John & Anne Wiley

2010/10/19

Port to Home

Well surprise, I’ve decided to add a few more from our 10/10 flight instead of more recent stuff that’s less interesting to me. Great thunderstorm going on, so maybe the lights will go out before I finish and rather than work on backup power maybe that would nudge me to get some sleep. Anyway, here’s a shot from the San Pedro area past Long Beach across LA Harbor.

2327 Not Just Tea

2327 Not Just Tea

Even on this “clear” day, I wondered about the health effects of that haze on the millions living and working in the LA basin. The whole harbor complex is buzzing even during the recession, with container ships, tankers, grain, military, oil development and all the land-based things associated with all that. For some reason I thought about a line from an old Leonard Cohen song, “tea and oranges that came all the way from China.”

2328 Harbor Park

2328 Harbor Park

Between all this commerce and massive residential areas, Harbor Park is an oasis of green. Heading out a little offshore, this view back at all the port activity also gave us a good view of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Pretty impressive span, but easy to miss in all the industrial vastness.

2334 Vincent Thomas Bridge

2334 Vincent Thomas Bridge

I was reading a wiki page about Terminal Island, and tried to imagine this back when the Native Americans hung out here. I enjoyed looking directly down on a container ship unloading.

2338 One Way Mosaic

2338 One Way Mosaic

I like the colorful mosaic of the containers, and thought about how most of them are empty when they sail back to China. I was looking at a tanker when another plane flew below. More common in LA area, but still unusual to be close enough for a photo.

2341 Air, Oil & Water

2341 Air, Oil & Water

You’ll be pleased to note the gap between the ID number of the photo above, and this next one. I’m sparing you lots of shots I liked, rather than spend the rest of the night uploading them. 🙂 Here then is a colorful collection of buildings in the community of Huntington Beach (though far from the water) that I was very curious about.

2399 Colorful Corner

2399 Colorful Corner

Maybe you guessed that this whole thing is associated with the church on the corner. No reason worship can’t be playful, eh? There’s a neighborhood on Brighton Road, between Corona Del Mar and Crystal Cove we found interesting.

2440 Grotto Home

2440 Grotto Home

The grotto of sea caves and arches that was probably once popular with ancient people seems to now be popular with someone rich enough to build one on the bluffs. Wonderful garden courtyard, and was it built around those sandstone boulders? Looks like public access to what could have been a private beach, but for California law keeping our shores open to all.

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2 Comments

  1. The Terminal Island ferry was one of my favorite treats when I was a kid. We’d ride across to the island and then ride back. That was before the bridge. There also used to be an oil storage tank near Wilmington that was shaped like a pumpkin so they’d paint it orange and put a pumpkin face on it for Halloween. I wonder if that is still there.

    Comment by Nancy Oster — 2010/10/19 @ 16:25

    • Hey, looks like that orange tank in the top picture might be the pumpkin.

      Comment by Nancy Oster — 2010/10/19 @ 16:27


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