Happy 4th of July 2011 from Catalina Island

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm
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Howdy! I am enjoying a well deserved vacation on beautiful Catalina Island at the moment. The island, off the coast of California, has a lot to offer. The weather is gorgeous all year round and I’m quickly depleting my ice-cream quota for 2011. I brought no less than 3 cameras, so fear not (or do, actually), I’ll have a lot more to post in the next few weeks. Come back for buffalo sightings, lovely vistas, botanical gardens, and underwater adventures. In the meantime, happy 4th of July from Avalon Bay!

More photos below. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.

Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
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Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 10.jpg by sebastien.barre
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If you are enjoying the summer in the 518 let me recommend a few group shows I’m lucky to participate in. The 75th Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region , juried by Holly Hughes, will be presented by the Albany Institute of History & Art from July 9 through September 4, 2011. They accepted a large, colorful composite piece of mine I’d be curious to hear your opinion about. A large print from my Urban Exploration series is on display in the 33rd Photo Regional exhibit hosted by The Albany Center Gallery until July 16 (see David Brickman’s review). I have a few other pieces at the Fence 11 Show as well, on the back wall of The Art Center of the Capital Region, in Troy until July 17. There are a lot of great pieces by many different artists to discover, come visit!

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Taking pictures of fireworks isn’t too difficult, for more information have a quick look at the post I wrote back on 4th of July 2010. Don’t overthink it too much though, especially on vacation, enjoy the moment!

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I feel like I need a boat. Just saying.

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Below, part of Avalon Bay at night. Head to Flickr to check this large panorama I took of the same bay during the day, a few yards from our hotel.

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The Parade

A few pictures of the parade too. The full set is on Flickr. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow if you have Flash installed.

Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 01.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 01.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 04.jpg by sebastien.barre
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Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 06.jpg by sebastien.barre
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Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 09.jpg by sebastien.barre
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Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 07.jpg by sebastien.barre
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Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 05.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 05.jpg by sebastien.barre
Catalina Island Day #7 (4th of July Parade) - Avalon, CA - 2011, Jul - 10.jpg by sebastien.barre
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The University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band provided most of the action. Loud and fun. I’ll have to document French cheerleading one day, you guys play in a whole different league.

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There are very few cars on the island, visitors are either walking or speeding around in golf carts. Turning a golf cart into a 4th of July Parade float adds a whole new layer of weirdness, as seen above. This one ended up winning “Best Cart in Show”. Of course.

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Also zipping around town, Segways! For that very reason, they had to be featured in the parade. “Catalina Island, where Segways go to die…”.

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My favorite float. There is a golf cart here, somewhere, and a swordfish, mostly.

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Yet another stylish means of transportation on the island. Love it but I would barely fit in there.

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Threat #1 in America! Bears!

Tags: 4th of July, Catalina Island, Independence Day

3 Comments

 
  1. Tim says:

    Now THOSE are some fireworks pictures!

  2. Sally Reckner says:

    ahhh – to live in a world of such traffic only! thanks for always great pictures and the views from somewheres else!

  3. Sebastian says:

    I see my card…

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