Month: April 2014

At The Movies: Interiors, Exteriors

At The Movies: Interiors, Exteriors

It’s not unusual for a dramatic motion picture to have its exterior, or outdoor scenes, shot on location, but its interior scenes filmed elsewhere, such as on a sound stage.

There usually is a harmony between the two. Everything “fits” visually, you have no doubt that every foot of film was shot were the story takes place.

But Wadjda is different. What sets the “inside” vs. “outside” scenes apart is not where they were shot, but the dichotomy of two vastly different cultures depicted in the movie.

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It’s For The Birds: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary

It’s For The Birds: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Aviary

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been on various “top 10” lists of aquariums and attractions published by Travel + Leisure Family, Parents Magazine, and TripAdvisor.

Having seen the place jam-packed with visitors on the several occasions I’ve been there, including earlier this month, those ratings come as no surprise.

(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)

The Aquarium is known for its captivating displays of sea life, including the recently opened “Tentacles” exhibit of cephalopods, the only one of its kind in the world.

bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) in the special exhibit "Tentacles" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (Model Released).
(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)

But the facility’s “Sandy Shore and Aviary” is mainly “for the birds.”

MBA Aviary
Pete Markham Flickr Photo)

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Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge

Travel Photo Thursday: A Picture-Perfect Bridge

The Big Sur Coast of California is one of the most scenic pieces of “ocean-front property” in the Golden State.

Each year, countless numbers of tourists drive all or part of the 100-mile stretch of California Highway 1 between Carmel and Cambria.

Along the way, they are likely to pull over to the shoulder of the road, grab their cameras and smartphones, and shoot countless photos of the picture-perfect arched concrete bridge spanning Bixby Creek.

I took my first photos of the bridge back in 1968 when I spent nearly every summer weekend in Pacific Valley where my then-girlfriend (now wife) worked as a “summer hire” for the U.S. Forest Service, collecting fees from and answering questions for those pitching their tents or sleeping in “campers” or vans in the USFS coastal campgrounds.

Forty-years later, and just a couple of weeks ago, I shot my last set of photos of the Bixby Creek Bridge on the way back from lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse, on Highway 1 at the Glen Oaks hostelry.

And as you can see, I wasn’t the only one snapping away. The other travel writers accompanying me on a four-day trip around the Monterey area were doing the same.

But lasting impressions of Big Sur don’t have to be recorded digitally or on film. As this plein air painter demonstrated, capturing the landscape in the old-fashioned way, works just fine, too.

(Click on an image to enlarge to full-size. Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)


(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, received a complimentary lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse, and transportation to and from Big Sur, during a recent stay with other travel writers in the Monterey area arranged through the courtesy of the Monterey County Visitors & Convention Bureau.)

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