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BLOOD MOON RISING

 

by Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tom Lemon snapped this dazzling shot of this morning's blood moon, an unusual type of eclipse in which the moon appears red or orange. The red color of the moon is caused by a shadow cast by the earth.

If you missed this morning's sighting, two more blood moons will occur next year on April 4 and September 28, 2015. These will be the last of four blood moons occuring over a 16 month interval. 

It is rare to have so many total eclipses in a single year, says NASA. In fact you would have to go back 300 years in time before the 20th century to find a similar pattern.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: "EL GRITO" CELEBRATED IN SAN DIEGO

 

 

Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego

Sep. 16, 2014 (San Diego) “El Grito de Dolores” signaled the beginning of the war of independence from Spain by Mexico. Every year in every plaza and government building in Mexico the head of the local government comes out at midnight to recreate the act at the church in Dolores, state of Hidalgo.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: IT'S GRAPE STOMPING SEASON!

 

September 9, 2014 (Ramona) – Kristin Kjaero shot these photos of fun-loving folks jumping in feet first to enjoy harvest season at Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in East County.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ECO SUBSTATION

 

September 3, 2014 (Jacumba) – “It’s impossible to gauge the size of this substation from this photo. It’s huge,” Wayne Brammer writes of the still-under-construction ECO substation project that SDG&E is building in rural Jacumba.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SAN VICENTE AT SUNSET

 

 

August 30, 2014 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson shot this tranquil shot of a sunset over the San Vicente Reservoir, with water level higher than in the past  due to the largest dam height raising in America.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: POWER POLE REPLACEMENT

 

August 29,2014 (El Cajon) – Maintaining many miles of power lines is a time-consuming task.  Robert Gehr documented what’s involved on August 23, when San Diego Gas & Electric technicians replaced an electrical pole and transformer on west Park Avenue in El Cajon with photos and notes below.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SHE'S A STAR!

 

August 25, 2014 (Campo)--Campo resident Tee Waidler sent in this photo of her 4 ½ year old daughter, Estrella posing in a red dress and heels back on the 4th of July.  Estrella means “star”, and she certainly shines as she shows off her patriotic spirit!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: HOW TO RUIN A GOOD SUNRISE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN OCOTILLO

 

August 23, 2014 (Ocotillo)--Photographer Jim Pelley’s home is now surrounded on three sides by the Ocotillo wind facility built on public lands, despite promises when he purchased his home that the views would be protected forever.  He sent in these images to vent his frustration over the despoiled views of nature that drew him to this desert community.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SUNSET AND BIRDIES

 

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Bird Talk columnist Greg Dunne sent in this spectacular photos, with the following note:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

 

August 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Robert Gehr snapped this photo(s) during National Night Out on August 5 at the El Cajon Police Department.  “Low civilian turnout was a bit disappointing, yet that meant no crowds,” he writes. “Games for the kids, face painting as well. SWAT display, mini fire truck rides, hot dogs, Sheriff mounted patrol, K-9 and SWAT demonstrations, and lots of camaraderie amongst Police personnel.” This annual event was also free.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ANOTHER SECRET STREAM

 

August 7, 2014 (Borrego Springs) – Tom Lemon sent in these photos of a “secret stream”, along with this description:

RAMONA FUND FOR ANIMALS CENTER IN RAMONA HELPS SAVE LOCAL WILDLIFE

 

 

 

 

Hear our interview at the Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center: http://kiwi6.com/file/6sce6l835w

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 7, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is one of only three facilities in San Diego County that rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife for release back into the wild. Currently the Center is nursing back to health two coyote pups found with burned feet during the May wildfires.

The Center, founded by Cleveland Amory, also has some permanent residents that cannot be rereleased, including  a hand-raised captive cougar in these photos (shot through the bars of its enclosure). This mountain lion was reported by a local veterinarian after its owner, who purchased it illegally from out of state, brought the cub in for a “well kitten” checkup.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: YEEHA! A RESOLUTION HONORING MISS RODEO USA IN LAKESIDE

 

Photo courtesy of Rob Riingen,  East County Herald

July 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office sent in this pic of the Senator presenting a resolution honoring the new Miss Rodeo USA 2014 and former Lakeside Rodeo Queen,  Elisa Swenson.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 4TH OF JULY IN EL CAJON

 

 

July 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – Randy Jordan snapped this photo of the fireworks final at El Cajon’s 4th of July celebration in Granite Hills/Kennedy Park.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: MAD HATTER WINE TASTING ON MT. HELIX

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 2, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – It was a very important date for guests at the Mad Hatter wine tasting party hosted by vintner Stephanie Young and Laurie Delaney at the Manor Vineyard on Mt. Helix.

