I took a drive to the Salton Sea, for my third visit to Bombay Beach, and I finally checked out Salvation Mountain and Slab City, which were two places I hadn’t seen before. The desert is a weird, weird place. But I kind of love it.
See a few more photos of the Salton Sea here.
Salton Sea at Bombay Beach – close to where Anthony Bourdain asked “That’s beautiful right? Right?”
Requisite dead fish at Bombay Beach shot
Night shot of Salvation Mountain
Interesting truck at Salvation Mountain
I couldn’t tell if this bus at Slab City was inhabited or abandoned
Snow! On Sunrise Highway on the mountain between San Diego and El Centro
From Ocean Beach, near where I live, to La Jolla, you can find all sorts of different people, places, and types of shoreline…all without leaving the city of San Diego. Here is a little sampling of that.
Crystal Pier Hotel in Mission Beach – a bunch of bungalows on top of the pier itself
I love this bridge along the path above the ocean in La Jolla
The Ocean Beach Pier just as the lights started reflecting in the water
Not an atypical sight in Ocean Beach
Again, not an atypical sight in Ocean Beach
One of many interesting creatures at La Jolla Cove
I try to expand my horizons and find new places to see often, but Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in the Point Loma section San Diego has almost had a lock on my attention of late. It has incredible rock formations, strange staircases, trees, surfers, abandonment, varied levels of tides, and all sorts of other things that fascinate me. I can park my car at the same corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and have countless photographic choices. All of the photos in this post are taken within a short distance of each other, but by no means on the same day. I hope you enjoy them.
This staircase, popular with surfers, leads down to the ocean
Head right at the bottom of the steps and there’s tons of cool rocks
Go straight off the staircase and you can hang out underneath the cliff
It’s interesting at night as well
A brief walk along the cliff from the staircase and you find this fence and root formation
A little further and there’s a grove of trees (Sunset over the Pacific seen through them here)
And next you find this strange abandoned building complex – looks like they built too close to the cliff!
I have had a good opportunity to continue exploring various parts of the greater San Diego area of late – here are a few shots from around town and a bit of of town
Flying high over La Jolla
Giant Dipper Roller Coaster in Mission Beach
Dingy on Shelter Island near Point Loma
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
Near full moon through palm tree in Point Loma
I liked the shadow behind this ladder leaning on a hay stack in Ramona
Cool kelp formations in the Pacific Ocean, seen from a small airplane
If you haven’t noticed, I travel a lot, and keep bouncing around the country, but for the next 4-5 months, I have found a home in the Point Loma / Ocean Beach area of San Diego. I’m trying to explore it as best I can, and I keep getting drawn to the interesting coastline. There’s a series of strange stairways and paths down to the ocean, that I can’t really understand, but it’s sure fun to check it out.
I loved the seaweed on this rock
On a Thursday – waves crashing and dudes sleeping
The last light hit the rocks and the moss at Sunset Cliffs
I’m familiarizing myself with the San Diego area, and starting to figure out what about it intrigues me and what does not. It’s fairly diverse geographically, and fun to explore. And there’s lot of human influence, that’s for sure.
Human influence meets nature near Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma
Lower Otay Lake in Chula Vista (really a reservoir – where I come from, they call a reservoir what it is!)
Near Sunset Cliffs Park in the Point Loma / Ocean Beach area
Another shot of Sunset Cliffs, in the daytime
Lioness Cellars winery in Temecula
Carlsbad State Beach – humans definitely built that jetty too
Super low tide at La Jolla Cove – look closely to see the seals
Old mail boxes at the Midway Drive post office remind me of the one I had as a kid
Torrey Pines City Park – with Torrrey Pines Golf Course in the distance
I returned to the Beach Cities of Los Angeles County, or ” The South Bay” for the first time since March, saw some friends, took some pictures, and remembered how much I liked it there. I found myself drawn to spending all of my time there in Redondo Beach, save for a Halloween pary in Hermosa Beach. I could see myself living there for a long time some day…but I have much traveling and wandering to do before then!
Quiet Sunday night at the Redondo Beach Pier
I went to the beach at Redondo Beach under a massive cover of fog but got this shot as the fog left
Near the Redondo Beach Pier – I have always enjoyed the rustic beauty of the style of things, right by the beach