Saturday, January 10, 2009

January 10th - Convent

This is a convent off of Hwy 1, just past Rio Rd. in Carmel, Ca. Isn't it pretty? They've got a fantastic ocean view. Where I was standing was on the side of the freeway, and directly behind me is a beach.
That leads me to today's bonus picture. A Wave!! Wow! ;)

Friday, January 9, 2009

January 9th - Happy boat

Happy boat! How can you not take a picture of a boat that is grinning at you so wonderfully?!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

January 8th - Asilomar Beach Sunset Panography

I found myself back in the general area of Ocean View Blvd. today, as the sun was setting. I got a great shot of the (very unattractive) foghorn, but when I saw how little of the sunset my camera was getting, I decided to do a panography instead. This is at the beach at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove. It's a huge tourist spot. There's a great wooden walkway for people, so they stay out of the marine sanctuary habitat and don't disturb the plants and animals there.
I know I've shown a lot of beach photos so far, and I will try harder to get other things in, but this was just too pretty. :) This is 13 different images! I love pano's! :)

I also drove down Cannery Row today, and it's changed a lot over the past couple of years. I thought it would make a good alternate photo, so here it is:

There are three overhead walkways here, two are fairly new. At the very end of the block is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In between the two adult pedestrians, you can see the Portola sign. It's the old canning logo from Cannery Row's heyday.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January 7th - Ocean View Blvd.

Here is a view from, you guessed it, Ocean View Blvd. The waves were ginormous today! I went there with every intention of taking a photo of a golf course or the lighthouse, but this one just screamed at me, "Post me! Post me!" :D

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 6th - Season's End....

For the last few years, there has been an ice skating rink in Monterey at the Custom House Plaza. Well, the season for it is over, so they were taking it down today. In the top left you can see some of the ice they've already removed from the rink. Top right is a guy scraping the melted portions off of the frozen portion. And the bottom (my favorite) is a shovel sitting on the ice.

You can also see the layers in the ice where they froze it then added water, and refroze it, etc. I love the layers. I tried to get a shot of the sun shining through the ice, showing how blue it was (it was so cool!), but they didn't turn out right, unfortunately. :(

I hope you all enjoy today's tryptich. :D

Because there was interest, here is a picture of the Custom House Plaza. This is the back end, the ice skating rink is to my right, and you can see the ice melting into the grate around the fountain. Underneath the rink is more of this brick, it's a very large courtyard. They hold lots of functions here. Directly ahead is the Monterey Harbor, where (mostly private) boats are kept, and to the left of that is the commercial wharf. Lots of great restaurants and tourist trap stores. To the right a ways is the other wharf, wharf #2. It's where the fishing boats go. There's a beach there, which is my day 2 photo. In that shot, I'm standing on wharf #2.
To my right rear is a museum, and beyond that is the Portola Hotel and Spa. It's at the end of Alvarado St. If you have interest, look up historical photos of Alvarado St. You can compare them to the photo I will take and post at some point this month, hopefully. What a change! :)
I almost forgot! To the left, beyond the wharf is the rec trail. What a gorgeous walk! It leads to Cannery Row and the Aquarium. A friend of mine and I went to a little beach just after the wharf, on the rec trail, today and cleaned up some empty beer bottles, soda bottles, and a 4 foot section of garden hose (?!). People are such jerks sometimes. :P

Monday, January 5, 2009

January 5th - Seagull on fountain postcard

Admittedly not the best postcard I've created, but it's what I felt like doing today. The sky was overcast (it sprinkled most of the day), so I couldn't get a great picture today. I had a busy day, so I couldn't spend too much time on shooting. I hope you enjoy this anyway. :D

Sunday, January 4, 2009

January 4th - Scuba Diver

This is at the Coast Guard Pier, in Monterey. He was just coming out of the water. Looks like all kinds of fun, doesn't it? :D