July 26, 2002

Lorikeets! From the Santa Barbara Zoo. I'm not sure how much Horus these have, though.

Posted by Para at 12:13 AM
July 24, 2002
Cable of Mystery

As we were walking along the beach at Ellwood, we came across this: cable sticking right out of the beach. This was right along the waterline at low tide, so at high tide it would be submerged. This cable went WAY down deep into the sand, no idea how far or where it was going but it appeared to be heading directly out to sea. It appeared to be coaxial, like you'd use for cable TV. We actually encountered this twice along the walk.

Posted by Para at 01:51 PM
July 23, 2002
More Squid

Humboldt squids wash ashore in San Diego County.

Posted by Para at 07:52 PM
Toward Ellwood Beach

This is from Coal Oil Point, looking toward Ellwood Beach. You can see in the distance that segment of abandoned, demolished pier that is visible in the other Ellwood pictures.

Posted by Para at 08:54 AM
July 22, 2002

On my way back from the beach, there's a house with this very large spider in the front yard. By the time I get to the spider, the sun's just gone down. When I try to photograph it, I'm torn between getting close and getting a good picture, and keeping my distance so that it doesn't get any funny ideas, like jumping on me.

Posted by Para at 04:26 PM
Squid vs. Whale

From CNN:

"HOBART, Tasmania -- Scientists in Australia are investigating what may be a new species of giant squid, after one of the deep sea creatures washed up on a Tasmanian beach over the weekend. "

Posted by Para at 11:34 AM
July 19, 2002
Colored Sunset

Ellwood Beach, July 14, 2002. Unfortunately the sun overexposed many of my other pictures from this trip. The result looks more like "nuclear explosion" than "sunset."

Posted by Para at 01:49 PM
July 15, 2002
Ellwood Beach Sunset

Ellwood Beach, July 14, 2002.

Posted by Para at 03:56 PM
July 14, 2002

Elings Park, Santa Barbara, April 27, 2002.

Posted by Para at 05:08 AM
July 11, 2002

These capybaras (world's largest rodents, as far as I know) are napping in the shade at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Posted by Para at 02:44 PM
July 08, 2002
Another Lizard

This is also from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Posted by Para at 12:04 AM
July 06, 2002

Taken from Goleta Beach pier, July 6, 2002.

Posted by Para at 09:27 PM
July 05, 2002

This is from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Posted by Para at 06:35 PM
July 04, 2002
Pelicans Overhead

This is one of my favorites. I caught these pelicans flying overhead at the Santa Barbara breakwater.

Posted by Para at 01:24 PM
July 02, 2002
Lunch with a Turtle

This turtle at the Santa Barbara Zoo did not mind me taking a few pictures while he was eating.

Posted by Para at 10:41 PM
Three Things

Here are three things you have probably never seen together in a photo before. A giraffe, a tractor, and the Pacific Ocean.

Posted by Para at 10:36 AM
July 01, 2002

These were taken at low tide, west of UCSB: a jellyfish and a sea slug stranded on the beach.

Posted by Para at 03:06 PM

These two pictures were taken from Highway 1, just north of Malibu.

Posted by Para at 02:56 PM

Just before I took this, a fisherman had thrown this pelican a rather large fish. The pelican immediately gobbled it down, but the fish got caught the wrong way in his beak and there were a few minutes of uncomfortable "glug glug glug" noises before the fish finally was swallowed whole. Right after I took the picture, some idiot couple came out of nowhere with an enormous dog and scared the pelican away.

Posted by Para at 02:11 PM
Giant Fish Attack

"Oh no, that lady is going to be eaten by a giant fish! Look out, lady!"

Posted by Para at 01:55 PM

Welcome to Home by the Sea: If Thooms Had Cameras. I think the title says it all. I'll be posting fairly low-resolution images, with a lot of compression, to keep the bandwidth and storage space under control. The originals look much better.


Posted by Para at 11:03 AM