Friday Night Photos Second Helping Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

Summer is here! Yippee! It's always been my favorite time of year. I always hated having to go to school and the start of summer marked the end of going to school for the next 2 1/2 months. No more classrooms. No more homework. Only time to play and have fun outdoors with friends.

These are some more shots from last week's walk through Balboa Park. Unlike last week's photos, not all of these were shot at 50mm and a few that were shot at 50mm have been cropped.

Mother and Daughter statue 50mm cropped
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Prado Plaza 41mm
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Front of San Diego Museum of Art bldg 50mm cropped
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Fox Squirrel 50mm cropped
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Flowers in the Spanish Gallery Art Center 46mm
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Covered walkway along the Prado 50mm
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Pennants outside the Old Globe theater 50mm cropped
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Natural History Museum north side entrance 24mm
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Fig tree roots 24mm
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Restoration of Botanical Garden 50mm
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earthling1's picture

With the nod to Pink Floyd. Pretty cool, thanks.

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@earthling1
Glad you liked the musical selection. In August AC has a tour stop in Valley Center. That's about 45 minutes north of me. I'm tempted to buy a ticket.

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Happy Summer to you all. I'm happy too because it means the days here start to grow longer again, even if it's officially Winter. Every minute counts!

Thank you for your photos. I especially like the sculptural ones, the mother and daughter, the Museum of Art facade, and the Fig tree. What a contrast between the sculpted figures on the facade of the art museum and the mother and daughter figure. One has such rigid and unwelcoming figures and faces, and one is so deeply invitingly and proud looking.

The first time I saw this old tree in Devonport centre I thought it was a Banyon tree, but it is a Fig tree. I learned that a Banyon tree is a Fig tree. The edible Fig tree is one of the first trees cultivated by humans.

Enjoy!

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@janis b
and our days are now getting shorter. The cycle continues.
I agree the facade of the art museum does look rigid, but I'm fascinated by how detailed the artwork is considering it was done almost 100 years ago when the museum was built in 1926.

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Here is the interior of the half Nautilus shell I posted last week ...

Be well and enjoy the weekend all

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@janis b
Thanks for another view of the nautilus shell. Interesting how it builds new chambers in a spiral pattern.

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In addition to serving as protection for its body and organs, the nautilus’ shell contains a complex system of chambers that help the animal move gas around to control its buoyancy in the water column. This is the same way submarines fill and empty dive tanks to stay level or neutrally buoyant in the water. A specialized, tubular organ called the siphon, located at the center of its body and between its tentacles, allows the animal to move water and gasses in and out of its body cavity and regulate buoyancy. The nautilus can also use its siphon to forcefully push water out of its body cavity and propel the animal forward like jet propulsion. The way the siphon directs the water stream determines the direction of movement.

https://marinesanctuary.org/blog/sea-wonder-chambered-nautilus/#:~:text=....

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Hi all, Hey SP!

Another great set of pics! I love that Long-tailed Weasel pic at the S.D.N.H.M entrance!

The Fox Squirrel could also be labelled 'tree rat', or bird nest, nestling, and egg hunter. Too bad they got introduced in the west. Was the cemetery industry, to calm people. They exploded.

We had some rain, and low clouds and low sun...
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Hope all are well!

Happy trails!

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
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rain, low clouds and low sun add up to a nice sunset silhouette.

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You have such desert coloured sunsets, a hint of dry brown in the brilliant red, nice.

I'm glad you and the birds and plants got some rain.

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@janis b Thanks Janis!

Love that song... Smile

Here are some live Chambered Nautilus. They have those brown stripes on them. The all white or pearlescent ones in the shell trade have been sanded down so the outer layer of shell is gone. Then buffed and polished and becoming somewhat pearlescent, or abalone-ish. But not a wild natural look, which is usually not disclosed. In case of interest...

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Have a great day!

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@dystopian

I hope they survive, and aren’t pearlised and sold in shops anymore. Do people still sell them for aquariums? Have you ever tasted one?

Cheers

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@janis b Hi Janis,

The shell curio trade has been hell on the critters... Corals got listed as endangered CITES items because they were killing live ones to have curio specimens! The one thing that ate Crown-of-Thorns Stars was the Triton Trumpet. Maybe world's biggest marine snail. They were mostly all collected, for the shell trade. And a big reason why the C=o-T Stars exploded so much in modern times.

I don't ever recall seeing a doa Nautilus, they ship and keep fine. But you need a pressurized tank really. Denver Zoo spawned the ones I sent them, but could not get the larvae past metamorphosis stage. Most marine things, fish, corals, etc., are planktonic at first and make a major physiological change about 60-90 days from larval to nearish adult structure. With marine fish breeding it is the hardest nut to crack. Like most cephalopods Nautilus have short lifespans.

I have never eaten one, but have enjoyed squid and octopus at times. I do not know if the locals eat them or not. Probably.

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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Another natural mystery to explore. Unfortunately man's interference in nature is too often a failure due to self-importance and ignorance.

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@janis b
although there is a 20% chance of thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

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