The first time I saw the beach at Santa Monica was in 1967. The pier looks pretty much the same today and the beach is still a spectacular stretch of white sand. Of course the neighborhood is even more upscale and wealthy then it was in the 1960’s. They were just building the Interstate 10 and back then Santa Monica couldn’t compete with Westwood and Beverly Hills. Of course it is beachfront and as Los Angeles grew so did the price tag in Santa Monica.
It is a public beach so you see all kinds of people there from hippies and families to bodybuilders and of course tourists. There is a wonderful bike and pedestrian path that runs all the way from the Pier to Venice and Muscle Beach. It is a great walk for people watching and exercise.
My son in law hates dolphins. He went to a swim with the dolphin attraction when he was little and the Dolphin bit him. He calls dolphins “jerks” and I understand why. While I have no desire to swim with them, I do think they are fun to watch from a boat or dock.
I took this picture while on a whale watching expedition in Maui. The boat captain called this school of dolphins spinner dolphins. They are smaller than a lot of dolphins and tend to stay near the shore areas. They are called spinners because they perform wonderful acrobatic dances when they jump from the water.
Watching seals play and fight is just like watching a dog fight. It does smell quite different though. This was captured in Monterrey California at a public pier in the mid 90’s. The seals were all over the boats and pier and that day I was glad I was not a boat owner. There were hundreds of seals, thousands of barks and groans and oh that smell!
Maybe when I was younger I would have tried this. Now you couldn’t pay me enough to do it. In addition to these kind of tow by boat gliding experiences you can also see real parasailers floating high in the clouds with the birds.
A Mother and Child on a sunset walk by the beach in Cancún Mexico. This image puts me at peace, provides me hope and I find it soothing. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
On Saturday we are venturing to Quintana Roo and our Westin Condo at Lagunamar in Cancun for a week of fun in the sun. We have never been there before. People have told me that the white sand beaches at Cancun and Islas Mujeres are the best in the world. After all it is where the Movie “Ten” was shot and all men my age can still see Bo Derreck’s slow motion trek across the sand in their mind’s eye. We shall see. This is Ka’anapali Beach in Maui County in the State of Hawaii and still my favorite white sand beach. We shall see.
My wife and I visited San Francisco and Monterrey California for our twentieth anniversary. A few years later we took our daughter there for a visit on the way to Los Angeles. We had told our daughter about all the Seals we had seen in San Francisco but of course when we got there the seals were not where we had left them six years earlier. The park official in San Francisco told us they were gone from the area and migrating to the channel islands. We were disappointed. A few days later after getting to Monterrey Califronia we were walking towards the aquarium and we smelled them before we saw them. They were all over the harbor, hundreds maybe thousands of Seals. They bark like dogs and fight and play like dogs but smell of the sea! I took this image while we watched them off the pier.