Pocket Watch at Paradise Marsh

 By: cazalea : December 16th, 2020-12:08
Good morning and Happy Holiday Season to you, whereever you are in the WPS Universe!

We had some baking to do early this morning, so that put our walk off until the sun was up and the temperature likewise. We decided to go southward for our walk today.

We headed down along San Diego Harbor, and came to the Naval Surface Forces Base (as opposed to Underwater or Aviation). Not being active duty, we couldn't get in, so continued south.

We arrived at the National City cargo terminal and Pasha Shipping Lines parking lots (they transport cars around the world). A group of executives were just taking off as we drove up. Rats! Missed a helicopter flight.

There's one of the massive car carriers. My wife used to teach the kids of the owner of this company, and we went out on one of their vessels, but it was a cabin cruiser, not one of these monsters.

Like fishermen everywhere, eternally hopeful but not always lucky.

We passed the marina and its relatively amusing public artwork.

We were walking alongside some piled up rock shores and noticed a little cluster of tiny kittens. There were at least five, maybe six.

I'll come back to them later... now we are moving into a less commercial zone and the birds are starting to appear.

Which is cuter -- a bird or a kitten?

Our city's bike path for the illiterate; we were nearly run over by a guy on a fat tire, electric bike.

I actually stood in the center of this mega-high-voltage tower to take this picture. 

Now we came to the wildlife refuge which we didn't even know existed here, until today.

 This is called Paradise Marsh, although it doesn't seem like a paradise. I guess the birds must like it, despite the roar of the freeway behind them.

We were walking through the marsh on an abandoned railroad track.

The bird noticed us holding hands for the shadow photo.

It's starting to get warm outside and we need to shed a couple layers of clothing. This trestle bridge was missing some sleepers, so we had to pay close attention to our footwork.

Just west of the marsh is a giant warehouse; nicely painted on its eastern side.

We are about out of time.

Walking back along the sidewalk we saw one of my pet peeves, a grown-up cyclist riding no hands while talking or texting on his phone. 

But the kitties made up for it and we enjoyed a few moments with them. I check the car carefully and Mrs C did NOT kidnap one or two of them to take home (she wanted to, I know).

Thanks for walking along with us today.

I hope you are wearing your Seikos ... I have just about run about of inventory, so these exhausting walks and photo reports will be ending soon. I hope it has been fun for you -- it has been for me.


PS -- my early morning bake job of olive-studded breadsticks came out great!

A beautiful walk, Mike. Lots of great pictures.

 By: ChristianDK : December 16th, 2020-12:35
The light you have is amazing. Vey bright and pure.  I’m curious about your camera for these walks. I think you mentioned a Sony the other day? I’m guessing you are using  a zoom lens with it?

Lovely Seiko PW. I’m still looking for “my” pocket watch. Something small and preferably with a complication. 

Thank you for taking us along. It was w real pleasure!

I'm using a Sony RX-10 version 4

 By: cazalea : December 16th, 2020-13:19
From Digital Photography Review

The Sony DSC-RX10 IV is s premium super-zoom bridge camera (DSLR-like form factor) with a 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 zoom lens and a 20MP 1"-type stacked BSI-CMOS sensor.

This sensor brings phase detect autofocus to the RX10 series, adding depth-awareness that is important for focusing long lenses. The camera is faster than its predecessor and can shoot at 24 fps with AF and auto exposure. The processor is borrowed from the flagship Sony a9, which means excellent subject tracking. In short, this camera packs speed, AF ability and lens reach into a convenient package, not to mention 4K video. The RX10 IV offers a touchscreen that can be used as a touchpad for placing AF points with your eye to the finder or for selecting a point of focus in still or video mode. So is it the most capable all-in-one camera on the market? Perhaps.

Roughly $1600 USD

I guess this is what they mean by excellent subject tracking:

Nice pics my friend

 By: Mike H : December 16th, 2020-13:41
The kittens pics are so cute (even if the first bird photo is quite crisp with a nice bokeh, very nice too).
Sky is incredibly blue compared with Paris, lucky you wink. Really cool pics of a nice walk.
Thanks for sharing these Mike smile

Just for fun, here's mine...

 By: cshimokita : December 16th, 2020-14:15

a 'second setting diaflex' model 
used by a train engineer (driver) in the greater Tokyo area

Nice! I have many Seiko pocket watches but never have spent time learning about them

 By: cazalea : December 16th, 2020-14:53
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Astonishing pictures...

 By: Mary Anny : December 17th, 2020-06:14
Love the warbler or whatever it is!

Thank you! It's a Savannah Sparrow, according to Cornell's All About Birds identifier

 By: cazalea : December 17th, 2020-09:41

Very nice!

 By: Mary Anny : December 17th, 2020-11:29
I know nothing about new-world sparrows, and apparently this one is the only species of the genus Passerculus!
Every day's a school day!

Another great hiking story.

 By: Jurry : December 17th, 2020-08:56

Really appreciate you sharing those stories. They turn a normal walk into a memorable and inspirational event.

I liked true two bird photos with that brown background a lot, but best is the shadow photo.

Thanks for sharing my friend

Thanks so much. I got some more images today that you might like

 By: cazalea : December 17th, 2020-09:20
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No more travelogs? I should not..

 By: Ronald Held : December 17th, 2020-09:47
Admit iook forward to them while surfing on this site

I spoke with my wife... we might go through Christmas anyway

 By: cazalea : December 17th, 2020-10:03
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ThAnks! (nt)

 By: Ronald Held : December 18th, 2020-12:39

Cute kitties!

 By: mhz vph : December 23rd, 2020-13:23
Your photos are fantastic as always.