October 16, 2014

Walk on the Waves :: Orange County Senior Lifestyle Photography

This outstanding young man is finishing his senior year of high school and looking forward to life at a university that he hopes and prays will be near shore.  Any shore.  But, if that shore might also be not far from Times Square, then bonus points!  We split his session time between the Mission in his home town and the beach where he loves to surf.

Song:  Walk on the Waves by Colton Dixon.  Can be purchased here

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Mission.  Check.  Now, off to the beach.  Not just any beach.  One of the most beautiful beaches *anywhere*.  And, incidentally, the beach where he learned to love to surf. 
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He's got your hands
Your heart, your life
So don't be afraid
To walk on the waves.
~Colton Dixon

October 13, 2014

Miramar Air Show 2014

This wasn’t our first trip to the proverbial “rodeo”; this was our sequel trip, grin.  (pictures from our 2012 visit can be seen here)  We learned a couple things from our first trip:  bring ear plugs and even-stronger-equipment for Little Dude, be prepared to walk FAR, expect to be amazed, and know where optimally to stand for the Blue Angels’ sneak attack …

Speaking of the sneak attack…. I described our experience with it in 2012, but here’s what else you need to know:  the Blue Angels are shockingly FAST.  And really REALLY LOUD.  They’re SO FAST that you’re not shocked by LOUD NOISE til *after* they pass you.  Thus, the sneak attack is amazingly awesome, as these pilots overwhelm your senses as they fly right over your head and you don’t hear them until you see them.   Even knowing it’s coming, it’s astounding.  This is but a tiny taste (real time. note: you see it before you hear it!).

We stopped at our favorite breakfast joint on our way to San Diego.  Knowing about the insane amount of walking and anticipating big heat (and it did end up being close to triple digit hot – oy!) I decided to lighten my load and left my big girl camera at home.  All grid pics below are from my phone and single pics are from Big Dude’s GoPro.

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Evidence of the heat … every single bit of shade created by any plane, tank, copter … was occupied.gopro miramar-4 gopro miramar-5 gopro miramar-6miramar4gopro miramar-8 gopro miramar-9

October 9, 2014

The River – Exercising our Boat

Perfect temperatures … where perfect = not triple digits.  Warm water.  Freakishly shallow depths thru my favorite ski stretches.  No donkey piles on the shores.  Totally pleasant weekend away.   Big Dude GoPro'd...

My big girl camera didn’t come along on this trip.  So these are all phone pics (Samsung Galaxy 3).  Phone pics from inside my new cheapie waterproof DandyCase.  Which worked just swimmingly.
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Our fancy digs and the view from our room.  Dog Dude gets an overdue bath.river3
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I wasn't exaggerating about the shallow depths ...
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Long drive home and the weirdo sights along the way …river6