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My private island – part two


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As I mentioned in My private island – part one, we were experiencing May Gray when I embarked on my two-day birthday trip to Catalina Island. As I boarded the Catalina Express at 9:00am Monday morning, there was light rain.

I was hoping by the time we reached our destination the sun would be blazing away. No such luck. But although the weather was trying pretty hard to dampen my enthusiasm, I am happy to report it did not succeed!

The above photo was taken through the window about half way across. I didn’t feel like exposing myself to the elements that early in the morning. The photo says more than I can about the weather conditions.

catalina island

Walking along the beachfront Crescent Avenue visitors are immediately reminded about the severe drought on the island. A reservoir capacity of 1149 acre feet down to 183 acre feet. Maybe I should skip brushing my teeth? Of course the paradox is how can an island—by definition surrounded by water—be suffering from a lack of it? Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

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Catalina is famous for its tiles and don’t you just love this tile fountain on Crescent Avenue? This was the inspiration for my hand-painted tile “Catalina Cats.” You can see it here on my Hot Out of the Kiln blog.


Avalon Bay with the Carnival Imagination in port.

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As I was walking through town I came across this intriguing sign in a front yard. One can only imagine what this refers to!

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The colorful hibiscus certainly brightened up this dull day with a little sunshine of its own.

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On the walk out of town to the Wrigley Memorial these bougainvillea and palm trees stood out against the gray skies.

A long long time ago there was a bird aviary on Catalina. You can read about it here. Fortunately a lot of the original tile work remains.

The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a 45-minute walk from town (up hill all the way). Once inside the gate it’s another ten minutes to the Memorial itself. But well worth the effort. Click on an image to start the slide show.

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With some limited exceptions, cars are not allowed on the island. Golf cart rentals are very popular and walking back from the Memorial I felt like I was on the freeway with a constant stream of golf carts buzzing by. I prefer to walk as I like to stop and look and take photos. Not to mention working off the fish and chips I ate for lunch!

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Catalina Island used to be full of cats. Probably because for decades the island was used as a dumping ground for unwanted feline pets. On this trip this was only cat I saw… and I doubt he was feral.

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My first day was winding down. With all the walking I did I was ready for the comfort of my hotel room.

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So while others were still enjoying the many activities available on the island, I headed back up the hill.

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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, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

17 thoughts on “My private island – part two

  1. I would have loved that weather (though it doesn’t support photography). We found rains when we were in San Francisco few weeks back, but thoroughly enjoyed!

    That garden looks cool and well maintained 🙂


  2. Beautiful island to spend a vacation! Great photos, Roslyn!


  3. Desalination could help but it’s a costly procession.The tile fountain is a good source of inspiration … and that bougainvillea bushes under the palm trees give so much colour.Nice set of photos,Roslyn,seemingly you had a great time.I liked the figure of the tall cactus with its protruding ears and the no Turkeys sign brough smiles …


  4. What a great trip! Thanks for taking us along, Roslyn. Your photo of the bougainvillea and palm trees is spectacular!


  5. Looks so idyllic, Roslyn. I love the beautiful mosaics and flowers. 🙂


  6. What a great get-away! Wish we could have visited it when we were in Long Beach years ago. My father and a friend visited it years ago and he talked about it being a great trip and remembered it up until his death. Thanks for the tour. We like walking when we travel too. Great shots!


    • Thank you… walking is the best… as I love to stop and look along the way. maybe one of these days you will be able to visit yourself!


  7. Couldn’t resist it- I had to check, but I suspected it would be here. 🙂 I still have warm memories from a fleeting visit, oh, so many years ago.


  8. Thank you for the photographic tour of your private island and for visiting and liking my blog. I love the ornate architecture and the colourful tiles! We’ve had May Grey here on my island, which has morphed into June and July Grey ~ let’s hope the sun burns through soon! 🙂


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