State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana dropped me an e-mail yesterday with some interesting photos taken on her Blackberry of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to San Diego.

The somewhat grainy quality of the Blackberry pictures gives them an interesting feel — sort of an old Polaroid look.

Here are a few of the images she shared. (By the way, the photographer on the far right of this photo has graced our pages before in this picture from the SDSU drug bust press conference. It’s Denis Poroy, a local Associated Press photographer.)

Her pictures got me thinking about who else in San Diego gets themselves in good positions to make some interesting photos.

So I’m officially putting out the call for guest bloggers. Do you want to host Credentialed for a day or have a suggestion for a guest blogger? Shoot me an e-mail at and we’ll arrange a day for you to share your images. I’ll also be soliciting interesting guest bloggers so if you have any suggestions for who would be handy with a camera, drop me a line.

As a side note, Saldana also responded to my question I posted on Twitter the other day: “does anyone know why they feed the pandas a block of ice on their birthdays? Do pandas really love ice that much?”

Saldana notes in her e-mail:

Re:the ice, Pandas and other smart mammals need “enrichment activities,” which are often lacking in captivity. Sometimes the zookeepers freeze the animals’ favorite foods in blocks of ice then present them during feeding time. So, the ice may have contained food or other items that the panda enjoys, and then stimulated/enriched them to figure out how to get at their food. Not certain that’s what you observed, but that’s one possibility.


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