after the wonderful exploration in temecula and the short-lived night of beer, wine, and tapas, we’re back on the grounds of irvine and its satellite cities. in pt. 1, we left off at the o.c. mart mix where along with its boutiques, offers a small garden of bamboos, reeds, cacti, and flowers that are indigenous to the socal region.
so why not take an advantage of the backdrop? and we did.
there is a hidden gem in costa mesa that many people are either unaware of or take for granted. it’s called the isamu noguchi sculpture park aptly named ‘california scenario’. unlike other sculpture parks that display a variety of sculptures, california scenario is a park that is a sculpture as whole.
the park is ‘an abstract analogue of the state of california from mexico to the oregon border, and the pacific ocean to the colorado river’. noguchi was a ‘play advocate’ and meant this ‘sculpture’ to be played on, and we did.
not only does it function as a piece of art but also as an artsy backdrop. so we go at it again.
and this time, i’m not the only one behind the camera. sophie and jina were kind enough to be shutterbugs themselves. the results? quite pleasing.
yes, the first time i debut my face on my own blog and i’m posing like a clown. but hey, better than nothing.
so where is this park located? It’s enclosed by two skyscrapers, hyundai motors america and comerica bank near south coast plaza. if you want to venture out to this place, make sure to park at the mall parking lot and walk over two blocks, as the parking nearby is a whopping buck fifty for every quarter-hour you stay.
just in case you’re wondering, for all the pictures on this blog, i used a canon eos 40d paired with either a 17-40 or a 50. i know my 40d is a dinosaur, but it gets the job done.
did i mention how wonderful these girls are? sophie and jina are witty, intelligent, and culturally refined ladies whose tastes in food, drinks, and music are unparalleled with anyone! perfect travel companions, i say.
okay, we got pictures. next: time to hit the beach to watch the sun dip in the pacific. crystal cove, i choose you.
a brief stroll took us to the ocean, wide open. it was a bit windy, but romantic nevertheless.
thankfully, we were able to make it to the sunset. we quietly enjoyed as the sun disappeared into the horizon.
until next time girls.