Photo of the Week

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LA MESA LIONS CLUB DELIVERS MEALS TO CAREGIVERS

East County News Service 

June 19, 2020 (La Mesa) – Members of the La Mesa Lions Club delivered meals to caregivers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital last month in appreciation for their efforts.  Left to right, photo shows two nurses from an ICU unit on a COVID-19 floor, Lions Club Vice Presidents Joyce James and Mary Rynearson, Beth Morgante, CEO of Grossont Hospital Foundation and La Mesa Lions member David Shaw, Elbert Kim, La Mesa Lions Club President, and Cupid’s Caterers representatives.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: AIR FORCE SALUTES HEALTHCARE HEROES WITH SPECTACULAR FLY-BY

The view from east county

By Robert Gehr

Photo: Six F-16C/D Falcons

May 20, 2020 (El Cajon) -- The well known U.S. Air force Thunderbirds made a brief, yet impressive flyover in El Cajon on Friday, May 15th just after high noon.

Hearing the powerful jet engines off in the distance signaled their pending arrival, especially when the pilots lit the afterburners as they throttled up more power. Seconds later they were barely within sight, arriving from the East, flying in tight formation as they skimmed the blue sky above. A moment later they were gone, leaving just a fading echo of sound, and perhaps a thought of awe.

I was fortunate to capture this single, fleeting image of these six, F-16C/D Falcons when they made their appearance over the east county of San Diego as they honored first responders, health care workers, military members, law enforcement, and so many other essential service personnel.

I add my gratitude as well. Thank you everyone!


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FAITH IN TRYING TIMES

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April 28, 2020 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr of El Cajon sent in this image taken at Christ Church Unity in El Cajon, which he titled “Finding strength in faith during these trying times.”

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TRAFFIC JAM IN CAMPO?

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April 17, 2020 (Campo, California) – Joseph Carmody sent in this photo taken Monday outside the Campo, Community Center. “Feeding San Diego was there giving out food,” he writes during the COVID-19 emergency shutdown, when many are without jobs or other income. “An hour before scheduled start time, I counted 60 cars waiting,” says Carmody.
 
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A VOLCANO IN EAST COUNTY?

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April 14, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Paul Kruze shot this optical illusion photo that appears to be an erupting volcano, but is actually Mt. San Miguel south of Spring Valley.  The peak is obscured by wind-blown clouds, tinged pink in the early evening sun.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: YELLOW ROSE

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April 12, 2020 (El Cajon) -- Robert Gehr sent in this photo of one of many beautiful roses in bloom right now which surround the white Gazebo at Judson Park at the corner of Magnolia & Park Ave., near downtown El Cajon.

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BEAUTIFUL AMALFI, IN BETTER TIMES

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April 3, 2020 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove artist Jack Ofield’s painting of fabled Amalfi on the Italian Mediterranean coast recalls that ancient enclave in happier times, before the COVID-19 pandemic devastating Italy and much of the world.
 
“It was January years ago when we stayed in a tiny B & B with a view of the sea, run by a mother and daughter,” Jack and his wife, Helen, recall in an email sent to ECM and others. “While at breakfast (delicious coffee, eggs, toast, preserves), with the  windows open to let in brilliant sunshine, a local band marched across the square followed by a priest, who blessed the sardine fleet setting sail for the day's catch.”

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SKY BUNNY

ECM Sky Bunny 2020 Robert Gehr
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March 28, 2020 (El Cajon) – Cloud-gazing is one way to pass the time during the stay-home order.  Just in time for Easter, Robert Gehr sent in this shot of a fluffy cloud shaped like a bunny in the sky.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ROCK STAR

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October 30, 2019 (Santee) – Just in time for Halloween, someone dressed up boulders in Santee dubbed the “Santee Lady” by photographer Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HOLY HALLOWEEN, BATMAN! GIANT PUMPKIN GROWN IN EAST COUNTY

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September 27, 2019 (El Cajon) – Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson snapped this image of a Batman-themed giant pumpkin grown in a rural area of unincorporated El Cajon.

J. Jansson-Berndes says he supplied the special seeds and Vince George grew it under his tutelage. It weighs 1,036 lbs.-- more than half a ton. 

Jansson-Berndes drove up with the pumpkin to participate in the Irvine Park Railroads'  2019 Great Pumpkin Weigh - Off. But it wasn't the biggest entry!


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PUPPY LOVE

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September 16, 2019 (Alpine) – Richard Edwords of Alpine sent in this cute shot of his 4-year-old grandson and affectionate dog.  


