Esplanade Ave Bluff Erosion – August Photo Update

Latest pictures from below Esplanade Ave in Pacifica, courtesy of a generous local observer (see Flickr Esplanade Ave – August 2010 for larger images and more text):


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Minor Earthquake and Current Photos

A minor earthquake did no apparent damage, but was a good reminder of what’s at stake in making the buildings along Esplanade Ave. safe. It also gave a great excuse to tour the beach below the properties, look for new dirt falls, and check out the current works along the bluff.

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USGS: Magnitude 3.2 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2010 July 23 21:29:10 UTC

310 and 320 Esplanade Ave as seen from the Beach

As seen from the base of the bluff below the “dog park” by Lands End on Esplanade Ave, this is 310 Esplanade on the center left, and 320 Esplanade on the right.

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

South end of 320 Esplanade – Detail

The majority of 320 Esplanade continues to rest on solid bluff, but the right corner of the building’s foundation is unsupported. This smaller part of the building was its laundry room. The dangling sandbags and black plastic is all that’s left of a large tarp placed to stop rain and water erosion.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Dirt

The surface of the bluff below 330 Esplanade was sealed with sprayed shotcrete cement. The project to anchor all of the cement with steel rods after only the top three or four courses of rods. The contractor stated that the wall failed because it was incomplete, and recently it has sued the property owner for lack of payment for the work.

Completed Textured Cement Wall Below 360 Esplanade

This is apparently what a finished shot crete and soil nail wall would like. The cement is colored and textured to make it blend with the neighboring sandy bluff.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Wall

The ends of clusters of long metal rods called soil nails are bolted together in rows at the top of the bluff. The sprayed cement sealed the sandy bluff surface to protect it from rain and spray, but was not meant to be the final, permanent outer surface. The project stopped befiore it was done, apparently because the owner did not pay the bills.




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

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Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photo metadata)

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Image Data without thumbnails

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Patriotic Display 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:27 PM
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Black and White Blazing Rebel Fountain 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:31 PM
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Coast-side Wind 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:33 PM
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Streamers and Spiders 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:03:49 PM
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Tumbling Stars 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:04:02 PM
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Slice of Cake 1/10 ISO 100 115 mm 9:05:38 PM
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Bangs and Flashes 1/13 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:58 PM
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Spray in Black and White 1/10 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:59 PM
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Nike Guy Having Fun 1/8 ISO 100 100 mm 9:07:01 PM
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Noisy Swoop 1/5 ISO 100 105 mm 9:08:51 PM
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Question Marked 1/5 ISO 100 300 mm 9:08:57 PM
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Green Lightning 1/2 ISO 100 120 mm 9:09:51 PM
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Fire Tree 1/5 ISO 100 115 mm 9:11:25 PM
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Center Light, Dim 1/40 ISO 100 235 mm 9:13:34 PM
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Tiger, new and spent 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:15:59 PM
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Jet Burst 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:16:01 PM
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Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog = Fireworks at the Coast 1/20 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:08 PM
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Tender 1/8 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:11 PM
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Wind Tossed 1/13 ISO 100 400 mm 9:17:47 PM
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Violet, Green, Red, Orange 1/10 ISO 100 210 mm 9:19:24 PM
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A Little Past 2 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:21:55 PM
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Fire Dance 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:39 PM
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Downwind 1/6 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:51 PM
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Preparations 1.6″ ISO 3200 100 mm 9:26:05 PM
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Fire, Fog and Light 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:22 PM
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Lights and Lit 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:24 PM
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Corkscrews 1/2 ISO 100 130 mm 9:32:11 PM
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Golden Hay 1/2 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:15 PM
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Abstract – Dashes 1/25 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:23 PM
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Abstract – Wind 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:24 PM
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Explosive Gold 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:29 PM
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Lens Flare Ghost 1/4 ISO 100 100 mm 9:36:46 PM
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Fire Flower 1/2 ISO 100 220 mm 9:51:33 PM
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Feather Duster 1/4 ISO 100 210 mm 9:52:46 PM
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Fire Stack 1/5 ISO 100 100 mm 9:54:16 PM
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Image thumbnails and data

