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When asteroids strike

When you wake up to the fact that asteroids are hitting the planet and people are being harmed, it kind of puts a weird slant on the day. On the upside, the asteroid did not hit anywhere close to me and it was a magnificent summer day in the middle of February. Tanya suggested I take a bike ride up to Point Vicente and try to shoot some whales, which sounded like a great idea . . ., but things happened, Point Vicente did not. After a couple detours I headed out to the Manhattan Beach because there were sightings of several dolphins off the pier.

When I got to the pier I realized I had not shot from below the pier so I decided to try there for a while. When I went up top I discovered that there were several dolphins in the area, but all too far for my lens. I then stopped by Brewco and tried a Smog City Amarilla Gorilla. I think I found my new favorite beer from them. On the way home I happened across a “Yes on A” demonstration and since they put out the effort to be there, I put out the effort to photograph them. I don’t have a position on it as I don’t live there, so the photos are just that, photos not a statement. The last photos are from Strand Brewing Company, a great microbrewery in Torrance, who is celebrating their third year of brewing. Continue reading

50 shades of South Bay gray; a day at the beach

Every once in a while I need to just take a day off, away from the house for a while, and yesterday was that day. I had been seeing Facebook status updates mentioning big surf was coming and I figured that with the rain clouds that it would make for some nice photographs. Since Tanya has been feeling a lot better for the last few weeks, she has been able to use her Canon Rebel again; so she was excited to join me. Without bothering to look at the surf report, we headed over to the beach.

We started off at the breakwater at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. While the waves crashing over the breakwater I was hoping to capture did not exist, there were quite a few surfers out there enjoying the swells. We then ventured over to the Hermosa Beach Pier to see if there might be some more dramatic scenery or surfers by the pier. There wasn’t. After several minutes it started to rain a little, so we used the opportunity to move along to the Manhattan Beach Pier. I knew that even if there was nothing else happening, we could go to the Roundhouse Aquarium.

We happened to park right around the corner from Brewco and since we had a nice time the first time we were there we stopped in out of the rain for a bit. After meeting the GM and setting a date for a Business & Beer gathering we headed down to the pier and a visit to the Roundhouse Aquarium. It is small but pretty cool. If you are in the neighborhood stop in and bring the kids. Continue reading

Whale watching at Point Vicente

Every year at this time, California gray whales migrate down the coast of California to Baja and their breeding grounds. The other day I read that there were a record number of sightings, so Tanya and I took a drive up to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes to see if we could photograph some as they swam by. I managed to get a couple of shots, but as the sun was setting the glare on the water made it a little difficult to spot them and get the shot before they went under water again.

It was a nice sunset though, so even if I did not get the precise shot I was hoping for, it was a pretty sunset and that made for some nice photo opportunities. Continue reading

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