Santa Monica colorful Ferris Wheel

colorful santa monica ferris wheel

The colorful Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel

As a young kid I recall visiting the Santa Monica Pier and it was dull and run down, but seems today it’s so colorful. I guess the attendance and money from millions of tourists each year have paid off for the pier. I also wasn’t aware that the ferris wheel is part of the amusement park on the pier called Pacific Park. I guess as a visitor, its all simply the Santa Monica pier rides, shops, etc.

You can read a complete history of the pier and the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier’s web site.

Ferris wheels are always being photographed, we’ve featured others here in the past, like this night shot of the Irvine Spectrum Ferris Wheel. And I’m sure we’ll have more in the future.

Downtown Disney orange water fountain

Downtown Disney water fountain

Downtown Disney’s colorful water fountain in Anaheim.

Downtown Disney is always a colorful place to visit. Located just outside of the Disney front gates, one can visit for a short period of time and get the feel of Disneyland without having to enter the park itself.

Each weekend this area is full of local and international tourists. The area has multiple stores, restaurants, sports bars and concert venue. Home to the ESPN Sports Bar, movie theaters, Disney Hotel and the House of Blues, makes this place a center of attraction in the Anaheim area.

It’s also a great deal in Orange County, parking is free for the first 3 hours, more than enough time to walk and have some ice cream, take in a movie or eat at one of the restaurants. Or simply take a leisurely photo walk, that’s what I did this past weekend. The area is very “Disney” with colorful building, live music and an overall family atmosphere. A perfect place to take pictures.

Dancers at the Brazilian Carnaval 2011 Los Angeles

Los Angeles Brazilian Carnaval 2011 Nokia

Dancers at the Brazilian Carnaval 2011 – Los Angeles Club Nokia

Going on it’s 11th year, the Brazilian Carnaval explodes with music, dance and an array of costumes. The event takes place at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The atmosphere has a unique “Carnival” feel, with traditional Samba dancers and Capoeira, the traditional Afro Brazilian Martial Art dance show.

Carnaval, is the annual celebration before Lent, and is the most famous holiday in Brazil. The country stops completely for about a week and festivities are 24 hours a day! Now that’s the way to throw a party. 🙂 This is my second year attending the Los Angeles version of this event and I’m sure it wont be the last.

Because of the fast and constant movements by the Samba dancers above, it makes it very difficult to take non-blurred photos with a traditional compact camera as seen above. However, in this case it worked perfectly, giving the image a sense of movement.

Foster Farms imposter chickens driving

Imposter Chickens

A couple of Foster Farms imposter Chickens driving a car?

While attending a local car show in the City of Orange, amongst the many hot rods and antique vehicles, it seemed these two chickens were prepared to take a ride! Well not really, but it was such a funny setup that I had to take a quick snapshot.

This sighting prompted me to look up the real Foster Farms imposter chickens. To my surprise, there commercials have been around since 1993! I had no idea it’s been that long, I guess it’s true what they say, age snowballs after 40!

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