This image is from Laguna Beach – Arch Cove – shot in early May 2009. My family used to vacation here for a week each of many summers at a rental apartment belonging to a friend of my grandparents. Haven’t seen it since before I moved to Visalia in 1966 – so at least 44 or more years. Very nostalgic really. The main section of Highway 1 had changed so much, I felt lucky to find it. But the little street above the bluffs was nearly the same.
The whole day was pretty spectacular. I was driving down to set up a trade show booth at the Orange County Fairgrounds and by the time I had reached the Grapevine, the sky was filling with incredible cloud formations – mostly “mares tails” – more than I had ever seen before. By the time I got away in the evening to shoot some photos, the clouds were beginning to lose their sharp forms – but were enough to add to the photo.
The rock in the foreground is an interesting indicator of sand erosion. One summer, my sister stubbed her toe badly on the tiny tip of that rock barely protruding out of the sand. Another time, after a stormy winter, that rock was twice the height you see it – rounding off underneath more like a giant boulder – unclimbable to the average beach goer. In this image, it is about twice the height of a person but can be walked on from the sand.
If you go through the arch (usually mostly dry at low tide or with more sand) you will find some incredible tide pools. Or at least they were full of interesting sea creatures when I was a child. Couldn’t get to them this trip to see if they were still spectacular or if too many people have abused it.
I was asked why I did not remove the umbrella from the image. I guess it was because that picnic table and umbrella has always been there as long as I have visited that beach – from a house or apartment further back from the point. This is a nostalgic memory.
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