Photographer's Note

Here in at the beach in San Diego, the Santa Ana winds bring out surfers in droves. Blowing from the desert, they warm the air and smooth swells to glass. The sky is clear and cloudless, a rim of smog drifts down the coast from LA. From the pier, you can see rainbow colors in spray blown off the back of the wave and people gather watch the surfers. There is a carnival-like air.

At night temperatures drop to near freezing; so you can see homeless people sleeping in the daytime warmth. I decided to do a theme on these winds because at the same time that the surfers were enjoying the waves, friends lost their house to these winds. When funneled by the mountain passes, the winds gust up to 100 mph/60kph. They dry the air; faning a spark to an inferno. In 2004, a fire spread so fast that 20 people lost their lives to the flames.

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Additional Photos by Pat Lim (plimrn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
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