Pismo Beach Photos

Pismo Beach Boardwalk
Monday, April 30, 2012
Pismo Beach Boardwalk

There are some amazing spots along the California coast. Pismo Beach is one of the more well known, and it's not hard to see why it is so popular. The big wide sandy beach with the amazing views from the beautiful boardwalk are something special even for our coast. Just to the north along the top of that bluff, I have chased some beautiful hummingbirds and watched some amazing sunsets. It's definitely a spot to see if you have the chance.


Cottage Inn
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Cottage Inn

So in the process of stitching the images together to make the panorama of yesterday's image there are a nuber of stages along the way. (Or, to be technical for the cartographers out there, different projections). Taking the flat images to represent a spherical view of the world and then projecting them back on to your flat monitor is not unlike making a flat map out of the round globe. Of course, along the way there is room for a little bit of creativity.


Cottage Inn
Friday, April 4, 2008
Cottage Inn

Well, there were some technical difficulties with publishing to the site so I'm sorry for the wait! I have quite a few images that should be posted in the near future, but with several big projects and tax day (what fun!) it has been hard to get to the maintenance of my site.

A few days ago we were in Pismo Beach for a project. When I went out to get breakfast the morning fog was just breaking up. I thought about skipping breakfast to take pictures, but I finally thought better of it so I would have some energy for the drive home. (Besides they have REALLY good waffles.) The timing was perfect though. This was right after breakfast. All of the clouds in this shot are actually wispy remnants of the morning costal fog. They are almost close enough that you could reach out and touch them. Not 20 minutes later the fog was back thicker than ever.


Pismo Beach Sunset
Monday, March 5, 2007
Pismo Beach Sunset

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It's not really the most popular time of year to go to the beach around here. But, then most people are not crazy photographers. (thank heavens!) Ya don't get sunsets like this in the summer around here.

The flowers in the center are Japanese Irises, on the right is a bird of Paradise.


Dollars in the Sand
Sunday, February 6, 2005
Dollars in the Sand

I have seen a few sand dollars in my life but this was the first time I ever saw live ones. There were a few burying themselves right in the middle of the beach where everyone walks, so we moved them to a more secluded area in a tide pool.

These guys are related to sea urchins and star fish, and the way you can tell they are alive is the small spines move like waves. Unless they are frightened, then they play dead. Of course, there was no doubt with most of these. We could actually watch them trying to bury themselves.

When I was searching Google to find out a little more information about them it was interesting to see that the majority of sites referring to live sand dollars were talking about how to kill and clean them. I'm thinking more people need to invest in cameras. :0)

There were a few good sites however...