Back to Capture More of Ocean Beach in San Francisco

Ocean Beach in San Francisco, enough said. It’s one of my happy places. The Pacific Ocean lined city beach runs flush against the Richmond and Sunset districts as well as Golden Gate Park.

I had the chance to spend some more time there since my post San Francisco: Your First Ocean Beach years ago.

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

The scenes I captured in that post focused on the north end of the beach near the infamous Cliff House. The photos below come more from the south side of the three mile long beach. The scene was cloudy, cool, windy and misty right along the coast. I would have expected nothing less. It’s what makes this beach and San Francisco the most picturesque in my opinion. Thick fog in the early morning is extremely common in this part of the city as well.

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

Along with the beach I got up close views of the colorful, priceless homes that lie opposite the Great Highway. You will find plenty of beach, bike paths and places to roam along the frigid ocean waters. Well without further ado I present to you more of Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

It was another relaxing and refreshing Ocean Beach experience. It didn’t even feel like I was in the big city as I roamed.

Some tips:

  • Make sure to dress in layers. It is usually much colder here than in the heart of the city.
  • You’ll find plenty of parking on both ends of Ocean Beach.
  • I just got my feet wet per usual. Swimming is not recommended due to the strong rip currents, tall waves and cold water.

San Francisco Ocean Beach, California, beach

Have you spent time along/on Ocean Beach and in this part of San Francisco?

Capturing a Michigan Winter Storms Beauty in the Moment

Having to be in Brighton, Michigan right in the middle of a winter storm (Mateo) randomly gave me the idea to capture the snowy scene the only way I know how.

I walked and laid down on Main Street and nearby Huron Meadows Metro Park and Hammel Road. There was ample white to capture without a sole around. I wanted to get out on the open roads before it was disturbed with salt, plows and lots of vehicle traffic.

This post was put together right in the moment as I captured some Pure Michigan winter beauty. Well without further ado.

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Tip: I recommend capturing Hammel Road, a dirt road just outside Brighton, no matter the season. Fall and winter though take this spot to an even greater level.

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Again to the Michigan beauty that winter and snow can bring. Cheers!

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Has there been a scene you randomly decided to capture right as a winter or other type of storm was happening?

A Couple Dozen Random & Fun Facts About Me

Hello friends and followers! Recently reading some random and fun fact posts from other travel bloggers, I’d thought it would be cool to share some random and fun facts about me. I write mostly about travel and coffee as many of you know, which is highlighted of course some below. The goal though is to also show who I am outside of this blog. Well without further ado.

  1. I like to cook. Stuffed peppers, Filipino corned beef hash, sweet fried rice, bacon wrapped anything on the grill and no bake cool-whip pumpkin pie are just a few of my favorite things to make.
  2. Random and fun facts about me, grilling wrapping everything in bacon
  3. My favorite vegetable is the onion. I cry some when cutting them up. It’s because they are so beautiful.
  4. My favorite ice cream flavor would be cookies and cream (wait not coffee!).
  5. My favorite drink has varied from time-to-time. Right now I’d say a basic whiskey and coke, preferably made with Canadian Club.
  6. Ok I’ll admit I enjoy the colorful, fruity, good-looking cocktails you find at bars as well. A pumpkin spiced martini? You bet.
  7. Growing I was hooked to the Sci-Fi television show, Sliders.
  8. I listen to a lot of Metallica. Of course that would be prominent on a road trip playlist.
  9. My favorite color is blue.
  10. About me elATLboy - along blue Lake Michigan with blue skies above
  11. Got to pay the bills right? By day I am in the IT, web development and e-commerce world. When I’m working at the coffee shop, it’s not all photo processing and trip daydreaming. I’m working on WordPress, PHP and solving computer issues.
  12. I love, love, love coffee even more than I let on. I probably drink too much of it on a daily basis.
  13. I have a little toddler running around at home who is my favorite person in the whole world, along with the love of my life. I can’t wait to take him on the road with me. The coffee will have to wait haha.
  14. Random and fun facts about me, my little man
  15. It’s PC with me not Apple, Samsung Galaxy not the iPhone.
  16. Before the Internet became a thing I got excited as a kid every week waiting for that next addition of Sports Illustrated to come in the mail.
  17. I wanted to be weatherman growing up. My favorite TV channel is the Weather Channel which is what you will find on in the morning as I am having my first coffee.
  18. Favorite place I have been to -> New Zealand. Need I say more?!
  19. I have one younger brother who experiences New Zealand every day, as he lives there full-time.
  20. I was extremely shy as a kid. I’ve become more extroverted as an adult. You’ll even find me mingling with sheep.
  21. About Me elATLboy, mingling with sheep in New Zealand
  22. My favorite cities are Atlanta (hence the ATL part in my name), San Francisco and Chicago.
  23. ATL is in the name, but I spend the majority of my time now in Michigan. I return to Atlanta as often as I can.
  24. I love pizza. I could eat it every day. The more toppings the better!
  25. My favorite movie(s) is The Back to the Future trilogy.
  26. I love being on the road, but what makes for a great evening now days is lying low and spending it with my family.
  27. What’s at the top of the travel bucket list? I’d say Seattle. Why? One publication says they have 1,692 coffee shops. I’d try to explore them all!
  28. Since I was a kid, the Denver Broncos have been my favorite professional sports team. I grew up idiolizing John Elway and have travelled to see them play in several stadiums.
  29. About Me elATLboy - watching the Denver Broncos play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better.