Image

Title
Filename

Focal Length Shutter Aperture ISO Time Distance

Sidewalk Fountain
in Pacifica

_MG_5278.jpg

235.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:02:17 PM 18.1 m

Patriotic Display

_MG_5282.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:02:27 PM 22.8 m

Black and White Blazing
Rebel Fountain

_MG_5283.jpg

400.0 mm 0.4 5.6 100 9:02:31 PM 22.8 m

Coast-side Wind

_MG_5284.jpg

400.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:02:33 PM 22.8 m

Streamers and Spiders

_MG_5290.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:03:49 PM 22.8 m

Tumbling Stars

_MG_5296.jpg

400.0 mm 0.6 5.6 100 9:04:02 PM 22.8 m

Slice of Cake

_MG_5304.jpg

115.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:38 PM 7.42 m

Bangs and Flashes

_MG_5308.jpg

235.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:05:58 PM 7.42 m

Spray in Black and White

_MG_5309.jpg

235.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:59 PM 8.36 m

Nike Guy Having Fun

_MG_5322.jpg

100.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:07:01 PM 9.44 m

Noisy Swoop

_MG_5333.jpg

105.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:51 PM 12.6 m

Question Marked

_MG_5334.jpg

300.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:57 PM 12.6 m

Green Lightning

_MG_5345.jpg

120.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:09:51 PM 10.8 m

Fire Tree

_MG_5357.jpg

115.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:11:25 PM 12.6 m

Center Light, Dim

_MG_5396.jpg

235.0 mm 1/40 5.6 100 9:13:34 PM 10.8 m

Tiger, new and spent

_MG_5442.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:15:59 PM 10.8 m

Jet Burst

_MG_5443.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:01 PM 12.6 m

Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog =
Fireworks at the Coast

_MG_5447.jpg

160.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:08 PM 10.8 m

Tender

_MG_5448.jpg

160.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:16:11 PM 10.8 m

Wind Tossed

_MG_5472.jpg

400.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:17:47 PM 14.9 m

Violet, Green,
Red, Orange

_MG_5494.jpg

210.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:19:24 PM 14.9 m

A Little Past 2

_MG_5528.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:21:55 PM 12.6 m

Fire Dance

_MG_5530.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:22:39 PM 14.9 m

Downwind

_MG_5535.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:22:51 PM 12.6 m

Preparations

_MG_5557.jpg

100.0 mm 1.6 5.6 3200 9:26:05 PM 18.1 m

Fire, Fog and Light

_MG_5569.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:22 PM 18.1 m

Lights and Lit

_MG_5570.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:24 PM 18.1 m

Corkscrews

_MG_5597.jpg

130.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:11 PM 14.9 m

Golden Hay

_MG_5599.jpg

160.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:15 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Dashes

_MG_5604.jpg

160.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:23 PM 18.1 m

Abstract – Wind

_MG_5605.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:24 PM 18.1 m

Explosive Gold

_MG_5608.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:29 PM 18.1 m

Lens Flare Ghost

_MG_5641.jpg

100.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:36:46 PM 14.9 m

Fire Flower

_MG_5781.jpg

220.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:51:33 PM 14.9 m

Feather Duster

_MG_5792.jpg

210.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:52:46 PM 18.1 m

Fire Stack

_MG_5811.jpg

100.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:54:16 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Fire and Flash

_MG_5817.jpg

220.0 mm 1/80 5.6 100 9:54:56 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 1

_MG_5825.jpg

220.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:55:05 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 2

_MG_5830.jpg

340.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:55:25 PM 22.8 m

Abstract – Fire

_MG_5857.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:56:13 PM 22.8 m

Looking UP

_MG_5864.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:57:08 PM 18.1 m

Zot – BANG

_MG_5866.jpg

340.0 mm 1/15 5.6 100 9:57:13 PM 18.1 m

Camera Play

_MG_5921.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 10:06:30 PM 12.6 m

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

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Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Goals for this shoot:

This was the second year that we had a chance to watch and photograph the “safe and sane” street-level fireworks in Pacifica. Last year the noise right outside the door was quite a surprise, but since I’m never really all that far from my camera we ran out and got some good ones [Pacifica Street Fireworks – 2009 (28 photos)]. Before heading out this year I tried to remember all the camera and lens settings I used last year, and to try to get some specific ideas.

  • glimmer on the street below the flashes
  • vibrant color
  • subtle light
  • more people!
  • scale – these fireworks are small. Like fierce house cats, not tigers.
  • Ordinary-ness, sense of place
  • Tried to cut the total number of pictures I’d take and post to Flickr

Next Time

  • use a shutter release. I have one, just didn’t think to use it
  • more photographers and spectators. More people!
  • possibly hang with one group
  • shoot into the smoke. This time I was almost always to the side and the consistency of perspective is a little boring.
  • get closer. Under the fireworks. Use a wide angle lens and prop the front of the lens on a small block of wood to look up into the fountain.
  • try longer exposures, 1.5 seconds and longer. Don’t bother with exposures shorter than 1/80th of a second.
  • try the Lensbaby lens? Not sure… I like the amazing crispness of the streamers and sparks contrasting with the smoke. Maybe with apertures, but could be too cute.

