Thursday, December 22, 2005

Zara's Torso (pen on paper, 5 x 4").

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Sarah (pen and acrylic on paper, 3 x 3").

Thursday, December 15, 2005

This past Saturday I awoke at 4am to catch my 6:20am flight to Denver. A beautiful view appeared out my window.

The Grand Canyon....

A short time later we passed by the snow covered Rockies....

Kim picked me up at the airport and we had a wonderful time running around Denver. We had lunch at one of my favorite places, Old Chicago's, where I was able to feed my addiction to their cheese sticks and calzones.

In the evening, Kim took me to the Denver Zoo to see the Zoo Lights.

Despite it being chilly for this Cali-kid, we had a fun time checking out the lights and hanging with the animals. While the outdoor exhibits were lit only by the moon, there were plenty of animals inside. One of the most interesting was the nautilus. While I was familiar with the shell, I had no idea what was actually inside it.

We perused through the rest of the grounds....

I was able to hang out with some of my other fave animals like rhinos, hippos, and giraffes. Afterwards we ate dinner at Mezcal. Good ambience and food. It was also the first time I drank a mojito (I know, I know -- I'm way behind the times. You'd think that my admiration for Hemingway would have led me to the front).

On Sunday we dropped down to the 'Springs to see my parents. It was great seeing them although the time always goes by so fast and is always too short.

We spent Monday afternoon in downtown Denver and as usual, I dropped some money in the Tattered Cover. I flew out that night. It was nice being back in Colorado.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I saw the plume emerge this morning and captured the first glimpse with my camera phone.

I grabbed my real camera and took a picture as I drove along El Cajon Boulevard.

Heading north on 805, I crossed the span that arches over Mission Valley, and spotted the smoke's origins. It was adjacent to Qualcomm Stadium.

Upon arriving at work, I read what caused the mini-inferno.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

A Street in Villefranche-sur-Mer (gouache and pen on paper, 5 x 8").