Plastic and Styrofoam Everywhere

In my earlier post, I mentioned that the surf has been out of control with the storm and earthquake.  The life guard stations had to be moved inland—waaaay inland, and the surf still almost got to them.  Here you can see that the sand was completely eroded away by the surf, creating the sudden drop off that was as tall… Continue reading

Where’s The Beach?!

With a recent storm having come off the Pacific, coupled with the Chilean 8.8 earthquake and its ensuing tsunami warning, the Pacific Ocean here in the South Bay Area, has been the most active I’ve ever seen it.  In this short video I shot yesterday with my iPhone, the sandy beach, which typically begins out where you see the waves… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Two – Kilkenny to Killarney

Today was a very interesting travel day: from Kilkenny to Killarney. My travels first took me to town center Kilkenny to see the Castle Kilkenny, which is situated immediately next to a river. Immediate access to water seems to feature prominently in the ruins I’ve seen thus far. I recalled a professor’s comment at Emory: “Everything in human history is… Continue reading

What Can Be Done?!

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On… Continue reading

“Just Another” Sunset on the Pacific

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to savor the sunsets on the Pacific Ocean with some degree of regularity. The rhythmic roar of the surf, the gentle breeze, the cool almost chilly breeze, the vastness of energy continuously greeting the land are all such a balancing force in human affairs. I frequently see a couple, probably retired, sitting… Continue reading

The Delightful Storm Now Passed

The storm has passed, meaning we had a slow steady rain here all day. It was wonderful. I so miss the long, dark rainy days of the southeast! At sunset I went to the Pacific and shot these two little videos with my iPhone. You can’t tell how dark and thick the clouds were, or how interesting the fog was.… Continue reading

No Bike Ride Today

Well, with the earthquake in the Pacific, I guess I shouldn’t ride my bike along the coast as we’re at a heightened alert for a possible tsunami. I frequently ride down by the ocean through an area that is labeled as a Tsunami Evacuation Area. While unlikely, the Tsunami Emergency Information being distributed indicates that an earthquake in Alaska could… Continue reading