Summary of Settings

All photos were captured on a Canon 5D Mark II on a tripod in manual mode, using autofocus, with a EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM zoom lens (image stabilization disabled) with the aperture set at f/5.6. Generally the ISO speed rating was set to ISO 100. Photos were captured between about 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM on July 4, 2010. I selected 43 out of the roughly 260 I took. I selected images for mostly subjective reasons, that were interesting, pretty, meaningful. My standards for crispness may not be yours – the lack of crispness of boxes and stuff on the ground doesn’t bother me at all.

I was curious if there was a pattern in the shutter speed of the images I selected. These charts show that I tended to prefer 1/2 second exposures, and only used only 3 images with exposures longer than 1/25th of a second.

Individual Photo Settings

Image

Title
Filename

Focal Length Shutter Aperture ISO Time Distance

Sidewalk Fountain
in Pacifica

_MG_5278.jpg

235.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:02:17 PM 18.1 m

Patriotic Display

_MG_5282.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:02:27 PM 22.8 m

Black and White Blazing
Rebel Fountain

_MG_5283.jpg

400.0 mm 0.4 5.6 100 9:02:31 PM 22.8 m

Coast-side Wind

_MG_5284.jpg

400.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:02:33 PM 22.8 m

Streamers and Spiders

_MG_5290.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:03:49 PM 22.8 m

Tumbling Stars

_MG_5296.jpg

400.0 mm 0.6 5.6 100 9:04:02 PM 22.8 m

Slice of Cake

_MG_5304.jpg

115.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:38 PM 7.42 m

Bangs and Flashes

_MG_5308.jpg

235.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:05:58 PM 7.42 m

Spray in Black and White

_MG_5309.jpg

235.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:59 PM 8.36 m

Nike Guy Having Fun

_MG_5322.jpg

100.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:07:01 PM 9.44 m

Noisy Swoop

_MG_5333.jpg

105.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:51 PM 12.6 m

Question Marked

_MG_5334.jpg

300.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:57 PM 12.6 m

Green Lightning

_MG_5345.jpg

120.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:09:51 PM 10.8 m

Fire Tree

_MG_5357.jpg

115.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:11:25 PM 12.6 m

Center Light, Dim

_MG_5396.jpg

235.0 mm 1/40 5.6 100 9:13:34 PM 10.8 m

Tiger, new and spent

_MG_5442.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:15:59 PM 10.8 m

Jet Burst

_MG_5443.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:01 PM 12.6 m

Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog =
Fireworks at the Coast

_MG_5447.jpg

160.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:08 PM 10.8 m

Tender

_MG_5448.jpg

160.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:16:11 PM 10.8 m

Wind Tossed

_MG_5472.jpg

400.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:17:47 PM 14.9 m

Violet, Green,
Red, Orange

_MG_5494.jpg

210.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:19:24 PM 14.9 m

A Little Past 2

_MG_5528.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:21:55 PM 12.6 m

Fire Dance

_MG_5530.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:22:39 PM 14.9 m

Downwind

_MG_5535.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:22:51 PM 12.6 m

Preparations

_MG_5557.jpg

100.0 mm 1.6 5.6 3200 9:26:05 PM 18.1 m

Fire, Fog and Light

_MG_5569.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:22 PM 18.1 m

Lights and Lit

_MG_5570.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:24 PM 18.1 m

Corkscrews

_MG_5597.jpg

130.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:11 PM 14.9 m

Golden Hay

_MG_5599.jpg

160.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:15 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Dashes

_MG_5604.jpg

160.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:23 PM 18.1 m

Abstract – Wind

_MG_5605.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:24 PM 18.1 m

Explosive Gold

_MG_5608.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:29 PM 18.1 m

Lens Flare Ghost

_MG_5641.jpg

100.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:36:46 PM 14.9 m

Fire Flower

_MG_5781.jpg

220.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:51:33 PM 14.9 m

Feather Duster

_MG_5792.jpg

210.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:52:46 PM 18.1 m

Fire Stack

_MG_5811.jpg

100.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:54:16 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Fire and Flash

_MG_5817.jpg

220.0 mm 1/80 5.6 100 9:54:56 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 1

_MG_5825.jpg

220.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:55:05 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 2

_MG_5830.jpg

340.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:55:25 PM 22.8 m

Abstract – Fire

_MG_5857.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:56:13 PM 22.8 m

Looking UP

_MG_5864.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:57:08 PM 18.1 m

Zot – BANG

_MG_5866.jpg

340.0 mm 1/15 5.6 100 9:57:13 PM 18.1 m

Camera Play

_MG_5921.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 10:06:30 PM 12.6 m

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Current Esplanade Aerial Photo

This composite image based on two photos posted on Pacifica Riptide, photographer credit to Tim Brand and copyright to EvanFlys.com.

