Beauty floats one fine day above San Diego.

Beauty floats one fine day above San Diego.
Beauty floats one fine day above San Diego.

Here’s one of many photographs that I took today of the sky.  More beautiful photos of amazing clouds have been posted at my new blog, A Small World Full of Beauty.

Introducing a small world full of beauty.

Rainbow Sorbet
There are beautiful things everywhere.

This world might be small, but it’s overflowing with beauty. I see it on every walk. Every day.

So I thought I’d start a new blog called A Small World Full of Beauty.  Click the link!

My new blog will concentrate on two of my favorite things–photography and writing. I hope that it will inspire you.

Come along! I’m about to go outside! What will I find?

Sailboats fly before the wind on blue San Diego Bay.

Sailboats fly before the wind on blue San Diego Bay.
Sailboats fly before the wind on blue San Diego Bay.

I’m getting some photos ready for a blog I’ll post in a couple days. But this image seemed perfect for a sunny blue Sunday. So here it is!

Now it’s time for an afternoon walk…

Where will I go next?  I don’t know!  Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Setting a new world record helps the environment!

San Diego County Credit Union and Shred-it team up to attempt a new world record for paper collection and shredding!
San Diego County Credit Union and Shred-it team up to attempt a new world record for paper collection and shredding!

The huge SDCCU Super Shred Event is underway right now as I type!  The event is an attempt to break the world record for paper collection in a single location during a 24 hour period!

San Diego County Credit Union already holds the official Guinness World Record. Today they’re trying to break it. So why was I there taking photos? I collect my old records in a box at home, and whenever SDCCU offers free shredding, I head on down to take advantage of the service which is available to anyone. This morning the annual event, taking place in Mission Valley’s gigantic Qualcomm Stadium parking lot, is bigger than ever. So I brought my camera!

Not only does shredding paper documents protect against identity theft, but recycling paper is good for our environment. So this event is pretty cool for a whole variety of reasons!

The SDCCU Super Shred Event held in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. Unlimited free shredding helps fight identity theft!
The SDCCU Super Shred Event held in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. Unlimited free shredding helps fight identity theft!
As cars queue, volunteers collect donations for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
As cars queue, volunteers collect donations for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
SDCCU already holds the world record for most paper collected in a single location in a 24 hour period.
SDCCU already holds the world record for most paper collected in a single location in a 24 hour period.
Shred-it, a document destruction and recycling company, had a whole fleet of trucks ready for the big event!
Shred-it, a document destruction and recycling company, had a whole fleet of trucks ready for the big event!
A super nice volunteer smiles for my unexpected camera. Thank you!
A super nice volunteer smiles for my unexpected camera. Thank you!

See photos of some random cool stuff! Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

More super awesome Comic-Con cosplay photos!

Supergirl crosses the Harbor Drive bridge with a cool companion. Is that some sort of Star Wars stormtrooper.
Supergirl crosses the Harbor Drive bridge with a cool companion. Is that some sort of Star Wars stormtrooper?

Here’s batch number two of super awesome cosplay photos taken at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con!

Okay, I admit I don’t know half these characters. But who cares? It was a lot of fun just seeing them all! Comic-Con is all about human imagination.  These cool costumes are living representations of the unlimited creative power that each of us possesses!

(For those of you following this blog who’d like to see something other than Comic-Con, have no fear! The big annual event is drawing to a close, and I’m sure we’ll have oodles and oodles of brand new cool San Diego sights ahead!)

