Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vellela vellela


















Maya had the good sense not to pick up By The Wind Sailors and run off with them, like everything else, and better sense than mine than to let her sniff them...these are really cool, and I hadn't seen one before with the deep lapiz lazuli blue coloring, which is common...pic from yesterday evening...from the every evening rollouts to the Beach, I've gathered pics of Maya's beachcombing finds--a collection...for sometime...some clouds still about after a couple days of great Rain, sunny warm...clippers can do it...if I can get through Upper Blackrock Spire, last night's adventure, they can, I know they can (fingers crossed)!...eesshh...too painful to listen to the last quarter...but gg clips...time for the warriors now!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fetch?...eh...





Evening before, I clambered up the Lifeguard Tower to get away from Maya nipping my ankles...'no no no'...I try to whine, like the vet suggested, and Maya's ears go up, but she don't let go...this evening, I thought to take a clip of Maya chasing after the new nerf  Frisbee, and she does, sorta...in dog body language she's says, 'eh'...and she'd rather climb up the Tower's Ladder, a hold over memory from yesterday!...see clip...on return from the Second Tower, I sighted a washed up Seal carcass...didn't let Maya get close...sad to see, and some reflective thoughts on the many Seals coming ashore in distress...sunny blue some clouds warm...listening to coast to coast on radio...new Ceres/Dawn pics on their site...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Next Blog and The Algorithms of Fate



















To the North of Balboa Pier, where the Parking Lot ends, the Beach is very wide, and even has some small 'dunes' where Ice Plants and some other sand tolerant plants grow...it's not Ten Mile Dunes, but in the evenings, before the Summer begins, I can walk Maya there, and it's not crowded...it's been a challenge to traverse to the second Life Guard Tower and return...Maya will walk and trot and run here and there, sniffing and digging and picking up everything, and in the routine we go near the waves, but I wont let her swim yet...the Beach is steep, and the water deepens quick, so I'm hesitant...and then on the return, the challenge begins...Maya goes into 'chew on my shoe laces' mode, then my pants cuff, then me...and I reach down, with a 'no no no', and more me...of late, at this point, I gather her up in a bear hug, and find something, a treat, my handkerchief, to distract her, and get her back into walking nice mode...yesterday we went out and back just fine...success!...for one evening!...it's an every evening routine now to roll out to the Ocean...and the wide beach is a good place not just to walk, but to teach Maya good habits...soon I'll take along a Frisbee, and try a toss or two...on occasion, I drop the leash when no one is about, and Maya is fine, hardly taking notice...a caution though is if someone, or another dog, is about, as Maya will make a beeline for them...I trust her not to nip...that seems reserved for me!...but nonetheless like to keep her on leash when others and their dogs about...oh!...between the Parking lot and the Waves, the Earthmovers have pushed the Sand up into a Berm...this happened back when the surf was up at the Wedge during the down Mexico way hurricane...high tide and high surf during the Full Moon was the caution...waves did make it up onto the wide beach, almost to the Balboans' homes...the Ocean coming over the Beaches isn't something new, I remember it happening back in the Sixties, but the possibility of rising Ocean level from Global Warming I suspect has the Balboans' attention!...sunny warm blue today...back when I first made the blog, I took note that on the blog menu bar is a 'next blog' selection, and on occasion I would click on this, and go from random blog to random blog...I didn't take much interest, as many were commercial, and just a random selection of blogs didn't hold any interest to me...I used to use 'blogger search' to look for Valley blogs, but now 'blogger search' is gone, sorta, one can still use it but it's complicated...but the other day, I clicked on 'next blog', and blog after blog turned up about gardening...I thought on this, and speculate that blogger is 'reading' my gardening posts of late, and 'leaning' the next blog selections to blogs about gardening...that may or may not be what happened, but it is what can happen when the web computers use algorithms to shape searches and what we get when we slect things on the web...here's wiki's take on algorithms...Facebook does use algorithms, and I've taken note how at the beginning when I log on with my iphone, the possible new  friend pics are seemingly related to my age!...anyway, how the web uses algos can be something to carp about, a kinda algo in and of itself!, but I realize, I can't complain, I use, do, algos all the time, both consciously and unconsciously...after a bit reading wikis take on algos, my eyes glazed over, and I said to myself, 'okay, I get the ghist', and left off...there's a technical complexity out there, for everyone, that we just don't take in...it's too much stuff!...though I'm much impressed that there are those who manage all that stuff!...so, I have my own set of algos that take me through the day to day, we each do, and I suspect how the algos shape our choices underpins the philosophers notions of fate, which I'll not delve into, wiki does, but rather go work on getting my wow Hunter, Tukut, to level 100 today!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sea Hare






















