Aliens invade the Huntington Beach Pier

aliens visit Huntington Beach

Aliens invade the Huntington Beach Pier!

Well maybe not real aliens, but he sure looked like he came from another planet! Of course I’m referring to the small monster holding the performers tip can.

This was the perfect weekend to be outdoors and I took advantage of it. With temperatures in the upper 70’s at the beach and in the 90’s inland, it was an easy choice…the beach! While taking some surfing photos before the NSSA National Open at the Huntington Beach Pier, I noticed this street performer playing a guitar and drums at the same time. However it was his little alien friend that won the audience over.

I got down low to the floor and captured this visitor from mars and his side-kick guitar player. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so excited summer is finally arriving in Southern California, seems the best photo opts come out this time of year.

Bamboo powered van in Santa Monica

bamboo van

Bamboo powered van?

Earlier today in Santa Monica I spotted this bamboo covered van. At first sight, it looked like a junked up old van, upon a closer look I realized it was being used for a website that promotes the use of bamboo.

I didn’t get a look at the interior, I wonder if the seats are made of bamboo too? Maybe not, that would make for a very bumpy ride over Santa Monica pot-holed infested streets! However, it’s a clever way to promote the use of bamboo!

Diner on Main Alhambra Car Show

alhambra car show

Diner on Main – Alhambra Car Show

Southern California is home to dozens of local car shows, like the Huntington Beach Woody car show, but last night I spent some time in Alhambra where the retro 1950’s Diner on Main hosted a car show.

I captured the photo above just as a 1965 Mustang Fastback drove by. At the parking lot, car aficionados were able to see some pretty cool cars. One of my favorites was a 1951 Chevy Sport Coupe. Funny, I just noticed my reflection on the chrome bumper! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another nice classic find was a 1956 VW Microbus 23 window, at least that’s what it looked like to me. Honestly, there were so many cars available for viewing, it’s impossible to show them all here.

Metal detectors at Huntington Beach

metal detectors Huntington Beach

Metal detectors at Huntington Beach – “Finders Keepers Losers Weepers”

Do you ever notice those people with metal detectors at parks and beaches? I see them all the time and often wonder what they find. But more so, I envy them. Why? Because it reminds me of being a child and the excitement of a treasure hunt! We all remember the phrase “finders keepers, losers weepers”!

As a kid I remember digging a hole in the backyard, placing some coins then covering it up. I would then write a treasure map with exact steps and diagram showing where the “treasure” was located. The plan was to wait several months or years then use the map to find the treasure. Of course as most are impatient, it was only a few minutes or hours after creating the map that I went out to find the lost treasure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I guess for the metal detector people I see at the beach, its the same enjoyment. It’s probably not what you find, but the act of searching for the unknown “treasure” we all dreamed about as a child.

La Casa Primera cauldron and pump – Pomona

cauldron Pomona

Cauldron at La Casa Primera historical site in Pomona.

While attending a photography “meet up” at the Casa Primera, which translates to “first home”, I captured this image of an old cauldron and pump. The historical site is surrounded by regular homes and the full vegetation that surrounds the grounds creates a natural barrier. So much so, that I drove by several times without noticing the place.

I didn’t have my Nikon DSLR with me, instead I carried my trusty Canon G10 which is what I used to get the image. It’s a nice photo, but the overexposure on the bottom center rock bugs me. Oh well, we can’t always hit home runs! If you’re ever in the Pomona area, this place is a nice hidden treasure.

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