Chasing the Sunset in California

Chasing the Sunset in California

I wanted to sit on a California beach and take a picture of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. It was a simple request and my son Daniel was ready to make it a reality for me.

Santa Monica Pier – A Southern CA Icon

Santa Monica Pier – A Southern CA Icon

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the most recognizable icons of Southern California. From its humble beginnings over 100 years ago as a support structure for pipes to dump treated sewage into the ocean, to today’s iteration as an amusement park and fishing venue, the Santa Monica Pier has always attracted both locals and tourists to its beautiful beach location.

Venice Beach – Revisited 40 Years Later

Venice Beach – Revisited 40 Years Later

It was the summer of ‘74. Four young musicians, fresh graduates of High School, were touring the country as the members of a Top 40 cover band, when they finally landed in Southern California. There was some time to kill between gigs and the band members unanimously decided to seek out Venice Beach to spend a couple of hours in the sun. What they experienced would stay with them forever.

Sloss Furnaces National Landmark

Sloss Furnaces National Landmark

The intense heat radiating from every metal surface combined with the acrid stench of leaking smelter gas made Sloss Furnaces a living hell on earth in the early 1900s. This hell was ruled by the devil incarnate named James “Slag” Wormwood, the foreman of the graveyard shift.