Rust of the West
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California beach communities certainly have their own quality.
Incredibly high property values result in buildings seemingly stuck one on top of the other to maximize the use of valuable land.
At the same time, the closer to the beach, the less there is of the cookie-cutter banality of more traditional suburbs. There are multitudes of hidden architectural delights tucked between, behind and around every street. The narrow gaps between buildings sometimes turn into twisting paths, winding down into surprising little gardens, patios or just to the next block.
I took this picture in an alley in Hermosa beach early on July 2nd, 2011. I was enchanted by the colors and the shadows - I had no choice but to press the shutter.
It was really tough getting a good shot of this sign with my little Pentax.
The property was completely fenced off.
What you really need is a good zoom lens...
In the last bit of sunlight on a late afternoon during a trip back from California in April of 2011 I caught sight of this bus as I turned onto State Hwy 160.
The fading light was incandescent on the worn skin of the old beast. I just had to get a couple of shots.