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STORM OVER LAKE HENSHAW

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2019 (San Diego) – Jeff Hall of Cal Fire captured this dramatic shot of storm clouds and rain approaching Lake Henshaw in San Diego’s northeast region.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: INTERNATIONALLY ENDANGERED PARROTS BRIGHTEN UP EL CAJON

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August 17, 2019 (El Cajon) – Photographer Robert Gehr snapped this close-up of a Red Crowned Amazon Parrot (Amazona Vindigenalis), aka Green-Cheeked Amazon parrot, aka Mexican red headed parrot - eating pepper tree berries in downtown El Cajon on East Main Street.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: COTTONTAIL RABBIT

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July 19, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Robert Gehr sent in this photo of a native Cottontail Rabbit spotted near city hall in downtown El Cajon.  Winter rains have encouraged growth in grasses and native wildlife that rely on grasses for feed and habitat.

Remember to avoid use of chemical pesticides on your grass, which can also harm cute critters like this one!


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SPECTACULAR SUNSET

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June 30, 2019 (Mt. Helix) – Yvonne Goff shot this spectacular sunset from her home on Mt. Helix. Where else but San Diego could you frame a sunset with a pine tree and a palm tree?  Meteorologists say Thursday night’s dazzling sky show was due to high humidity in the air – or maybe it’s just magic.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

 

 

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June 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr snapped this photo of a crow in El Cajon. “It was keeping an eye on me as I photographed the antics of it, being a bit playful,” he writes.

Crows are highly intelligent, capable of recognizing individual human faces and have even been trained to talk.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BORREGO RAINBOW

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DINO-BUNNY

 

 

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April 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – Toby the T-Rex donned bunny ears over the Easter weekend.  The statue, owned by Jeff Phair of the Phair Company, has fast become a holiday icon atop its hillside home at the planned site of La Mesa Summit Estates in La Mesa.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FROSTY VIEW

 

 

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February 21, 2019 (Julian) – Carol Faith from Julian sent in this photo of frost patterns on her window pane framing views of snow outside.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MALLARD DUCKS LOOKING FOR LOVE IN EL CAJON

 

 

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Photo by Robert Gehr

February 14, 2019 (El Cajon) - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mallard drakes are gathering together before Spring, awaiting the arrival of female Mallard ducks at the waterscape in downtown El Cajon, located at Sulzfeld Way and east Main St.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STORM CLOUDS AT SUNSET

 

 

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February 1, 2019 (El Cajon) — Robert Gehr sent in this photo of dramatic clouds over El Cajon, glowing golden at sunset after yesterday’s storm.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TOBY THE TURKEY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Toby the T-Rex sported turkey garb on Thanksgiving week. The iconic dinosaur statue was erected on the future site of La Mesa Summit Estates by developer Jeff Phair, owner of the Phair Company.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HERITAGE TURKEY

 

 

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October 30, 2018 (Alpine) – Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Richard Edwords of Alpine sent in a photo of this plump Heritage Turkey. Gobble, gobble! 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CACTUS FLOWER

 

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August 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr captured this picture-perfect image of a cactus blossom at the Olaf Wieghorst museum grounds,  located at 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon, California.  Inside, the museum displays artwork of famed artist Olaf Wieghorst as well as other talented western artists.

For more information on the museum, visit http://wieghorstmuseum.org/.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: "TROPICAL SUNRISE" IN EL CAJON

 

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July 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – This sunrise looks like it was taken in the tropics.  But it was actually shot at daybreak in El Cajon. Thanks to photographer Robert Gehr for sending in his image.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MIMOSA BLOOM

 

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June 8, 2018 (El Cajon) – Robert Gehr got the shot of this gorgeous Mimosa blossom at Judson Park, located at the corner of North Magnolia Avenue and West Park Avenue in El Cajon.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: LA MESA SHIMMERS

 

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December 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – Paul Kruze provided these photo of La Mesa’s holiday tree and street lighting,illuminated at the “La Mesa Shimmer” event.   

Shops along La Mesa Boulevard are also bedecked with holiday trim, just in time for the start of La Mesa’s annual Holiday in the Village celebration this Saturday, December 9th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE

 

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August 21, 2017 (Planet Earth) — As people across the nation sought out viewing areas, eclipse glasses and solar shields to photograph the eclipse,  the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) got the premier eclipse photo—shot from space.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RODENT CONTROL

 

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July 9, 2017 (Jamul) – Debbie Ekhaml  sent in this great photo of a coyote that’s captured its prey, a plump squirrel, at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge  in Jamul, where she also shot award-winning images honored in our recent photo contest. 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LUCKY SNAKE!

 

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June 17, 2017 (Lakeside) - Lakeside Fire and Rescue tweeted this image of an unusual animal rescue.


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