Sat 03.01.14 – During the great Puddlewatch2014, aka where one must post lots of PuddleGrams, I went out in a break between the weird water stuff falling from the sky to take photos of waves roaring up the beach south of the Seal Beach Pier.
While the surf was not as big as Surfline predicted, it was still fun to watch the wave action and small boys running from the waves.
Fri 01.24.14 – Here is a 30 second (top) and a 2 min (bottom) video from this morning’s big surf at Seal Beach, mostly 6-9ft with occasional sets and cross-over ‘A’ frames at double to triple overhead. The Seal Beach Lifeguards were out in full force, keeping the boogie boarders to the right of their trucks and the surfers in the contest to the left.
As I say in the 2nd video, most of the time the surf is tiny in Seal Beach, with the exception of a beach break. We get bigger surf like this morning’s about once every few years, with the last good big surf in 2007 and 2008.
Not only was there a very rare ‘outside’ break by the southern jetty, but occasionally a few big waves would break 1 km out at Esther the Oil Platform. And one set this morning even had waves big enough to be 2/3rds the height of the pier.
Please forgive my bad commentary and panning in the 2nd video, I rarely shoot video and am not very good. Also, forgive any atmospheric haze or lack of clarity, as it was foggy and the fog horn was blowing its little heart out.
But it was good fun standing on the berm with a couple of hundred other folk this morning, and it was quite the party with locals, other surfers, the old guys making comments, pro photographers with their huge lenses, and folks cheering on the brave (or foolish) out in the waves.
Here are a few photos that I sent up in the moment to Twitter and Instagram. The surf at Seal Beach is awesome and all the pros are out – the pro photographers with the super teles… Southside Seal is a party… Broken in half Breaking inside and outside Overflowing wave making folks run
Both videos and still shots taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen at Glamis Sand Dunes Campground Pad 2.5 with her Nikon D800 and Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens.
Sun 12.22.13 – In my endeavor to see and photograph dark skies at least once a quarter, thus in the last 31 hours I took a trip down to the far part of south-eastern California in the Imperial Valley near Brawley to photograph the night sky from 7-9pm before the moon rose.
Yes, folks, I went to the famed sand sports playground, the Glamis sand dunes with its accompanied cult of Bacchus and Gasoline, to take astro photos. It was well worth it.
It was even worth the darned drunks from The Point Camp bugging me while I was trying to take this wide field photo of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way with my Nikon D800 and a nifty fifty Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens with no special astrophotography equipment or mounts.
I was racing against time, as the moon was rising and the sky was about to be filled with more light than would allow me to photograph such gems as the Andromeda Galaxy (just below center), the Triangulum Galaxy (top left), C28, and the Perseus Double Cluster (above top right).
The sky was so dark and full of stars that is was near impossible to pick out the constellations at the zenith. And the Dark Sky folks label Glamis as a “Blue” “Rural sky” – due to the lights of Brawley, El Centro, Mexicali, and Blythe nearby. Amazing!
The Andromeda Galaxy was a faint, elongated blurry cotton ball to the naked eye and looked like a Galaxy in my binoculars and through the Nikon lens.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen last Sunday at the Huntington desert garden with her Nikon D800 and 50mm lens.
Sun 12.22.13 – I am off for 24 hours in Glamis to take photos and do some pretty darned dark sky star peeping – providing my brother will drive me out to darker skies in his sand rail.
Yes, I have brought 3 pairs of ear plugs with me.
Sun 12.15.13 – I went up to the Huntington Library and Gardens early today for a much needed respite and photo wander around the gardens. Upon hearing the distinctive goldfinch song, I looked up into a nearby tree and saw a pair of Lesser Goldfinches rubbing their beaks on the branches. They were lovely.
I am glad that the goldfinches are back for the winter.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and the Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens.
Thurs 11.14.13 – The lights went out in our building, the tennis courts & vending machine, the community center, and other parts of our block at about 8:20pm last night and did not come back on until after 9am this morning.