Do you ever venture out on a photo expedition, only to have it turn out far better than you anticipated? That happened to me yesterday after work! I’d heard about the Tall Ships that had sailed into Los Angeles Harbor this past Wednesday, escorted by a giant rubber duck created by Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman. A few retired members of my photography club had been there and mentioned it at our meeting Thursday night. Naturally I wanted to see for myself, and hopefully with less crowd than the weekend would bring. So, I took my camera along to work in Irvine yesterday, planning on driving straight up the 405 to the Harbor in San Pedro after I got off. Brilliant, spontaneous decision, if I do say so myself!
I first parked near where the ships depart for Catalina; one hour free parking. That’s where I took the shots in this gallery. You can really see how huge the duck is by comparing to that Cargo Ship sailing past, to the Tall Ship in front of it, and then to the white Catalina Cruiser going by!! Before the hour was up, I moved my little truck down to the Ports O’ Call parking lot, all free parking. Rather than catch the adorable trolley to the Tall Ships Festival, I put some mileage on my shoes and enjoyed a beautiful evening walk. More to come later in the next article! ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)
PS: For those whose children were fans of Sesame Street, visions of Ernie singing the Rubber Ducky Song will immediately pop back into your head and you’ll be humming that tune the rest of the day!