"California Dreaming" by Bodhi Smith

 
dreaming
my california
my love
my home
my girl
my dream
my love
my california
dreaming
 
 
MY THOUGHTS 
I dream my photograph, then I photograph my dream  ― Bodhi, California Dreaming
 
"Dreaming" is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
1. thinking of a strongly desired goal or purpose
2. indulge in visions or fantasies about something greatly desired
3. to consider as a possibility; imagine
 
This old pier has lived a long and storied lifetime "California Dreaming" beside the town of Davenport on the northern California coast. It has been a big part of the history of San Francisco and places as far away as the Panama Canal...And I know it continues to dream, because without dreams there's no meaning to anything, and without meaning there's just no need to exist...and the Davenport Pier continues to hold on, still proudly surviving after being discarded, forgotten about, defaced, and then weathered by both Mother Nature and Father Time. Still standing and still "California Dreaming"...
 
We must continue to dream, and do everything in our power to make that dream come true. Because after all, what else is there?   ― Bodhi, California Dreaming
 
As people, we all likewise need to continue to dream, because inspiration comes from dreams, and hope comes from inspiration. If everyone has the same dream, they have the same inspiration, then it becomes reality for all. It is this logic-chain that's the inspirational meaning for this impression's title, "California Dreaming"... Just like the song of the same name whose voice is wanting to come to Southern California, permanently escape from their gloomy and cold winter, break away and feel the perpetual warmth of the left coast. Just like I dream and wish to see the beauty of California like it used to be here many years ago...
 
I was born and I still live here in California, only a few miles from the beach and the waters of the Pacific Ocean where I took my first breath on this planet. And I truly dream of California nearly every night, dreaming of childhood memories...to me, a place that was a better California. When there were so many less people, less noise, less hurry, less ads, less anger, less houses, less homeless, less concrete, less cars, less gasoline stations, less shopping centers, less greed, and so much less madness...
 
Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever ― Walt Disney
 
A better time far ago (it seems) when California instead had more open spaces, more open minds, more open hearts, more orange groves, more peace and tranquility, more silence, more understanding, more brotherhood, more smiles, more happiness, more faith, and more hope...
 
California was such a beautiful dream with her pristine beaches, few footprints, crisp blue Pacific waters, refreshing ocean breezes, palm trees and gorgeous sunsets always filled with giggles in the air. The iconic parks and sights were not crowded with people trying to make money off nature, people were not just feverishly running around taking picture after picture just to put on social media. Instead, people were oblivious to what a cellphone even meant--they'd actually go outside to play and enjoy the best of an unspoiled California...
 
Imagine if you will, a beautiful California where people instead care about things besides themselves. They're loving their surroundings, listening to the silence, paying attention to each other, the trees, the flowers, the birds, the walk, the glow of sunshine. They're truly living in the moment, living their dream, California Dreaming...
 
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality  ― John Lennon, Imagine
 
 
This is a wonderful cover of a classic (in fact, I dig this version much more than the original), released nearly a decade ago in the movie, San Andreas (2015). With its powerful rhythm and driving tones, it's such a beautifully contemplative tune, complete with pensive lyrics about dreaming of being in a warm and better place, wanting to go there and live a happier life. Plus since this song also has the same name as my photo today, I believe it to be the absolutely perfect accompaniment to connect music with the meaning of my impression and blog today... "California Dreaming" by Sia (Mamas and Papas cover). it's a new, sleek, and soulful updated cover version of the original and iconic song by The Mamas & The Papas from 1965 (click here for the original: The Mamas & The Papas, California Dreaming.)

