Aug. 17, 2015: Sign I appreciated in the Route 66 community of Seligman, Arizona. The village of about 500 serves as a major tourist stop near the Grand Canyon. During an average summer day - not this year - busloads of Grand Canyon tourists stop for a quick Route 66 experience. The gift shop operators especially appreciate the European tourists; they stock up on Route 66 merchandise.
February 19, 1983: Cartoonist Jack Bonestell as "Tumbleweed Jack" makes drawings for kids during the first-anniversary party of the Thousand Oaks Library. The 62,000 square foot library opened in 1982. A 2006 expansion added 22,000 square feet.
June 21, 2020: Memorial Fountain at Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, California. The bas-relief carving depicts the diverse people who marched for justice. The five streams of water honor five martyrs who died during the farm workers movement.
July 9, 1995: Lightning from a summer storm near Hay Springs, Nebraska. The storm lasted about an hour, with one bolt starting a haystack on fire. I set up my tripod on a dry second-story balcony and enjoyed nature's show.
On Monday night, the Thousand Oaks Photo Group's zoom meeting was on Micro Photography by Ray Patience. The talk inspired me to pull out an old 50mm Canon FD lens and use it with a reverse adapter. The foggy morning is a good time to play with flowers in the backyard. The old Canon FD lenses have a nice large lever for controlling the aperture. After focusing, I press the lever to stop down and take my images. I did these at f/4. I bought the Canon FD lens for $25 and the reverse adapter for about $10 on Amazon.
Oct. 6, 2016: Entry in the Cambria Scarecrow Festival that runs the entire month of October. The festival started in 2009 with just 30 entries and quickly gained in popularity. In 2019, hundreds of whimsical scarecrows appeared in Cambria, San Simeon, and Harmony. This year's plans are on hold, but the Cambria Scarecrow Festival says a final decision on going ahead this year will be made on Aug. 2, 2020.
May 4, 1986: Joe Cornish is sent flying by "Charmin" during the bull riding event during Conejo Valley Days Rodeo. In 2006, to save money, the CVD Rodeo and Parade were canceled.
Aug. 22, 2017: A life-size mammoth sculpture at the entrance of The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota. A pre-historic sinkhole trapped the mammoths thousands of years ago. In 1974 mammoth bones were discovered at the site. By 1980 the site was preserved, a non-profit established, and excavation begun. By 2016, the remains of 61 mammoths had been recovered.
June 6, 2020: Insignia of U.S. Navy Squadron VX-30, the Bloodhounds, on the tail of F-14A Tomcat on display at Point Mugu Missile Park. The Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 is based at Naval Air Station Point Mugu. This F-14 last flew in January 1993.
November 8, 2018: Murals underneath freeway onramp in Barrio Logan neighborhood San Diego, California. The 1963 construction of Interstate 5 and San Diego-Coronado Bridge in 1969, placed a "roof" over the Mexican-American community. After construction, the land underneath became Chicano Park. Over 60 murals now cover the concrete freeway supports. In 2016, Chicano Park was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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