A Bodyboarder in Huntington Beach Does it in Style

If you’re going to go bodyboarding, do it in style and wear a hat!

Although it’s November, here in Southern California it’s still in the mid 70’s at the beach. I noticed this girl in Huntington Beach preparing to go out on her bodyboard wearing colorful fins, gloves and a hat!

As I sat there watching her head out, I noticed others were amused at her outfit (hat). But then it occurred to me, here we were watching her head out and enjoy the surf while the rest of us, like people watching TV, were observing someone enjoy life. If anyone should have been “amused” at anyone, it should have been her at us!

We often criticize or laugh at others for the crazy things people do. But I find that those who don’t care much what others think usually live a much richer life. This bodyboarder was doing what works for her and makes her happy.

Next time I’m out in the sun, I’ll wear my colorful hat too.

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Pigeon Drinking from a Water Faucet at the Huntington Beach Pier

Pigeon drinking from a water faucet at the Huntington Beach Pier

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While walking along the Huntington Beach Pier, everyone was admiring the ocean and clear sky. Me? I was carefully watching a pigeon drinking water out of a faucet!

It was another warm day at the beach in Southern California and while taking a walk on the pier I noticed two pigeons sitting on a sink (created for the fisherman on the pier) trying to drink water out of a faucet. Normally it wouldn’t have caught my attention, except for the bright red/orange eye.

For those interested in the details on the camera setting used to take this shot, here it is.  f/5.6, 1/1000th sec, ISO 160, 120mm focal length (180mm in 35mm focal length). I used a Nikon D7000 with a 80-200mm 2.8 AF-D.

Everyone needs a little “Touch of Venice”

Everyone needs a little “Touch of Venice

I headed over to Venice Beach for a late dinner when I came upon this cool mural called “Touch of Venice”. I’ve seen it during the day, but didn’t really notice it as much as I did tonight. The night sky seemed to frame the mural perfectly, especially from the angle I took the photo above.

You can see (from a different angle) that the mural, created by the artist Jonas Never, covers the side of Danny’s Deli on Windward Avenue. I had to walk into the parking lot in order to get the frontal view of the wall.

There’s a quote on the left side of the mural that reads, “Like a dream I remember from an easier time…“.

Surfer At The Water’s Edge in Huntington Beach

A surfer at the waters edge in Huntington Beach

They say we came from the sea and well…all that stuff, but I know that certain people are drawn religiously to the ocean.  They’ll skip out on school, work and sometimes even family. They’re called surfers. They are drawn to the water’s edge and beyond.

I capture lot’s of photos that include surfers, mostly in Huntington Beach. Each have their own ritual as they prepare to enter the water. Most stretch at the beach and spend a little time looking at the waves to see how they plan to surf it.

But there is one thing many surfers always do. They pause momentarily at the waters edge right before they enter. As if to say, “I’m committing to this and there’s no turning back, so I might as well do my best and have fun”.

Perhaps it’s something most of us should do before we take on a large job, task or project. If you’re going to do something, do it right and have fun doing it.

Photo above was taken on the south side of the Huntington Beach pier. It’s also part of the City Daily Photo theme day The Waters Edge gallery for November.

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!

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