Labeled features with links to my posts for more information:

  • Lands End “Dog Park” – the open space at the Lands End apartment complex. According to the Coastal Commission permit work is underway to lay a rock rip rap revetment to halt erosion that threatened this open space area plus building 112, not visible to the left of this image. (Lands End Ramp, Patio at 330 Esplanade)
  • 310 Esplanade, Millard Tong owner. 310 Esplanade had emergency work done this winter to add rock to the north (left) end of the rip rap that was already placed below it. (Deadline from Pacifica: Prove it or Lose it, Thursday 4/22)
  • 320 Esplanade, Millard Tong owner. Closed after emergency work to add rock to the south (right) end of of existing rip rap. Both properties had rip rap laid in 2009, and both were damaged when that protection was either insufficient or diminished by the absence of similar protection at the neighboring properties. (Evacuation Order for 320 Esplanade)
  • 330 Esplanade, Farshid Samsami owner. Evacuated 12/17/2010 after winter storms eroded the unprotected beach and bluffs beneath it. (Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade) In the following weeks the rock and soil nail wall with shot crete cement shown here was added to prevent further erosion. The work was not finished, according to reports, due to lack of funds and subsequently the property has resumed eroding. (330 Esplanade Balcony) Properties on either side of 330 Esplanade laid rock rip rap in 2009. Only sketchy, vague explanations mentioning disagreements among the owners, perhaps related to unusual property lines or access, have been published. (Long Term Displacement + Property Map)
  • 360 Esplanade, Aimco Apartments owner. Additional rock laid and soil nail wall with sprayed shot crete added to halt erosion. (Work to Begin at 360 Esplanade)
  • Sewer, Pacifica. Meanwhile Pacifica has a yet-to-be resolved problem: severe cliff erosion, landslide, ground subsidence and failure of the revetment supporting the City’s storm drainage outfall structures at 380 and 400 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica. (Pacifica Council Agenda – Prior to the April 12, 2010 Meeting)

Not visible but still actively working to stop / remediate related erosion damage are two properties to the north (left) of this view:

Composite image based on photos originally published at Pacifica Riptide. Thanks to them and the photographers who retain ownership and rights to the images: The Losing Battle: Esplanade Slip Slippin’ Away.



For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Balcony and Patio Removed – 330 Esplanade

The packed-sand bluff beneath the cement patio fell away from the north end of the building on (about) June 12th. The result was a terribly dangerous situation for anyone walking on the beach below the building. Pacifica required that the patio and balcony be removed. (Full size images on Flickr here.)

Here’s what the building looked like before the balcony and patio was removed:



For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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June 26, Partial Lunar Eclipse

This weekend’s full moon will be accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse, as the earth’s shadow will briefly dim a portion of the moon’s face.

Will you be able to see it? Yes, in about half of the world, including North America:

Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2010 Jun 26

And in North America, by timezone (table courtesy of Partial Lunar Eclipse Coming On June 26 by Joe Rao):

EDT

CDT

MDT

PDT

First bit of shading

5:50 a.m.

4:50 a.m.

3:50 a.m.

2:50 a.m.

Moon enters umbra

6:17 a.m.

5:17 a.m.

4:17 a.m.

3:17 a.m.

Maximum eclipse

Below the horizon

6:40 a.m.

5:40 a.m.

4:40 a.m.

Moon leaves umbra

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:00 a.m.

Last bit of shading

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:25 a.m.

From the “Classroom Resources” pages of Starry Night Education, a helpful chart:

Lunar Eclipse - www.starrynighteducation.com

Great links and articles:

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When it doubt leave it out

Helpful list from Scott Bourne, a leading photography blogger and educator, with the delightful reminder… when in doubt, leave it out. (Note, post edited in response to Mr. Bourne’s concern that I had quoted too much. No offense intended, I’m happy to use a non-infringing excerpt. It was truly the last item in the list that attracted my attention.)

1. Use negative space.
2. Avoid merges.
.
.
.
15. When it doubt leave it out.

For the full list and much more, see the author’s website: Composition – Basic Tools – 15 Quick Tips « Photofocus.

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A wave of oil spotted approaching…

The Daily What: This Is The Worst of the Day: A wave of oil spotted approaching….

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Wag More, Bark Less

Boing Boing, A sound rule.

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WTD 976

What the Duck WTD 976.

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Lands End Ramp, Patio at 330 Esplanade

The beach ramp for moving rock and equipment down to the beach below the Lands End “dog park”, and, more pictures of the failing bluff-top patio between 330 and 320 Esplanade Ave. Pacifica, CA.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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