Happy New Year!
Last year, the day after Christmas took us to LA for a week of visiting our daughter and granddaughter. We never travel during this time because of the crowds and the weather possibilities. We were lucky last year; if it had been this year with the blizzard the day after Christmas, we never would have been able to get there.
I had pulled these photos out yesterday, thinking of maybe putting them up. The decision was made for me when my daughter mentioned the Santa Monica Pier later in the afternoon when we talked about what we were doing last year.
What fun we had being tourists. That morning, we visited Hollywood with all its seedy attractions, went on to the Griffith Observatory and later in the day found ourselves wondering where and what the Santa Monica Pier was. Well, as the name implies, it is a pier. Winter storms and angry seas on Cape Cod don’t allow such piers or over the water structures, so it was a different experience of being by the sea for us.
While the rest of the crew stood in line to ride the Ferris wheel, I amused myself by capturing the sights. I especially had fun trying to capture all the different lighting patterns coming from the Ferris wheel. Just can’t put them all up here!
Then there were the waves beneath me. I was standing on the part of the pier where the Ferris wheel was located, looking toward the observation/restaurant end, trying to see how many waves I could catch as they rolled in. (Much more entertaining than waiting in line for a ride ticket to me!)
We did eat at this greatly overpriced- not so good on the food end – restaurant at the end of the pier, but they did have nice warm fires burning on the outside deck (it was cold!), so the ambiance made it worth it. The sunset wasn’t too bad either.
I do have close-ups of the pier pilings – they definitely would not survive a New England winter for very long.
On this trip, I took my camera with one lens, an 18-250mm. Other than an extra battery and charger, that’s it; only enough to throw in my purse and make it easy. It worked.