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Jan in CA
09-07-2008, 01:17 AM
I actually live about 10 miles from the beach and I don't go often anymore - a hazard of living here it's not as exciting - but, Feministmama's beach pix made me think how pretty they can be. Oh..I live sorta near Laguna Beach hence the houses on the cliffs.

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/1582664_vYbew-M.jpg
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/16201363_ne6uT-M.jpg

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/12059996_aXeCb-M.jpg

And a pretty pier sunset. ;)
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/1814584_iKmoD-M.jpg

saracidaltendencies
09-07-2008, 01:37 AM
How pretty! I hope to see a beach one day....Well, in real life...lol...

ArtLady1981
09-07-2008, 03:29 AM
Those of us who live near salt water of any kind are a lucky bunch, aren't we? ;) I can't imagine living inland...land-locked, surrounded by other states...and not having the coast at my side!

But I know each State has its own beauty! And wherever we live, we can all LOOK UP and see the magnificent 'upwards' view!

ritaw
09-07-2008, 06:28 AM
Beautiful pictures :) We do not see much beach her London lol .
Thanks for sharing Jan:thumbsup:

zkimom
09-07-2008, 07:25 AM
Those of us who live near salt water of any kind are a lucky bunch, aren't we? ;) I can't imagine living inland...land-locked, surrounded by other states...and not having the coast at my side!


I was telling my son that very same thing one day as we were leaving his sailing class this summer. (We don't live right on the shore but it is only a 20 minute drive from our house.) I spent 4 weeks taking him to Longshore Sailing School in Westport, CT and since his class was only 3 hours long, instead of driving back home and returning to pick him up, I'd pack a lunch, my camera, and laptop and spend my afternoon by LI Sound.

Longshore Park is a town park and there is a pool, golf course and marina there besides the sailing school. I'm not a Westport resident so I couldn't use the pool and I don't play golf but there was free wifi access, places to walk and explore and picnic tables overlooking the water.

It was so much fun. Some days I'd even rent a kayak and go exploring on the water. I saw tons of interesting shorebirds, fish and crabs. You can see my pictures on my blog if you click on through the last week of July and first 3 weeks of August on my calendar.

Or you can see them on my flickr site here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobella/sets/72157606448798516/) and here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/photobella/sets/72157606552506132/).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/2735318484_e975d967fe_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3280/2740142216_1d6cf5d3de_b.jpg

sue in canada
09-07-2008, 08:59 AM
Beautiful pics. I would love to live close to the ocean. My son lived on Malibu beach for a while and it was wonderful to go to sleep listening to the waves hitting the shore.

momwolf
09-07-2008, 09:50 AM
Jan,
BEAUTIFUL pictures :inlove: Love the last one of the orange sunset:woot:

suzeeq
09-07-2008, 11:11 AM
I've lived in CA, in the Bay Area and Santa Barbara, so there was plenty of access to beaches or just water. Then I lived for over 20 years in N Idaho. 10 of them were next to a river and we had beaches in the summer when the water dropped. Then I moved to town on the lake that the river flowed into. It's a big lake, large enough to sail on, and the major city park is right on the shore, which is called City Beach. Spent a lot of time there.

<sigh> I miss the beach....

mks22300
09-07-2008, 11:20 AM
Ooo, what beautiful pictures Jan and zkimom!

jjminarcik
09-07-2008, 12:54 PM
:passedout: Those pictures are beautiful! I think I need a vacation. . . :teehee:

Karina
09-07-2008, 02:03 PM
I live a mile and a half from the beach here in the UK. we moved here 5 years ago because I fell in love with the beach but now that we are here we hardly ever go near it.

Debkcs
09-07-2008, 02:08 PM
Beautiful pictures, Jan.

I lived in Laguna for quite a while. Still miss it, but we're just an hour away from usable beach here, so it's not so bad, as we go quite often now.

bambi
09-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Those are beautiful pictures, Jan. I live in Savannah, not that far from the beach but we hardly go. I used to live in Chicago, right on the shores of Lake Michigan. I went to the beach more there! I guess you get used to what you see daily and don't "see" it anymore.

I thought about that when I was in the Beautiful Andes Mtns in CHile. I was amazed by the majestic mtns but I thought about the people there who saw it daily. I would bet they would be stunned at the site of Chicago.

I went back to Chicago a few years ago and I was stunned all over again.

Bambi

Ronda
09-07-2008, 06:16 PM
Those are absolutely gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing!

zkimom
09-07-2008, 09:30 PM
:aww:

Oops! I left something out of my post.

Jan -- I was concentrating so hard on following your instructions for inserting a picture in a post that I forgot to tell you what great shots you posted!

My family got to travel to CA this summer (San Fran area, mostly) and I love, love, love the Pacific Coast. Bad timing for much beach fun. It was downright chilly by the water with all that fog.

