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Venice Beach in June gloom

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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.

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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.

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venice june gloom

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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Painted on the side of a food truck parked in the street.

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Self portrait. I’m standing in front of the palm tree. This globe is over the doorway of an apartment house.

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A colorful mural on Pacific Avenue.

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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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Spur of the moment beach walk

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…

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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).

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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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