lives in Leisure World, and her small home is nearly overtaken by her lion collection.

We watched a bootleg of Tales of Earthsea; I didn't realize Miyazaki had done a version of Ursula LeGuin's books.

Leisure World
Seal Beach CA
Kyocera Switchback phone camera
11 September 2008

...and her carousel horse collection... )
senoritafish: (Default)
The Aquarium of the Pacifc is having a photo contest; any photo taken there over the last 10 years can be entered. I was thinking of these two:

Weedy Scorpionfish

Weedy Scorpionfish by *senoritafish on deviantART

or

Anemones
anemones


I've got a squillion of 'em, but I think I like those the best. Which one do you like better?

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