Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Below Deck at YogurtDeck (Golden Cove Center)

YogurtDeck is "frozen yogurt bar" that's newly opened right below Admiral Risty's (my favorite local restaurant.) I tried a naturally sweetened (no sugar or such)strawberry and it was very tasty.

Not a bad place for an afternoon snack while doing a bit of homework. They advertise free wireless internet & satelite radio.

Golden Cove is at the end of Hawthorne Blvd.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Pastoral Pastel from Ernie Howlett Park

A little valley with large stables as viewed from Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. The hillside with the patches of green and the bright pink tree, muted by morning mist, made me think of a pastel painting.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Crashing Waves at Abalone Cove

Under the influence of "crashing waves" by Edward Weston, this one was taken on a sunny day at Abalone Cove.
Thank you, PJ of Pensacola DP, for sending me the link -
NY Times - California Coast thru Edward Weston's Lens.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with many of the San Gabriel Valley bloggers hosted by the Altadena bloggers (Altadena Hiker, Altadenablog, Altadena Above It All, Open Mouth Insert Fork) in (yup) Altadena! The pot-luck picnic was a great success with so much excellent food and great company.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Putto" with dolphin - "Fontana del Nettuno" (detail)

From the Neptune fountain at Malaga Cove Plaza. Here is the link to the photo of the original bronze in Bologna, Italy

Friday, March 27, 2009

444 RANCHO & 444 PALOS VERDES (Scavenger Hunt: Numbers)

I chased this bus (it's the same one) up Hawthorne Blvd. from Walteria neighborhood in Torrance to where Hawthorne peaks in Rancho Palos Verdes. The 444 line starts at Downtown LA's transit center by Union Station and ends at the coast on PV Dr. W & Seacove. The trip will take from 1 1/2 hrs in the very early morning to 2 hrs at noon. (LA-Metro-444 schedule.)
Notice the clever quick-fix for the windshield wipers problem with the ever-versatile handkerchief.

Thank you, Carrie at View of You Photography for hosting the Scavenger Hunt.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pretty in Pink ...

... and hot pink, at that! I think the flower is Lesotho Pink ice plant.
This back "yard" was the most colorful one on the bank going up from W. 25th Street in San Pedro. A few miles down, 25th St. becomes PV Drive South and follows a very scenic section of the coast. The hillside looks so much better than the picture shown on Google maps. Cudos to the owners.

Thanks to PJ at Pensacola Daily Photo, I've been made aware of Purple Day.Please visit the brave Michele, over at The Rocky Mountain Retreat, and learn why today is a great day to wear purple in support of Epilepsy Awareness Day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

'J' is for Jumbo Jets Juxtapositioned (abc Wednesday)

I recently had an appointment in El Segundo on the South side of LAX which is 15 miles away from Palos Verdes. I drove around for a bit, taking in the sights and found a perfect "high" spot overlooking the airport on E. Imperial Ave.
This meeting of jumbo-jets from Down Under is for my cyber-friends Sally, Julie, Kris, and Gordon. G'day, all.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dolphin Tower at Lunada Bay Elementary

As I was driving in the Lunada Bay neighborhood, taking photos of the stormy coastline, I heard a Westminister chime and followed the sound to an unlikely place for a bell tower - the elementary school. The Bell Tower with the dolphin sculptures has electronically generated chimes - sounding the hour and playing a short tune.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bluff Cove on a Blustery Day

I've been meaning to peel myself away from the coast, but I just can't seem to. The strong winds we had on Sunday brought a lot of whitecaps and great storm surf to the PV coastline.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Window / View (2 things challenge)

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At the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, also known as the Whale Watching Station, on a Saturday afternoon.

These kids were so cute and the dark shadow in the window is a man carrying a child's pink hat and backpack.

The little boy was doing pretty well in keeping up with his sister.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Archery Range...

...finally found.
When I started this blog last May, one of the early comments was from Pasadena Adjacent about liking to go down the cliffs past the archery range and end up on the shore at Abalone Cove. I had no idea where this archery range was until, a week ago, while driving along the undulating, landslide section of Palos Verdes Drive South at Portuguese Bend, I spotted an hawk on a tree & tried to turn around. As I swung onto a small dirt road turn-off, the sign was staring me in the face.

When I peered over the edge, I saw the lanes of the range on a intermediate plateau and lucked out to see a club member perfecting his skill.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox...

...occurring at exactly 4:44 am local time. Today, we are also celebrating our wedding anniversary.
Photo looking at the shore of the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Palos Verdes, by the footpath near the Whale Watching Station.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Mr. President, we have landed in Long Beach"

President Obama arrived in Long Beach yesterday at 3:03 pm and stayed long enough (Press Telegram - Obama's 9 minutes in Long Beach) to transferred from Air Force One to Marine One, heading for a town hall meeting in Costa Mesa.
Lots of excited people (including yours truly) lined the section of the runway by Globemaster Way just to witness this special event. Here is Air Force One on approach with the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach.
Marine One was accompanied by 4 other helicopters, taking off at precise intervals and flying in a distinct formation, heading South.
I played around with saturation to get the lettering on the airplane to show.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

'I' is for Ideal Home (abc Wednesday)

