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Pismo Beach by chateaugrief Pismo Beach by chateaugrief

There’s a long stretch of absolutely magical beach real estate starting at San Simeon and ending just north of LA.  It also happens to have some really interesting, difficult to manage geology.  This is Pismo Beach, a beautiful little town, a bit touristy, a few too many weekly rental houses, but can’t beat the lovely beach.  Pismo, you say, what does that mean?  So it’s apparently one of the older place names in California, because it’s pre-European.  Pismo means ‘Tar’ in the local Indian language.  Tar beach.  Lovely, right?  

There is an enormous amount of oil in California.  After taking a look at this lecture from Delft University on petroleum geology  it’s easy to see why, what with that enormous subducting plate boundary up and down the coast, there’s huge regional pockets of oil.  Pismo beach is one of them, with ‘tar springs’ in the nearby canyons, —places where crude just runs out of the rocks like a river— and who hasn’t heard of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles which have yielded up such a wealth of archeological and biological material?  

The thing about oil though is that it’s under some amount of pressure, meaning a lot of pressure.    This is why you get things like oil springs and gushers and stuff, and it doesn’t stop on land.  In the ocean off Santa Barbara, there’s an oil spill every day, with around 10,000 gallons of oil seeping up through natural fissures in the ocean floor right every 24 hours.  Which means that every 10 days, enough oil seeps out to equal the famous 1969 Platform A blowout that forms such an iconic moment for Santa Barbara history.  

So what’s the difference?  The main reason that the natural seeps don’t cause the amount of environmental damage that an oil spill does looks like it’s a pretty obvious one: diffusion of the oil by spreading it out over a huge area rather than a concentrated one.  If you decrease the pressure on the reservoir by pumping the oil out, that decreases the seeps too.  But that’s not how modern oil production works, because the wells are re-pressurized by dumping all those industrial emission carbon credits down there as the wells are injected with carbon dioxide gas, or steam or other weird secret mixtures of sand and stuff.  Here’s Santa Barbara’s County Planning guys discussing this in-depth in a very interesting paper:     

It does appear that the environment there is getting better and better throughout the years though.  No one would look at sparkling white Pismo Beach today and think to name it ‘Tar Beach’ like they did in 1891 when the town was established by John Michael Price. I’ve heard stories from California old-timers about visiting Pismo Beach in the 1940’s and 1950’s and remembering how you could walk along and leave little white footprints in your wake through the black sand.  It’s a huge area to tackle an environmental cleanup of, and it’s a huge amount of time that it was accomplished over, more than a hundred years of trial and error, steps forward and steps backwards, balancing conflicting interests and goals and negotiating a way forward, technological innovations in hazard cleanup, responsibility by everyone involved…but Southern California’s beaches are pristine and beautiful because of an immense effort by generations of people.  They should be proud of their accomplishments.  (*eyeroll* oh boy they are, have you seen these Santa Barbarians?)  Good job guys, keep up the good work.  

Oh and incidentally Pismo Beach, in the grand tradition of Small California Towns has dubbed themselves the ‘Capital of the World’ for a bit of local produce.  In this case the ‘Clam Capital of the World’.  

So what could Eynhallow be, the Free-Range Mutton Sandwiches Capital of the World?  (Xander is saying ‘Wireless Communication Capital of the World’) 

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Pismo Beach by chateaugrief ( Suggested by lauraypablo and Featured by KovoWolf )
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angry-horse-for-life Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm supposed to vacation there some time soon with my boyfriend and his grandparents... It's around 6 hours away from us and they go all the time :aww:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Lucky!  Pismo beach is a wonderful place!  I wouldn't be surprised if it's a bit cold and rainy in Feb though.  Great ocean view restaurants, hot coffee and watch the ocean storms.  mmmm
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angry-horse-for-life Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never been so I'm looking forward to it! 
They invited us but didn't say when... so I assume it will be after it's warmed up :aww:
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BleedingPixels98 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goodness, this is amazing
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cemac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
I have included this amazing artwork in the new feature for December 2018 - January 2019 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members may see your art, and thank you for being a member.:heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I did and thank you so much for including it!  I very much enjoy your feature issues!
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cemac Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
Definitely my pleasure to feature it and thank you for the appreciation :heart:
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magigrapix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
Fantastic beach-side drama.
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blaser124 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
10.5/10
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blaser124 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
me encantan eso colores vivo que tiene el agua 
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, this is so amazing! Clap
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Joytis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
A wonderful display of two good 'ole complementary colors!
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VerlyVetoVermol Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I really love to paint this on a big wall....great job!!!....
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AuthorArtistLoveland Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
TELL ME THE LANDSCAPE/NATURE DEMON YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL TO Stare omfg I'm going to slap some sense into you! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think it was this steampunk lawyer chick ... 
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Ziah-C Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
The top of the wave is looking very elegantly! So the wave, although it’s a big one, is definitely NOT looking menacing! Love that picture and the elegance in it! 🌊☺️
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like it!
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Morealleylessoop Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Fantastic work.

Was there earlier this week.

In the right season, the Monarch Butterflies drape the trees and ground in the Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove:

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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Oh my the monarchs are there!  That can be a sight to behold!  I remember them coming through my yard a month or so ago, just fluttering overhead on their way south.  Such interesting critters!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfeature-it-monday: has selected your artwork, for the Feature It Monday Journal! :heart:

Congratulations! :clap:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)

A wonderful capture of motion, light and colour! :heart:
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Xevodan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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K-Araujo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent!
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Pyrosthenes1 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I grew up in Pismo. This doesn't look like Pismo to me. My mom's condos should be all the way to the right, but they're not there. What's up with that?
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful!!! :love:!!!

Very nicely done!!
Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
For My Personal Use DO NOT USE!!! by LindArtz
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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Catgirldstr11 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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oldeekdog Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Beyond masterpiece 
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Deltazz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
gorgeous piece!
Ah I've been to Pismo Beach in one of my visits to the USA and aah it's a pretty nice place, love the beach c;
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Indeed it's a great stop on good old Pacific Highway
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Beautiful piece, congrats on the DD.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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7Bugs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Smiley: Shiny eyes congratulations! Clap
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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krukof2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional
Hello , :wave:
Superbe !!!
Votre nom et votre pseudo sonnent très français ! êtes vous francophone ?

:icontiphankeplz: :iconchampagneplz: :ahoy: BraVo Pour La DD !!!!! :#1::icontiphankeplz:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
merci!  
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018   Writer
:clap: Congratulations on the DD! This is terrific! I really appreciate all the printed research in Artist Comments - VERY nice!
I appreciated SoCal beaches for years, when I grew up in the L.A. area, and Pismo Beach is one I visited, too. Mostly Newport and Venice...
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  yes newport and venice!  I'm going to paint those... 
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018   Writer
Good. :relax:
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm speechless, what a beautiful magical beach!! it's an impressive work, I love the details in here, the colors looks pretty nice together and they complemtent so perfectly! really, really nice!!:iconflyingheartsplz:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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Emarress Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Artist
This is simply beautiful! ❤️
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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nadenagi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so pretty! I love the contrasting blue and yellow on the waves. The colors on the buildings in the far background are so perfect.
The trivia is also really interesting - it sounds amazing that the area has recovered so much! Here's to a brighter and less polluted future! ^-^
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Indeed cheers!
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ZED-EYE Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Tar Beach, eh?  Interesting!  Lovely image! :heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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