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm
If I was in LA
California dreaming on
Such a winter's day...
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day.
I'd be safe and warm
If I was in LA
California dreaming on
Such a winter's day...
I stopped into a church
I passed along the way.
Well, I got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher like the cold,
He knows I'm gonna stay
California dreaming on
Such a winter's day...
I'd be safe and warm.
I'd be safe and warm.
I'd be safe and warm.
I'd be safe and warm...
All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray.
I've been for a walk 
On a winter's day. 
If I didn't go,
I could leave today.
California dreaming
On such a winter's day,
Oh such a winter's day,
On such a winter's day
 
 
 
STORY BEHIND OLD DAVENPORT PIER
California has always been a place where dreams go to live, or to die ― Madeline Ashby, Company Town
 
The old pier on Davendort Beach was used by the Davenport Cement Company in the town of Davenport, CA to help carry concrete from the factory way up on the cliffs above down to the beach below to be loaded onto ships to take to San Francisco and other parts of the world...

But settlement in the area of today’s Davenport got its start in 1868 when Captain John Davenport, a sea-based whaler by trade, built a 450 foot wharf off what became to be known as Davenport’s Landing. The wharf was used to export local timber by boat to San Francisco. The original town was about a mile to the north of the present location near El Jarro Point, in the beautiful cove at the mouth of Agua Puerca Creek...

Captain Davenport also used a practice developed in the Azores Islands of Portugal called shore-based whaling. Scouts on the bluffs would alert men to go out from shore in a boat, kill the whale, and tow it back to shore for processing. It allowed the crew to stay with their families and was easier than processing the blubber at sea. By 1880, the high costs of operation of the wharf forced Capt. Davenport and all his workers to give up his business and abandon the landing and move 20 miles south to Santa Cruz, CA...

The history of the modern town of Davenport is wholly wrapped up with the Davenport Cement plant. In 1905, an east coast cement businessman named William Dingee began the Santa Cruz lime company on the banks of San Vicente Creek, two miles south of Davenport landing. In the following year, the Santa Cruz Portland Cement Company was built nearby. the town was built in 1905 by the coast dairies and land company to house workers for the cement plant on the shores of San Vicente Creek, The town was originally called San Vicente, but when the US Post Office was moved from Davenport Landing south to the new town in 1907, it retained the name of Davenport. In those days, the power of the post was great, so San Vicente slowly faded away as a name, to be officially replaced by Davenport...

By 1915, Davenport had a population of about 1800 people, with 60 homes, two hotels, a school, a hospital, and a church. The cement from the plant was used to rebuild San Francisco after the gigantic Earthquake of 1906, plus build one of the Panama Canal locks. Cement from Davenport was also vital in building the Golden Gate Bridge in the mid-1930s, and even used to construct the dry docks in Pearl Harbor, hawaii. Although it was bought and sold by several different companies over the decades, the plant continued to supply cement for major construction projects up and down the west coast. It was the main employer in Davenport for over 100 years...

in 2005, Cemex, a Mexican company, acquired the plant and kept it operational until 2010. But a bad economy, high operation costs (the highest of its 14 cement plants in the US), and fears of chromium 6 poisoning similar to Hinkley, CA (of Erin Brockovich fame) forced it to close. At the time, it employed about 120 people. Its closure was a big blow to the town in loss of jobs and other services. For example, Cemex was paying about $185,000 annually for operation and maintenance of the local water and sewage treatment facilities. After the closure, the community had to absorb those costs, on top of the many job losses in a weak economy...

In the first third of the 20th century getting into and out of Davenport was a big deal. There were over 700 turns on the road from Davenport to Santa Cruz. As such, the town was isolated and developed a close-knit community. It was made up of a very culturally diverse group of people. Most of the managers were Swiss, because the coast dairies and land company was owned by four Swiss families, but the workers were from all over the world. Italian and Greek families were very prominent but workers apparently came from all over Europe and the middle east. Prior to World War One, over 20 different languages were spoken in the town.

By the 1930s the roads and cars had improved such that many people moved to Santa Cruz and commuted to Davenport to work at the cement plant. The cement plant apparently chartered with Greyhound to bus workers back and forth daily. By the 1940s it was a much smaller town with a population less than five hundred.

