Hike No. 1 - Balboa Island Circumamble
January 14, 2012
Seeking a bit of warmth during a California winter, we have parked our trailer at the Newport Dunes RV Park and Resort in Newport Beach for three weeks. Normally "dry" campers, we are living it up in this elegant oasis in the heart of this seaside town. My kayak sits on the beach a few steps from the trailer, ready for floating photo outings among the variety of migratory birds that stopover on Upper Newport Bay in winter. Short drives take us to beaches, restaurants, and shopping. This afternoon I've decided to amble over to Balboa Island.
two-tenths of a square mile.
|My Canon G12 and go-everywhere SnapR bag. Besides the camera, wallet, and phone, this little bag also carries some business cards and a notebook|
My walk took me through a small park on the slope behind the RV park, and across the intersection of Jamboree Drive (interestingly named for a Boy Scout encampment on the empty dunes here in the 1950's) and Highway 1, then down the hill and across the bridge to Balboa Island. There are nice views both ways from the bridge of moored yachts and recreational boating activity, including kayakers and rowers.
A right turn took me onto the popular pedestrian pathway that circles the island. Dodging other amblers, dog walkers, and occasional joggers, I photographed boats moored or pulled up on the sandy shore, possibly to use for sketches later. Rounding the west end of the island I passed a gated bridge leading to an adjacent island covered with jam-packed mansions and associated large and shiny watercraft.
Homes on the south side of Balboa Island
There is a small collection of shops at the ferry landing catering to tourists, and more on the island's main thoroughfare, Marine Street, that leads back to the bridge to the mainland. From the bridge I enjoyed a great sunset view of the channel between Balboa Island and the mainland.
Sunset view from the bridge between Balboa Island and the mainland at Newport Beach. I continue to be impressed with the sharpness and resolution of the G12. The fine detail in this image holds up fine in a 16 X 20 print.
1/320 sec f4.5
1/320 sec f4.5