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San Diego Neon Neighborhood Signs

San Diego has some awesome neon signs representing a lot of the different neighborhoods and cities in the county, so I decided to make it a project to take photos of all of them. I THINK I have them all, but if any of you know of something I missed, let me know! It was fun seeking out the ones that I hadn’t been by before, but most of them I had already seen in my adventures throughout the city. Most of them are pretty old and have been restored, so it’s fun to see a bit of history around the city. I’m also working on actually exploring all of these neighborhoods, and eventually hope to get photos of each area. If any of you have been to/live in San Diego, what are your favorite neighborhoods/areas?

Next I have to redo them all at night, when they’re lit up! 🙂 P.S. These are all available for purchase as prints, on canvas, etc. Just send me a message!

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Joshua Tree

I had heard about Joshua Tree National Park for a long time before ever going there, which finally happened over Thanksgiving weekend! It’s obviously pretty famous, since I had heard about it a lot, and a lot (if not all) of you have probably heard about it! I hadn’t actually been into much “nature” stuff before to moving to San Diego…odd, because I was born and lived my entire life (minus college) in Portland, OR, which is well-known for being very beautiful. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it because I had it my whole life? Who knows. I did explore a fair amount up there, but didn’t really make an effort ever. Now that I’m in San Diego though, I find everything overwhelmingly beautiful and actually make an effort to explore all these different areas that are known as natural attractions. What is happening to me?? Ha, it’s obviously great though!

Joshua Tree was AMAZING and way more beautiful than I was expecting, with my prior anti-nature views. How cool can trees and rocks be? I just wanted to see it because we were in the area and it’s so famous, and people would probably like photos from there. I am IN LOVE though, completely in love! Trees and rocks are actually super amazing, FYI. You should probably go to Joshua Tree, if you haven’t. We are definitely going to go back. We unfortunately didn’t get much time there, so we are hoping to take a longer trip, maybe do some camping (gasp!), when it gets warmer of course. I hope you enjoy these photos for now though, until we go again! 🙂

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Huntington Beach

Surf City, USA!  One of my favorite beach towns.  I only spent a little bit of time there this trip, because I was just trying to take photos of surfers.  I got to capture a beautiful sunset too though!  I will most likely take more photos there in the future, since I love going there. 🙂

I suppose, for those of you that might travel there but have not yet, maybe you might like some recommendations on things?  I’m no expert on HB, but from what I do know, they have a Tuesday market thing, with a bunch of art and some farmer’s market type stuff also.  In addition, the surf shops have big sales, with many items 50% off.  I totally recommend going on a Tuesday. 🙂 They do have the sales other days too, but I’m not sure of the specifics on that.  Many weekends I think, possibly Fridays.  It’s a happening town. 🙂  Also, if you like sushi, I love Sushi on Fire!  That’s all for now, I have to explore it more myself 🙂

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Garden Party of the Century

Anything that has this name, of course I had to go! Since this year is Balboa Park’s centennial anniversary, they are doing a bunch of special things all year long, and a big floral party was one of them. I unfortunately had to miss most of it, but did get to see this one small part of it. You can’t go wrong with flowers!

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MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show

I love cars.  If y’all haven’t figured that out already… I particularly love old cars.  I mean…I love super fancy cars too, but your average car now is definitely not as awesome as your average vintage car.  Therefore, vintage car shows are particularly fantastic, such as this one.  It’s the Coronado car show (although not the Coronado Speed Festival, which actually took place two weekends ago, and I missed due to being at Disneyland for Dapper Day!  So many things), and there were so many amazing vintage cars!  It was such a fun car show.

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Coronado Flower Show

As I mentioned in my last post, I LOVE flowers.  I have never been to a show that was just flowers, so I was pretty excited to go to the Coronado Flower Show.  It was AMAZING!!  I’ve never seen so many flowers in one place, and there was a great variety of different types of displays, including tiny arrangements, table settings, children’s creations, etc.  There was even some live music!  This is my first post out of two, because I have so many photos!

Barrio Logan

So I decided that I was going to go to each neighborhood in San Diego, and take photos of everything that looked cool.  I made it through one neighborhood so far (and it was the easiest one on the list), with the exception of La Jolla, which I have been working on slowly.  At least I finally edited the photos though, right?  Barrio Logan is an interesting neighborhood, and I haven’t been here long enough to really know much about it.  I don’t want to say much for fear of being wrong about anything, but it seems to have a thriving art community.  It also has (as you can quite obviously see) TONS of murals, which I love.  It’s quite beautiful, although the neighborhood still looks pretty poor.  It’s an interesting contrast, but I love all the character it has.  I also love all the effort “they” (whoever “they” are) are putting into it.  It will be interesting to see the future of Barrio Logan.

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