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October 23, 2007

Southern California is Burning » Fires Rage out of Control

Southern California is burning. A dozen different fires rage out of control. Even here near the coast, the smell of smoke is strong, leaving both eyes and sinuses irritated, and making it hard to sleep.

Fires Rage in SoCalWhite flakes of ash litter the ground. A fine film of black dust/dirt covers surfaces near all cracked windows. The moon appeared orange last night, like a pumpkin.

The air is very dry. Shirts and bed-sheets have that fresh-out-of-the-dryer crispness. The shower is bone-dry 10 minutes after stepping out.

I soaked a few towels last night and hung them up, to add some moisture to the air. The winds have died down today, but raged last 2 days, knocking down a section of fence here Sunday night.

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January 15, 2008

Photos of Newport Back Bay

Have a special treat for you today. Took my digital camera along for a walk at the Back Bay (Newport Beach) .. shortly before sunset.

Newport Back Bay, Newport Beach, CaliforniaThis is where I took the Bug for his birthday last week (where we threw rocks into the water) .. so you know it's a special place for me.

Nine pictures. See here » Newport Back Bay, January 2008. Hope you enjoy.

Winter is the best time to visit the Back Bay, cuz that's when birds arrive .. from all over the world, including Alaska and South America. Estimates put the number at 60,000.

Today I got within 5 meters of a giant blue heron, who obviously wasn't going to move. So I turned around.

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