As the Santa Monica Pier is closed down, things are blocked off and rerouted. Here, a pedestrian path and bike path go under the pier. Going from glaring sunlight to a very dark tunnel, you are at risk of collision.
Looking down from the Santa Monica Pier, surf fishing in action! Yesterday’s seal was on the other side of the pier, so I expect this guy got to keep his fish.
Fire season has begun! Up the coast, along Highway 101, the first fire has broken out near Gaviota. The land is hilly and grassy, and rugged in areas. This makes stopping the fire more challenging, and when the winds pick up, it can travel so fast. We have been having a heat wave in the 90s F for the past few days – today is supposedly the last one like that in our area. Then, down into the 70s F, which is much nicer. I used to love the hot winds, but they have become more fierce and destructive over the last few years that they are more frightening than ever.
This photo shows what we can be up against. The new spring growth, becoming lush in our seasonal rains, changes to dry, dead tinder for a wildfire. The swath of grey is last season’s new growth.