central coast of California

A Look Inside Tropics

Here it is!

The wonderful employees of Tropics spoke to Beachy Keen about how the store got started, what they do there and why they love it.

This is the first video I’ve ever made and put together, and while there’s obviously room for improvement, I have to say my favorite parts of my video were the introduction where Andreas tells his story and my B-roll where I put in lots of clips of all the fish they have at the store. I chose an alternative introduction (not one with a description/title) because I wanted the viewer to be immediately immersed in Andreas’ story.

As far as my field of study, I’m involved in Broadcast Journalism. I just made the switch from my previous major, Art & Design. With broadcast, my experiences so far have been with writing scripts, technical directing and anchoring. Can you tell I haven’t made any packages yet? 🙂

If I had to do it over, I would get more shots of the inside of the store, and to interview a customer. Overall, I’m happy with my project!

Enjoy!

Giovanni’s Fish Market

Giovanni’s Fish Market has been a huge attraction in Morro Bay, California for the past thirty years. Beachy Keen loves anything seafood related, so naturally checking out Giovanni’s was a must-do.

5 Reasons Why You Should Download Replay

You probably think all the hip photo apps have been downloaded and your photo editing expertise has been maximized to the highest level, but Replay might prove you wrong. Beachy Keen found this cool, new (and free!) app to make beautiful videos from your pictures and videos on your phone.
photo (7)image (1)Replay App

Replay is a video making app that is specially designed for posting on Instagram. Your inner basic just squealed a little. It’s okay. This app is actually pretty cool.

Basically, you can throw together a beautiful video in minutes just by picking exactly what you want in it. It’s that easy.

It was UK App of the Year in 2014, and for a good reason. Here’s five:

1. You can pick any combination of up to 200 photos/videos for your video.

2. They offer 22 different styles to make your video.

3. You can pick music to play in the background, both songs that the app has, and from your own iTunes library.

4. It’s insanely fast and easy to throw together.

5. You can share your video on multiple media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Whatsapp.

Some cons: it tends to freeze and crash, which is frustrating and very confusing at times.

Overall, this app definitely scored Beachy Keen’s stamp of approval. Download it and see for yourself! It’s currently available in the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Click here to see Beachy Keen's Replay!

Click this image to see Beachy Keen’s Replay! All photos in the Replay taken by Avrah Baum.

Update on the Monarch Butterflies

Beachy Keen decided that the monarch butterflies at Pismo Beach are too phenomenal to discuss just once.

So many pictures were taken; some great, some blurry (if you can imagine the insanity of chasing around a flying insect with your 18-55 mm lens). But here’s a favorite:

So graceful. Image by Avrah Baum.

So graceful. Image by Avrah Baum.

Now that it’s the second half of February, they’ve slowly begun leaving their colony in Pismo to head back up north, many to Canada. They travel in groups of thousands, and the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove is one of the largest in the nation, where about 25,000 monarchs have called home in the past 5 years. The monarch butterflies that come down to Pismo originate from west of the Rocky Mountains. The butterflies that migrate down from east of the Rockies fly all the way down to Mexico for the winter.

Justin Trabue, a student at California Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo appreciates the rare opportunity to see monarch butterflies. “I’m from D.C., so I don’t get to see this at home,” Trabue said. “That’s why I think it’s so cool to be able to come here and see thousands and thousands of them in one place.”

Michael Chen and his wife, Tiffany Chen are tourists that enjoy observing the natural wildlife at the many places they’ve traveled to. They brought their own cameras, binoculars and tripods with them and set up along the wooden bar separating the grove from the walkway. “I could stand here all day and look at them,” Chen said. “We invest a lot of money in our equipment to take excellent pictures to show our family.”

You don’t need a fancy camera to experience the beauty of the grove. Just go, and enjoy a few peaceful minutes with nature without a gadget in hand. It does wonders for the soul.

There are still butterflies preparing for their journey, so if you hurry, you can still see them for the next couple of weeks when the skies are clear and the weather is warm. Although the weather along the Central Coast is a bit fickle, don’t be too discouraged if it isn’t a good day to see the butterflies…

The monarchs are keeping warm in clusters high up in the trees on foggy days. Image by Avrah Baum.

The monarchs can be seen keeping warm in clusters high up in the trees on foggy days. Image by Avrah Baum.

You can easily see them from your own window!

If you want to create a mini monarch grove of your own, David Coon, a docent with San Luis Obispo State Parks (Beachy Keen just loves this guy) has some advice. “They like to eat nectar from flowers. They don’t usually need to eat in the winter, but if you have any flowering plants, it’ll attract them to your yard.” Beachy Keen spots monarchs across California Polytechnic State University’s campus all the time!

Good luck spotting the monarchs as they migrate north, and don’t forget to pick up some potted flowers for your garden!

Stay tuned: Beachy Keen has crazy plans throughout the next few weeks. Get ready to see Santa Cruz, California and Monterey Bay!

Review: Sun N Buns Bakery

YUM!

Beachy Keen visited Sun N Buns Bakery in Morro Bay, California, and the well-known coffee shop did not disappoint. Besides coffee, they offer pastries, espresso, ice cream, and even dog treats! This family-owned business has been here for years and is a favorite among locals and travelers alike.

IMG_7865Sun N Buns Bakery. Image by Avrah Baum.

Their mochas are excellent, and their ice cream is a real treat. Their prices are fair and the indoor seating offers a sunny atmosphere to chat with friends and enjoy some of their pastries and sweets.

If it doesn’t sound good enough, they sell T-shirts and tank tops that read, “Everybody wants my buns”.

If you were wondering, yes, Beachy Keen definitely bought one.

An interactive map!

To give all of Beachy Keen’s adventures some perspective, take a look at this interactive map of the Central Coast! You can glance at some of the locations where many blog posts have been done. Using ThingLink was tricky at first, but it provides beautiful interactive graphics for a multitude of purposes within educational, personal, and professional uses. Enjoy!

Click the image below to view more pictures from Beachy Keen’s adventures.

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The background image is from Wikipedia.org, used with permission by the Creative Commons license. All tagged images are taken by Avrah Baum.