One Good Life in Los Angeles

Roslyn's observations about places and events around Southern California

Spur of the moment beach walk

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santa monica beach Last week was really a downer for me. Not only was I without a computer but I had a family issue I was dealing with… back and forth on a decision I didn’t want to make because I didn’t know which was the right way to go… so I was in a dark place. Yesterday the decision was pretty much made for me… it’s not a good situation but today I felt that weight was at least off my shoulders.

santa monica beach This morning I had things to do but I decided life is short and “things” can wait. I read Mark Bialczak’s blog post about sub-zero temperatures in Syracuse, New York and I thought, how lucky can I be living in Southern California with 70F (21C) degree weather and the sun shining… I didn’t want to spend the day hunched over the computer!

http://markbialczak.com/2015/01/13/feeling-negative-from-the-start/So I ran out the door, jumped on the Metro #733 bus and pretty soon I was at the Santa Monica Pier. Aaaaahhhh, I already felt a million times better.

I have a ton of photos of the pier so today I mainly wanted to breathe the air and enjoy staring at the ocean. I really liked the texture and color of the above photo, pretty much the way it came out of the camera with just a little sharpening. It doesn’t even look like water, does it?

santa monica beach I just managed to get this photo with a tad of water on the left… would have been better with another quarter of an inch but I would have had to dangle off the side of the pier so I felt lucky to get this.

santa monica beach These white stars are at various locations on the pier. I don’t know what they signify. Maybe nothing. But I like them.

santa monica beach While on the pier I decided to treat myself to my favorite greasy tuna melt. Very unhealthy but delicious. So to compensate I walked the 2 1/2 miles along Ocean Front Walk from the pier to Windward Avenue in Venice so I could catch the Culver City #1 bus. That’s one of the many advantages of taking the bus as I don’t have to walk back to my car.

So obviously, the above photo is looking back to the pier. That’s the bike path all those people are walking along…

santa monica beach

A view of the pier through the palm trees. Really, today I felt like I was on vacation in some exotic foreign land… and all just a short bus ride away.

santa monica beach Walking, walking, walking. No cars allowed here, just bikes, roller skaters and pedestrians.

santa monica beach I like this little play on words, loosely translated as “A clean beach is within our arm’s reach.”

santa monica beach These storm fences make a nice abstract composition.

santa monica beach A Santa Monica seagull. I liked the black and white art deco motif on his tail. This little rascal did not want to pose for me. Every time I clicked the shutter he turned his head away. Gotcha!

santa monica beach Now we have arrived in Venice. Can you tell the difference? There is a distinct feel in the air with the first footstep over the city limits from Santa Monica. Just for the record, Venice is a district in the City of Los Angeles, whereas Santa Monica is a separate city unto itself (but within Los Angeles County).

santa monica beach

For one thing, you would never see a drinking fountain decorated like this in Santa Monica. Also in Santa Monica the beach birds are Seagulls. In Venice they are Pigeons. Only kidding…

santa monica beach Now for some history. I lived in Venice in the mid to late 70s. Yes I am that ancient. This was the apartment building we called home, right on Ocean Front Walk in the middle of the action. Back then our living/dining area was on the left hand side where now they sell t-shirts, umbrellas and boogie boards. On the right, where the smoke shop is now, was our bedroom.

Every time I walk past this building I get such a weird feeling seeing all these strangers walking around in my former home and I think of us still watching TV and eating dinner in there!

A lot of things have happened since those days to me and the world. Gosh, how did I get through each day with no computer and no internet? It was a cruel and barbaric era!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

30 thoughts on “Spur of the moment beach walk

  1. I too like the textures of several of the pictures. Sometimes you have to shut the door on worries. Good to get out and walk around.
    Looking at old pictures from the ’70s and the memories they bring. Sigh……. from another ancient. 🙂

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    • Yes, walking outside, especially by the ocean is the best anti-depressant. I have a whole ton of photos from the 70s of Venice and Santa Monica…. I keep threatening to drag them out and scan them in but so time consuming… “one of these days!”

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  2. A walk at the beach is a great way to cure the blues. That must feel strange to see people shopping in your former home. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures!

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  3. I smiled at your descriptions. I live near the New Jersey beaches and we have the upper class Stone Harbor-Avalon beach and farther south is the rinky-dink, ticky-tacky (but very fun especially for kids) Wildwood. If you live near water you are lucky. I have a three hour drive to get there and this time of year, it’s cold and windy.

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  4. What great pictures. Enjoyed all of them and I can only imagine how weird it is to see your former home turned into a public space. 🙂

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    • I think you hit the nail on the head, if it was still an apartment house with people living there instead of being stores now, I could accept it.

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  5. Ros, you know I needed to take this trip to the pier with you. Thank you so much for my little California vacation. Your photos are the lift I need on this Wednesday night. Oh, warmth through my iPad!

    Santa Monica, the boardwalk, is just striking. The palms, the water, the walkers on the bike path, the white stars, the whole deal. Lovely.

    And I do feel the change in vibe as we move to Venice. I don’t think you’re kidding about the seagulls and pigeons, either.

    I love seeing the house where you lived, Ros. If it makes you feel any better, I could have lived right there with you in the ’70s. We’re compadres in age. I can see how you loved it, and how it’s eerie seeing others there instead of you.

    I’m so glad you hopped the bus and took me to your past, Ros. Thank you. I needed this. ❤

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  6. Sometimes situations do resolve themselves unassisted and all that angst was for nothing, but you can’t beat a walk. 🙂 For years I was holed up in an office and hated it! What a trendy place to live! I’m always curious about the occupants if I pass somewhere I have lived. It’s all on display for you 🙂

    Love the Iberian art too 🙂

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    • Thanks Jo, procrastination is my middle name… I have found most of the time things do resolve themselves if I leave them long enough…. badly or well… but I still go through all the hand wringing!

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  7. So nice to walk with you in the warm sunshine! It’s been a bit chilly lately, so it felt good to have some sun on my skin! 😉

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  8. Beautiful pictures – they look extra nice when it is winter!

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  9. I really enjoyed this walk with you. It’s wonderful to see all that sunshine and warmth. Your images are beautiful. 🙂

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  10. Lovely pictures.

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  11. First of all, I’m glad that you decided to get out of the ‘blue’ and took a spontaneous trip. 🙂
    Thank you for telling us the difference between Santa Monica & Venice Beach.., as I only know them from US TV shows and had no ideas…

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  12. That fountain with the feathers is hilarious. Santa Monica is a beautiful place. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I tried to reply via the RMW post that you used but it is no longer active. You may want to update that. (The note I got said your site has been deleted.)

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    • Just found this comment…. thanks, I keep telling myself I have to spend a day fixing all the glitches on my sites.. I know there are many…. but that time never seems to come!

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  13. P.S. When you figure out what those white stars mean let me know. I’ve wondered myself. Is that little community garden still up the street from the beach, on Santa Monica Boulevard, I think. They had some lovely broken tile art work in there that really complemented the greenery.

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    • Kay, I pass the community garden on Main Street quite often. I know of another one between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway, but can’t remember what side street it is on… maybe that is the one you are referring to. I think there is another one within the city of Santa Monica. It’s nice to know they still exist.

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    • Kay, I have been an REI member for eons… whenever I am in the neighborhood I like to pop into the Santa Monica store and imagine I am getting ready for some exotic expedition!

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  14. Stunning photos! I liked the stars on the pier also. Beautiful California weather! Photos are postcard quality.

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