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April 24, 2014 / P J Charles

Charley

Stephanie and Charlie Chapel-56

Joyful afternoon spent with adorable Charley and the amazing Stephanie.

April 23, 2014 / P J Charles

Sunrise stroll on a moonlit beach

Years back I would run this path about 3 times a week with my friend PD. He would drive in from Mission Viejo (I never really appreciated how far a drive that was) and we would run the 5 mile out and back that would take us from the first parking lot out to the observation point pictured. He always referred to it as ” oh dark thirty” as we arrived super early while the skies were still dark. At the observation point we would rest for a few minutes and marvel at the beauty of the moon dipping below the horizon as the sun peeked over the hillside. It was, and is, a spectacular sight, seeing the moon and sun simultaneously and the glow of the morning as it begins to kick off – one that I miss. The experience of the walk made me nostalgic for those early morning runs – the joy of the camaraderie and the thrill of early mornings by the beach.

April 22, 2014 / P J Charles

Driftwood

washed ashore

April 21, 2014 / P J Charles

Path to the beach

path to the beach

April 20, 2014 / P J Charles

Cactus blooms


The next few days will feature shots of my walk through Crystal Cove – a state beach just north of Laguna. You can walk along the trail and have no sense of being in one of the most populated parts of the California coastline – the area between Newport and Laguna Beach. For the many years that I have walked or run this trail I have never really noticed the cactus blooming. These were spectacularly beautiful. Almost like roses – thorns and all.

April 19, 2014 / P J Charles

Lifeguard stand

lifeguard stand-3

April 17, 2014 / P J Charles

Doheny

perfect afternoon

April 16, 2014 / P J Charles

A view to the sea

Nothing better than putting in the earphones, cranking up some music and sun, and shooting photos. This series taken at Doheny State Beach.

April 15, 2014 / P J Charles

The Stand

The stand

As one walks up Thalia street from the sea and crosses Highway 1 on the left is a small red stand and usually a line of hungry humans. A vegan restaurant, The Stand, has been a Laguna institution for as long as I can remember. A great place to find that healthy juice you have craved (I am a fan of the carrot, beet, apple combination), a wheatgrass shot to set you right, or a delicious vegan sandwich wrapped up to take back down the street for a beach picnic. Or you can just sit, as I did snapping this photo, under the large tree at the community table.

April 14, 2014 / P J Charles

Fourteen on 4.14.2014

What an amazing gift the last 14 years have been! I still can’t quite comprehend that you are 14 today and that you have brought me smiles and giggles for all of them. I love the person you are and the one you are becoming. Happy Birthday Little a. Your Tio and Tia love you to the moon and back.

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