It's another Snow White! She seemed exceptionally nice, even for a Disney character.
It’s another Snow White! This one seemed exceptionally nice, even for a Disney character.
The Walking Dead took over Petco Park today. That must be why I spotted the King County Sheriff with the ghost-busting Geek Outlaw.
The Walking Dead took over Petco Park today. That must be why I spotted the King County Sheriff with the ghost-busting Geek Outlaw.
Who on Earth is that crazy guy with a big-eared helmet! Don't ask me!
Who on Earth is that crazy guy with a big-eared helmet? Don’t ask me!
Perhaps this nice couple came from Scotland. Or maybe they're promoting Outlander.
Perhaps this nicely-dressed couple came from Scotland. Or maybe they’re promoting Outlander.
Guys walk along reading books while wearing question marks. Makes me feel better that I don't recognize who the heck they are.
Guys walk along reading books while wearing question mark masks. Makes me feel better that I don’t recognize who the heck they are.
What big claws you have Wolverine! Let me take a picture!
What big claws you have Wolverine! Let me take a picture!
Not sure who these folks are dressed up to be. One's got a big bloody axe.
Not sure who these folks are dressed up to be. One’s got a big bloody axe.
I'm guessing this is the nice Deadpool family.
I’m guessing this is the nice Deadpool family.
Somebody help me with this one. These characters seem familiar but my brain has stopped working.
Somebody help me with this one. These characters seem familiar but my brain has stopped working.
Lots of fun cosplay action behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2015 Comic-Con.
Lots of fun cosplay action behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2015 Comic-Con.
The alluring tattooed Blindspot lady has been joined by sneaky Catwoman! Watch out guys!
The alluring tattooed Blindspot lady has been joined by sneaky Catwoman! Watch out guys!
The Black Mage of Final Fantasy is joined by frolicking super heroines including Supergirl.
The Black Mage of Final Fantasy is joined by frolicking super heroines including another Supergirl.
Should I be concerned that the evil nefarious Poison Ivy is smiling at me.
Should I be concerned that the evil, nefarious Poison Ivy is smiling at me?
Okay, I do know that these awesome people are cosplaying Mad Max movie characters. Because they told me!
Okay, I do know that these awesome people are cosplaying Mad Max movie characters. Because they told me!
Henchman 21 of The Venture Brothers is Hench 4 Life!
Henchman 21 of The Venture Brothers is Hench 4 Life!
This bright yellow sunny cosplay is Dayman. That sunshine is perfect here in San Diego!
This bright yellow sunny cosplay is Dayman. That sunshine is perfect here in San Diego!
It's the vile Lord Hater of animated show Wander Over Yonder!
It’s the vile Lord Hater of animated show Wander Over Yonder!
Uh, oh. Better call the Caped Crusader. Because I've spotted Scarecrow. You don't scare me!
Uh, oh. Better call the Caped Crusader. Because I’ve spotted Scarecrow. You don’t scare me!
Captain America is walking among happy citizens, protecting all those who are visiting downtown San Diego for Comic-Con.
Captain America is walking among happy citizens, protecting all those who are visiting downtown San Diego for Comic-Con.
Boba Fett costumes are always cool. This is no exception.
Boba Fett costumes are always cool. This is no exception.
Spidey is always a big favorite when it comes time for kids to pose at San Diego Comic-Con.
Spidey is always a big favorite when it comes time for kids to pose at San Diego Comic-Con.
The smiling CEO of Jack in the Box just happened to be walking about the Gaslamp among a bunch of cosplayers.
The smiling CEO of Jack in the Box just happened to be walking about the Gaslamp among a bunch of cosplayers.
Clark Kent opens up his shirt to reveal the Superman emblem! Another cool sight at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con!
Clark Kent opens up his shirt to reveal the Superman emblem! Another cool sight at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con!

Enjoy future posts! Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Ocean Beach Public Library needs activism and help!

The Ocean Beach Public Library needs your activism and help!
The Ocean Beach Public Library needs your activism and help!

I wasn’t expecting to write this blog. But I have to.

During this morning’s Ocean Beach Street Fair, I took a few photos of a smiling lady in a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat hat. My senses were so dazzled by all the cool sights and activity round about me that I didn’t really notice the important purpose of her booth.

As I left the festival, I popped into the local library to use the restroom. And there, standing behind the front counter, was the Cat in the Hat hat lady!  She greeted me–she was a librarian! She had noticed me taking photos.

They’re for a blog, I said. Help us raise a million dollars, she said. I laughed, promised I’d try!

It wasn’t until this afternoon, as I looked closely at my photographs, that I realized she wasn’t kidding! The Ocean Beach branch of the San Diego Public Library really does need to raise money! Check out the poster which I enlarged!

So now I have to keep a promise.

Please help the Ocean Beach public library raise funds for much needed improvements!

Here is their Facebook page. It contains contact info.

Is this a cause you’d like to support? You might like to help them out! The OB Library is overdue for expansion. Spread the word! Let’s get it done!

Why expand the library? The children's area is crowded and too small! No space for teen and adult activities. The computer area is crowded, unpleasant and outdated!
Why expand the library? The children’s area is crowded and too small! No space for teen and adult activities. The computer area is crowded, unpleasant and outdated!
The library is the creative heart of Ocean Beach.
The library is the creative heart of Ocean Beach!

Join me for unexpected adventures on Facebook or Twitter!

Spreading cheer and good deeds in San Diego.

