Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 223 - Oct. 7, 2011

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
9 pounds 
842.1 pounds total

I enjoy setting up a shot, playing with the camera for a few seconds during a cleanup. But yesterday, after I looked up from this photo, I noticed the trashed beach from Tuesday's heavy rain. 

I quickly took a few more shots to get the gist of the damage and got to work. Some nights, I race against the clock, head down, a possible scowl on my face. I wonder what I look like to people framing the perfect sunset in their lens? 

Foul, trash strewn beach brought to you in part by Nestle...and Coke, and Pepsi, and...

Tuesday during the First Flush rain, I collected 21.9 pounds in 20 minutes, making 9 pounds look like a lightweight night.

But 9 pounds is still 9 pounds and three days later...


  1. After the rain, it seems the ocean is subtly telling us how ill it is when it regurgitates and leaves the evidence on the shore. One would think people would get a clue and not just think that this naturally happens because it rained.

  2. "the ocean is subtly telling us how ill it is when it regurgitates and leaves the evidence on the shore. " -- I like the way you put this. In my open water scuba cert class, we are going all the way to Catalina tomorrow because the run-off around here made it 1. unsafe and 2. visibly impossible to dive tomorrow....all from rain that happened nearly a week ago.

  3. omg, all the way to Catalina? now that is sad... Maui's water is not good at all... I saw the reason... they have a runoff going between the hotels that lead to the ocean .. when I saw that, I almost got sick.. you could see the trail of dirty water... The island folk need a lesson on how and where to have their runoff water... This was in plain sight!.

  4. I wonder how much the executives, designers, and sales people for Coke, Pepsi, Nestles, Starbucks, etc would like their logo'ed litter strewn across their work space. The beach is a studio annex for me and their plastic leftovers sure ruin the view.