Pt. Loma, CA. July 21, 2012

July 26th, 2012 | Posted by Steve in National Monuments | Ocean | Photography

Pt. Loma, July 21, 2012

A couple of months ago my son Aaron arranged a photo outing with me for this day.  When Aaron and I get together for a photo outing the destination is usually decided that day or the day before.  Nothing was different this time.  I was leaving town for work the next day so I didn’t want to travel too far from home.  Aaron had wanted to see Randsburg, CA, but was happy with San Diego and the U.S.S. Midway.  So that is where we went.  Before we went to the Midway we hit Pt. Loma.  I did a post on this last December so these photos will only be of Ocean Beach at the foot of the peninsula.  For the lighthouse please check out the December post.

Aaron invited a photographer friend along so we were a threesome.  I arrived at Aaron’s house at 8 am, we went over to his ambulance company to check on some things where we met up with Aaron’s friend.

Aaron seems to think I know every road in California.  I disavow that completely, but Aaron uses that fiction to milk suggestions out of me.  I suggested we visit Pt. Loma before the Midway.

Pt. Loma is a long, hilly peninsula protecting San Diego Harbor & part of Coronado Peninsula from the Pacific Ocean.  It is considered to be where the first Europeans landed in California.

Much of the Pt. Loma area is under federal control, given over mostly to the Navy.  Besides military installations it includes a National Cemetery, a National Monument, a private university, residential areas and some commercial establishments.  If you have a job in San Diego and you can afford to live on Pt. Loma I suggest you do so.  If you don’t have a job, but can afford to live there my advice remains the same.

The top of the point is over 400 feet above sea level with the old lighthouse and the Cabrillo National Monument.  Once we had visited the lighthouse we drove down the steep road to the ocean on the west face of the peninsula.

The geology of the peninsula is mostly sandstone.  Down at the bottom the small beach open to the public is named Ocean Beach.  The sandstone there is very hard and dates back some 75 million years.  I would guess there is no swimming as the ocean is always beating against a very rocky shore.  But when the tide is out who knows?

By the time we made it to the beach the marine layer had mostly burned off.  The weather was cool and the sky was blue with some clouds.

This first one is looking in a SW direction.  Mexican and international waters aren’t too far away.  The Coronado Islands, part of Mexico and Baja California are less than 20 miles away.

This one is looking in a North West direction.  Go in a straight line in front of the lens and there is no land until you hit Alaska or Russia.  This one isn’t great art, but I am kind of proud of it.  Tech specs are Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-105 f/4 zoom lens at 24mm, f/14, ISO 640, 1/800 of a second.

This last one looks north up the coast of Pt. Loma.  Those little specks are gulls or pelicans.  The color of the original is abysmal.  I wanted to show the rough coast so here it is in black & white.  Sometimes the bigger waves make spectacular sprays along this area.  There is a cave way off to the right.  The buildings in the distance are part of a federal installation that was fenced off allowing no vehicular traffic up the road.

The next post will be of the U.S.S. Midway.  All of you airplane buffs reading this should like it.

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