My future daughter-in-law took me to the beach to watch the birds, chat it up, and see some SUP surfing. Here’s a bit of our morning set to the contemplative jazz of Scott Wilkie.
Violet Mae was born on Tuesday. I am a very proud grandfather. To support my son and daughter-in-law, I am taking care of their dog Zeus. Today Zeus and I went to the beach. The ocean was large, the sand was dark, and we found lines. We found angles. We didn’t have to move a thing. We just watched and shot. Mother nature was most accommodating. And our lead off shot, shows the soft lines and natural angles of an angel.
driftwood and Zeus Dog
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles
SUP Days are better than others, and this afternoon I may just SUP, but in the mean time, here are some coastal black and whites that start with the letter S.
Clockwise from upper left, Sandy Steps, Skimboarding, Surfing, Seagulls, & SUP Surfing
I found the most beautiful Brown Pelican yesterday. It was posing patiently in front of the Chit Chat Cafe at the base of the Pacifica Pier. I’d gone there to scope out the storm damage. Sure enough, a chuck of the sidewalk was missing. The waves blasted rock through the sea wall and sucked out the material under the sidewalk, which promptly collapsed. Our public works group was jolly on the spot.
I posted the Pelican on Facebook and got a comment that this bird was famous. It had it’s own web site. It’s a rehabilitated bird banded K-15. I reported it this morning. Hope to see it again. Such a stunning sight.
If you see K-15 or any blue-banded bird please report here.
We have surf right in front of our world famous Taco Bell. It might be the only Taco Bell on the planet built on the beach. It has stunning views, and at high tide, during a large swell, the surf might flow under the building. But let’s discuss soft top boards, not soft shell tacos.
I saw this guy heading out to surf with a soft top board, like those pictured above, but his was white with blue stripes. Soft tops are the board of choice for most surf schools, since they soften the inevitable fall. I assumed, therefore, that the guy was a beginner.
During the next half hour I put my new camera through its paces. This is the camera that got drenched during my close encounter with large waves at the pier this past Thursday. It seems to be functioning quite well.
There were close ups of gulls posing beside the terminus of San Pedro Valley Creek and surf scoters gliding effortlessly over the low tide swell. The guy on the white and blue board, who was hardly a beginner, gave me a handfull of fun waves.