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Be Strong, Be Confident, Be Successful

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Newport Bridge Blog

Why are photographers so interested in images of bridges and or piers, I know I am guilty of this fascination. Maybe it’s the strength of the ocean or Mother Nature pounding against the structure, maybe it’s because no matter what life throws at the structure it doesn’t give an inch, maybe it’s a metaphor for life? Like in life your ability to weather any storm or situation truly depends on how deep your rooted like the base of the pier or bridge if your deeply connected in either your faith, beliefs, family, or what grounds you in life, gives you the foundation to ride out the storms and set backs of life and come out of them stronger than ever and ready with the new found confidence to handle the next storm in life. Be strong, be confident, be diligent, and be successful.

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Walk With Me In Paradise

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There is nothing more relaxing than a quiet walk on a beach either in the early morning or at sunset; this photo taken in the early morning on Coronado Island in San Diego. It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me or reads my blog “I Love Coronado Island”; I truly believe that it’s near perfect for my personality and desires. I love the surf, I love Islands, I love sailboats in a quaint little harbor, I love great food, and Coronado has all this plus the greatest hotel on earth, The Hotel Del Coronado. Go visit and take your personal walk in paradise.

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Waiting For The Perfect Wave

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Waiting, wow the one word we don’t really care to hear, wait! Wait what, I want it now, I need it now, I deserve it now, wait no way. In a society that is build on instant gratification, if you doubt this look at the inventions of drive thru restaurants, pharmacy, and liquor stores, the convenience store, smart phones, quick emergency medical care that advertise no wait times, etc. If your a surfer you lean the discipline of waiting between waves, you learn to appreciate the fact if you wait the pay-off might be the perfect wave. Are you waiting for the perfect wave? The hardest thing in life to learn is how to be content with where you are in your life at this moment, it might not be what you want, it might not be perfect, but do you appreciate where you are in your life’s journey right now? If you can be happy where you are you have found peace and you know that the perfect wave might be up next, that is a winning outlook on life.

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The Hotel Del Coronado Historical & Haunted

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The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego California aka the Hotel Del is a California Historical Landmark and was opened in 1888 and at the time is was the largest hotel in the world! If you have ever visited or stayed you know it’s a fantastic property. The beach is beautiful and serene even with that as the backdrop the real star is this Victorian wonder that played host to Hollywood stars in the 1920’s and presidents, world leaders and a multitude of dignitaries though tout its history. Some even say it’s haunted? A single young lady traveler checked in with no luggage in November of 1882 and a few days later she took her own life by shooting herself in the head. When guest have stayed in room #3312 they have claimed to witness the haunting, believe it or not, but what you can believe that this grand hotel is well worth the trip. You can enjoy a drink at the pool and explore the vast property and its stunning grounds and don’t forget the lobby which has inspired romance and major business deals whatever your desire the Hotel Del has it.

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The Beach & Pop Culture

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While laying on a beach in Progreso Mexico with a Corona in one hand and my camera in the other, I wonder why the beach as a lifestyle so popular again, it was in the 60’s and now it’s at the top of pop culture consciousness again. Next to love and broken hearts the beach is in so many songs, books, movies, advertising, it’s a lifestyle now marketed to the max! I must admit it does strike me as a little funny growing up in San Diego where it was our normal for ever, it wasn’t a fad, it was who we were and who we still are, beach bums til the end, we just have better accessories now. I thought if the universe kept everything even based on what you deserved or how much work you invested into your jobs, you would live with the results, for me I should have ended up in a trailer park in Chula Vista married to a Wal-Mart cashier thank God the universe was kind to me and I did exceed that expectation 🙂 I’m still near a beach just took me 30 years to get back to my roots. Have you ever looked back on your life and said….How did I end up here or That was an interesting journey or like I say every day, God Thank You for all the blessings in my life!
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Birds View of Paradise

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When I’m at the beach I often wonder what the birds think about us watching them watch us. This bird might be part of the gull family and then again maybe not even close, I have no idea. What I do know a bird like this one was very cleaver and resourceful and I didn’t have my camera that day to photograph the escapade, darn. I was napping one foggy morning and I caught glimpse of a bird getting on top of a beach chair and pecking his way into this brown paper bag and he pulled out a sandwich in a zip lock bag, he grabbed it and proceed to hide from his flock mates and tried to open it this went and this went on for quit a while before some kid ruined the fun and took it away and buried it in the sand. I though that butt head, what fun was that? Then the guy returned to find his bag ripped open and his snack missing 🙂 That was just as much fun. Now, I’m thinking what’s the bird thinking about all his hard work taken from him in a moment’s notice? I think he would be thinking… I’m gonna fly over and poop on that kids head! That would be justifiable pooping in my opinion or at least that’s how I wanna believe the story ended.
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It’s Bigger then Us

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Another day is done and what better way to relax and find your sweet spot than taking your best friend for a walk on the beach. It’s not just man who finds peace and tranquility uniting with Mother Nature so does all of Gods creatures both pets and wild life. It’s an awesome feeling knowing that life on earth has rallied around the ocean and standing at any shoreline you know that Adam and Eve, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Caveman and Cave women, and all of life throughout history you are at that moment standing and looking out the same view the past civilizations and inhabitants had in there day. This is the same ocean from biblical times to Atlantis, the Mayans, the Romans, and Columbus all sailed on to travel, work, and explore it’s bigger than any of us, more vast than we can truly comprehend, it seems to be infinite, but is it? Of course not and if we don’t respect it and nurture it one day we might damage it beyond the healing point and then we will be robbing future generations the same awe inspiring vision we have all enjoyed and have been inspired by and have fallen in love with over the centuries.
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