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October 19, 2017
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Photo – The Bells

Gaze upon the magical bells of the carillon, from Cast in Bronze. http://castinbronze.net/

More photos at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff
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October 18, 2017
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Business Tip – Car Wrap

Car wraps are a great way to use photographs to promote your business. Cover your car with a unique design and you’ll promote your business everywhere the car goes. Be a safe and courteous driver though, because everyone will know who you are.

More tips on the Articles page at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff
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October 9, 2017
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Can You Guess Where I Am?

I was born and raised in southern California, but 23 years ago I moved to Arizona. Over the years I’d heard from a lot of people about the problems with traffic, smog and nonstop building. None of which made me want to go back for a visit. But I decided, what the heck. And I wanted to see my nephews for the first time too.

So two weeks ago we finally went back for a visit. My feelings on the above issues are:

The Good

  • The air quality (smog) is greatly improved. My chest didn’t hurt 24/7, like it did the last few years I lived there.
  • The traffic is a little heavier, but no big deal. It’s no worse than driving in the Phoenix area.

The Bad

  • The buildup of the area is crazy. You used to be able to drive down Katella Ave. and see Disneyland from miles away. Now the roads are lined with multi-level buildings, and near Disneyland almost a solid wall of giant palm trees lines the road. It’s like driving through a canyon. Nothing but concrete and asphalt as far as the eye can see.
  • Highway people, and Disneyland, USE SIGNS. Don’t put up one sign on a six lane highway telling me that the exit I want is 100 feet ahead. Disneyland, put signs up telling what a line is for. And shorten your lines. If I’m in line, I’m not buying anything from you. And get rid of Fast Pass. Because of that, what should have been a 30-minute line to the Haunted Mansion was 75 minutes long.

That being said, there are a lot of things I like about LA and Orange Counties. For one thing, you never run out of great places to visit. On this trip I visited some of my favorite places.

I have a challenge for you. Below are photos of me at various locations, or just the locations, that will test your knowledge of southern California. Can you guess where these pictures were taken?

Put your guesses in the comments section. Next week I’ll add captions to all of the photos so you can see how well you did.

Have Fun,
Jeff

On the way.

This was taken on the highway about 20 miles from Palm Springs, through the side window while I was going about 70 MPH. Relax, my wife Linda-Ann took the photo.

Day 1

These are bones in a block of resin at the La Brea Tar Pits. It shows the density of bones in the blocks of asphalt they remove for study. There isn’t really any tar at the Tar Pits, it asphalt.

Part of the display of dire wolf (Canis dirus, “fearsome dog”) skulls that cover a large section of wall at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Gas erupting from the large asphalt pool in front of the La Brea Tar Pits museum. The whitish water you see is 2′-3′ across.

An old fossil at the La Brea Tar Pits. No smarty-pants, the fossil is in the background. I’m in the foreground.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Jackie Chan. Such a cool guy.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Humphrey Bogart.

 

Day 2

We’re at Disneyland waiting to go in and hear President Lincoln give his talk.

Pixie Hollow at Disneyland. Unfortunately, there were no pixies or fairies there when we walked through.

Day 3

The Date Shake Shack. I couldn’t wait to have another one of these delicious shakes. Ruby’s Restaurant took it over a few years ago. One great improvement was replacing the gravel patch for parking with an actual parking lot. And having a little pullout where you wait for a parking spot. In the past, you really had to want a date shake to be going down PCH at 65+ MPH and pull off into a patch of loose gravel.

I love Laguna Beach. It’s a great beach, with excellent art galleries and all around wonderful quirkiness. And like the sign says, don’t wash the sand off your feet in the sink.

The main beach at Laguna Beach.

Main beach at Laguna Beach at sunset. Unfortunately, no Green Flash today. But I did see one here about 40 years ago.

Day 4

We’re at the Huntington Library and Gardens. I’m taking a picture of a lily pad in bloom. There was a nice blue damselfly on the stalk too.

At The Huntington, you can see NASA’s Orbit Pavilion. You get to hear the sounds of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.

One of the buildings in the Chinese garden at The Huntington.

 

 

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October 5, 2017
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Photo – Elephant 1

I’ve always found elephants to be interesting, intelligent and they have great skin texture.

More photos at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

 

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September 21, 2017
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Photo – Yellow Flowers

Flowers are blooming, and leaves are starting to change color.

