Archive for February 2012

THE FAR EAST: San Diego’s Mountains and Desert   2 comments

The same bright sun as at the beaches, but a landscape with no hint of the coast forming the county’s western edge.

The view plunges a full mile downward from the crest of the Laguna Mountains into the desert stretching to the Arizona state line.

The mountain scenes are poignant with stillness and subtle coloration.

Less than two hours from downtown San Diego and still well within the county boundaries, the vegetation exudes a distinctive light, sweet scent that I find only in the mountains.


Posted February 28, 2012 by vblocker in Uncategorized

LA JOLLA: Quiet Beauty   2 comments

La Jolla, California is where I am fortunate enough to live.  How many places pack such a mosaic of people, sea animals, activities, and landscapes into such a small space?

Of course, La Jolla is well known for its seafront, but there are also unobtrusive nooks of eccentric charm, like this quiet alley scene below with its beautiful light. Having grown up in the Middle West and Northeast of the U.S., I am still charmed by the juxtaposition of palm trees with telephone lines in alleys.

Many people in La Jolla live in old, modest frame buildings located in less public streets like this one.

Posted February 2, 2012 by vblocker in Uncategorized

VOICE OF SAN DIEGO: “We don’t do a story unless we think we can do it better than anyone else or no one else is covering it.”   Leave a comment

San Diego residents outside in the dark during last year’s massive power outage (photo credit: Sam Hodgson).

This photo comes from the photoblog on the website of Voice of San Diego (  VOSD is a politically unaligned nonprofit online newspaper with a special mission: highly professional in-depth and investigative reporting on the San Diego area.  It’s lively but serious and keeps me in touch with major public issues–while shielding me from the fluff that pads many competing media.

VOSD is a fascinating initiative, backed by such prominent figures as Bill Stensrud and Buzz Woolley, among others.

Posted February 2, 2012 by vblocker in Uncategorized