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Scenes of Catalina

05 Apr

What I enjoy most about Catalina is its picturesque landscape. I am never without my camera  when I’m on the island because almost always, I find something new to photograph.

I took this shot as we were lined up at the dock for our trip back home. There were so many birds flying about and I particularly took this little fella as it swooped down towards the rocks to join his fine-feathered-friends.

I was told the casino is currently under renovation. This Catalina Island icon has been the focal point of Santa Catalina Island entertainment and culture since it opened over eighty years ago on May 29, 1929. For nearly three generations, the Catalina Casino has been the venue of choice for great entertainers, Broadway productions, and first-run motion pictures. The casino gets its name from the Italian language, where “casino” means a gathering place. There is no gambling at this facility. Rather, the massive twelve-story building is divided into a spectacular grand ballroom and movie theatre, and is also available for events and weddings. Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style – a lavish medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, fifty-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas around the dance floor, and a vintage, full-service bar in back. The movie theatre is also a masterpiece of art, and now runs first-run movies every night.

We had fish and chips for brunch on the dock and it was delicious!

I took these aerial shots while aboard the bus tour. Boats are obviously aplenty on the island. I have always wondered the kind of lifestyle these people live…

Our guide, Becky, said this sign was a recent addition to the island’s bus tour. She has yet to figure out who put it up.

The submarine tour was quite interesting (although it was my 2nd time to take it). I cannot wait until the summer where I can dive and check out the kelp forest.

I’m not sure why there were sandbags along the beach…but it sure made for an interesting photo!

All photos taken in Catalina Island, March 2011.
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Photography, Travel

 

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