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.
Portrait of a seagull taken this morning. I was sitting in my car thinking about finding an image for a backscreen effect when this guy landed on the hood. He stayed for quite a while - made several iPhone images. Well, just last night, I joined in the Thousand Oaks Photo Group's weekly zoom webinar. Darrel Priebe explained how he makes backscreen images in Lightroom. So here's my simple version done in Lightroom.
Faded sign in Los Olives for Toretti Wine Tasting taken yesterday. I had the chance to go for a drive and took it, stopping in Los Olives and later in Lompoc. Toretti Family Vineyard produces 750 cases a year of their Pinot Noir.
Aug. 19, 2017: Restored Selz Royal Blue mural in Chadron, Nebraska. Selz Shoes was a Chicago area shoe brand founded by Morris Selz in 1871. Faded Selz Shoe murals are still visible on many old buildings in the Midwest. I found this mural in an alley painted on a two-story building currently housing the Fryday's 120 Bar and Grill.
September 29, 2016: Big Miner and Burro at auto sales lot in Albany, Oregon. Businessman Steve Fletcher, an owner of a spray foam business, created this foam sculpture and others in the Albany area. Also, he lives in a spray foam volcano house.
November 1986: Actor Michael Parris Newman portrays Howard Hughes in a one-person, two-act musical in Los Angeles. He posed for me next to a retired Lockheed Constellation aircraft at Camarillo Airport.
My thoughts on images past and present.