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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, USA, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Santa Monica video performance

Is her name Monica? And if so, is her voice a holy aural delight?

I guess I’ll never know, as I photographed musician and videographer from a distance, and I didn’t summon the nerve to introduce myself and ask about the video. They could’ve been working a PR or marketing angle for the singer-songwriter. Or they might’ve been visitors like me. At the Santa Monica Pier in greater Los Angeles, there are sights and sounds, vibrant colours and excited people. My need to know in most cases gets me into trouble, but I can live with the mystery about these two.

More photos from Santa Monica Pier here

I made the photo on 22 February 2012 with the Canon EOS450D, 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/200s, f/8, ISO100, 150mm focal-length (240mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8KV.

AT+T Park, San Francisco, CA, USA

Fotoeins Friday: Baseball, America’s pastime

I’ve always had a great fondness for baseball, even for a lad from Vancouver. I loved the gentle ebb-and-flow and the give-and-take of the game. I’ve fond memories of watching the Montreal Expos on Canada’s CBC, with play-by-play from Dave van Horne and Duke Snider, and the call of players like Steve Rogers, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, and Gary Carter. The addition of teams to distant Toronto and nearby Seattle provided more baseball to watch and follow.

I remember exactly where I was when the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1992 World Series and the 1993 World Series. And yes, I’m still upset the Expos never got a chance to play in the 1994 playoffs as one of the favourites, who were 34 games over 500.

Coming to this beautiful San Francisco venue to watch baseball feels like a great privilege with names like Willie McCovey, for whom the adjacent cove is named, and Wille Mays, for whom the front plaza of the stadium is named. I made the above photo from the upper deck at a Giants game in AT&T Park.

In the photo above, the Cincinnati Reds’ infield players are shifted towards right field to defend against San Francisco’s left-handed ‘pull’ hitter Barry Bonds. Cincinnati went to to win the game 6-3 (game boxscore).

Have you visited San Francisco? What are your highlights from “The City by the Bay”? Please leave your comments below!

I made the photo above on 24 August 2006. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com, and also appears on Travel Photo Thursday for Nancie McKinnon’s Budget Travelers Sandbox.

San Francisco: Ocean Beach, alone & deep in thought

In March 2012, I visited Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Caifornia. What’s left of the Sutro Baths invite people to walk in, through, and around the ruins. A benefit to visiting, even on a very windy day, is the proximity to the water, the Pacific Ocean.

Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths, San Francisco, CA, USA

Standing a few metres away from the water, I saw a woman standing alone in front of the surf. Although it was windy and some surf was reaching the ruins, the woman stood still for minutes, looking out into the ocean.

Briefly, I feared she was contemplating a jump into the ocean. But my fears were unfounded, as she eventually walked away and back up the slope towards the parking lot.

Whatever she was thinking, I hope she found what she was looking.

I made this photo at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on 18 March 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Santa Monica, CA: Route 66 ends at the Pier

February 2012.

In greater Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Pier is a well-described attraction and visited by many. As a boy watching tv-show exteriors and locations from southern California, I’ve always wanted to visit Santa Monica and its Pier. Yes, the Pier is a tourist trap, but I cannot resist either beach or the ocean.

I was staying with friends living in Santa Monica, and on a warm sunny February afternoon, I walked to the Pier in 20 minutes, and spent a number of hours finding the end to highway US-66, admiring the 1909 Santa Monica Pier and the beach, and communing with the Pacific.

The western terminus to US route 66 is at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, but the more “natural” extension west to the ocean leads to Santa Monica Pier. The latter is more “myth and legend”, partly because an expansive view of beach and the Pacific are more attractive than an ordinary urban intersection#.

I suppose it’s patently obvious but it’s worth repeating: you cannot drive a car onto the end of the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors must park elsewhere, and get their feet walking (or smaller portable wheels rolling) onto the pier proper. And at the end of the pier, one might lean on the wood railing and stare into the waters of the Pacific, and think about where and how far their journey has gone or yet to go: if it’s to mark the start of a Route 66 road trip, if it marks the end of a Route 66 drive which began halfway across the country in Chicago, or if it marks the first phase of a year-long around-the-world trip.

#Route 66: America’s Longest Small Town“, Jim Hinckley (Voyageur Press, Minneapolis), 2017.

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Venice Beach, promenade, Los Angeles, California, USA

Venice Beach, California

A walk along the promenade along Venice Beach promises the following:

  • a wide array of people, both residents living nearby and travelers from afar;
  • street art, street food, street wares;
  • and there’s always a surprise.

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