In Flanders Fields… Memorial Day 2020

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at Point Loma, San Diego, California.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

3D Thursday – Coronado, California


Coronado Beach-3D-1Coronado Island, California.

When you are in San Diego, make it a point to travel to Coronado Island. Visit the iconic Hotel Del Coronado and take a walk on the beach. You will likely find a sandcastle or two, and if you are lucky, you will get to meet Bill Pavlacka, the Sandcastle Man. Bill often spends eight hours or more creating sand sculptures. To see examples of his castle art, you can visit his website here. Continue reading

La Jolla Cove – San Diego’s Most Photographed Beach

La Jolla Cove-1 La Jolla, California.

Pronounced La Hoy-ah, this photographer who grew up in California was at least a dozen years old when I realized that La Jolla and La Hoya were the same place. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.

On the day we visited the Cove at La Jolla, I don’t know who had the greater population, the people or the birds. Continue reading

Point Loma – Cabrillo’s Discovery

Point Loma-9San Diego, California.

In 1542, the Spanish Galleon San Salvador left Mexico to explore the western edge of the continent. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s exploration along what is now the United States shoreline traveled as far north as Oregon. Cabrillo himself, though didn’t complete the voyage. He died on San Miguel Island, off the coast of Santa Barbara, from complications of a broken leg. Continue reading

Balboa Park – Centennial of the Panama-California Exposition

San Diego, California.

Last week we visited some of the gardens in San Diego’s famed Balboa Park. This week we celebrate the architecture and history of the area originally known as City Park. With the completion of the Panama Canal, San Diego would be the first United States port of call for ships travelling westbound, and the last U. S. port of call for eastbound ships. Continue reading

Balboa Park – San Diego’s Landscape of Arts and Culture

Balboa Park Gardens-1

San Diego, California.

Visitors to San Diego often know of the San Diego Zoo, but many don’t realize the zoo is just one component of a 1200-acre city park that is one of the oldest public-use recreation areas in the United States. On our one-day visit, we couldn’t begin to visit the entire park, nor could I feature photographs from every area we visited in a single blog post and expect to do it justice. In addition to the zoo, which we saved for another visit some day, the park is home to gardens, theaters, museums, sports and recreation facilities, shops, and restaurants. In this post, we focus on three of the over a dozen gardens in the park. The opening photo features the indoor botanical garden’s building and pond. Continue reading

USS Midway Museum – Honoring the Legend


San Diego, California.

In September, 1945, the USS Midway began it’s nearly fifty years of service. Named for the decisive victory at Midway Island in the Pacific in World War II, the aircraft carrier served proudly until she was decommissioned in 1992. Today, thousands of visitors stroll her main decks and climb the narrow stairs to the bridge. On October 16, 2015, my wife and I, accompanied by other family members and friends took our turn visiting the floating museum, now anchored in San Diego Harbor. Many question whether the ship is either grounded or somehow fastened to the dock. It is neither. The gangplanks are designed to move and tilt in response to the ship’s movements as it raises and lowers following the tide’s change in water level in the harbor. The USS Midway is truly a floating museum. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 18 October 2015

San Diego, California

This week, we have been traveling around San Diego taking in the sights. One of the major attractions is Balboa Park. Located next to the iconic San Diego Zoo, the park contains gardens and buildings designed for the Pan American Exhibition of 1915. I will feature more images in a future post.

The rule for Cellpic Sunday images is simple. The photo must be taken and edited on a mobile device.

John Steiner