Geisel Library, UCSD turns 50

UCSD’s Geisel Library turn 50 on September 29.

Named after Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel, better known as children’s book author Dr. Seuss, architect William Pereira designed the futuristic library on the University of California San Diego campus in the brutalist aesthetic. The library opened to students in September 1970.

Other examples of Pereira’s work that evokes the style of the library might include the Transamerica tower in San Francisco and the Pacific Life building in Newport Beach.

Today, the Geisel Library is considered among the top public research libraries in the nation.


San Diego Flower Fireworks Spectacular

Since almost all of the annual 4th of July Fireworks extravaganzas have been cancelled in the San Diego area this year, I hope you’ll enjoy our first annual Safe & Sane “Flower Fireworks Spectacular.”

Enjoy some of our favorite photographs of the most famous, most colorful flowers from across San Diego County that if you squint real hard, look like real fireworks! Our Flower Fireworks Spectacular includes appearances from the flowers of the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and The Flower Fields, plus guest appearances from flowers in our neighbors’ gardens in our San Diego neighborhood.

Happy 4th of July!

Animals, Photography

Join us This Sunday! #SanDiegoZoo and San Diego #SafariPark Attendance to Support #Australia Crisis Fund

As part of San Diego Zoo Global’s effort to mobilize resources and expertise to save species at risk due to the Australian wildfire crisis, the conservation organization has pledged to contribute an amount equal to the money raised in this Sunday’s (Jan. 12, 2020) admissions at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park directly toward wildlife relief efforts.

Visit the San Diego Zoo this Sunday and visit the always entertaining #bonobos.  They would love to see you!

The unprecedented move is a way to engage and include all guests in what the organization recognizes will be a long-term conservation need to recover wildlife populations.

“San Diego Zoo Global is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization, so the money we raise at our parks every day goes back into our mission to save species,” said Paul A. Baribault, president/CEO, San Diego Zoo Global. “Sunday’s effort is not just about fundraising, but also gives our audience an additional opportunity to be included in the effort to save Australian wildlife.”

San Diego Zoo Global has been working in collaboration with government officials and conservationists in the field to learn about and conserve Australian wildlife since 1923. The historic involvement with these species makes this current crisis particularly heartbreaking for officials with the organization.

Learn more about this effort:

Aviation, California, motorsports, Photography

The best of 2019 – Blue Angels @ Miramar


One of the most spectacular sights I saw this year was the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show in San Diego.  In its 64th year, the event covers three days of aerial displays, including the Blue Angels pictured here. If we weren’t looking up at the skies, we toured static displays of dozens of vintage and modern aircraft from military, firefighting, search & rescue, law enforcement, as well as special interest private aviation.

It’s not easy getting a decent picture of screaming jets flying past at nearly 400 mph (640 km/h)!

This was our first trip to see the show and loved it.  We’ll be back next year!