Long Beach, CA
This image is also available here without texture added, titled The Pier II
A long exposure was used to calm the raging mid-day winter surf. I thought it would be fun to hang out under the pier for a bit and shoot. Boy, was I not anticipating the cold winds! There were a few young girls in bikinis playing in the surf and I was shivering all bundled up in the pier's shade. I really don't think it was very much warmer in the sun.
The Huntington Beach Pier is a municipal pier located in Huntington Beach, California. At 1,850 feet (560 m) in length, it is one of the longest public piers on the West Coast. (The longest is Oceanside Pier at 1,942 feet). It has been damaged or destroyed four times; in 1912, 1939, 1983 and most recently on January 17, 1988 destroying the End Cafe for the second time in the decade. The pier is on the California Register of Historical Resources
The most recent reincarnation of the pier is designed of reinforced concrete to withstand 31-foot (9.4 m) waves or a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and uses an increased space between piles to accommodate surfers - as requested by the City. The pier slopes gently up toward the seaward end in a straight line which alternates with three octagonal platforms and one rotated square (108 feet on a side) that forms a diamond at the pier's seaward end. Not only is the pier structurally sound, it also retains a number of design elements from the original pier including haunches at the pile caps and corbels supporting light standards.
The pier is frequented by sport fishermen as well as surfing spectators. Ruby's Diner is located at the end of the pier.
Live cameras are set up at the Huntington Beach Pier and shown on screens at the California-themed Hollister apparel stores. The store pays the city for the cameras, with the money used to fund marine safety equipment. The cameras are also used by lifeguards.
Info from Wikipedia
January 15th, 2013
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