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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Thursday, 4 January 2007
Dark Beach
Topic: Light and Shadow

Dark Beach

Santa Monica, Thursday, January 4 - and who imagined the place could seem a scene of alienation? Below, a street down to the beach, as Edward Hopper might have seen it, had he not been a New Yorker.

Santa Monica - street to the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopper had his famous Nighthawks place. Here's the California equivalent on Ocean Avenue, Chez Jay, right next to the Rand Corporation, the think-tank that plans our wars for us.

Chez Jay, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the pier looks a bit like something from Hopper. But the only famous Hopper in these parts is the actor Dennis Hooper, who lives a few miles south in Venice Beach.

Santa Monica pier, from below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's not all Hopper alienation. It's sometimes just mildly surreal - the bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, across from Chez Jay.

Bronze surfer with the briefcase at the Lowe's hotel, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, the kids still play at the beach, in the long winter light at noon.

Kids at play on beach, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But all is not well here, at least on Lincoln Boulevard.

GI manikin at Supply Sergeant, Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica

 


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Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2007 8:16 PM PST
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Pacific Views
Topic: Light and Shadow

Pacific Views

Tuesday, December 19 - achingly clear, almost cold windy days and lows at night in the forties, with frost warnings out in the valleys. Winter has come to Los Angeles. The Pacific is a flat mirror in the long afternoon light. This is the view from Mulholland Drive - visibility unlimited.

The Pacific from Mulholland Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pacific from Mulholland Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Pacific from Mulholland Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Pacific from Mulholland Drive


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Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2006 6:45 PM PST
Monday, 18 December 2006
Winter Bird
Topic: Light and Shadow

Winter Bird

A backlit Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), with bubbles, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, 12 December 2006. It's not much of an avian study, but the composition might give you a sense of winter at the beach.

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), in silhouette


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Friday, 8 December 2006
Noted in Passing
Topic: Light and Shadow

Noted in Passing

In one of the minor local newspapers out here, in this case the Marina del Rey Argonaut (published Thursdays with a print run of 42,000), there's this -
The always graceful and dignified tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are again paying a visit to Marina del Rey - from Thursday through Wednesday, December 7th to 13th.

They are in town just long enough to conduct some educational cruises for children, open their decks to the public for tours and day trips and take part in the annual Holiday Boat Parade.

While many have seen the square-rigged brig Lady Washington on the silver screen in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean films, now the community can enjoy the reality of both of these most accurate replicas and take a journey into the late 1700s, when a life at sea was probably the most risky and threatening work there was.

The rest of the item covers the history of the two ships and days of sail and all that sort of thing. Here's they are, passing Venice Beach on their way in. Marina del Rey is just a mile south.

Tall ships passing Venice Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall ships passing Venice Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tall ships passing Venice Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall ships passing Venice Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall ships passing Venice Beach


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Thursday, 30 November 2006
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Topic: Light and Shadow

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Thursday, November 30, 2006 elsewhere -
Storms that roared through the Northwest and Rockies earlier in the week blew into the southern Plains and Midwest on Thursday, bringing the first significant ice and snow of the season. A man was killed in a crash on an icy Oklahoma road.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from Texas to Illinois for Thursday and in some northern areas through noon Friday. Some parts of eastern Kansas were forecast to get up to 12 inches of snow, while others braced for more than an inch of ice.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, Santa Monica, California, late afternoon -

Bicyclist, Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beach, from Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beach, from Palisades Park, Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pampas grass and rockets, Palisades Park, Santa Monica


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