Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Surfing at Tourmaline Beach



I have always loved the water and the beach; one of the few native Californians, I just guess it's in my DNA. Last weekend I was finally able to do a surf shoot. Although I can't surf, I love watching someone catch a wave and ride it, finally diving into the water at the end after being one with that mini force of nature. Jason Coleman was kind enough to allow me to tag along early Sunday morning to document his journey. Although the actual surf shots were not great (which means we need to do it again!), I was pleased with the rest.

As soon as we arrived, Jason was scoping the water seeing where the best place to surf would be.



Then it was back to his vehicle to get his board and gear, returning to the beach for his morning surf.





Like any physical exercise, there's stretching to do...



meditation/prayer...



and then it's off to the waves.



Much of a surfer's time is spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting. When is that perfect wave going to come?



I wouldn't say the waves were perfect, but Jason caught a few decent ones. The mount:



...and the dismount.



We were only out there for about 45 minutes. Next time will be longer...with more actual surf photos!



And hey, breakfast was waiting! Gotta' get back into street clothes and head to town before everyone else wakes up on Sunday for brunch.



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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Anchorettes



Awhile back I was contacted by Jonathan Bullman, whose wife's great aunt was found in these photos from September 1957. She was with the women's softball team called The Anchorette's from Indianapolis and they were staying at the Disneyland Hotel for a national softball tournament.



They won the regional tournament and went on to the National tournament in California. The 1957 National Women's Softball Tournament was held in Buena Park and Anaheim that September. The Anchorettes would eventually go on to lose the tournament but she still talks about her softball days even 60 years later. She's the tall short-haired redhead in glasses (seen in the detailed view above, front row, second from left).



Another shot from the batch showing the Anchorettes' luggage outside the hotel.



Note the "DH" on the door, which of course stands for Disneyland Hotel.



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mr. Toad Mural Extravaganza!



One new one and a lot of re-hash for today (yes, still catching up on life!). First shot is the "new" one, showing two tots who have just experienced Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. Of course, the real reason for attaining this photo is the view of the line queue mural in the background! While we're at it, how about a shot from December 1957 of Donna Reed and Steve Allen also enjoying this dark ride classic?



And Jerry Lewis:



Vice President Richard Nixon and family:



The Audie Murphy family, circa 1956:



Here I used a little photoshop magic to get a better look at the mural (human distortion be damned!), circa 1958:



Last one is a June 1955 image of the exterior of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:



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