During World War Two, the United States government brought in Mexican workers, under the Bracero Program, to do agricultural work. Many worked in the davenport area. after the war, several mexican workers came back and the town’s cultural makeup began to include more people of mexican decent and lose the influence of previous italian and greek cultures.

Alverda Orlando, a Davenport resident from 1945-1975, tells a story about one Mexican man, known as Pancho, who walked up the stairs of the cement plant one day looking for work. At the same moment a shift worker, an Italian-American was walking down having just quit. The superintendent hired Pancho on the spot. Pancho went on to work at the cement plant for years, brought his whole family up from Mexico, and bought seven homes, eventually giving one to each child of his...

Of a historical note..the St. Vincent Depaul Church, in Davenport, was built entirely of cement from the local cement factory in 1914 and is the subject of a famous photograph by Ansel Adams...

Also of historical interest is the Davenport jail. It has two cells, and was used only twice from the time of its construction in 1914 until its decommissioning in 1936. today it is a museum featuring coastal history supported by volunteers from the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History...

The southern portion of the Ocean Shore Railroad operated between Davenport and Santa Cruz from 1907-1920. Now the Southern Pacific Freight line between the two communities is still in place, running directly through Davenport along the cliffside, eventually tracing the entire California coast...

Davenport is also home to American A, which is a producer of farm raised California red abalone. California farm raised abalone has been selected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sea watch program as an excellent choice for environmentally conscious seafood consumers...

And there you have a nice history of the small little community of Davenport, its concrete factory, and its concrete pier ruins...
 
 
Here's a classic from close to 53 years ago, first released in late 1971, has the same name as my impresion today, and quite frankly, goes swimmingly with the meaning of my blog today, just imagine a world where natural inner beauty is celebrated, and egos are tamed, and life is based on peace, not greed: "Imagine" by John Lennon. ... and also, here is a great cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" done beautifully by Jack Johnson and his guitar, creating new modern beach vibes to the tune... "Imagine" by Jack Johnson (John Lennon cover).  ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...

Imagine there's no heaven. 
It's easy if you try. 
No hell below us, 
Above us is only sky. 
Imagine all the people, 
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries. 
It isn't hard to do. 
Nothing to kill or die for, 
And no religion too. 
Imagine all the people, 
Living life in peace...
You, you may say I'm a dreamer, 
But i'm not the only one. 
I hope someday you'll join us, 
And the world will be as one...
Imagine no possessions. 
I wonder if you can. 
No need for greed or hunger, 
A brotherhood of man. 
Imagine all the people, 
Sharing all the world...
You, you may say I'm a dreamer. 
But I'm not the only one. 
I hope someday you'll join us, 
And the world will be as one 
 
 
There has always been something slightly bipolar about California. It was either utopia or dystopia, a dream or a nightmare, a hope or a broken promise...And too infrequently anything in between ― Kevin Starr, California: A History
 
 
 
SOME MORE APROPOS QUOTES
Hope is a waking dream ― Aristotle

I dream my painting and I paint my dream ― 
Vincent Van Gogh
 
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
 
No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second encounter with divinity and eternity ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
 
You are, and always have been, my dream ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
 
Yes: I'm a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world ― Oscar Wilde, The Critic As An Artist
 
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night ― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
 
I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind ― Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
 
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true ― E.Y. Harburg, The Wizard of Oz
 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover ― H. Jackson Brown, Jr., P.S. I Love You
 
I give a Toast! To the people who look at the stars and wish; To the stars who listen; And the dreams that are answered ― Sarah J. Maas, Court of Mist and Fury
 
Sometimes you wake up from a dream. Sometimes you wake up in a dream. And sometimes, every once in a while, you wake up in someone else's dream ― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues
 
Soar like an eagle beyond skies of heavens reach; as wings of dreams dance with winds of reality ― Shah Asad Rizvi
 
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one ― John Lennon, Imagine
 
I choose to hold you in my dreams…for in my dreams, you have no end ― Jalaluddin Rumi, Music and Silence of the Heart
 
