Thursday, June 29, 2017

Aliso Beach Park

Taking a little break from the heat, we took the granddaughter to the beach last week. Temps have been sizzling-hot in Southern CA, especially as you go inland. On this particular day, Palm Springs was forecast to reach a high of 120 degrees. Totally caught off guard, when we reached Aliso Beach in Laguna, it was much cooler than we anticipated (67 degrees and foggy)!
Lots of what photographers call "negative space" in this photo.
The distance from Palm Springs to the Pacific Ocean is only about 60 miles (as the crow flies). With a temperature difference of about 50 degrees (120 - 70), that means for every mile traveled inland (away from the ocean), you gain almost one degree! It's quite amazing the impact the ocean has on our local weather.

Aliso Creek Bridge
Is there a lesson to be learned here? Yes, on a hot Southern CA day, stay close to the ocean!

Footsteps
Unfortunately, living next to the ocean is economically impossible for the vast majority of people. I was going to say only the 1%ers can live in beachfront homes, but actually it's more likely only the 0.1%ers. Or the 0.01%ers!

See that house up on the bluff overlooking the ocean? I would like to tell you that's my house, but I would be lying!! But you don't have to live in a beachfront home to enjoy nature's air conditioning. All of the beach communities are cooler than the more inland communities. And the good news... real estate prices drop as you move inland!

Same shot of my granddaughter, but with a lot of help from PhotoShop to add the dramatic sky.

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34 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! I think living next to the beach looks precarious! Seems like the houses could fall off the cliff at any moment. I'll just stay on my farm!

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  2. What an awesome place and wonderful photography ~ glad you could get to a cooler place ~ ^_^

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog ~ Happy 4th to you ~ ^_^

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  3. Hello, I love your beach images. Love sky captures. The last image looks like a painting, very pretty. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead.

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  4. Beautiful---- I love the look of 1, and 3 the most, but all are wonderful!

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  5. I particularly like the pink and purple colours in that sky.

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  6. Glad you got away from the sizzling temps for awhile and got some great shots in the process1

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  7. The few times that I have been on the west coast I am struck about how local the weather is. Temps change dramatically as you move around. Here in Oklahoma in the summer, there may be 5 degrees difference from one end of the state to the other.

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  8. I like your negative space and I love the third and last images. amazing the temp drop.

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  9. So beautiful pics.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  10. You must have really enjoyed that coolness! Wonderful shots.

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  11. Looks like!e you did the right thing going to the beach for the day. It's no different here with house price's sea frontage comes with a price tag

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  12. Ha, no blue sky this time. Can have its merits as you describe in your comment. Only when you have to much gray and to little blue its not pretty at all. Specially in summer.

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  13. 120 wow. I've never been in temperatures that hot. It rarely gets to the mid 80's here.
    Beautiful photos. Favorite is the footsteps one.

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  14. All beautiful scenes, but I like the first one best
    Have a great week-end!

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  15. beautiful negative spaces :) Love that.

    And I love your photoshopping :)

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  16. Sometimes 'negative space' is a positive; in your case, I think it adds to the overall atmosphere of the shot.
    Whoa, that is quite an awesome change in the last image. Why bother to wait for an actual good sunset!?

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  17. Cool photos! I bet it felt great to cool off from that heat!

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  18. Ah, cool ocean breezes. I was in Lakeland, FL this morning, walking along Lake Hollingsworth, and the breeze coming off the water was a good 20 degrees cooler than half a block away where I'd been sweating bullets. Water is wonderful, even the smaller bodies.

    Loved that 'negative space'

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  19. Yes, the Ocean is free for all as long as you can find a public entry (easier in Oregon). Did not realize it had gotten that hot in SoCA. We have relatives in Phoenix, so we knew about it there, and suppose we should have guessed you'd be the same.

    Beautiful shots -- your granddaughter always looks like she is having fun ... and why not! I imagine temps in the 60s actually felt chilly at first.

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  20. Life is usually a little breezier literally by the water. You've created a lovely mysterious scene there with help from the little girl at the forefront. :)

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  21. 120 I can't imagine although I've experienced 112- that was bad enough! Lovely photos, as always.

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  22. That's a massive change in temperature, much greater than in our area of Australia. It looks like your beach was rather empty too making for a pleasant visit.

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  23. I wouldn't be able to handle those hot temps so I too would head to the coast for the coolness. Your photos are fantastic, I love the negative space and your photoshop version too. Great work!

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  24. Love the last 2 photos of the beach. Nice edition to the photo. I can't imagine having temperature of 120. Even at 90, it is so unbearable. Have a happy weekend!

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  25. I actually like the photoshop addition to the last photograph. It makes the image! Glad you were able to leave behind the 120 degree weather and enjoy the beach.

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  26. I love your photography and have seen it before and then missed out for a while. Thank you for stopping by. Your grand-daughter is adorable standing on that vast ocean front. I would enjoy living near the beach, but I have a feeling I shall always be a resident of the Kentucky. I do like the pop of the sky that you added with Photoshop. It makes a different kind of statement, but I also like very much the first one of same. Happy Fourth of July weekend~

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  27. That temperature gradient is truly remarkable. Nice magic you worked on that sky!

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  28. i just can't imagine living day to day with that much heat in Summer, I find it unbearable here in NZ as it is and where we are it gets about 35 celsius at the highest. I guess you're use to it?

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  29. Pete, gorgeous pictures! We visited Naples Florida a couple of years ago in late March. The temperatures were beginning to get too warm there to suit me but there was a steady breeze blowing all the time which made it actually chilly, especially in the early morning or late evening hours. WOW, those southern California temps blow my mind, 120º! I know the humidity is lower in that part of the country compared to the southeast but honestly isn't that still really hot? The surprise cool off that you experience in truth sounds really appealing to me. The photo of your granddaughters sitting on a foggy beach is a bit haunting and even mesmerizing. The photoshop sunset makes your image almost look like a painting. I love to play around with photo-editing! Thanks for sharing your day at the beach. I hope y'all have a fun and safe 4th!

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  30. We appreciate more when we have less ...

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  31. those beach photos are lovely! Happy to have one of the houses but I guess I have to save some money for a long time first!

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  32. I love fog. Gorgous shots. What a mood!

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  33. Beautiful photos Pete!
    We've really needed a cool place lately.

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