Cool discoveries on New Year’s Day!

Cool artwork on wall in the famous Donut Bar in downtown San Diego.
Cool artwork on wall in the famous Donut Bar in downtown San Diego.

Another year. More opportunities for discovery!

Yesterday’s storm ended and the sun came out. So I decided to take a wander around my fair city on New Year’s Day.

I started mid-morning and went for hours, taking photos of everything and anything at my leisure. Mixed among more ordinary looks at life were a few cool discoveries.

I met two friendly street artists during my walk–Carlos and Juli–and meant to include a couple photos of their work here, but I’ve decided to write a special separate blog post tomorrow. Look for it!

My first stop this morning was the Donut Bar. One Boston Creme, please! Super yum!
My first stop this morning was the Donut Bar. One Boston Cream, please! Super yum!
Walking past Symphony Towers, I noticed this graphic on their outdoor display. A free concert for the community next weekend!
Walking past Symphony Towers, I noticed this graphic on their outdoor display. A free concert for the community next weekend!
My feet this New Year's Day took me through Horton Plaza Park. I recently posted a blog with photos of the Broadway Fountain lit for Christmas at night.
My feet this New Year’s Day took me through Horton Plaza Park. I recently posted a blog with photos of the Broadway Fountain lit for Christmas at night.
An unexpected discovery! It appears Horton Plaza Park has a time capsule buried between the grass and the Starbucks! History happens here.
An unexpected discovery! It appears Horton Plaza Park has a time capsule buried between the grass and the Starbucks! History happens here.
And a few steps to the west I spotted another plaque at my feet. The Salvation Army held its first San Diego meeting here, March 31, 1888.
And a few steps to the west I spotted another plaque at my feet. The Salvation Army held its first San Diego meeting here, March 31, 1888.
Crossing an intersection in the Gaslamp, I spotted an odd thing at ground level. This tile showing a burglar has been cemented to the asphalt in the middle of the street!
Crossing an intersection in the Gaslamp, I spotted an odd thing at ground level. This tile showing a burglar has been cemented to the asphalt in the middle of the street!
It appears Monkey King is a restaurant soon to open in the Gaslamp Quarter. I discovered a shining gold mural on their wall!
It appears Monkey King is a restaurant soon to open in the Gaslamp Quarter. I discovered a shining gold mural on their wall!
No mural on this wall. A lady in pink shoes walks her dog in downtown San Diego.
No mural on this interesting wall. A lady in pink shoes walks her dog in downtown San Diego.
Just a cool photo of light and shadow and geometry. The tall glass building is the new corporate headquarters of Sempra Energy in East Village.
Just a cool photo of light and shadow and architectural geometry. The tall glass building is the new corporate headquarters of Sempra Energy in East Village.
In East Village, this brightly shining mosaic sculpture in a medical office window caught my eye!
In East Village, this brightly shining mosaic sculpture in a medical office window caught my eye!
Look what I found! These must be new. Two huge baseballs at Petco Park near the Padres Hal of Fame.
Look what I found! These must be new. Two huge baseballs at Petco Park near the Padres Hall of Fame.
One huge baseball has the autographs of the 1984 National League Champion Padres!
One huge baseball has the autographs of the 1984 National League Champion Padres!
And, of course, the second baseball has the autographs of the 1998 National League Champion team!
And, of course, the second baseball has the autographs of the 1998 National League Champion team!
A car carrier freight train covered with graffiti has stopped along Harbor Drive.
A car carrier freight train covered with graffiti has stopped along Harbor Drive.
People crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge seem to walk in the clouds
People crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge seem to walk in the clouds.
Tourists on Segways pass the Coming Together sculpture by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
Tourists on Segways pass the Coming Together sculpture by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
The Holiday by the Bay ice rink near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront seems to be winding down. A few skaters were out on New Year's Day morning.
The Holiday by the Bay ice rink near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront seems to be winding down. A few skaters were out on New Year’s Day morning.
Folks with a dog walk along San Diego Bay, approaching the high masts of superyachts.
Folks with a dog walk along San Diego Bay, approaching the high masts of superyachts.
Two superyachts behind the convention center have really, really, REALLY high masts!
Two superyachts behind the convention center have really, really, REALLY high masts!
The futuristic black superyacht Ahimsa has been docked in San Diego for many months. According to one website it's worth 80 million dollars. Passersby have referred to it as the Bat-boat!
