Strawberry festival time in Southern California

California strawberry festivals

It’s strawberry festival time in Southern California!

I purchased a few baskets of strawberries at a local stand, which reminded me of a few cool strawberry festivals coming up in the next two months.

One of the popular ones is the California Strawberry Festival held in Oxnard, California. This year’s event takes place on May 21 and 22, 2011 at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. I’ve never been to it, but a few family members have and they enjoyed it.

Another one is the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. Held on May 27-30, 2011 in the City of Garden Grove. This is a big three day event with lots of activities for the family.

By the way, the strawberries were delicious. Three baskets only lasted a day and half in my house, time to go out and get more.

Bodyboarder takes time to reflect

bodyboarder at the beach

Bodyboarder takes time to reflect and catch his breath.

While walking on the Huntington Beach Pier, I noticed this bodyboarder take a big hit from a wave. The surf was rough, there were many surfers and a few bodyboarders out, but this guy took a good tumble.

I watched him walk back in from the surf and pause a moment. He must have swallowed some sea water as the waves tumbled him around. I say this because vomited then stood there for a moment, I’m assuming assessing the situation. Being too far out and up on the pier to ask him if he was alright I waited to see his condition. He looked ok after a few moments, soon after I took this photo he walked away as if nothing had happened, I’m assuming back home.

Handmade large birdhouse at the OC MarketPlace

handmade large birdhouse

Colorful handmade large birdhouse – OC MarketPlace.

While at the OC Marketplace swapmeet, I noticed these interesting birdhouses. The gentlemen selling them said it’s hand made by his wife. They had several designs, all in various colors. But these two-story birdhouses were the most interesting.

I’ve never had a birdhouse, let alone built one, so I can only imagine how much work goes into one of these. With seven rooms (holes) and only a one time mortgage payment of $199 (cost of the birdhouse) I’d say it’s a bargain!

I didn’t get the name of the seller or if they had a website. I tried to find them online so I could link to their site, but no such luck. If anyone knows if they do have a website for their handmade birdhouses let me know. Otherwise you can find them at the OC MarketPlace in Costa Mesa, California.

Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran acoustic concert

Simon from Duran Duran

Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran during a special acoustic show at the Grammy Museum – 2011.

My wife and I spent the evening tonight at a special acoustic show featuring Simon from Duran Duran. Event was held at the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown LA. Under 100 people in attendance and of course my wife was thrilled.

With my Canon G12, I was able to capture a few pictures and videos of the event. Because I didn’t want to use flash, I pushed the ISO to 1600, that’s why the photo above has so much noise (specs). The stage was set up with very little light, so I had no choice.

Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach

MOLAA in Long Beach

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California.

Last night I spent a few hours a the Museum of Latin American Art, otherwise known as MOLAA.  We were treated to music by Johnny Polanco, while eating  traditional Puerto Rican and Cuban dishes.

Art and musical events are often held here, for example today March 20, there having a Women’s Day Festival, with free admission.

The building itself is very unique. Using a wide angle setting on my Lumix DMC-ZS6, I made sure to capture the entire building with it’s unique architecture and colors. My camera settings: ISO 200, focal length 25mm, f/3.3, at 1/30 of a second.

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