Everyone has someone: a friend, a lover, some skill or work...But I am alone with the dream of my beloved, hidden in the corner of my heart ― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
Though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are ― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
 
 
SPECIFICS ABOUT THIS PHOTO
Imagine if you will, a beautiful California where people instead care about things besides themselves. They're loving their surroundings, listening to the silence, paying attention to each other, the trees, the flowers, the birds, the walk, the glow of sunshine. They're truly living in the moment, living their dream, California Dreaming  ― Bodhi, California Dreaming
 
This impression was created on August 5th, 2015 as I stood in the sands in front of the old ruins of the Davenport Pier,,,with a truly remarkable dark night sky looking south-southwest, even with the California Pacific Coast Highway One just atop the 300-foot cliffs secluding the beach...
 
And just pointing out something I find totally cool: If you look really closely, you will see three birds in this impression. They're all three on the second ruin, with the one seagull sitting on top with his head into the stars, (I have named him Jonathan Livingston). He literally managed to move not one iota at all during the uber-long 333 second exposure. Which I must say I find utterly amazing. And the other two birds below him on the same pier are also quite sharp for such a long exposure and moved almost zero as well...I was very close instead to name this impression after another favorite song of mine, "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley because of these three birdies...
 
To get the effects you see here, I needed to capture two photos, all-the-while knowing later I would be merging them together into one single composition using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
In my photography, I always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...I often use as many as four filters at time, and I always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
 
And to get the effects and balance I was looking for in this composition, I used two ProgreyUSA Filters. along with the ProgreyUSA G-120Z Antarctic Magnetic Holder. to secure these filters to my Nikon D810 with a Nikon Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 prime lens. ... 
 
Camera Settings for Davenport Pier and Pacific Ocean: 
This separate exposure of Davenport Pier, the beach, and the cool blue waters Pacific Ocean was captured at f/8@24mm for 260 seconds, ISO-64. Image taken on 08-06-2015 at 6:36am PST just after the sunrise (as it takes the sun longer to clear the high cliffs above and cast itself on the beach far below). I used a ProgreyUSA 0.9 GND Aurora Filter. to bring the top third of the composition down 3 stops and help darken the brighter sky, creating a better in-camera balance in the overall image with the foreground of the image, especially to help permit details in the shadows of the pier columns to come out better in the exposure ...coupled with a ProgreyUSA 3.0ND Antarctic Magnetic Filter. to stop down the image 10 stops and permit for the long 4min-20sec exposure at f/8 to create the dreamy effect of the blurred incoming waves, and also to help naturally saturate all the red, green, & blue (RGB) hues in the image...
 
Camera Settings for night sky with the Milky Way: 
For this separate exposure of the stars taken 1.5 hours before the foreground picture on August 6th, 2015 at 5:05am...f1.4@24mm for 15 seconds, ISO-2000. No filters were necessary in this star exposure, so none were used...
 
The two images were then merged together using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC...
 
I wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my Induro PHQ3 Series 5-way Panhead with an Induro (now Benro) Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod. in combination with the ProgreyUSA Filters. which I use with every photo I take...
 
The transition of twilight is so unique, that time we call blue hour...It's where I find my peace under the light of a billion stars, glowing and flickering as if they were fireflies rising up in the night sky after the sun sets.― Bodhi, Tides Change
 
If nothing else...if I open my eyes, if I hope, if I cry, if I think, if I sigh, if I giggle, if I dance, if I love, if I breathe, then I have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing ― Bodhi, If
 
Contemplate without thinking. Be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. Stop the rush. Slow down time. Breathe and notice. Slow down everything. Let it all be. Shut off the noise. Hush. Relax. Seize this higher moment. Reconnect. Feel and sense what surrounds you. Listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. See the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. Taste the solitude of all this wonderment. Smell the beautiful silence. Now discover your peaceful serenity. Then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. This is my world. Awaken! ― Bodhi, My World
 
I leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters... 
 
And above all else,
I hope this message and impression find you well.
 
Namaste,
Bodhi
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