Tuesday, August 21, 2007 – Gulls on a Cliff
It was a brutal and still-as-death ninety-five in Hollywood by noon. An hour later it was it was seventy-five in Malibu, at the edge of the Pacific, with a light breeze off the cold ocean – much better. No thinking – just watch the young gulls on the low cliffs where Big Rock Canyon meets Pacific Coast Highway. The surfers are north at Surfrider Beach, on the far side of the pier. The beach crowds swimming, and the kids building sandcastles, and the oiled and lithe teenagers preening, are south at the jammed Will Rogers and Topanga beaches. This stretch is unnamed and too rocky for any of that anyway. The gulls like it here. It's empty.
And it was time to try out the seldom-used lens – the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED, with the UV filter, as if that matters.