Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reflecting at RAT Beach

Sunset at RAT (Right After Torrance) beach at the edge of Palos Verdes Estates, looking toward Torrance.This 1923 photo of the Palos Verdes Headlands points in the same direction. Note the "Hermits Castle" and another building perched at the base of the cliffs. (Courtesy of Palos Verdes Library Archives).
"The Peninsula actually belongs to the Channel Islands which were formed over 10 million years ago under the shallow seas of the California coast. An uplift caused the submerged area to become an island, terraced fromt he ocean waves. For millions of years it was a sister island to Santa Catalina, slowly rising from the sea. As the land continued to rise, it formed a peninsula, connecting the South Bay area to Los Angeles. Is also created a lake in the valley behind the headlands." - from the magazine "Palos Verdes Historic Publication", Daniel L. Teckenoff - Publisher, Carman Marinella - Historical Consultant, 1993.

22 comments:

marley said...

Have you enhanced the colour? If not then it is stunning. Its stunning anyway...oh, you know what I mean! LOL :)

Tash said...

Hi Marley. This was shot with the color on "Vivid" setting which does give the true color that I saw, and I did autoadjust in MS editor which added a bit of contrast. Cheers!

spacedlaw said...

Vivid is the word! Nice.

Kuanyin Moi said...

Mahalo for explaining how you got the color quite so Vivid! :-) Great tweaking...sensational photo!

Julie said...

What I liked best about the photo, Tash, were the tiny figures walking through the tidal area and that wonderful little shack. It does not appear to be either of the buildings in the 1923 photo though. Any idea what it is currently used for?

Lori Lynn said...

Striking colors!

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

That's the thing, Tash. People just don't believe it's real--even when you see it in person. My eyes lie? Nope. It is real. It's like no other place I've ever been.

roentarre said...

Your landscape is simply amazing. I like photographs the way they are.

Marie-Noyale said...

Can I rent that little white bungalow!!!
To enjoy those sunset lights everyday!!!
Gorgeous!

Powell River Books said...

When I first got married in 1971 I started living in Torrance, but we were way inland near the freeway (couldn't afford much in those early days of teaching). I used to like to drive down to the beaches nearby and especially the pier at Redondo Beach. It was a great people watching place and excellent seafood at the fish market. - Margy

Virginia said...

Just gorgeous. Lucky you to live close by. My oh my!
I love the beach so much!!!
V

angie said...

beautiful colors!

humanobserver said...

stunning snaps....The first one just amazing....

Babooshka said...

It is interesting to compare the two images.

altadenahiker said...

This is an erosional shoreline, no? It appears to have lost ground in the past 80 years. And looks like the cottage is actually lifeguard shack. I love these before and after shots.

LSaeta said...

I love this photo! It is now in my pile of "photos to paint!". Thanks!

Marc said...

Great shot. You can just imagine what it's like to walk there yourself. Hey, it's nice to discover your blog, which I think is full of excelllent and interesting pictures. Kind regards.

Petrea said...

I'm catching up on your stuff and loving what I see. You live in a beautiful place, yes, but you have an artistic way of framing and shooting that makes your photos seem to be not just pictures but comments as well. Palos Verdes is lucky to have you.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I like having the additional geological information. I didn't know about the connection to the channel islands but it's a similar story between the Verdugos and the San Gabriels.

Maya said...

That first shot you took is breathtaking!

Creative Vignettes said...

I was at the beach on Sunday. Every time I see a photographer about town, I wonder if we're crossing paths. One of these days, we must do a photo walk together.

lisasarsfield said...

Fantastic, especially the pinky-red shot. A piece of PARADISE!