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Help Bring Water to a Town in Orissa

Tues 08.27.13 – Anil Dash is participating in charity: water’s September campaign to bring running water and sanitation to 1000 towns in rural India.
Anil asks that we help him bring water to one town in Orissa, India:

‘As I said in the video above, I’ve been haunted by a simple quote from Gandhi: “Sanitation is more important than independence.” Those were the words of a man who gave his life fighting for that independence. It’s that important.’

I think we should. Particularly the we of us who live in California, be it LA or San Francisco, and depend – whether we know it or not – on an intricate system of imported water. We in California’s cities are so removed from the water that comes out of our taps, yet we take it completely for granted that it will come out 24/7 clean, drinkable, and reliable.
Let’s help one town in India have the same as we do every day: clean, reliable water.
The video that Anil played in his presentation above:

September Campaign 2013 – India from charity: water on Vimeo.

At the Corner of First & Marina

At the Corner of First and Marina

Photo by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 PureView.

Thurs 08.15.13 – The field at the corner of First St. and Marina Dr. in Seal Beach fascinates me. It is the former site of the old steam / electrical plant that was taken down sometime in the 1960s or 1970s and the land has been contested ever since. Thus, an open field with a rusted chain link fence around it on the edge of the San Gabriel River.
Ripe for photography and the play of light through the chain links.

It is done

Less than 48 hours from blooming the cactus flower is finished

Photo of the cactus flower taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800.

Sat 06.01.13 – Happy June and the start of the official June Gloom season here in Southern California, although we have had the inversion layer of clouds part day or all day since March this year. Or in your part of the world, it maybe the start of summer or winter.
The cacti in my brother’s backyard bloom once a year for approximately 24-48 hours. Yesterday’s amazing, extravagant, big blooming cactus flower is today’s crestfallen, squash-ed end of bloom.
There are a few more cacti who will bloom this week and I will trot over to document their once a year cacti-sex pollen festival.
In other news, I accompanied my brother and Christine to Bert’s Mega Mall in Azusa this afternoon and as usual, Bert’s Mega Mall was a very interesting place to people watch.

The Views From Dog Beach Late This Afternoon

Crystalline Iceplant blooming on the path to Dog Beach
Mom Belle

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 PureView.

Tues 05.21.13 – My Grandpa has been in the hospital for the last 5 days and the way my Mom and I have been dealing with it is to go to Dog Beach after visiting the hospital.
The best thing we saw was a small pod of dolphins surfing the waves and the adults were teaching a young dolphin to surf in the wave. It was lovely. Unfortunately, due to sun glint on the waves from my angle (see Belle photo above), I was not able to get a photo with the dolphins in the waves.
It was a lovely late afternoon, dolphin photos or no.

Great (White) Egret Taking Off

Great Egret taking off in flight at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Wetlands by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800.

Thurs 05.02.13 – While all the other photographers out and about late this afternoon at Bolsa Chica Wetlands had DSLRs with Big Big Big prime lenses mounted (400mm+), I cheekily went to photowalk around the wetlands with my Nikon D800 with the Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens. The high resolution of the D800 plus the sharpness of the 50mm allows me to crop the photo and still get a good clear picture of the egret and the sunlight through it’s wings.
I am sure if I stopped traveling and started buying 400mm+ prime lenses, that I would have a clear photo of the mites on the egret’s wings, but I do have my priorities. ;o)
This great (white) egret was in the most lovely direct sunlight / backlit pond and then it took off in flight, off it went, but not before I took a few photos.