Pirate Tower—Victoria Beach, CA

 Crop TPJ 19 128A PirateTower

 

Pirate Tower—Victoria Beach, CA
photograph
Jorge A Ramirez, MD

Only accessible at low tide, and currently kept under lock and skeleton key, the 60-ft tall Pirate Tower was built in 1926 as a private enclosed staircase for LA-senatorturned-acclaimed-painter, William E Brown, to make the journey from his home at the top of the cliff down to Victoria Beach. The property has since gone on to be owned by a cast of characters including actress Bette Midler and a retired naval captain and pirate enthusiast, Harold Kendrick, who dressed in pirate regalia and hosted treasure hunts that included hiding coins in the tower’s cracks and crevices. This photograph is a single long-exposure image, using a 10 f-stops neutral-density filter which produces the “dreamy” appearance of the water.  The image was captured in RAW format and processed using Adobe Lightroom Classic. Dr Ramirez is the Family Medicine Chief at the Downey Medical Center in Southern California.

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