Coin and Credit Card Operated Binoculars – Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach Pier

New credit card and coin operated binoculars at the Huntington Beach Pier

This new coin operated binocular was installed on the Huntington Beach Pier. Nothing special except it’s now able to accept credit cards. I’ve never used one of these, but I’m not sure I’d like to pay the fifty cent price with a credit card.

Either way the city will generate more revenue by adding this option, I’m sure people watching at the pier is a popular pastime.

However, if they really want to modernize them, it should include an option to snap a photo and post it on the user’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. Then I’ll be impressed!

This one is located just near the Kite Connection store, it faces the north side of the pier. Which by the way (the Kite Connection) has several live beach cams which can be accessed here.

As for the picture itself, it was taken with a Nikon D7000 (f/7.1, ISO 200, 1/1000 sec) at 80mm with a Nikon 80-200 2.8D ED-AF lens. I then cropped it on PS and slightly enhanced the shadows.

Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo

Eating bamboo

Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo poses for the camera!

Seeing this giant panda was the highlight of our day at the San Diego Zoo. It was my first time going and we had so much fun. If you recall, last year we had a great experience during our Safari Park overnight visit, you can read more about that here and my full review with lots of photos here.

When we arrived at the panda exhibit, the line was at least 30 minutes long. Yes, it’s that popular. It was the only area of the park where we had to wait in line. Lucky for us a giant panda was in plain view, laying on it’s back munching on bamboo.

He would turn and look at the crowd every once in while, which is when I captured this photo. But overall, he was more interested in his food. Because they try to move everyone along, you really only have a few minutes to view them. The second smaller panda was up on a tree, looking away from us so I couldn’t take a decent photo of it.

Seems to me the panda life is the way to go. Free food and completely stress free.

Guitarist on the first day of summer in Huntington Beach

1st day of summer

Guitarist on the first day of summer in Huntington Beach

Today was the first day of summer and I headed out to Huntington Beach. The crowds were large and the breeze was cool. It was a picture perfect day. While walking on the pier, this musician was doing his thing for the crowd.

Whether you’re a good musician or not, it takes some level of confidence to play out in the open for strangers. I couldn’t do it, but then again I’m not that good either.

Either he had just started or wasn’t that good, because when I dropped money into his case it was empty. I’d like to think he was on his first song of the day. Either way, it was the beginning of his set and also the beginning of the summer. Hope he does better as the months go on.

Memorial Paddle Out in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach

Kelly Morehouse Memorial Paddle Out in Huntington Beach

Earlier today on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier a large group of surfers gathered to remember Kelly Morehouse. Besides the 100+ surfers in the water, even more gathered on the pier to be part of this memorial.

According to the LATimes, Kelly had just gotten engaged and was riding on a motorcycle with her fiancee when they were struck by a drunk driver. She died and her fiancee was hospitalized.

In the surfing community in is customary for friends and family to gather in this way (called a Paddle Out) when someone in their group passes away.

I didn’t know her but I’m sure she would have loved that so many people gathered to remember her.

A Rubber Duck’s Journey in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Pier

Thousands of rubber ducks wait the big dump at the 2013 Huntington Beach Duck-a-Thon

Earlier today my wife and I spent the day at the 21st Annual Duck-a-Thon event in Huntington Beach. It’s a fundraiser where people can purchase a rubber duck, name it then added to thousands of others on a tractor and tossed over the side of the pier. The current pushes them towards the shore and the first hundred or so ducks that reach the beach win a prize. Cool huh?

I’ve shared photos of this event in the past, but it’s just so much fun that I had to share it again this year. You can see the photo of the big toss over the pier below.

As for our little duckie, no it didn’t come in first, nor did we win any prizes, but we were able to take it home after it survived some rough waters and a few rouge beach goers who tried to walk away with them! But in the end, it’s all in good fun and we loved it.
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