More of my photos at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 20, 2017
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Business Tip – Photography Contest

Don’t have photos to promote your business? Let others supply them through a photography contest. Make it clear that the photographers keep the copyright, and that the photos will only be used to promote the contest. Even with these limitations, you can promote the contest for several months, and may even find some images you want to purchase for advertising.

You can see my photos at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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September 13, 2017
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Fall Colors 2017

I can’t believe that Fall is just a week away. I can see a small Cottonwood tree from my office, and one third of the leaves are bright yellow. In all fairness, this little tree is strange. It changes color before the other Cottonwoods, and sprouts new leaves before they do too. But there’s nothing wrong with being unique.

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Soon, the reds, yellows, oranges and other colors will be popping up everywhere, so grab your camera and take some great photographs of Mother Nature’s big show.

To help you get the most out of your shooting, I’ve updated my annual list of links about Fall colors and where to find them. Since I live in Arizona, I’ve put together a special section for my state.

As you go to these sites, you will often find many links to other sites. You could easily spend an entire day following link after link, or just go to the main pages I have listed here.

I hope you get some fantastic photographs this year. Feel free to leave a comment with a link to your images of changing colors. I’m sure everyone would love to see them.

Have Fun,
Jeff

Changing colors

Oak leaf in Williams, Arizona

Arizona

Finding Fall Color in Arizona – An About.com site with lots of links to information about changing colors in Arizona.

Fall Colors on the Coconino – This Coconino National Forest site explains why leaves change colors, what trees produce what colors, and hikes to see this wonder of nature.

Fall Colors – Current Forest Information – You can find up-to-date changing color information here.

The Rest Of The Country

Natural History Coverage – California – Lots of links for California’s changing colors.

Natural History Wanderings – Colorado – Plenty of links for Colorado.

Fall Colors – The Great Smokey Mountains – A National Park Service site with detailed information about leaves changing color in the Great Smokey Mountains, as well as hikes and drives to take.

Fall Color Report – Minnesota – Detailed information on where the leaves are changing color in Minnesota.

Fall Color Report – Wisconsin – Detailed information on color changes, and when the colors will peak.

The Foliage Network – This is a list of scenic drives all over the country.

Current Fall Foliage – The Weather Channel has a map of the U.S. showing where the leaves are changing colors by region.

Natural History Wandering – National – A list of links to National, State and Regional tracking sites.

Leef Peepers – Links and phone numbers for fall foliage information for New England, Midwest, Rockies, West and South.

Natural History Wanderings – A long list of links from across the country that track changing colors.

State by State Guide to Fall Foliage – An About.com site with information on changing colors in many states.

Travel Notes – A list of links from various states.

Natural History Wanderings – Webcams and Articles – Webcams, so you can see what’s really happening out there.

Fall Color Webcams – Webcams across the country.

There’s a National Fall Color Hotline too, 1-800-354-4595. Call this number and choose the area of the country you’re interested in and get information on leaf color, scenic drives, peak times for the colors and other fall activities.

Changing Colors

Aspens near Flagstaff, Arizona

Canada

Natural History Wanderings – A list of several sites that track changing colors in Canada.

 

Articles

How To Take Photographs On A Windy Day – This is one of my articles, and it will help you get great photos of Fall colors even if there’s a little breeze, or howling wind, when you arrive at your shooting destination.

Natural History Wanderings – Articles – This page has links to articles that will help you take great photos of the Fall colors.

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September 6, 2017
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Business Tip – Magalog

Magalogs are part magazine and part catalog, and offer a great way to promote a product or service. They’re filled with lots of pictures and articles, so you can really go in-depth and educate your clients about what you offer.

More info on my Article page at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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August 30, 2017
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Business Tip – Minibuk

As I said recently, books are a great marketing tool. But what if you don’t have enough material to fill a book? Simple, write a Minibuk. These are 3.5″ x 5″ books that are between 8 and 88 pages in length. Who couldn’t write an 8 page book?

More tips on my Article page at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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August 23, 2017
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Business Tip – Magazines

Writing and illustrating a magazine article, or just illustrating one, is a great way to have a lot of people see your work. And being associated with the magazine adds legitimacy to you and your business. You may even get paid for the article.

More info on my Article page at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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