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All Day Long

 (DavidRaboin)

It rains all the way to work.  The black sky lightens and the rain changes to a fine mist as I walk from the employee parking lot into the Terminal.  By the time I do the pre-flight walk around the sun is up and the clouds are breaking.  We have a long day ahead, San Francisco to San Diego, back to San Fran, then a long leg out to Austin, Texas.

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At sunset we’re still at it, dodging thunderstorms above the Southern Rockies.  In the evening light, these tall clouds cast hundred mile long shadows.  After a long day’s work, an airline pilot doesn’t have anything to show for his efforts besides an air-frame delivered another 2500 miles without a scratch and a few hundred travels delivered from A to B.

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Life in the Highlands

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Either we’ve hit a new low with neighborhood entertainment choices or we are finally getting creative.  This is the kids new favorite place to hang out, the back of our neighborhood strip mall.  These concrete boxes are either planters or trashcans.  Whatever their intended purpose, they now sit behind the mall unused, except by my kids.

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Here’s the other reason the kids like the strip mall so much:  smooth rolling concrete.  When Ella is locked away in school Holden and I often cruise around the deserted back corner of the mall by ourselves.  Right now, there’s a giant inflatable black cat Halloween decoration on display at the hardware store and Holden usually demands that we go inside for a closer look.  Holden is really good at driving his PlasmaCar, but he has more fun when his crazy driver sister is steering.

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The back of the mall is bordered by a condo complex.  In the evening, Ella is certain to run across one of her school friends here.

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Morning on Mount Diablo

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With Ella back in school and the weather cooling down, Maria and I are getting back into hiking.  A couple of mornings back we took a nice walk in Mount Diablo State Park.  It was a gorgeous morning.  This park entrance is only about five minutes from our house.  We’re lucky.  Now, if only I could get out here with my camera around sunrise or sunset… Someday…

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We saw eight or nine deer during our three and a half mile hike.  I’ll give you ten extra-credit points if you can spot the buck in this frame.  And, if you want me to get better deer photos remember to use my Amazon links at the bottom of the page.  I would really like a longer lens (and an ultra-wide angle, and a 85mm prime, and a macro, etc..).  Thanks. BTW, all the photos in this post were taken with my Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens.

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Back to Venice Beach

 (DavidRaboin)

It’s late afternoon, the beginning of rush hour, and I’m standing at a bus stop on Century Boulevard in Los Angeles.    A woman is standing next to me with one of those expensive fold up travel bikes.  She’s dressed well but she’s skinny in that ravenous anorexic drug addict way.  She starts to ask me about  something but I can’t hear her above the roar of traffic so I just shrug my shoulders and say “Sorry, I’m not sure.”  Then, I step to the other side of a tree trunk and pretend to look for something in my camera bag.  As I wait for the bus, an ocean breeze curls around the office towers and whips up clouds of dust.  Los Angeles has the unique ability to feel filthy and fresh simultaneously.

The bus glides into the stop.  I slide my dollar into the slot and I’m on my way to Venice Beach.  The bus takes us down Lincoln Boulevard which runs parallel to the beach but about a mile inland.  Lincoln Boulevard is the commercial strip that serves the gentrified beach communities.    This is auto-body repair country, miles of ancient strip malls, Mexican takeout, liquor stores, and laundry mats.   The neighborhood’s residents swarm around our slow-moving bus in their luxury cars.  My fellow riders smell like fast food and B.O..

I pick a stop at random, step off the bus, and start walking west towards the ocean.

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The homes get nicer as I near the beach.  Despite the wealth, this neighborhood still maintains an easy going beach town feel.

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I walk across the beach and take a look at the ocean.  Sometimes I wish I would’ve left the camera at the hotel.  This is one of those times.  It’s perfect swimming weather.

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Or, I could be jogging.

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I walk over to the skate park.  There is a lot of action here today and some of the skaters are really good.

 (DavidRaboin)After landing some sick aerial maneuvers, this guy takes a break to talk some trash and finish his cigarette.

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Here’s the Venice Beach skate crew.

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Summer is almost over.  The sun goes down early and I head back to the bus stop.

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Vegas Baby

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Stepping out of the shimmering desert sunrise, I walk west into Las Vegas.  It’s Saturday morning.  It’s the morning after.

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The street photographer must transcend his fragile soul.

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This is Saturday morning on The Las Vegas Strip.

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It looks like someone had a memorable night.

*David is a California Photographer . You can order prints of the photos featured on this blog by clicking on the image or visit our website at photos4u2c.com Support this site by using one of my links to Amazon.com. Thanks!
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