Photography Interlude – San Diego Area Piers

I continue to love the new photography hobby that I took on earlier this year.  I usually go out to take photos at least two or three times per week, sometimes just taking a quick walk down the street to the bay to snap a few shots and enjoy the outdoors for half an hour or so.   Occasionally, I will do a longer photo jaunt to one of the many scenic areas of San Diego.

While I enjoy taking photos in many different locales, my favorite places to visit are the beach areas.   There are also a few piers in and around San Diego that are fun to photograph.  In today’s photography interlude post, I will show you some shots that I took of the four main piers in San Diego County.  Soon I’m going to venture a bit north and photograph beaches and piers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. I will share the best of those images in a future photography interlude post.

Debbie Roes on the Crystal Pier

Me on the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach this past May. 

Ocean Beach Pier

The pier that I have visited and photographed most often is the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, as it is the closest pier to where I live.  I live in the community of Point Loma, which is by the San Diego Bay, but just over the hill from me is the beach community of Ocean Beach.  I am fortunate in that I am able to see the Pacific Ocean after a short ten minute drive.  In fact, I really need to make the drive more often, as I always seeing the ocean.  I feel happy and peaceful there.

The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier was christened in 1966, the same year that I came into this world, so we have something in common.   This pier extends 1971 feet out into the ocean and is the second longest pier on the west coast (only the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, which I’ve also visited, is longer).  It’s purported to be the longest concrete pier in the world and is a popular fishing location.

Here are some of my favorite photographs of the Ocean Beach Pier from various angles and at different times of day:

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach Pier

Crystal Pier

The photo of me at the top of this post was taken on the Crystal Pier, which is in the beach community of Pacific Beach, a bit north from Ocean Beach (the community of Mission Beach, where my husband grew up, lies in between).   Crystal Pier is concrete and 872 feet long.  This pier has a long history in San Diego County, as it was built way back in 1927.   It houses the unique Crystal Pier Hotel, which is a set of Cape Cod style cottages that allow guests to sleep above the surf. I have always wanted to stay in one of these cottages, so perhaps my husband and I will have to do a “staycation” there one of these days.

Here are a few photographs I’ve taken of the Crystal Pier:

Crystal Pier

Crystal Pier

Crystal Pier

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside is the northernmost city in San Diego County, just south of the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.  It’s less than an hour drive from where I live and is home of the Oceanside Pier, the third longest wooden pier on the west coast at 1942 feet.   It’s a relatively new pier in that it was built in 1987.

My husband and I visited the Oceanside Pier on his birthday back in September and I took close to 100 photos with my camera. Sadly, a user error led me to lose all of those photos, so the only ones I had left were the few I took with my phone to send to my sick friend.  I’m planning to visit this pier again very soon to take more photos, but for now, here the best of the ones I was able to salvage from September:

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

Back in late August, I visited the Imperial Beach Pier for the first time.  I featured this pier and the surrounding beach in its own photography interlude post in early September, but I thought I would include a few photos here, too, to round out the group of San Diego area piers (although I missed one, see below…).   Imperial Beach is at the opposite end of the county from Oceanside, just north of Mexico.   The Imperial Beach pier is concrete and 1491 feet long.  It was built just a few years prior to the Ocean Beach pier, in 1963.

Here are just a few photos of the Imperial Beach pier (see more here):

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

The Missing Pier

There is one San Diego County pier that is missing from this post, the Scripps Pier in La Jolla.  I could have sworn that I had photographed this pier before, but I couldn’t find any photos except this one, which is not mine:

Scripps Henge

The above photograph is called “Scripps Henge.”  Twice per year, the sunset can be viewed through the pillars of Scripps Pier.  Needless to say, it’s a very popular photography spot on those days, as you can see in the photo.   I hope to take a photo like the one above myself at the next opportunity.

I will have to make a trip up to La Jolla soon to photograph the Scripps Pier.   It’s a private concrete pier that is owned by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.  The Scripps Pier is 1090 feet long and was built in 1988.

In Conclusion

I hope you liked this look at the piers of San Diego County.   If you liked this post and would like to see more of my photos, check out the rest of my “photography interlude” posts or follow me on Instagram, where I periodically share my images.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I’ll be back soon with an update on my “Love It, Wear It” Challenge (LIWI – see previous posts here), as well as my October accountability update (see earlier ones here).   Stay tuned for those posts and more articles on building a workable wardrobe and cultivating a meaningful life outside of shopping.


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Comments

  1. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for sharing your photos. Spending time around water has a meditative effect on me and I hope feels healing to you. It’s terrific that you are turning the camera away from yourself and out toward the greater world, especially such a tranquil one. More please! 🙂

    • Debbie Roes says:

      So glad you like these photos, Amy! Being around water has a meditative effect on me, too, so I try to get to the beach (ocean or bay) at least a couple of times per week. I will definitely share more photographs in coming posts.

  2. Debbie,
    These are great! I visited San Diego once in the mid 80’s but didn’t go to any of the piers, now I wish I had. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to visit again and have more time to explore. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    If you have time, you should start an instagram site for your photos. People would really enjoy seeing your posts.
    Six months ago I started posting on instagram for my husbands surf shop, its been a lot of fun coming up with creative ideas and watching the number of followers grow. I follow lots of inspiring people around the world, great photographers like yourself.

    • Debbie Roes says:

      Thanks, Jan. I hope you will make it back to San Diego and be able to see the beautiful piers. I do have an Instagram page: https://instagram.com/debbie_roes/ I don’t post all that often, but I’m trying to remember to do it more regularly. I love to see all of the beautiful photographs on Instagram, too. Yes, there are a lot of creative people on there!

  3. Nice picture of you!
    The water looks so blue. The water in the Atlantic is kind of a muddy green most of the time.

    • Debbie Roes says:

      Thanks, Ginger! Yes, the water is pretty blue here, but not as blue as in the Caribbean or Hawaii. I didn’t realize the water in the Atlantic is a different color. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Atlantic, but I hope to get back there soon.

  4. Great photo of you Debbie, and your photography is lovely. I too am a great fan of Oceanside Piers and this collection you have photographed calls to me.

    • Debbie Roes says:

      I appreciate your kind words, Terra, and I’m so glad you like these photos. I know you have some nice piers up near you, too. I hope to make it up there to photograph them soon – and also to meet up with you!

  5. I love to see your photography! You truly have a gift for it!

  6. These are fantastic! As a child of the Pacific myself, I love that you have captured so many colors, textures, times, and tides of each location. What a fascinating endeavor! Thank you for sharing this collection with us.

    • Debbie Roes says:

      What you said was very nice and touched me, Katrina. I didn’t initially set out to photograph all of the area piers, but it just kind of unfolded like that. And then I thought it would be fun to do this post to kind of encapsulate it all. I’m glad what I did here was well-received.

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