Crescent Bay Park, Santa Monica, California

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Two people enjoy a walk under the huge palm trees of Crescent Bay Park, Santa Monica, California. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Santa Monica in California is probably one of the most beautiful urban areas I’ve ever encountered. Here you’ve got the best of many worlds: a beach to dream of, mild climate, friendly people, and the megapolis Los Angeles in front of your doorstep.

Friendly people? Yes! We wanted to avoid the paid parking lot at the main beach because we intended to just take a short walk along the beach but not spend a long time at the beach. So we were looking for a parking lot in the residential area between Neilson Way and Barnard Way. We quickly found a parking lot, but it turned out that it was an area restricted to residents and their visitors. Bugger!

A middle aged lady saw us, identified us as foreigners right away and said that we needed a permit to put behind the windshield. We explained that we just wanted to take a look at the beach and would be gone within an hour. “Wait,” she said, “I’ll borrow my permit to you. I don’t need it anyway now. Just put it in my mailbox when you leave.” We were totally stunned by this friendliness, and thanked her. In many cities this would have been unthinkable.

We went to the beach, experienced the walk along Ocean Avenue where I shot the picture of Crescent Bay Park with its huge palm trees. Shortly went to the beach and returned – as promised – within an hour to drive to our hotel in Hollywood.

The high resolution image

Capture Date07-SEP-2003
LocationSanta Monica, California
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2579 x 4002 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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