Best,
Susan

GinnyG
09-07-2008, 09:42 PM
Just breath taking!!!!!!!!!!

Jan in CA
09-07-2008, 10:07 PM
Thank you so much, everyone! I'm sort of an amateur photographer..haven't done much since I started knitting though. :shifty:
:aww:
My family got to travel to CA this summer (San Fran area, mostly) and I love, love, love the Pacific Coast. Bad timing for much beach fun. It was downright chilly by the water with all that fog.


It's often chilly and foggy on the coast in the northern part of the state so that's pretty normal. Down here it's much warmer usually, but any beach is subject to marine influences. ;) Next time try southern CA. ;)

Your pictures were beautiful, too!

suzeeq
09-08-2008, 12:36 AM
SoCal beaches are better, huh? What about `June Gloom'? :teehee:

Mark Twain did say once, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco". But September and October are gorgeous, hot even. And that goes for coastal S. Cal too.

Jan in CA
09-08-2008, 12:55 AM
SoCal beaches are better, huh? What about `June Gloom'? :teehee:

Mark Twain did say once, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco". But September and October are gorgeous, hot even. And that goes for coastal S. Cal too.

Um..I didn't say they were better overall, just better weather for the most part and I did say that all beaches were subject to marine influences. ;) Fortunately 'June Gloom' usually only lasts for a few months. :thumbsup: I actually LOVE northern CA beaches, but I wouldn't want to sunbathe on one usually..too cold for me most of the time. ;)

zkimom
09-08-2008, 10:54 AM
Um..I didn't say they were better overall, just better weather for the most part and I did say that all beaches were subject to marine influences. ;) Fortunately 'June Gloom' usually only lasts for a few months. :thumbsup: I actually LOVE northern CA beaches, but I wouldn't want to sunbathe on one usually..too cold for me most of the time. ;)

Yes, that sunbathing thing would be pretty tough to do. No one back here in Connecticut believed that after a chilly July romp on the beach in Carmel, we headed back to the hotel to sit by a gas fireplace with a glass of sherry to warm up!

cam90066
09-08-2008, 01:41 PM
When I moved to SoCal from MN (brrrrrr!) I made a point of getting as close to the water as possible. I'm in a very populated area so no rugged expanses or cliffs but here you can choose to be part of the throngs or, a few hundred feet away, be the only one sidestepping the waves...nary another soul to be seen. The sunsets, most days, are amazing and the smell of the ocean wafting in my apt can't be beat. :)

cam

PurlyGyrl
09-08-2008, 02:21 PM
What beautiful photos, Jan and Zkimom!

Jen17
09-08-2008, 11:46 PM
What beautiful pictures! Jan, your pics really make me miss Laguna Beach! It has been 10 months since I have been there. My dd and son in law were stationed at Camp Pendelton for 4 years and when I went to visit them in Oceanside we would go to the southern beaches and to the big park, the one with trees, sheesh..I can't remember and it is right on my tongue!
I live on Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. There are 3 town, about 9 miles long and I think 4 miles wide (I've lived here all my life, you would think I would know, lol!).
I can't imagine living anywhere else or if I had to, it would have to be on the water.
I'll post some pictures so you can see it tomorrow!
Jen

scout52
09-09-2008, 01:02 AM
How pretty! I hope to see a beach one day....Well, in real life...lol...

WOW you have never seen a beach? you have got to come visit me then!! I live in San Diego. I used to live a 1/2 mile by the beach but now I live about 15 min from the beach. :( . Too expensive to buy by the beach. I do miss living walking distance from the beach.


I used to live on the East Coast and when I moved here what I couldn't get over is how BLUE the Pacific is!!! compared to the Atlantic. Its so pretty.

Knitting_Guy
09-09-2008, 08:10 AM
That pier image would make a great desktop wallpaper.

dustinac
09-09-2008, 08:49 AM
Very pretty!! Roo asked us this summer if we would take her to a beach. I think she would enjoy going...may try that next summer :happydance:

Jan in CA
09-09-2008, 10:55 AM
That pier image would make a great desktop wallpaper.

It seems a little dark for that to me, but you're welcome to use it (or another) if you like. I can resize a copy of the original to fit full screen, too. :)
Here's the landscape gallery -
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/gallery/45460_xyV4P

Knitting_Guy
09-09-2008, 02:19 PM
It seems a little dark for that to me, but you're welcome to use it (or another) if you like. I can resize a copy of the original to fit full screen, too. :)
Here's the landscape gallery -
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/gallery/45460_xyV4P

I re-scaled it using Gimp and it looks just great as a desktop (but I am partial to darker wallpapers).



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2843805720_100efe98a0_o.jpg

Jan in CA
09-09-2008, 05:14 PM
It's a little grainy, but not too bad. Glad you are enjoying it!