The photos below show the southwestern terminus of Point Loma Avenue as seen from miles and miles away in La Jolla, at the South Bird Rock viewpoint. This image was shot hand-held, I might humbly add, although my elbows were resting on the fencepost.
If you look closely you can see the powder-blue walls of The Inn at Sunset Cliffs, 1370 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107. A great place to shoot a wedding, I can attest. It was about 130 steps or so from my front door when I was in the apartments up the street for several years, at the corner of Ebers and Pt. Loma.
I’m loving the reach of this 600mm. The only thing holding it back is the pixel resolution. I might need to go full-frame body.
I paddled out for evening glass today, in recognition of the celestial epoch known as Summer Solstice. Honoring this timeless event of the ages as passed down from generation to generation in the human lineage is very important and must be taken with the utmost of seriousness. The future harvest, new growth, regeneration, life itself, everything hinges on…
Okay, what really happened is my banker called in sick today so I didn’t meet him for that 4 o’clock and this freed up time for me to head down to The Shores and catch a few party waves above the stingrays with a dozen or so of my closest buddies.
The water was almost as warm as the air, so it’ll be time soon to consider mowing down the chest lawn again and hanging up the ol’ wetsuit until fall.
These pics were done today with the exception of the bottom photo of “The Cardiff Kook” statue. I put its title in quotes because I don’t think it’s the official name of the memorial to the community’s beach culture, but it’s the one that for now has seemingly stuck. It was taken from the driver’s window of my van as I drove off after being stopped at the traffic signal on PCH.
The others were all today. I liked the sky after noticing the distant hill clearly visible to the north, which I at first thought might be Dana Point but now expect it to be the hills of Camp Pendleton jutting up above the horizon. Usually they are invisible or much more hazy and obscured. The clouds to the southwest looked good too. Then of course I had to focus on the cove because, well, La Jolla Cove. I also was impressed by the detail of Del Mar way to the south of Blacks. The clarity of atmosphere today was great, and it hadn’t even rained.
FROM BLIND OWL RECORDS: MRS. HENRY PRESENTS THE LAST WALTZ
review by Les
This two-disc release from San Diego band Mrs. Henry and an array of friends, recorded at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, is a tribute to the eponymous 1976 swansong concert by The Band well-documented in the 1978 film by Martin Scorsese. The track listing follows its setlist closely and the care with which Mrs. Henry tends these covers is sincere, if not always sung on key. Their version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, that epic channeling of a poor Southerner at the end of the Civil War bemoaning his lost cause, is well rendered, as is Helpless, Up On Cripple Creek, and the other classic heavy radio airplayer The Weight.
Its attending crowd at The Belly Up this night sounds fairly enthusiastic and didn’t take too much encouragement to cheer the old favorites. But like the original members of The Band who were Canadian (except of course Levon Helm) it’s maybe a bit contrived to hear them identifying with songs about impoverished nineteenth-century post-war life in the Deep South when Rancho Santa Fe is just over the hill. At least in the 1970’s The Band had an audience that was rife with the fresh trauma of the draft and slaughter of the Vietnam War. Mrs. Henry Presents The Last Waltz impresses me as not really a genuine emotional response so much as a casual tour through nostalgia.
With 17 tracks on disc one and 14 tracks in disc two, all the recorded live in the saloon, Mrs. Henry is undertaking a task that would set a high bar for any band and I commend them and their on-stage guests for accepting the challenge. Fans of all here, as well as Robbie Robertson’s original group and Scorsese’s documentary, might enjoy it well.
This CD is set to drop July 12 on Blind Owl Records.