Surf City, Here We Come!

I'm in Huntington Beach frequently, and yet still, I find myself humming the song Surf City every time I'm there.

I don't usually go to Huntington when I want beach time.  I prefer the more remote, quiet beaches.  Huntington Beach is where Big.Events are held and tourists flock.  I do find myself in the city for various business needs quite often though.  Last Saturday, I took my camera along so I could share my day in Surf City with you.

To start with, it was a beautiful day.

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As you can see, it wasn't too crowded by Southern California beach standards.

As always, there were numerous games of beach volleyball taking place.  I was very interested in watching the games, of course.

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(Cougar?  Did someone call me a cougar?)

I decided to break some photography rules and take photos directly into the sun.  Maybe I thought you'd like to see crappy photos?  Also, even though they aren't photographically-correct photos, they do give you a good feel for how things looked to me with the sun glaring in my eyes.

This is Main Street where the cute tourists shops and restaurants are.  I took this as I was walking down to the beach.

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All of you photographer types now are judging the lens flare, aren't you?

I kept walking, crossed PCH (the famed Pacific Coast Highway) and found myself still looking straight into the sun, but now I was on the pier.

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And what do ya know …. MORE lens flare!

The ocean was exceptionally pretty on Saturday.  (And yes, it does look very different on a day to day basis.)

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I watched the surfers for quite awhile.

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I also browsed the little shops and did a lot of people watching.

Not long after that, it was time to head down PCH towards home.  

I snapped this through the car windshield just for you:

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© Twenty Four At Heart

10 Responses to “Surf City, Here We Come!”

  1. Cate

    Lovely pics – especially those into the sun. We must be on the same wave-length as I decided to try some shots into the evening sun the other night.

  2. Jan

    That fifth shot is spectacular!! I just love, love, love it!
    I’ve taken a couple of decent shots directly at the sun; the resulting lens flare added to the photo, as it does in the second pic here.

  3. Ginger

    Your photos are lovely, but most important – warm. Thanks for the virtual “warm up!” And trust me – I needed it. It is freezing this week over here on the East coast.

  4. sandi

    I live right here with you and I still LOVE to see your shots of home! We live in Paradise.

  5. Missy

    I love your last photo as you enter Laguna. I still miss all the mobile homes that lived on that stretch of sand for years…..

  6. Crystal

    ahhh, you bring me a piece of sunshine everyday, you know that? in the dismal north where snow and ice cover everything, and it’s dark when I come to work and dark when I leave, I come flocking to your blog just to see the sunshine!!

  7. Carol S

    I should really snap a shot for you of my suburban Chicago “drive home along the highway.” That view is absolutely incredible. I have a scenic drive along a forest preserve that is gorgeous as the leaves turn color…it is about one mile long and it’s over in about 15 seconds of my drive, but it is beautiful. Enjoy CA!

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