It was an unusual reunion with my co-workers. I was in the States for a wedding, an old coworker was visiting a relative in the area for the first time, and another one, a resident, and was our driver that day.
We wanted to go for a short drive away from San Francisco. And as always, it is mandatory for me to take home scenic shots every time I am in somewhere new. I told them I wanted to take pictures of the Pacific Ocean, so we had decided to go to Santa Cruz, which is a short an hour an a half drive, which also lies in the scenic California Route 1. Hmm.. lucky lucky me.
Santa Cruz, as my friend told me, is a white community, which is a bit unusual with the nearby cities like San Francisco, which are predominantly occupied by non-white people. I liked the ambiance of the old vintage city. I saw houses as such around, and the neighborhood was, although a bit laid back, it still has this upscale feeling.
Note with the photographs: You will probably notice the strong saturation of these photographs. I used the Art Filters of the Olympus OMD EM-5 when taking these shots. I don’t usually like using presets but this day was an exception.
Some vintage houses in the area
There is a nearby station but I had never seen the train come
I always take these kinds of shots, but actually, I like how the sky was so blue. The lamp was there to only put meaning on the perspective
Seems the birds were enjoying the cool weather too
So I wonder, does the sign apply to the other two directions too?
Someone’s taking a rest on the plank
It was early summer and the temperature is still on the near 20s. A bit cold for swimming but not for these people I guess
We also took a short drive to see the Natural Bridge. This is one of the view of the cliff around the area
There was a nearby carnival but we didn’t have enough time to go around as we only had 4 hours (so much for a short reunion). I love the breeze and the ambiance of the area. I would love to drive the entire Route 1 next time I visit.. well, I need to find a willing driver first.