Not too gaudy, is it? The sign? The local crabs think it might be a little too blue. Crabby. Well, the sign fits any hot news we have coming your way! Think we'll keep it in the bed.
April 15, 2014: Rising like a phoenix, the new Carmel ClamCam is back as of noon today, and hopefully better than before. The new network camera, an Axis 214 PTZ, has a lot of new and useful features. Best of all it's stable! Many thanks to all who cared about and especially those of you who supported the effort. I hope the addition of a chat room is a useful effort. As usual comments and suggestions are welcomed.
September 25, 2012: Wow, guess there isn't much news around the clam bed! However, I thought today might be a good day (at last) to share the fun of controlling the direction of the cam with people. It's pretty simple. You can use one of the preset views or just click on the controller image and move the cam that way. If it gets a little out of focus (like when it's raining or there's lots of fog), you can tweek the focus manually. Seems like the 3rd focus button from the right works most of the time. You'll catch on!
June 1, 2011: With the recent conversion of my ISP from AT&T to Comcast, the upload speed has been greatly increased. Of course, from a tech point of view, this meant changing the subnet to something different, thus tweeking on a bit of everything. Or is it just me? I have to admit I'm slow in the discovery of these "solutions." But, all's well that ends well. As summer approaches, we'll hope the clam bed remains stable, able to serve fans of the site.
February 9, 2011: The AT&T Golf Tournement is underway and runs through Sunday, the 13th. The weather looks great for the entire event.
July 28, 2010: A few recent tweeks of the site: The Carmel Pine Cone (local newspaper) has been added (under Culture). You just might be interested in whose cat ran away during the past week, or got stuck up a tree! Check out the Police, Fire and Sheriff's Log. We also added a more dynamic map of the area (under Ocean). These two items make getting to know the area easier. Summer is here and visitors are plentiful. We here in the clam bed enjoy the occasional sunny day (like today).
May 23, 2010: The Carmel ClamCam has had some recognition over the past several years. If you'd like to see what they're saying, go here:
EarthCam Top 10 Archives: EarthCam
Webcam of the Week: 19th-25th May 2008: http://www.webcampedia.com/webcam/721/
Visitcarmel Cam used for surf evaluation: http://www.visitcarmel.com/things-to-do/carmel-beach-surfing-tips/
April 14, 2010: The 2010 U.S. Open Championship of golf will be held
June 14 - 20, 2010 at the
Pebble Beach Golf Links in
Pebble Beach, California. Tiger will be there. I think I'll watch it on TV, but seeing the players up close and personal is sometimes a treat. Preparations appear to be already underway. There is an amazing amount of preening of the place prior to such an event. There's already sort of a tent city being built on the Pebble Beach course. Well, as they say: Rome wasn't built in a day. I'm looking forward to the event. Not a golfer, I still enjoy the action.
April 3, 2010: For those interested in unusual astronomical events, tonight and tomorrow is the approach of Venus and Mercury at sunset. Mercury, always hugging the sun, is hard to catch. Hope you did.
February 10, 2010: The official AT&T event begins on Thursday, 2-11-10. A little rain and cool temps for the event. Good luck, guys.
February 3, 2010: For those interested, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf event runs February 8-14, 2010, and the US Open Golf (at Pebble Beach) runs June 14-20, 2010.
January 18, 2010: Nice little storm blew through today, maybe the first of several. Tore things up. Winds to 55 mph! Of course, comme d'habitude the power went out along with the Internet. Fortunately, the outage was fairly short lived. But more is on the way! This week the force will be with us! Hope all of you are dry and safe.
January 8, 2010: Here's wishing everyone a wonderful New Year!
The chatter around here is the up and coming Big Swells (check out Ocean and the surf). With a couple of storms moving across the Pacific, there are two zones of nearly 40-foot swells on the way! While this can peter out to some degree, the prediction for 30+-footers arriving at the California coast over the next several days is pretty certain, the peak currently predicted around Wednesday morning. We'll keep the cam aimed that way to see what develops.
