Monthly Archives: December 2014

Beach Tableau: Kite and Kelp, Stones and Sea Foam

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December 26th, 2014.  San Diego, California.  A spectacular winter day in southern California.  Recent rains have scrubbed the sky and land clean, and the afternoon sunshine glazes everything with a bright, clear, yellow light.  Seeking fresh ocean breezes, we pack up the kids and head to a local beach.  Some moments from a few hours at at Torrey Pines.

The beaches in North County don't have as much sand over the winter, and instead are covered with beautiful smooth stones of all colors and sizes.  The waves make a wonderful shhhshing sound as they pull back and roll the rocks with them.

The beaches in North County don’t have as much sand over the winter, and instead are covered with beautiful smooth stones of all colors and sizes. The waves make a wonderful shhhshing sound as they pull back and roll the rocks with them.

Emma always brings a bag to the beach to collect stones and shells.  We are never disappointed with the discoveries we make.

Emma always brings a bag to the beach to collect stones and shells. We are never disappointed with the discoveries we make.

Sam found a clear stone the size of a small egg, Emma found a piece of green sea glass.

Sam found a clear stone the size of a small egg, Emma found a piece of green sea glass.

Sea foam left by the ocean waves collects on rocks, where it slowly dissolves, or is washed away by the next wave.

Sea foam left by the ocean waves collects on rocks, where it slowly dissolves, or is washed away by the next wave.

Sam takes a break from hunting to fly his kite.

Sam takes a break from hunting to fly his kite.

Kite is waggling in the sky, in front of the coast highway bridge.

Kite is waggling in the sky, in front of the coast highway bridge.

Not too much kelp on the beach, but a few of the small leaf floats were artfully arranged on the sand and rocks.  Below is a large piece of kelp, the squiggly structure in the front is the hold fast, which the kelp uses to anchor itself to the ocean floor.

Not too much kelp on the beach, but a few of the small leaf floats were artfully arranged on the sand and rocks. Bottom right is a large piece of kelp; the squiggly structure in the front is the hold fast, which the kelp uses to anchor itself to the ocean floor.

Emma's foot prints in the sand.  The sand on the northern beaches has a fair bit of black mixed in, which makes for beautiful swirling patterns.

Emma’s foot prints in the sand. The sand on the northern beaches has a fair bit of black mixed in, which makes for beautiful swirling patterns.

Heading home.  A quality afternoon's endeavor.

Heading home after a quality afternoon endeavor.

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Are Sunset Photos Cliche?

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I like to do a post on photos every now and then, since those who know me know I like to take photos.  A lot of photos.  So I trolled through my stuff and found many pics I have snapped over the years.  Then I went to BrainyQuotes to find a nice quote to start my post.  I saw this one from Carlos Santana, and I thought “Perfect, he grew up on the West Coast!”

Santana Quote

And then I saw this one by Catherine Opie, and she made me feel bad.

Obie quote

“Catherine Opie who?”, you may ask, as I did.  Well, she is a professor of photography at UCLA, had a show at the Guggenheim, etc, etc.  She specializes in documentary photography, which I guess is not cliche.  Probably it’s chic and important.  But, however banal, lackluster, hackneyed, derivative, and trite it may be, I am forging ahead!  Because who doesn’t like an awesome sunset photo, dammit!  Besides Catherine Opie that is.

Gualala, CA

Gualala, CA

Sunset.Gualala.Big.Sun

Gualala, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

Sunset.Shore birds

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Near Zion, Utah

Near Zion, Utah

Racine, Wi

Racine, WI

Western PA

Western PA

Classic!  Photo of your kids in front of a sunset so beautiful it looks fake.

Classic! Photo of your kids in front of a sunset so beautiful it looks fake.

 

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