Taken on my Way to LA, over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in the vast Southwest of the USA.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located high on a hilltop offering dramatic views of San Diego. In the interior of the building there are quarters. The nearby shoreline is scenic (photographs tomorrow) making this area a must see item for visitors to San Diego.
At the shore of the tony Southland town of La Jolla is a seal rookery. It is inhabited by barking seals, seabirds and a few squirrels. The place stinks to high heaven with the pungent aroma of rotten fish. This makes the rookery controversial with local residents. At night I could smell it while walking past the outdoor dining area of a few restuarants.
One of my favorite pastimes is asking people on the street if I can take their picture. Most say yes.
These are the images of summer which is nearly at its end. People are passionate about these activities, or at a minimum they were looking for a bit of relaxation at the beach. I don’t know how anyone could stand that cold water without a wetsuit. Most of the photos are from Ocean Beach in San Diego with a few from “La Joya” up the coast.
You can go to the shore and watch waves continuously changing the view. Come back in a hundred years and the rocks will look about the same. Over time water erodes rocks into beautiful patterns. At first glance the colors are drab, but with a little magic they can be brilliant. Another characteristic of water is that it reflects, but slight ripples cause interesting distortions.
Things can be anything you want them to be. The captions I give photos are often how they first strike me. Some of the rocks resemble a view from an aircraft or a satellite even though they were taken on the ground. The reflections make me imagine a place where matter and antimatter meet.
The first 4 photographs were made at the reflecting pond for the Balboa Park Botanical Building in San Diego. The park houses many museums and the weather in San Diego is always perfect. The remainder are from Ocean Beach in San Diego.
I hope these photos are not too touristy, at least I passed on most of the better known items.