December 23, 2009: I guess all you Druids out there are pretty darn thrilled about the arrival of the winter solstice. I know I am. We're having several days of really nice, winter weather - cool and clear. Should continue through Christmas. The ocean is calming down and the skies are clear. We are stable at the moment! Looking forward to the rest of the holidays. Have been toying with the idea of putting the cam controls out in public. How about it? Would anyone be interested in spinning the cam around? Punch something into the blog and let me know. I just remind you of that old Chinese proverb: be careful what you wish for! Anyway, I'm sure we can try it for a bit if there's interest. The camera has a number of preset positions. It's not exactly rocket science but one needs to bear in mind focus and iris control. The camera is more limited in its range of view these days, but in the old days, you could find out what the neighbors were cooking for supper! Or watching on TV. Darn. That was going a little too far, and the main reason for limiting public control. I've calmed down a lot since then, so perhaps we can work something out. Again, Happy Holidays to you all!
November 25, 2009: Finally got the video back on!! Thanks to those who were so patient.
November 7, 2009: Larger swells are starting to arrive here on the Left Coast, the peak (predicted above 20 feet) at Ghost Tree about 2 days from now (Monday). This should jiggle up a few things.
November 4, 2009: Try our new blog!!! We hope you'll take some time to share ideas and thoughts with the rest of us.
Do you know there is some great kayaking in the Carmel/Monterey area? Carmel Beach is a little tough sometimes to punch through but can be done. But Monterey has one of the best kayak launches in the state! A few days ago, in not so calm waters around Stillwater Cove, the Clam's oyster manager happened to run into Gary Jean , of Gary Jean photoworks, who was taking some neat photos of the area from his kayak. What was really cool was his coordinating his GPS with his pics, resulting in a map tracing his route with various pictures inserted at their actually physical coordinates. Here at Mollusk Manor, we're not used to such high tech devices, but after the other clams heard about Gary, recently there's talk of putting an oversized clam satellite dish onto someone's puny shell. Really! Next thing you know, they'll be making ice in summertime! Nice job, Gary.
October 28, 2009: In a place where a tree is more valuable than your first-born, perhaps you've noticed recently a change in some of the landscape. Yes, it's that pesky eucalyptus that's missing, off to that great oil factory in the sky!
October 22, 2009: Large surf was expected today and I think it got here. If you go to Ocean and the North Pacific Surf Ht., you'll see why it's happening. Twenty-foot swells were in the offing. Just winter pushing its way onto the scene. Makes for some interesting ocean activity. Other news: a 36' sloop came down from San Francisco a few days ago with the idea of overnighting in Stillwater Cove. There is a (unmarked) channel into the area but this fellow took a shortcut, smashing his hull on some rocky "teeth" in the area. The story is a bit unclear and the local clams were napping at the bivalve and couldn't give an accounting. It's a little like a plane making a forced landing and hitting the only tree in the field! No injuries. The boat? Total loss. Alas!
October 14, 2009: Sorry about the power outage, an event almost guaranteed with storms of this magnitude. Worse, the multiple outages via power surges killed the site's modem! Went looking for one, found none, finally calling the ISP's tech guy who had one in the truck. But all's well that ends well, eh? Given this early storm, could this be an omen for the coming months?
September 30, 2009: No effect from the tsunami, virtually nonexistant here in central California. Great weather prevails, though the sea is a bit stirred. Autumn is definitely here. Three dolphins graced the shore today, probably checking out the surfers. Always good karma when they appear.
September 29, 2009: The tsunami from the 8.3 magnitude earthquake near American Samoa 3 hours ago is expected to arrive at the Clam's beach after 7 p.m. this evening. Said to be "non-destructive," it might modify the water level a bit. In other news, the Clam's waterboy is seeking to garner Clam favor by shamelessly doing water tricks.
September 5, 2009: Bitch, bitch, bitch! We're boiling here and spontaneous combustion is just around the corner. And everyone west of the Mississippi is in town. Maybe some long-lost relatives will show up. The First-Tee thingamajig will be finishing tomorrow. The weather has been perfect for that event. Tant mieux, as we Scots like to say. Now, I just have to remember that for 340 days a year, we're in fog. This should be a joyous time.
August 30, 2009: Sun begats fog. The intense heat of the past several days has, once again, given way to cooling fog. Another golf tournement is about to start at the Pebble Beach Golf Course: First Tee. Young kids playing with old time Pros who enjoy the game and pass on tips. And kind of a first time in the Big Time for the kids. That's how you learn. Wonder if they'll be able to see the ball?
August 29, 2009: Some good wave action today. Surfers, you might want to look at N. Pacific Surf Ht. under Ocean. Could this be the start of some big stuff?
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