I thought Puppy Maya had found a kid's football, but, Sea Hare was upside right then, and I pretty much knew right then Sea Hare wasn't anything else, but to be certain, I gave a poke, and wanted to pick Sea Hare up for pic, but Maya on leash made that problematic, and rather than risk Sea Hare harm, beckoned a beachgoer wading in the waves to take Sea Hare out aways...'give Sea Hare a chance'...I've never seen Sea Hare on a Sandy Beach...maybe that's usual...rolled out to Newport Beach by the Jetty...ok for leashed dogs after 4:30, but the Jetty outlet is such, fencing dogs in, that many were off leash, and no harm...and a fine group!...many complimented Maya...and the prettiest dog, 'oh, they're all pretty', was a Burnese Mountain Dog Puppy...Maya and Mountain rubbed necks, just a delight...wish I had pics...left behind the D10, and the iphone wouldn't take video...if one wants to take still pics, and has one hand busy with other things,  do video, and later one can cull still pics from the video...all are okay for the web...sunny some clouds, low ones on Beach Horizon....clips win...clippers win...Clippers Win....CLIPPERS WIN!!!...I was nearly in tears before the game, Clippers having been a star crossed team...Maya brought them luck I think...each Beach rollout they won...onward!...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One Radish

bug nibbled radish top...I nibbled the bottom...
clown fish plate from target

a kinda race between the weeds and veggies

puppy smile

dog beach, Huntington Beach

gone bananas
chew on the ocean
all you want

Day before yesterday, I picked the first radish, one nearly overgrown by the devil grass...this morning, they all look ready to be picked...I'm taken aback by how much watering it's taken to keep the leaves from wilting...three or four sprinklings a day...and the carrots look to have a long way to go...I could weed, but 'am curious to see how the weeds do too!...sunny blue hot...last three evenings I've rolled out with Puppy Maya to the Beach...yesterday afternoon to Dog Beach in Huntington Beach (by the bluffs North of the Pier), and the evening before to Balboa Pier after sundown...that after dark visit was kinda the best time...cool and no other dogs and few beachgoers...Dog Beach was kinda hectic...Maya got along fine with Puppy, see pic, and most other dogs, but sometimes squared off with others...I got an alpha pooch, I suspect(and suspect I'm being too glib--here link to a complex subject!)...and with people, she greets everyone with a jump up, and is a delight...but I keep her on leash, as I know after the kissing and licking, comes the nibbling and biting...'puppy stuff' I'm told and hope...Maya likes to tug of war play, and hands and ankles are in play!...and she picks up everything...plastic water bottles a favorite...seaweeds a puzzle...and the ocean waves a challenge...many dogs were off the leash, and what with the low bluffs, safe from the Coast Highway...speeds hereabout over fifty five...on a sunup visit, and less people and dogs about, I'll let Maya off the leash ...thought was to go all the way to San Onofre for this beach adventure, but State Park rules there look to prohibit dogs on beach  now...but will have to go looksee...for sometime...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cement River Cleaning











I have a nice Canon Printer, but never use it...ink costs too much...but for awhile there I thought to make posters from my computer sketches...at Palomar, Celli's class, chit chat was about 'one man's junk is another man's treasure' and 'one man's floor is another man's ceiling', and I came up with a doodle, 'one owl's bough is one bat's branch', which isn't the same notion, but sorta an offshoot...anyway, yesterday, rolled out to about Moonpark, parking on the road along the golf course, and walked with Puppy Maya forth and back to Talbert Park...mile four to mile three about...and the engineers have been busy, having removed the sediment from that section of the Cement River...a lot of sediment!...I thought it would be a lot of sand, but it's dirt, just like the dirt around my home, which makes sense, as all Orange County is in the flood plain of the Santa Ana River...flood being the reason for the sediment removal!...don't make sense to spend a billion on cementing the River, and not keep it clean!...still, a long section to the Ocean passing Talbert is like it was...see pics...a long walk, not having walked awhile!, and I don't think Maya really liked it, like she did the Beach...thinking Beach walks will be the thing to do for walkies...Hawk flew over twice, Redtail, pics, and one Cooper's, I think, at Talbert,...Mallards, Swallows, Hummingbirds, Morning Doves, Buzzbird, Crows, Meadowlark, Killdeer, Great White Egret, Redwing Blackbirds...Maya didn't see or notice Ground Squirrels, or Rabbit, her attention taken by bicyclists...Maya on the leash is a hazard to them, so best not to walk the trail with her...one fellow rode by on his bike, and it had a trailer made of two nice dog cages...in the lower one was mama dog, and in the top, her puppies!...missed getting pic....sunny hot blue...One Hawk is all Hawks, All Hawks are One Hawk...yes, Mr. Reagan, if you've seen One Redwood, you've seen them all...they come back, when I see Hawk, all my other Hawk sightings...