California Beaches vs. Jersey Beaches

If I say I’m going to the shore in Jersey, it means hot sun, bikinis, boardwalk, ice-cold drinks, and suntan lotion; however, in the San Francisco Bay area if you are going to the beach you better pack a sweat shirt, wet suit, warm drinks, and blankets.  Also when most people think of beaches in Jersey this is what they think…I promise you this is not the norm.  Yes there are people like this, but no the majority does not look or act this way.  I feel the need to clarify this common misconception!

Fist pumping their way down the shore

Fist pumping their way down the shore

This past weekend we decided to head over to the beach and get some salty ocean smells.  We ate at Sutro’s at the Cliff House, a great restaurant  on the cliffs of the San Francisco Pacific coast line.  After eating we journeyed down the cliffs and explored the caves and got a closer look at the Pacific Ocean.  There were a lot of interesting and beautiful views from this location that epitomize Northern California beaches.  I made this collage with InstaCollage for iPhone integrating all the pictures I took into one stamp/postcard.

Beach Stamp

On a side note, these pictures totally remind me of the movie, Goonies.  Especially the one with the three stones that the kids line up with the skull decoder.


Trying to find the rich stuff…


Interpretation is in the Eye of the Beholder

What do black roses and nineteenth century New Orléans mansions have in common?  Nothing at first thought; however, I used these seemingly unrelated objects and translated them to correspond through photography.

This black rose was one of many I received for my birthday from my boyfriend Frank.  The black rose is significant because when we started dating he bought me a fake black rose with the thought of finding them one day for me.  Well he did find them and they are gorgeous!  “Black Magic” roses are actually a deep red and not jet black.  If you see jet black roses, they are either dyed or fake because they do not grow in the ground.  I love these roses because they remind me mostly of Nightmare Before Christmas and a little of Beauty and Beast.  I would imagine that these would be the flowers that Jack would give to Sally.  I used Pixlromatic for iPhone to add the effects and I added some extra “Disney Magic” with the sparkle.  It keeps the dark/gothic tone to the image, but adds that small interesting twist.

Maybe Jack consulted the Beast as to where he got his rose…

The mansion is actually the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and not from New Orléans.  I’ve actually never been to New Orléans, but would love to go and do ghost tours.  I used Pixlromatic for iPhone to edit and add the effects.  I tried to make it look like an old photo and make the tourists look like ghosts caught in the photo.

Do you dare enter…I do I love Disney!

It’s interesting to see what you can do with a simple camera and relate seemingly unrelated things into a cohesive story based on my own interests and feelings.  Interpretation varies from person to person based on their emotions and feelings giving credence to the cliché saying, “a picture is worth a 1000 words.”

“…We can gaze into the stars and sit together, now and forever.  For it is plain, as anyone can see, we’re simple meant to be.”

~Jack & Sally