Quonset Hut on Broadway & 9th in Santa Monica

Quonset Hut on Broadway & 9th in Santa Monica

Earlier today while doing my rounds in Santa Monica, I came upon this little old rusty hut standing eye to eye against the surrounding apartment building that was built around it. According to Curbed LA, the developer built an apartment building with 97 units around the steel hut.

Not sure if the quonset hut has been in Santa Monica for some time, but according to some quick online research, these were produced in the early days of World War II, so I’m guessing it yes. I’m not sure exactly why it held out to the big developers, but visually it catches the eye to anyone who drives through this intersection.

Currently the hut is some type of cafe or something, I’m really not sure. Next time I’m in the area I’ll stop by and take a closer look. Funny how you’ll find interesting sights in your neighborhood if you stop and pay attention!

Santa Monica Yacht Harbor sign at entrance of the pier

Santa Monica Yacht Harbor sign at entrance of the pier.

For the past several years Santa Monica has been my second home. A few minutes away from this iconic pier, which draws millions of visitors each year, is my office. What do I do? Well in an ants world I would be classified as a “worker”.

Early each morning I take the long drive from the San Gabriel Valley to Santa Monica, the 10 freeway has since become my third home. Yes it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Some people may talk about what they do at work or how their office is so “cool”. I don’t, my office is typical, but the city it’s in isn’t.

I have the luxury of eating lunch outdoors with palm tree covered sidewalks. Or walking out into a star covered sky overlooking the pier and Pacific Ocean as a enjoy my late night dinner. This was the case the other night as I captured this image of the glowing lights on the Santa Monica Pier sign.

Not a bad life for a “worker” ant, huh?

Surfer With Shark Painted Surfboard in Huntington Beach

Surfer riding a cool shark painted surfboard.

Earlier today while taking a walk on the Huntington Beach Pier, I noticed a surfer with a very unique surfboard. It appears to be painted as a shark, the orange/red board stood out from the rest of the pack. Add the fact that the man surfing was also a good surfer, made the opportunity for a clear shot very possible.

The surf was about 3 to 5 ft with the occasional 6 ft waves so it was a good day to be out surfing or, like me, taking pictures. I recently got back from a trip to Maui, which was great, but I still love capturing photos from the Southern California area, especially Huntington Beach.

Some of you have emailed me recently asking what camera equipment I use to take the pictures you see on this site. As promised, I list them below. I mainly use two camera’s, a DSLR and a Point and Shoot compact. I don’t carry both of them with me all the time, but at least one is always nearby.

But like any photographer will tell you, it’s not the equipment that takes pictures, it’s the person behind the camera. After all, if you bake a great tasting pie, the cook takes the credit not the oven right? So go out with whatever camera you have or can afford to purchase and take lots of pictures!

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