Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California

Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California before it became clear that covid-19 was spreading locally & closures started.

After a busy Saturday & Sunday morning, I went out for a calming photo walk at the beach.

Not many people were there. I’m not sure if it was just not warm enough yet, or people were starting to keep their distance already, or if they were just all at the other end where there was a kite festival.

#photo #beach #SocialDistancing #california

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One of at least three sea otters I saw during a few minutes…

One of at least three sea otters I saw during a few minutes walking along the shoreline of Monterey Bay near Old Fisherman's Wharf last weekend. #animals #nature #otters #ocean #Monterey #California

One of at least three sea otters I saw during a few minutes walking along the shoreline of Monterey Bay near Old Fisherman’s Wharf last weekend.

#animals #nature #otters #ocean #Monterey #California

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A flock of birds over sailboats on Monterey Bay. It was raining for most of …

A flock of birds over sailboats on Monterey Bay. It was raining for most of the road trip, but Friday had some nice sunny weather in between storms, and I got to walk along the shore for a bit.

#MontereyBay #California #Birds #Sailboats #ocean #photo

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Wait, *is* that a trail?

Wait, *is* that a trail? There are a lot of branching trails in #HahnPark, and I took one that was steeper than the others because I wanted to make sure I had as much time as possible on top of the ridge before sunset. But after a while I started to wonder. By the time I got here, footing was tricky, and there was one point where I needed to use a hand to brace myself. It wasn't a problem going uphill in daylight, but when I came back down after sunset, I made sure to take the shallower switchback trails instead! #hiking #trail #steep #nature #hillside #California #LosAngeles

Wait, *is* that a trail? There are a lot of branching trails in #HahnPark, and I took one that was steeper than the others because I wanted to make sure I had as much time as possible on top of the ridge before sunset. But after a while I started to wonder. By the time I got here, footing was tricky, and there was one point where I needed to use a hand to brace myself.

It wasn't a problem going uphill in daylight, but when I came back down after sunset, I made sure to take the shallower switchback trails instead!

#hiking #trail #steep #nature #hillside #California #LosAngeles

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Point Vicente: Rock Wren, Lighthouse and Sailboat

At #PointVicente, California: A wren(?) on the side of the cliffs, the iconic view of the cove and the historic #lighthouse, and a #sailboat alone on the sea.

#photo #california #coast

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iNat has suggested the bird is a rock wren.

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Morrell House

The Morrell House, originally built around 1906, now restored in association with the Redondo Beach Historical Museum.

One of these days I’m actually going to go there when it’s open, instead of stopping on the way somewhere else.

I did decide that the hidden light and the old house might have some #spooky potential, and ran it through some effects filters. Not sure if I succeeded.

#photo #house #historic #California

Morrell House

Morrell House

Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the …

Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the city doesn’t allow). Then they painted the house bright pink with giant 😜 and 🀐 emoji on it. Now the neighbors are complaining about the mural, but the city says it’s on private property πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Honestly I’m surprised – it sounds like the kind of area that would mandate specific shades of beige paint.

(LA Times, paywall)

#EmojiHouse #weird #LosAngeles #California

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-05/neighborhood-battle-over-emoji-house-manhattan-beach

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I don’t think there’s *quite* enough detail on the seagull here to identify the species!

I found this while looking for old pictures to submit to iNaturalist. I don’t think there’s *quite* enough detail on the seagull here to identify the species!

The ship, incidentally, is the Queen Mary, launched in the 1930s as a transatlantic liner. It’s been permanently docked in Long Beach, California for several decades and is now run as a hotel.

#FotoFails #Seagull #ship #QueenMary #California

Queen Mary (ship) and Blurry Seagull.

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Interesting: A few miles from Hearst Castle, a trash collector spent 50 years cobbling together …

Interesting: A few miles from Hearst Castle, a trash collector spent 50 years cobbling together his house out of junk and found objects. As Cambria became more trendy in the 1970s, neighbors wanted him to tear down the multi-level “eyesore,” while others saw Nitt Witt Ridge as a folk art monument. It’s still there, and still a controversy within the city and its historical society.

#weird #california #history #folkart

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-19/nitt-witt-ridge-folk-art-hearst-castle

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This seems like the kind of roadside construction that would fit in with American Gods’ cosmology. More like The House on the Rock than Hearst Castle, despite the proximity.

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A history of maps showing California as an island…

A #history of #maps showing #california as an island…which apparently persisted long beyond the point that expeditions had confirmed it was part of the mainland.

California, an island? Meet cartography’s most persistent mistake

The Glen McLaughlin Collection brings together more than 700 historical examples of ‘California as an island’.

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Fly away! This crane was standing on the road around, swaying back and forth and looking upward like it was dancing or something, until it finally decided to fly off

Fly away! This crane was standing on the road around, swaying back and forth and looking upward like it was dancing or something, until it finally decided to fly off

Photo taken at: Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center

Fly away! This crane egret was standing on the road around #MadronaMarsh, swaying back and forth and looking upward like it was dancing or something, until it finally decided to fly off.

#EarthDay #birds #nature #wings #california #marsh

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Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year!

#LosAngeles #winter #mountains #california

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I did some minimal processing on the Night Sight version in GIMP and cropped it. …

I did some minimal processing on the Night Sight version in GIMP and cropped it. I really don’t like any of the crops I tried, though – I guess I dislike this square one the least?

#photography #officeBuildings #california #nightsight

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A few scenic shots taken around the Long Beach Convention Center during Long Beach Comic Con…

A few scenic shots taken around the Long Beach Convention Center during Long Beach Comic Con over the past weekend.

The first is a new walkway that connects the main entrance to the convention center with a theater around the far side.

The second is a building lit up by the sunset reflecting off a building behind me.

The third is a mural on the side of the convention center *under* the theater.

#photography #LongBeach #California #City #LBCC2018

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We went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it’s in the smoke plume from the wildfire…

We went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it’s in the smoke plume from the wildfire in the nearest mountains. The light was dim & yellow. The sun, when we could see it, was deep red. At night we could see the mountains silhouetted by an orange glow. But the smoke was all high enough we didn’t smell it, and no ashes reached the ground.

#ocfair #holyfire #california #wildfire #orangecounty #carnival
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This is a park at the top of a hill rising up from the Pacific …

This is a park at the top of a hill rising up from the Pacific Ocean. Today there were a zillion crows riding the air currents and occasionally alighting on the fence that separates the park from the steep drop-off.

I liked the idea that the crow might be bristling at the prohibition. But I miss the old signs they used to have on the fence. They had a bit more personality.

#photography #california


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Some sort of flowering scrub brush in the dry part of Madrona Marsh preserve. Some …

Some sort of flowering scrub brush in the dry part of Madrona Marsh preserve. Some parts of the preserve have ponds year-round, some collect rain in winter and spring, and some are always dry land with grass or chaparral.

#photography #nature #california

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