We walked down the main drag until we got to the sidewalk that runs around the island. We walked about halfway around the island's perimeter, stopping here and there to take pictures. My biggest challenge, I think, is not being self conscious about stopping and taking pictures like a tourist. Today I was able to forget myself and do just that. The sun was shining and making the water sparkle. There were loads of people walking along the water, and even more sitting on benches along the main street, enjoying the sun and frozen bananas and Starbucks.
By the time we'd walked back to our starting point, the wind had picked up and was chilly, the clouds had rolled in, and off in the distance you could see where it was raining - it looked like it was over Huntington Beach. I was glad I had that sweatshirt on. I took lots of pictures, trying this, trying that, still having little idea of what I was doing. But here, back in our warm, dry house, I sorted out the best ones for you to see. And as you can see, I still have a lot to learn. I tend to tilt the camera so the picture isn't framed up quite straight. I need to learn to be quicker to catch the shot I want. I'm still in that "film" frame of mind - not wanting to waste an exposure on a bad shot, so I hesitate, waiting for the exact right moment, and then I miss it. This is digital - just shoot away! A good shot will be in there somewhere.
And L just followed along, being a good sport. By the time I let him get his hands on the camera it was freezing cold. We'd driven up to the bluffs above Corona Del Mar, the sky was ominous, and the wind cut right through my sweatshirt. It always surprises me how quickly the weather can change. All in all it was a nice afternoon - one of those lazy ones where there are no appointments to keep, and nowhere you have to be. I haven't had one of those in quite awhile, and I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Flower baskets on the lightposts going over the bridge to Balboa Island
A cottage with a red door and red Valentine wreath hanging on it
Another sweet cottage - I can only imagine how cute the inside must be!
You can see what a beautiful afternoon it was, and these bright flowers looked so pretty against the blue sky.
The cute couple above and the mom and daughter below were just a few of the many people
out enjoying the island today.
Sun shining on a dock along the bay, rafts at the ready.
We could hear seals barking out in the water.
And... here comes trouble:
The skies darkened, the wind picked up, rain was in the distance. Time to head home.
But wait... L took a secret shot of me scurrying back to the car from the bluffs,
a vision in leggings with my hands balled up inside my sweatshirt.
Brrrrr, I hate to be cold!
Brrrrr, I hate to be cold!