Thursday, July 23, 2009

In the Good Old Summertime

The weekend felt like a welcome pause, suspended somewhere between Friday and Monday, like a coastal haze in July, at once heavy and light. Sunday afternoon brimmed with the stuff summer is made of, seaside amusement parks, sandy hot dog stands, and the far off tinkle of a carousel organ. We channeled childhood on the swing sets at the old Muscle Beach, waded in the Pacific and rode the Ferris wheel after dark - thus crossing that "first summer in Los Angeles" rite of passage, off our lists. At the end of the day, two utterly exhausted girls returned to Apt. 10 and emptied cameras full of pictures.

I like to think about what it was like in the old days, the women with Edwardian hats and billowing skirts in an opening day promenade, the raucous of be-knickered little boys clamoring for a ride on the Whirlwind Dipper, the vanished La Monica ballroom, echoing twenties jazz and wartime swing across the water, the waves and the decades rolling by.

41 comments:

Amy H. said...

This pictures are aw inspiring. Thank you.

Mary said...

lovely photos.

Cassandra said...

gorgeous images. and splendid words invoking images.

Screwed Up Texan said...

Beautiful! Perfectly written.

Waxy said...

Gorgeous photos - the colors are fantastic!

Karolina said...

the place you described is something that lives in my imagination, it's my hideout. whenever I need to set myself free from all my worries I imagine a charming place like the one in your post

sparks
bv

meandering pearl said...

such a heart stopper!!! so lovely of you to take us along...

cotton candy wishes

artsybee said...

these are absolutely dreamy!

Jillian Frances said...

Amazing photos. Especially the carousel closeup. They really invoke a feeling of nostalgia.

paintingonsilence said...

I love pictures of amusement parks/carnivals. They are simply amazing.

josephine said...

these images are so sweet, they're almost cinematic.

Hannah said...

Wonderful photos! :)

Cynthia L. H. said...

Wonderful post! The quality of the photos is almost surreal----rather like what I think would linger in the memory...a little misty and muted...
Love it!
;^)

Chantelle said...

Thank you for sharing. Such whimsy in your photos. x

Robin said...

sounds like some serious summer fun!

Gaelyn said...

The coastal haze adds to the surreal quality of the carnival. No wonder you were taken back in time.

grimace said...

this is just so perfect :) anyone coming home so tired would really be delighted to see this. thanks for this :)

émilie said...

your colors are unreal, absolutely fabulous..
thanks for sharing.

{this is glamorous} said...

one of the loveliest posts ever - the soft, hazy tones, the water + setting sun - summery perfection

Mausumi said...

I love the pictures! Love love love!
Which font is used on BEACHY KEEN?

MichCherie said...

What I wouldn't give to be right there right now!

Daene said...

Hello! I love your pictures! And I love the way you write! These lines are my favorite:

"The weekend felt like a welcome pause, suspended somewhere between Friday and Monday, like a coastal haze in July, at once heavy and light. Sunday afternoon brimmed with the stuff summer is made of, seaside amusement parks, sandy hot dog stands, and the far off tinkle of a carousel organ."

Looking forward to your next posts!

Zee said...

beautiful words & gorgeous nostalgic photographs! thanks for sharing!

Meg said...

Oh, thank you for these images! I practically grew up on that pier, and I haven't been home in almost a year -- what a cure for homesickness. Your work is gorgeous :)

taramichele said...

How can i describe my first visit to this blog? It's heavenly!
Beautiful shots and photography. Love the carousel.

TMCPhoto said...

sitting in some extreme heat I have to say that while I'm enjoying the dreamy hazy summery shots that illustrate your day, I'm thinking of the uncomfortable heat those billowing skirts would have trapped beneath them and wondering if I could possibly take any more clothes off and still remain decent.

It's always a pleasure visiting your posts

Pattern and Perspective said...

Shades of cotton candy. I want to swallow your photos because they remind me of delicious cotton candy. Don't we wish that the present times could return to the good ol days - even just for a little while? It's rarity anymore - the world is consumed by greed and technology.

TheDecoDetective said...

Hi, I came here via This Is Glamorous - these photos are fantastic. Are they yours? They really make the time stand still - or move backwards. I love number two, it's got so much speed in it - and number three, it makes the Ferris wheel look like the sun!
Trudi from Norway

Joanna Goddard said...

what absolutely gorgeous images. xoxo

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

You read my mind...just mentioned to my hubby tonight that we NEED to plan a Southern CA road trip and take our little one to the Santa Monica pier. I've been dying to do it and you've just moved it waaaaaay up the "to do" list. Beautiful captures.

Stacey said...

gorgeous!!!

jek-a-go-go said...

sooo pretty. how nifty to see my regular old beach all delicate and old timey as this. a far contrast to the pics i just took this weekend. thank you for sharing!

Eadaoin said...

oh wow those are some beautiful photos!! you have a lot of talent :)

Gant Fan said...

I love the pictures!!really nice

Krista Beth said...

Such a romantic notion! I went to this pier for the first time this year but I didn't find it as romantic. I will see it through rose colored glasses now.

olivia lucile said...

wow, these photos are just fantastic!!! how do you get them to have that vintage feel to them? i have been trying without success for a long time now(:

used forklifts said...

Those are stunning photos. Indeed, very inspiring words of wisdom. Fantastic!

Nathan said...

Great photos, very creative composition and color!

Ashley said...

These are absolutely stunning! I want to be there :)

Maria said...

Beautiful photos, and AMAZING blog!

Sid said...

these images are just beautiful!! :-)

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