Female surfer at Surf City USA – Huntington Beach

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Female surfer at Surf City USA – Huntington Beach.

There’s a reason why Huntington Beach is called “Surf City USA“, any day of the week one can find dozens if not hundreds of surfers at the beach. Don’t think surfing is only for males either, I captured this young woman surfing with the big boys.

In fact, this girl was making the best out of every wave, big or small. They always say surfers are in search of the perfect wave, the truth is many of them spend about 50% of the time in the water waiting. This girl did very little waiting, she would catch every wave that came her way. In fact the wave she rode on the image above was very small. Yet she made the most of it and caught some air, allowing me capture her in this nice action shot.

By the way, if you’re wondering how I took this photo. She was surfing off the side of the Huntington Beach pier, which is where I was standing. Using a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8D AF-ED lens made it fairly easy.

Duck-A-Thon at the Huntington Beach Pier

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The 19th Annual Duck-A-Thon Festival at the Huntington Beach Pier. (Purchase photo)

Earlier today my wife and I attended the annual Duck-A-Thon event at the HB Pier. It’s a three day local fundraiser for the Huntington Beach Community Clinic. Instead of holding a raffle, the organizers sell little yellow rubber ducks for as little as $10, up to several hundred dollars each.

Today several thousand rubber ducks, with the name and number of the person who purchased it, were dumped over the side of the Huntington Beach Pier. As the tide pushes them ashore, the first 60 rubber ducks will win a prize for their owners! This is a much better way to hold a fundraiser, a twist from the regular raffles we often see.

My wife and I purchased a duck, but we left prior to all the ducks coming in, so we’re not sure if our duck was a champ! It was a fun day, the event isn’t over yet, they’ll do it again tomorrow, but this time the ducks purchased by companies will make the plunge.

If you missed this event, don’t forget to visit our partner site for weekly Orange County Deals and events similar to this one.

Large purple flower plant in Old Town San Diego

Large purple flower plant in Old Town San Diego.

I’ve tried to search for the proper name of this plant for several days now, but I guess my id process of googling for “purple plant” has resulted in zero hits with similar pictures. This particular bush/plant is located in Old Town San Diego, but I’m sure there are others in the area.

Not sure if you can tell from the image, but it’s at least 9 ft tall if not more. The bees and bumble bees were having a feast on the purple flowers.

If anyone knows the proper name of this plant/flower, please share it below with a comment, I would really appreciate it!

House on Stilts – an East LA landmark?

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House on stilts – 1219 Dodds Circle in Boyle Heights/City Terrace area of East Los Angeles.

My parents have lived in Boyle Heights for over 35 years and this home on stilts is within eyesight of their front yard. I don’t know when it was built or if it was there when my parents moved to the neighborhood, but as a young kid I recall this home being there.

The home on 1219 Dodds Circle was made famous when it was showcased in the 1995 Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino film Heat. The back side, which faces west, must have spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline. Although I’m not sure how safe I would feel knowing that my home is held up by only 5 steel rods! Either way it’s an interesting home, it’s almost like an East LA landmark…well unofficially.

Want to see how it looks from the base? Check it out on Google Street View, be sure to move the camera up!

Any other local residents want to add there knowledge of this home on stilts? If so leave a comment below!

The Georgian Hotel – Art Deco – Santa Monica

Santa Monica Art Deco Georgian Hotel

The Georgian Hotel – Art Deco style – Santa Monica

One of the perks of working on the west side is being surrounded by historical buildings that make this area so unique. The Georgian Hotel is one of these buildings. Located on 1415 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, it’s located just north of the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier.

It originally opened in the early 1930’s and represents the Art Deco and Romanesque Revival style some buildings were being designed at the time. From the Georgian Hotel’s website, they state that “Hollywood’s elite flocked to Santa Monica to escape the heat of the San Fernando Valley, hoping to enjoy the cool summer breezes and the exclusivity of the beach”.

Currently, if you visit the Santa Monica Pier, you can’t miss this colorful building. It faces the ocean, almost as though its lounging in the sand taking in the sun!

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