Pinch and a Punch for the First Day of the Month (No Returns) ~ Santa Monica, CA

The first of June fell on a Saturday. The news promised temperatures in the three-digits*; luckily, it turned out to be pleasantly sunny and breezy. The beach beckoned – we responded.

(Again, I only had the phone on me but I aim to photograph with the Nikon… soon! Oh and, *, that’s in Fahrenheit.)

Santa Monica Beach from Ocean Boulevard

Santa Monica Beach from Ocean Avenue

Swaying palms

Swaying palms

Umbrellas and a lifeguard station

Umbrellas and a lifeguard station

The edge of the Pacific Ocean

The edge of the Pacific Ocean

I cannot remember the last time I built a sandcastle... Can you?

I cannot remember the last time I built a sandcastle… Can you?

Santa Monica Pier in the distance

Santa Monica Pier in the distance

"She saw seashells along the seashore..." Not really, but I did see a lot of seaweed.

“She saw seashells along the seashore…” Not really, but I did see a lot of seaweed.

Pay no attention to this sign. The ocean was a bath tub!

Pay no attention to this sign. The ocean was a bath tub!

Asking for a dollar...

Asking for a dollar…

The other side of the beach, looking back at the Pier

The other side of the beach, looking back at the Pier

It's really a tourist hangout here on the weekends..

It’s really a tourist hangout here on the weekends…

A mural underneath the Pier

A mural underneath the Pier

This is Santa Monica waterfront living. The homes back onto the Pacific Coast Highway.

This is Santa Monica beachfront living. The homes back onto the Pacific Coast Highway.

If a 2 br 2 bath apartment on Ocean Blvd costs $5,400 per month in rent, imagine what beachfront living costs...

If a 2 br 2 bath apartment on Ocean Avenue costs $5,400 per month in rent, imagine what beachfront living costs…

A neat little home

A neat beachfront home.

Bike rentals are a regular feature here. The shared pathway can get pretty crazy with people of all ages and abilities riding alongside us pedestrians.

Bike rentals are a regular feature here. The shared pathway can get pretty crazy with people of all ages and abilities riding alongside us pedestrians.

Bike rider in sepia.

Bike rider in sepia.

The overpass that connects the beach to Ocean Blvd.

The overpass that connects the beach to Ocean Ave.

From Ocean Blavd's Oceanfront Walk, you can see the Pacific Coast Highway in the foreground and the beach beyond.

From where I am standing, on Ocean Ave’s Oceanfront Walk, you can see the Pacific Coast Highway in the foreground and the beach beyond.

Away from the beach...

Away from the beach…