Birds take flight above palm trees in downtown San Diego.
Birds take flight above palm trees in downtown San Diego.

The astonishing success of this modest blog is hard to believe. Thank you.

This blog’s purpose is simple. It is to enjoy San Diego, to spread a little sunshine, and to help people who are doing good deeds or undertaking worthy causes.

Here are a few charities and positive organizations that would be grateful for your assistance.

Please click to learn more:

Please help Stuff the Bus to fight hunger!

Foster homes needed for loving San Diego cats!

Free books for teachers, schools, hospitals and prisons.

Ocean Beach Public Library needs activism and help!

Big red shoes help families heal in San Diego!

San Diego walking superheroes fight brain tumors!

The Salvation Army celebrates service in San Diego.

Spreckels Organ raises funds for Operation Rebound.

Cool Corvette car show benefits San Diego USO.

Art made of coins helps Rady Children’s Hospital!

Glean Queens of San Diego need your help!

Help Westview High School Music Outreach succeed!

Fill the Boot in San Diego to help burn victims!

San Diego breast cancer walkers: the final mile!

Wasted grocery food turns to art in Balboa Park.

20 Ways To Help the Homeless in San Diego.

Kids’ NewsDay benefits Rady Children’s Hospital!

Photos of cool pancake fundraiser on the OB Pier!

Photos of Coastal Cleanup Day in Ocean Beach!

Habitat for Humanity builds a house downtown!

San Diegans donate used textiles for charity.

Here are a few more thoughts about why I blog:

Writing a blog opens up an amazing world.

To enjoy future posts, you can “like” Cool San Diego Sights on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter.

Three sides of fun now served by silly blogger.

Squid with top hat and cane entertains passersby on a Hillcrest utility box.
Squid with top hat and cane entertains passersby on a painted Hillcrest utility box.

I can be lazy. When I began this blog I was often lazy. On a fine October day back in 2013…I was lazy.

I blogged about one funny image on a utility box in Hillcrest. But every side of the box is covered with entertaining street art. Silly me. Time to rectify the problem…

This alien came to Earth for a martini.
This alien came to Earth for a martini.
Lady in kimono enjoys hot tea by a volcano in San Diego.
Lady in kimono enjoys hot tea by a volcano.

To enjoy future posts, you can “like” Cool San Diego Sights on Facebook. or follow me on Twitter.

Writing a blog opens up an amazing world.

Birds take flight above palm trees in downtown San Diego.
Birds take flight above palm trees in downtown San Diego.

This is my 500th post. I can’t believe it.

When I started writing this blog on a lark about a year and a half ago, it was a puny little creation, and I hadn’t a clue where it would take me. Alas, after many hours pounding away at the old keyboard, I haven’t earned one thin dime. But that’s perfectly fine. The riches I’ve received are immaterial, and far greater.

Writing a blog–one that involves photography in particular–opens your eyes, enhances your appreciation of all that is around you. To chronicle a walk through this world, one must carefully experience each step and turn curious eyes everywhere. One must note light, depth, and the color of things. One must listen to others. If I hadn’t begun to meander about San Diego purposefully, searching for “cool” material, I might never have seen some hidden rainbows. Or a small bit of street art. Or dogs surf.

Writing a blog encourages creativity. It’s casual and conversational. There’s no need to fret too much about editing. Readers are just friends. So you can yap freely and let the mind flow. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. His great book Zen in the Art of Writing talks about the power of just letting thoughts flow, uninhibited, like gushing water from a wildly whipping dangerously uncontrolled hose. That water will irrigate one’s life, and the lives of others who are splashed.

Writing a blog leads the author to be more honest. More understanding. More compassionate. More vulnerable. Writing a blog, giving birth to a few silly words, expands the soul.

Thanks for coming along on my walks!

Where will I go today? I have a bit of an idea, but I’m not certain. Time propels us forward into the unknown. If you’d like, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr!

Follow me to see Balboa Park’s theatres.

view from el prado of conrad prebys theatre center

Join me as we walk east through Balboa Park. Having passed the Museum of Man, we now turn north to peer through an archway that leads to three of San Diego’s most prominent theatres. They are the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, and the world-famous, much celebrated Old Globe Theatre. The latter is modeled after the original Globe Theatre in London, where William Shakespeare saw many of his own plays performed. Just a sliver is visible in this photo, on the left.

In the next blog post we will proceed through the archway…

Another pic taken from an archway on the opposite side of El Prado.
Another pic taken from an archway on the opposite side of El Prado.