Photography Interlude – Pacific Beach

It’s been a while since I last shared my photos with you, so I’d like to highlight another one of my favorite places today. In the midst of all of the chaos and upset going on right now, this also seems like a good time to focus on what’s good and beautiful in the world.  The lovely scenery abundant to the area where I live is a wonderful example of this, as I’ve shown in previous photography posts.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I drove to Pacific Beach for a walk and to photograph the sunset.  It’s just a twenty minute drive from where we live, but it can feel like a world away.   We took quite a few photographs on that mild autumn evening, the best of which are featured below.

Pacific Beach

These kids were enjoying a beautiful October evening in Pacific Beach. 

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Photography Interlude – Lake Tahoe & Half Moon Bay

In my last post, I debriefed what I packed for my recent trip to Lake Tahoe and the San Francisco Bay Area.  I appreciate all of the great comments and packing suggestions I received on that post.  Some of you are seasoned packing pros who have gotten things down to a fine science!  I’ve found it helpful to take some time to review what I’ve taken on my trips and how it worked out (or didn’t) for me (you can read all of my posts on packing for travel here). I made some mistakes this last time, but I now have a better understanding of how to pack for travel during a “cusp season.” I feel confident that I will fare better with packing for my next similar trip.

I finally had a chance to review and edit all of the photos I took on my trip.  While I didn’t take as many as I did on my September 2015 Tahoe trip, there were still quite a few to look at from my time away.  I decided to share my favorite photos with all of you in today’s “photography interlude” (see previous editions here).   I also highlight some key information about the locations shown for those who are interested in learning more.

Incline Beach, Lake Tahoe

Incline Beach, Lake Tahoe

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Photography Interlude: Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach

As I wrote in my last post, this past Monday was my fiftieth birthday.  Many people have parties to mark this momentous occasion, and I was lucky enough to enjoy such a celebration with some dear friends during my recent trip to Texas.  I will also celebrate with family in a few weeks when I travel to Lake Tahoe. But when it came down to the actual day, I opted to spend it in a low-key way with my wonderful husband.

We actually extended our celebration to two days in that we ate lunch at my favorite restaurant on the last day of my 40’s and saw the new Star Trek movie (fast fact – the TV series premiered in 1966 , the year I was born!).

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Enjoying lunch at my favorite restaurant on the last day of my forties.

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Photography Interlude – Point Loma Fishing Harbor

In my two most recent “photography interludes,” I shared two of my favorite walking locations, Shelter Island and La Playa.  In addition to those two picturesque locales, there are a couple of other places where I enjoy walking and taking photos.  In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to the fishing harbor in Point Loma, which is a short walk from where I live.

About the Point Loma Fishing Harbor

The Point Loma fishing harbor is located on the San Diego Bay and is home to three major fishing charter boat companies:  H&M Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing, and Fisherman’s Landing.  These companies not only take fisherman out for single or multi-day fishing trips, they also offer whale watching excursions during the migration seasons for the gray and blue whales. The harbor is also home to the famous Point Loma Seafoods, which opened its doors to the public back in 1963 and is both a fresh fish market and a popular restaurant.

point loma seafood

Outdoor dining on the patio and by the water and Point Loma Seafoods.

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Photography Interlude – La Playa

It’s been almost two months since I published my last “photography interlude,” so it’s high time for another one.  Back in April, I shared one of my favorite places to walk, Shelter Island, which is less than a mile down the road from where I live.  Today, I want to share another beloved walking locale, La Playa, which is also very close to my home.

La Playa, Point Loma

About La Playa

La Playa, Spanish for “the beach,” is a Bayfront neighborhood in the Point Loma community of San Diego that is bordered by the San Diego Bay and across a channel from Shelter Island. Naval Base Point Loma is located at the south end of La Playa.   The La Playa neighborhood includes some of the most expensive homes in San Diego, as well as San Diego Yacht Club and Southwestern Yacht Club.  Some of the Bayfront homes have private piers for docking small boats.

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Photography Interlude – Shelter Island

One of my favorite places to walk is on Shelter Island, which is right down the street from where I live.  Over the almost 14 years that I have lived in San Diego, I’ve probably walked on Shelter Island thousands of times!   Shelter Island is not actually an island, as it’s connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land.   The “island” is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long and only a few hundred feet wide and is home to a number of marine-related businesses, hotels, and restaurants. A single street called Shelter Island Drive runs the entire length of the island.

Shelter Island Marina

When I started taking photographs about a year ago, Shelter Island was one of my first locations for photo shoots.  I now have hundreds of photos from this picturesque destination, so I thought it would be a great subject for one of my photography interludes. For those who are new to the blog, I periodically post my photos to celebrate that I now have hobbies and interests outside of shopping, as well as to share glimpses with readers of the beautiful area in which I live.

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Photography Interlude – Beach Birds

It’s been a while since I have posted a “photography interlude,” but I haven’t stopped taking photos.  I just got busy on the blog with closing out 2015 and getting 2016 under way with a lot of posts for each of these topics.   But now that we’re into March, I thought it was high time to share some more of my photographs with you.

Some Background on These Posts…

For those who are new to the blog, let me give a bit of background on these “photography interlude” posts.  For years, shopping was my default hobby.  Whenever I had any free time, I couldn’t wait to hit the mall or local shops.   That not only led to a depleted bank account and an overly stuffed closet, but I also became somewhat one-dimensional as a person.  I didn’t have a whole lot going on in my life beyond clothes, shoes, and accessories.   Since the tagline for this blog is “trade your full closet for a full life,” I knew that had to change.   I fell into photography fairly effortlessly, as I endeavored to share Southern California with a sick friend who had always wanted to visit but may never be able to do so.

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