Prizes were awarded for best costumes as guests mixed, mingled, munched appetizers and savored vintages brought by guests.  Vineyard consultant Greg Maness poured wines and spoke about our region’s fast-growing wine industry at the May 18 event.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BOULEVARD SUNSET

 

June 20, 2014 (Boulevard) – Michele Strand sent in this serene scene of a sunset over rural Boulevard in San Diego’s East County.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: UP, UP AND AWAY

 

June 6, 2014 (Mt. Helix) -- Mark Raftery captured this image of a Cooper's Hawk in flight, soaring high abouve Mt. Helix. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE HOUSE ABLAZE IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

May 16, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Valerie Harrison sent in this dramatic image of a pair of firefighters battling an inferno during a house fire in Rancho San Diego on May 14.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: JACUMBA FIRE

 

 

May 13, 2014 (Jacumba) – Tanya Wilkins Aiau snapped this image a 4:45 p.m. on May 5th of a brush fire near her Jacumba home--a fire that she reported to 911.

“I was just passing the Golden Acorn on east bound I-8 when I saw smoke. I didn't have any cell phone service and couldn't tell exactly where the fire was from that distance,” she said. “When I rounded the corner by the billboard (advertising the Rio Bend RV park) at the West end of Walker Canyon I could see flames. I used a call box to call in the fire; the first firetruck passed me while I was on the phone."

LAKE JENNINGS MONTH-OF-MARCH PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

April 26, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Helix Water District has selected 17 winning entries in its Lake Jennings Month-of-March Photo Contest.  Seventy-five submissions competed in two categories, adult and youth, for cash prizes of $100 for first places, $50 for second places and $25 for third places.  Honorable mentions receive ribbons and certificates.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MOON SHOT

 

April 18, 2014 (San Diego) – Nadin Abbott took this moon shot during the lunar eclipse visible from San Diego this week, as earth’s shadow moved across the face of the moon.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BLOOD MOON

 

April 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Night sky photographer Dennis Mammana (© Dennis Mammana/dennismammana.com) captured this beautiful image of a rare ‘blood moon” eclipse overnight in the Anza Borrego Desert.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: EAST COUNTY SPIRIT

 

April 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Ariele Johannsen snapped this photo of Joel Talmadge from El Cajon. Talmadge is proud to live in East County – so to show off his East County spirit, he’s tattooed the words “East County” onto his arm.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

 

 

April 10, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Our editor, Miriam Raftery, didn't have to look far to find a photo of the week. She snapped this picture in her home office of her cat, Rex, snuggled up with her dog, Ginger--who didn't seem to mind awakening form naptime to find the interloper occupying her space.

If only the whole world could get alone so well!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MONSTERS IN THE EAST COUNTY?

 

April 5, 2014 (Jacumba) – Tom Lemon sent this surreal looking shot of a buffalo sculpture and man-made caves at the Desert View Tower, long a favorite roadside stop of travelers in Jacumba. Visit it while you still can – word is its long-time proprietor may be set to retire in the near future.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WHO'S TOP BANANA ON LET'S MAKE A DEAL?

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Kathleen Hedberg is best known locally as an outspoken advocate for ratepayers on the Helix Water Board.  But in February, Hedberg's outgoing ways--along with a bright yellow banana costume--caught the eye of Let's Make a Deal's host. 

Hedberg was chosen as a contestant on the popular TV game show's 50th anniversary airing -- and won a gleaming new 2014 Chevrolet Spark car for her "a-peeling" efforts.

MISSION TRAILS PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED

 

March 28, 2014 (San Diego)--Attention, shutterbugs!

Mission Trails Regional Park invites you to enter its 22nd annual Amateur Photo Contest.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: "STREAMING" PHOTOS FROM CIBBETS FLAT

 

By Miriam Raftery; photos by Tom Lemon

March 16, 2014 (Cibbets Flat) – Tom Lemon sent in these these idyllic photos with a subject line, “East County has a stream!” These images were taken at Cibbets Flat in the Kitchen Creek area.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FIRE IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

February 23, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Jennifer Hanna snapped these images of a brush fire behind her home on Sunday, February 16.  The blaze, near Fury and Wieghorst in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon, was swiftly dowsed by firefighters.

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