surfer girl
surfer girl banner
by Esquerra, 2011
Laguna Beach, California
http://www.lagunabeachcity.net (city government information)
http://www.lagunabeachinfo.com (visitor information)

The city of Laguna Beach in California thinks of itself as "a resort for all seasons." It is easy to find. It is where Laguna Canyon Road (aka Broadway) meets the Pacific Coast Highway between the cities of Newport Beach and Dana Point.

Originally, Laguna Beach was the home of the Shoshone (shou-'SHOU-nee) people. Then the Spaniards and other settlers arrived from the east. Painters were attracted to the region because of the scenic ocean cliff and canyon views. Laguna Beach eventually became known as an art colony.
Its annual summer Festival of Arts began in 1932. That same year artist Lolita Perine started a show that became Roy Ropp’s grander "Pageant of the Masters," which recreates famous paintings with real people.

Main Beach Park is Laguna’s "Window to the Sea." You can walk along the boardwalk and watch people playing basketball and beach volleyball. A green flag at the lifeguard tower means that it is safe to go into the water. On the far right side of the beach are tide pools. You can see small crabs, sea anemones, and other marine creatures in them.

Across the street, there are art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and a movie theater. For the busiest part of summer, there is also free shuttle service throughout the city.

Photos copyright © 2008-2012 Kat Avila
CAMERA: Canon SD780 IS
NOTES: Winter and summer are pretty different in Laguna Beach. I like the quiet peacefulness of the winter, but the festive busyness of the summer is nice too.
shuttle service sign
shuttle service sign
2012.7.7


City Sights
Broadway street sign
at a major intersection
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peace promoters
a group promoting world
peace and justice
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hilltop
looking toward the hilltop
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Ken's Jewelry shop
Ken's Jewelry
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plaque
"God Grant Grace"
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plaque
Observatory Time
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A Step Back in Time
A Step Back in Time
clock shop
(I walked past at 12 noon…)
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Laguna Presbyterian Church
Laguna Presbyterian Church
on Forest Avenue
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shuttle service
It says "Cable Car Classics"
on the side of the shuttle.
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city shuttle service
city shuttle service
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bus shelter
bus shelter
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mini-lighthouse
mini-lighthouse
in bottom left corner
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Heisler Park gazebo
Heisler Park gazebo
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Art
jack-in-the-box
jack-in-the-box art
by the bus stop restrooms
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mosaic
Laguna Coastline
by Mia Tavonatti, 2004
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mosaic
close-up on public art mosaic
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arty parking meter
Putting change in this
parking meter funds
city homeless programs.
(painted by Bob Bonn)
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mural
Keep It Clean
for the Next Generation

by Sandra Jones Campbell and
Laguna College of Art &
Design students, 2011
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female trio
female trio
(artist unknown)
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Laguna Beach Library
sculpture
Sakura Starburst
by Marla Bartels, 2001,
in front of the public library.
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window view
looking toward Main Beach
through a library window
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banner
"Dream Big: Read"
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banner
banner in the childen's
section of the public library
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bench
a family of benches
in front of the library
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bench
reading son and daughter
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bench
reading mom and dad
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Main Beach
Main Beach
looking toward Bird Rock
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Main Beach
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Main Beach
small bulldozer
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Main Beach
looking toward the tower
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summer crowd
summer crowd
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plane with promo banner
plane with promo banner
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Main Beach
winter shoreline
2008.12.21
Main Beach
summer shoreline
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sand castle
sand castle
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basketball courts
basketball courts
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seaweed beach
beached seaweed
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seaweed and Heermann's gulls
seaweed and
Heermann's gulls
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Main Beach
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Lifeguard Tower at Main Beach
lifeguard tower
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lifeguard tower wreath
marine-themed
winter wreath
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lifeguard tower
tower from ocean side
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lifeguard tower
The green safety flag means
it's safe to go into the water.
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lifeguard tower
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lifeguard tower
The yellow flag means to be
careful when swimming.
High waves or rip currents!
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lifeguard tower
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Bird Rock (Heisler Park Reserve) and Tide Pools
Bird Rock
Bird Rock
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Bird Rock
How much of this is seaweed
or rock I couldn't tell you.
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Bird Rock
from the opposite side
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Bird Rock
There used to be a pier at
this site that went to Bird Rock.
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Bird Rock
found another stump
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Bird Rock
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Bird Rock
"Rocks Closed:
Due to High Tide and/or
Heavy Surf Conditions"

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Bird Rock
incoming wave
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Bird Rock
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fly
A fly is rippling
the puddle's surface.
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Bird Rock
Bird Rock with pelicans
and cormorants
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Bird Rock
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tide pool
tide pool with crab shell
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Bird Rock
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Blue-Handed Hermit Crab, Pagurus samuelis
blue-handed hermit crab
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Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis
brown pelicans
V-formation
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brown pelicans
close-up
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brown pelicans
close-up
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brown pelicans
heading toward Bird Rock
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brown pelicans
getting closer
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brown pelicans
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brown pelicans
flying past Bird Rock
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brown pelicans
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California Mussel, Mytilus californianus
California mussel
mantle
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California mussel
shell
2008.12.21
Giant Green Anemone, Anthopleura xanthogrammica
giant green anemone
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Purple Sea Urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
purple sea urchin and dog tracks
purple sea urchin
and dog tracks
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purple sea urchin
close-up
2008.12.21
Seaweeds
bull kelp
bull kelp
with belt-strap blades
Nereocystis luetkeana
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seaweed
2008.12.21
seaweed holdfast
close-up on holdfast,
which attaches
seaweed to rocks
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seaweed
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seaweed
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giant kelp
giant kelp with leafy blades
Macrocystis pyrifera
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giant kelp air bladders
close-up on air bladders,
which help seaweed to float
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seaweed
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seaweed
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seaweed
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seaweed
a tangle of bull kelp
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giant kelp air bladder
giant kelp air bladder
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giant kelp
giant kelp
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Shells
shell fragments
shell fragments
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shell fragments
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shells
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shells
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shells
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shells
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limpets
limpets
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Striped Shore Crab, Pachygrapsus crassipes
striped shore crab
Bottoms up!
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striped shore crab
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striped shore crab
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