The futuristic black superyacht Ahimsa has been docked in San Diego for at least a year, it seems. According to one website it’s worth 80 million dollars. Passersby have referred to the sleek vessel as the Bat-boat!
The San Diego International Car Show is taking place this weekend. Test drives can be taken in the parking lot behind the convention center.
The San Diego International Car Show is taking place this weekend. Test drives can be taken in the parking lot behind the convention center.
Looks like some folks will be test-driving a new Ford.
Looks like some folks will be test-driving a new Ford.
I saw this guy walking along with a large flag. I didn't think to pursue him and ask why.
I saw this guy walking along with a large flag. He seemed to be on a mission. I didn’t think to pursue him and ask why.
Just beautiful yachts in the Marriott Marina.
Just beautiful yachts in the Marriott Marina.
I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.
I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.
I spied the new downtown San Diego Central Courthouse between the Marriott Marquis buildings. I believe the courthouse's construction is nearly finished.
I spied the new downtown San Diego Central Courthouse between the silvery Marriott Marquis buildings. I believe the courthouse’s construction is nearly finished.
The Silvergate ferry heads toward Coronado beyond the Embarcadero Marina Park South fishing pier.
The Silvergate ferry heads toward Coronado beyond the Embarcadero Marina Park South fishing pier.
Two pelicans hanging out at the pier. A good day to kick back and fish.
Two pelicans hanging out at the pier. A good day to kick back and fish.
People descend the San Diego Convention Center steps that lead to the Flame of Friendship sculpture.
People descend the San Diego Convention Center steps that lead to the Flame of Friendship sculpture.
An art installation in the new passageway between the Marriott and Hyatt waterfront hotels titled Kelp, created by artists Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann of After Architecture.
An art installation in the new passageway between the Marriott and Hyatt waterfront hotels titled Kelp, created by artists Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann of After Architecture.
Dogs relax with a human near Seaport Village.
Dogs stretch and relax with a human near Seaport Village.
Lots of cranes in the skyline lately! The two nearby are for fishing boats. The big one on the left is for the new InterContinental Hotel. On the right, a high crane rises by the Pacific Gate by Bosa.
Lots of cranes in the skyline lately! The two nearby are for fishing boats. The construction crane on the left is for the new InterContinental Hotel. On the right, a high crane rises by Pacific Gate by Bosa.
On New Year's Day lots of people are enjoying a walk by the water. I see two Navy oilers docked at North Island.
On New Year’s Day lots of people are enjoying a walk by the water. I see what appear to be two Navy oilers docked at North Island.
Uh, oh! Look what I spotted. The live bait seiner Cachalot seems to be drifting away from the Tuna Harbor Pier! Perhaps last night's storm is the reason.
Uh, oh! Look what I spotted. The live bait-catching seiner Cachalot seems to be drifting away from the Tuna Harbor’s G Street Pier! Those ropes seem loose.  Perhaps last night’s storm is the reason.
In San Diego, walks are often accompanied by music.
In San Diego, walks are often accompanied by music.
Very strange--Wisconsin's Pulaski Red Raiders High School marching band in San Diego today! Why? A little searching indicated that they will will perform tomorrow morning in the Tournament of Roses Parade!
Very strange!  Wisconsin’s Pulaski High School Red Raiders marching band is in San Diego today! Why? A little searching indicated that they will will perform tomorrow morning in the Tournament of Roses Parade, up north in Pasadena!
That isn't a cruise ship. It's the MV World Odyssey, a floating classroom! Its Semester at Sea allows students to study while touring the world!
That isn’t a cruise ship. It’s the MV World Odyssey, a floating classroom! Its Semester at Sea allows students to study abroad, while touring the world!
Dozens of sailboats out on San Diego Bay during New Year's Day. It's a sailing regatta!
Dozens of sailboats out on San Diego Bay during New Year’s Day. It’s a sailing regatta!
Curious gulls analyze a bicyclist at the Embarcadero's new observation deck, just north of the Broadway Pier. Life is full of surprises.
Curious gulls analyze a bicyclist at the Embarcadero’s new observation deck, just north of the Broadway Pier. Life is full of surprises!

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

2 thoughts on “Cool discoveries on New Year’s Day!”

  1. That “no-mural” wall, behind the lady walking her dog? I’d argue that it is so a mural, just not deliberately created by one set of human hands… And if not a mural, at least — thanks to cumulative, successive forces — a wall with strong design. (Happy new year!)

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