Last summer I posted about walking around the Venice Canals on a grey, dismal day. That same day I took a few shots of Venice Beach too. The canals are a couple of blocks inland from the beach.
Abbot Kinney founded Venice of America in 1905. He visualized recreating Venice, Italy on the shores of Los Angeles. To make a much longer story short, he won a coin toss and chose the swamp lands south of Santa Monica. Like all such visionaries, people thought he was crazy.
The mural is by Rip Cronk who painted many murals around Venice in the late 70s. However, this one was created in 2004.
There is nothing worse than being at Venice Beach, or any beach for that matter, when the sun refuses to come out. But June Gloom is the worst. It is dark and hazy and bleahhhhhhh. Don’t come to LA in June, is all I have to say! In recent years June Gloom has expanded to Grey (or Gray, depending on your inclination) May. So don’t come in May either…
I wonder what Abbot Kinney would think of today’s Venice Beach. It’s a great tourist trap. And on a clear, sunny day the wide beach is spectacular.
I lived right on Ocean Front Walk a few decades ago when it was fun for me. Now in my older age, it is not one of my favorite places. I prefer the Santa Monica Pier for my beach-going.
After visiting the canals earlier in the day I was wandering around looking for things to photograph. This is the most amazing fire hydrant I have ever seen. True grunge art.
A person hole (formerly known as a manhole) cover.
I’m always attracted to anything purple. I took several photos of these flowers and when I looked at them in Lightroom I was surprised to see all the light shining through the centers.
Painted on the side of a food truck parked in the street.
Self portrait. I’m standing in front of the palm tree. This globe is over the doorway of an apartment house.
A colorful mural on Pacific Avenue.
An unintentional abstract art painting. If I could have cut this off the building I’m sure I could have sold it for $10,000. Although I could also see it hanging in my living room.
I have thousands of other photos of Venice. I’m sure you can’t wait to see them! No worries…
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