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December on the Venice Canals – part two

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The second half of my walk through the Venice Canals. Most tourists coming to Venice never see the canals. And truthfully, they are more interested in seeing Venice Beach that they have heard so much about.

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The two areas could not be more different although they were once both part of Abbot Kinney’s idea to emulate Venice, Italy on the shores of Los Angeles in the early 1900s. I’ll write more about the history in another post.

Whereas the canals are very serene and peaceful, the Venice Beach boardwalk is like a circus. I’ll have photos of that area in another post.

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For walking I really prefer the quietude of the canals.

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And stopping to look at the details.

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Oh, those reflections!

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And ducks.

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I’ll be sorry when the holiday decorations come down.

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But even without the decorations the canals are never less than picturesque.

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This cat was very curious about my shoe. Perhaps he could smell some other felines I know.

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Although there are many cats strolling around the canals, ducks rule!

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Dark, dreary, dismal day in Venice

venice californiaWithout going into all the details, I was on a mission to walk around the Venice Canals and Beach. I took the Culver City Bus #1 which travels along Washington Blvd. Starting out in Culver City around 10:30am the sun had not yet broken through. This is known as June Gloom which in the past several years has seeped into Gray May. Until last year I had never know this condition to last all day but now there are indeed some days when the skies stubbornly stay murky with the sun only struggling to show through. Not very often, but nevertheless it is one more new weather event.

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As if the drizzling rain and chilly temps weren’t already bad enough, I discovered that the canals are being dredged by the City of LA for some kind of maintenance or refurbishment project. As you can see, the boats are beached and thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands, of shelled animals have died on the shores.

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I can’t find any information about when the project will be completed. But right now is not the time for a walking tour!

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Fortunately, in the past I’ve taken plenty of picturesque photos of the picturesque canals. So on this day I decided to concentrate on the details. This fence is a creative way to recycle wood.

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This pink flamingo fence always amuses me. I think the rust spots add to the charm.

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There isn’t much bird life out and about on the canals right now as I imagine much of the food supply has disappeared. I waited for quite a while to see if Mother Duck would give her ducklings a swimming lesson but evidently the murky water wasn’t inviting enough. The water level is normally halfway up the second layer of stone slabs.

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I hope this egret was able to scrape up some lunch.

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This cat obviously wasn’t worrying about where lunch was coming from.

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This cactus has a nice fur coat to keep him warm on a June Gloom day!

venice-061015-095-C-800px venice californiaMr. Ant on the top photo was probably looking for some sweet morsel. The brown tubes, past their peak, look as beautiful to me as the fresh green ones.

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Garden gate. I was just using my macro lens at this point so some day I’ll get a shot of the whole gate. But this detail of the top is fascinating in itself.

Some random flowers growing in front yards.

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I wish I had taken more care to get the middle flower in focus but I didn’t realize how beautiful this was until I saw it on the computer screen.

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Another well-fed feline, king of his domain.

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My question is, which came first… the red geraniums or the red fence posts?

You never know what you are going to find when you look. One of the things I love about photography… it makes me pay attention to the details.

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I interpret this as “I am a Miss who is Understood”… but you can be negative if you want!

Ten days later: we are experiencing higher temperatures once again and the sun is emerging in the afternoons from the morning grunge. But weird weather indeed… we never know what to expect anymore.

All photos and content copyright roslyn m wilkins. Please feel free to pass along this post via email or social media, but if you wish to use some of our images or text outside of the context of this blog, either give full credit to myself and link to One Good Life in Los Angeles, or contact us for proper usage. Thanks!