The San Diego Hat Company has a sale every year in October. They put out boxes of assorted hats. There are hats of every size and shape for every gender. Nothing is sorted and it adds to the fun of the hunt the way they are just jammed into boxes. You never know what you'll find in a particular box. My sister and I hadn't been in a few years. We made up for that on this visit by having extra fun.
We didn't purchase all of the hats we tried on. Part of the fun is taking photos of these crazy hats while we are hunting for the ones to bring home.
The gigantic brim on some of the hats is large enough to provide shade for the whole body. But how does anyone wear these?
The next two hats are ones that I wish I had taken home with me. They were both way too hot to be practical in San Diego. But they sure have style!
Counting up the hats.
The hats tried to leap off the check out table. We had a pile of them and thoughts of the perfect person to have them on their heads.
On our way out. We are loaded down. I have bags of hats on each shoulder and one in my hand. My sis strikes a pose with hats in hand to help tell the story.
I've shared just about all of the photos that I took at the sale here. There are a few more in the hats gallery if you feel like taking a peek at more crazy hats. We go on the first day, first thing in the morning of the sale. Retailers are known to swoop in and buy large amounts of hats when the sale opens to resell. They can sell them for 10 times the sale price, so it is a wise business move. I think we came home with some really wonderful hats and had incredible fun too.
A visit to the colorful characters that flock to Comic-Con is always a fun way to spend the afternoon with a camera. It is challenging. There are many photographers there and a ton of people. You have to shoot fast and take what you can get quickly. There weren't as many wild costumes this year as in years past. I was happy to run into Beatle Juice though, the guy had the voice and mannerisms down pat. I'll post a few photos here and you can see much more in the gallery of photos at my site. Take a look at the gallery and you'll find many more interesting characters.
It was a beautiful day at Leo Carrillo Ranch. I was traveling light and didn't bring a long lens. There are always peacocks at the Ranch but I figured I'd taken their photos before so I'd focus elsewhere. I couldn't help myself once I was around these birds strutting their stuff. You can learn more about the ranch here. The peacocks in all their glory are in this post.
Peacocks like to hang out on the tops of buildings. Anyone that has visited the San Diego Zoo has viewed them on top of buildings there. It is different at Leo Carrillo. The peacocks roam free and have a different attitude toward people. They are very relaxed.
The back side of a male peacock is just as impressive as the front side in my humble opinion. No matter which way they turn they are beautiful.
There is even a white peacock at Leo Carrillo Ranch. It was off in the distance. We waited for awhile hoping that the white peacock would fan it's feathers. We were rewarded the wait.
Pure white from all directions.
There are always interesting flowers at the ranch.
Leo Carrillo has many things at the small ranch to make photographing fun. There are only a few structures but they are interesting looking.
It was a fun visit. If you haven't visited Leo Carrillo before, I recommend it. You can't beat the price. Free admission! I have a few more photos from the day you will find here, at my Zenfolio site.
We took a day trip out to Anza Borrego to visit the sculptures and take some photos of Sterling next to them. The last time Sterling, Ethyl and I visited was in 2010. I tried to recreate the photos of him with the sculptures that we had from that visit. But the most rewarding photos of all were the ones that were not recreated. They were just Sterling being Sterling.
When I looked at the weather forecast for the day, it called for high winds with times of zero visibility. I don't often get a weekday off from work and we had planned this trip so we went for it. It was an experience that is for sure. There were times when that sand blew so hard it DID create zero visibility. Not to mention stinging the heck out of any exposed skin. It wasn't always blowing sand and we did get periods of relative calm. It was all worth it though and we managed to have a truly great time.
You can view all of the photos of the day here. You'll see the old photos from 6 years ago next to some of them. Sterling has done some major growing. He is such a good sport and is creative and playful in front of a camera. He makes up for his two brothers who are horribly photo-phobic! I'll post some of my favorite of the day here, but really check out the gallery for the then and now comparisons.
Ever smell a camel fart?
Mr. Casual, even on the back of a dragon.
Never a good idea to get between a mom and her babies!
My good friend Frank took me out to the desert for a day trip. I really appreciate his willingness to take me out there. He knows his way around amazingly well in Anza Borrego. I always have a great time when we go. I really needed this day trip. It was good for my heart and soul. It was an absolutely beautiful day.
Our friend Mark convoyed with us in his truck. Since we are all photographers, we took many photos
This next photo shows the strangest thing in the sand. It looked to me like some type of animal feet. I found it intriguing. The dune was smooth and then this pattern was on the ridge. If anyone has an idea of what this is, or what causes it, I'd love to hear it. It struck me as very odd.
What is a trip to the desert without some cool cactus photos?
This time of year, if you are lucky you'll find some cool wildflowers too.
The elusive Five-Spot below!
Mark getting the low angle on the Sand Verbena
Heather and Mark lead the way back down the trail
It was fortunate we visited when we did because there was a huge number of caterpillars and they were devouring the flowers fast and furious.
Mark tries to count them all. Just in this small area, I believe he counted 40 or 50 and that was just a very small area. These guys were all over in large numbers.
Time to wrap it up and head home. Frank and Mark discuss the plan.
We pulled over to check out the cows on the way home.
It was a beautiful day trip and a gorgeous day in the desert with great friends. There are many more photos of the day, more scenery and flowers than this post would suggest here Anza Borrego 2016