Squirrel Family

“Life is complicated, stupid, confusing and annoying.
Why couldn’t I have been a squirrel.”
Unknown Author

Momma and her Crew

Momma Squirrel and her Crew

Silly little squirrels
Outside my window
Momma and her Crew

Playing, climbing,
Eating and sleeping
Their Momma needs rest too

Silly little squirrels
Outside my window
Enjoying the Esplanade View

 By: J R

Baby SquirrelWhere is Momma Going

A few months back, a squirrel took up residence in a palm tree outside our living room. As I was working on my laptop the other day, I saw two baby squirrels and their mother hanging out on the tree. I grabbed my camera and shot some great pictures of the squirrel family.

They were just as curious about me as I was about them. Which is evident in the above shots of the squirrel family.

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Sea Life Mosaics

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings,
different hopes, different dreams.”
Jimmy Carter

Esplanade Mosaics

These hand created mosaics decorate the street pillars along the Esplanade.

Red Crab Mosaic

Starfish MosaicSeahorse Mosaic

If you are visiting or are lucky to live in Redondo Beach, you have arrived at one of the most beautiful beach cities in Southern California.

My favorite spot in Redondo Beach is the Esplanade which runs North and South along the ocean.

In 2010 the City of Redondo Beach Esplanade Improvement Project was implemented and they added these colorful sea life mosaics.

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Explore – Dream – Discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain


Twin sail boats sailing along the Esplanade bay.

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Dreaming Big

“All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney

The Great El Capitan in Yosemite National Park as painted by Albert Bierstadt.

The Great El Capitan in Yosemite National Park painted by Albert Bierstadt.

For the past few weeks, the news has been covering the free-climbing of El Capitan by two young determined men. The men made history Thursday, January 15, 2015 when they reached the top of El Capitan.

With daily news of terrorist attacks, blizzard killing storms and a dysfunctional Congress, this ascend by two steadfast men gives us all a glimmer of hope.

Perseverance. Team Work. A positive attitude. These are just some of the virtues that these climbers of El Capitan had to help them climb this historic mountain in Yosemite. But their real inspiration they said came from their families and each other.

Their climb to the top of El Capitan is an example of what can be achieved when you set your mind to something. I know I will never ever climb to the top of El Capitan. Mostly because I suffer from acute mountain sickness. However, I do believe that we should always reach for the stars. Always reach for the impossible. Sometimes achieving it. But most important is to never stop dreaming big.

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