Cheers!
Aaron

Back to Condesa Coffee in Atlanta I Go

Whenever I am in town a must visit Atlanta coffee shop is Condesa Coffee in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. I highlighted Condesa Coffee in a post years ago having spent time there with my dad. I went there with my brother recently and captured a few more photos I’d like to share.

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

Latte at Condesa Coffee in Atlanta

Latte at Condesa Coffee in Atlanta

Latte at Condesa Coffee in Atlanta

A Latte and Cortado made from Counter Culture coffee beans, along with an almond croissant were enjoyed by my brother and I on this visit. Delicious as always. He was impressed as we hung out amongst the moden and cozy atmosphere. A little time on the large outside patio was had as well.

Tip: Parking can be tricky. I usually park along John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE which runs alongside.

Latte and Cortado coffee at Condesa Coffee in Atlanta

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

Condesa Coffee, Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta coffee shop

You can see part of Atlanta’s skyline just outside of Condesa Coffee, which is what I have captured in the past. I took that one step further this time. Before or after you visit this Atlanta indie coffee shop, make sure to walk one block over to one of Atlanta’s most Instagramable places, Jackson Street Bridge. The heart of the Downtown skyline and a scene familiar to Walking Dead fans will be front-and-center.

Downtown Atlanta skyline, Jackson Street Bridge, Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

See you again soon Condesa Coffee. Still need to check out their other location in Downtown. Who knows what fellow coffee lover I’ll take with me next time!

Checkout my previous post on Condesa Coffee: An Atlanta Coffee, Skyline View and More at Condesa.

You can find Condesa Coffee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What other Atlanta coffee shops would you recommend checking out?

Lake Michigan Lighthouses in Winter: A Michigan Photo Gallery

Being part of a Michigan winter brings with it frigid temperatures and on-again off-again snow. Hanging out along the immediate Lake Michigan coastline takes it to another level. Lake effect snow and high winds off the lake make for a bone chilling experience.

I’ve gone over to various parts of such coastline over the years, in January usually, to capture winter’s rath. I’m fascinated with how it takes hold to the various lighthouses, piers and beaches which you will find plenty of each along Lake Michigan. Some of my favorite shots I’ve taken over the years, all bundled up, follow. So worth it! Well without further ado.

St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light, lighthouse along Lake Michigan

All smiles at the St. Joseph North Pier Inner Light.

St. Joseph pier along Lake Michigan

Gingerly walking on what amounts to be the largest ice block I’ve ever seen.

North Pier Outer Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan

North Pier Outer Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Icue formations along side White River Light in Whitehall, Michigan

Mounds of ice on the pier alongside the White River Light.

Beach along Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan

Snow and ice cover lakeside beach along the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Out on the open iced over pier in Muskegon.

Ice fishermen and I are out on the open iced over pier in Muskegon.

Capturing Michigan pier cat walk iced sculptures up close.

Capturing cat walk iced sculptures up close.

More iced over photography happenings in St. Joseph, Michigan

More iced over photography happenings in St. Joseph.

Holland "Big Red Lighthouse" in Michigan along Lake Michigan

Holland’s “Big Red” Lighthouse standing tall.

Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Mears, Michigan

Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Mears, Michigan.

Snow creeping up the Muskegon Breakwater Light

Snow creeping up the Muskegon Breakwater Light.

The frozen channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan

The frozen channel between White Lake and Lake Michigan.

Iced over bridge alongside Holland lighthouse and Lake Michigan

Iced over bridge and pier in Holland State Park.

Icy pier alongside White River Light, Michigan

Anyone up for skating down the Whitehall pier to Lake Michigan?!

Grand Haven pier and lighthouse in Pure Michigan

The Grand Haven Lighthouse is playing peekabo with the large ice formations.

Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven, Michigan

Lighthouse from up-top the sand dunes of Grand Haven State Park.

A sunny winter day along Lake Michigan, capturing St. Joseph's two lights

A sunny winter day along Lake Michigan, capturing St. Joseph’s two lights.

South Haven beach, Lake Michigan

Out on the open South Haven beach at dawn.

New Buffalo Public Beach in Michigan

Winters view from New Buffalo Public Beach.

Lake Michigan from South Haven, Michigan

Panoramic, snow covered views of Lake Michigan and the South Haven lighthouse.

South Haven Lighthouse in Pure Michigan

Climbing my way toward the South Haven Lighthouse.

Iced over Muskegon's South Breakwater Light, Lake Michigan lighthouses

Muskegon’s South Breakwater Light is iced over.

Iced over Muskegon's South Breakwater Light

Love how ice sculptures can form, like on Muskegon’s South Breakwater Light.

South Haven Lighthouse along Lake Michigan during the heart of winter.

South Haven Lighthouse along Lake Michigan during the heart of winter.

Frozen over South Haven, Michigan lighthouse

Lakeside view of the lighthouse in South Haven. At least I think it’s a lighthouse.

Where is the pier catwalk? From St. Joseph, Michigan

Where is the pier catwalk?

Taking in the wintry blue waters of this Great Lake., St. Joseph. Michigan

Taking in the wintry blue waters of this Great Lake.

Grand Haven State Park Beach along Lake Michigan

Who is up for a walk on the windy, wintry Grand Haven State Park beach?!

Grand Haven, Michigan

Grand River, light poles, railings, and everything else frozen over in Grand Haven.

Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon

Snow filled view of both Muskegon lighthouses from Pere Marquette Park.

Have you had the chance to capture any lighthouses and/or coastlines in winter?