This lovely, spacious home, in a new, nicely done development at the end of Hawthorne Blvd., looks very close to the ranch style I always wished for. I can imagine a large library, a living room with a grand piano, even an entertainment theater, walk in closets, all with a ocean view (at least from the master bedroom). However, when I consider our small townhome, we have a large library spread out throughout the house, a grand piano in the living room (I married into that possession), enough entertainment gadgets to last a couple of lifetimes, and an ocean view from a lookout just a short walk away. Pretty much an ideal home, indeed.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Bit o' Green and a Shamrock too

A distinctive Citabria belonging to my son's flight instructor at Torrance airport.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thacker Berry Farms Stand

In California, we are fortunate to have a great selection of fresh fruit year round but the fruit is not always very flavorful. These strawberries really do live up to the claim of being fresh and sweet, and most of all, full of flavor.
The stand is located at the edge of Palos Verdes in San Pedro, at Western Ave and 9th St. The man running the stand was nice enough to let me take a photo.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Parasailing at Portuguese Bend

The weather cleared up nicely yesterday afternoon, with a bit of breeze - just right for the launch of a parasailer (or I think I saw two people on that one chute) from the Ocean Trails cliffs.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lifeguard Off-Duty

I took this photo of the lone lifeguard station at Abalone Cove Beach two Sundays ago. The station is awaiting summer to open up again.

In taking the photo, I followed what I could remember of
Babooshka's instructions on shooting steps, "Just stand squarely in front of the subject." I like the outcome.

Today the weather is more like below - taken looking from El Segundo towards Palos Verdes (hill in the background) with Manhattan Beach pier showing most prominantly.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Watching the Sunset (SkyWatch Friday)

To continue the 'bird' theme this week, here is last Sunday's sunset from Pt. Vicente Park next to the Rancho PV City Hall.

See some fabulous skies at SKY WATCH FRIDAY.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Follow the Birdies ...

The green grass won't last long in PV and the spring flowers are in bloom. Shown is the
George F. Canyon Nature Center & Trails - the names of the flowers are there also.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

'H' is for Helicopter Handling Hobby

Another kind of bird for today - a model whirlybird being flown by an expert handler from a pad next to the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. While we watched, the 'pilot' had the heli do loops and make fast turns.

The helicopter launch pad is part of Point Vicente Park, located on a 71 acre former Nike missile launch site and was officially receivd from the Federal Dept. of Interior and formally dedicated by the city of RPV on 2-24-79. The site has been put to all around good use as it holds the city maintenance yard and the modest administrative building is used by a RVP City Hall.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What a Hoot at Devil's Punchbowl - North Los Angeles County

The owls are rescues 'hoo' reside at the Devil's Punchbowl County Park. The owl in the 1st photo can be seen in the background of the 2nd.

"Devil's Punchbowl, elevation 4,750', is one of the most fantastic, colorful jumble of rocks in Los Angeles County. It is a county park within the Angeles National Forest on the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains. There are short trails within the park which showcase the riot of geologic features along the Punchbowl and San Andreas Faults and there are connections to the major longer trails going up to the high country." (Ref. tchester.org-Devils Punchbowl and Devil's Punchbowl).

Monday, March 9, 2009

RIS 5K Run on Horse Trails

Early on Sunday morning, Ridgecrest Intermediate School held its 2nd annual 5K run to promote health awareness and to raise funds. About 300 kids and a some parents participated. The run started at Ernie Howlett Park and followed the horse trails for 3.1 miles. My son did well on his finish time (he is 2nd from the front in the photo below) even though there were quite a few "deposits" to dodge on the trail.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Erythrina - Flame Trees or Coral Trees

Time to STOP and look (in red).
I didn't realize how many varieties of Erythrina trees there are until I searched on Google.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Beach Front Property

I bet this ground squirrel is trying to figure out if I'm ready to move into the neighborhood.

At Abalone Cove beach, last Saturday morning.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sunset from PV Drive South (SkyWatch Friday)

e. e. cummings 95 poems
if up's the word;and a world grows greener
minute by second and most by more--
if death is the loser and life is the winner
(and beggars are rich but misers are poor)
--let's touch the sky:
with a to and a fro
(and a here there where)and away we go ...

See some fabulous skies at SKY WATCH FRIDAY.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


View from the Wayfarer's Chapel looking toward Catalina Island showing thru the mist.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

'G' is for Green Grass (abc Wednesday)

This field of mustard grass is on the bluff above Abalone Cove. Inspired by Pasadena Adjacent's recent treck to the one beach in PV I've never been to, we decided to go there last Sunday morning and were rewarded with splendid views.
This post is also for Kim in Seattle, Bibi in Belgrade, Margy at Powell River and Mlle Gramophone who have all spend time on this coastline in their teens.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Time for Another Shot of Neptune

Nathalie of Spacedlaw recently posted a different view of the original Neptune fountain in Bologna, Italy of which the one in PVE is a replica. (You can click on 'fountain' under labels for my previous posts of the fountain.)

An more wizened rendition of Neptune can be found on Marley's Cheltenham DP.

I know I've seen many more on the CDP portal. Does your city have a Neptune?

Monday, March 2, 2009

March Theme Day: Glass

Wayfarer's Chapel, 1949 and later
Lloyd Wright
Portuguese Bend at Abalone Cove, North of Palos Verdes Drive South
Entry #2 for Palos Verdes, South in An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles by David Gebhard and Robert Winter
"This chapel is Lloyd Wright's most widely known and visited building. His "Natural Church" was a glass structure hidden in a grove of coastal redwoods... Once inside the building you can see how successful Lloyd Wright was in creating a sense of a mysterious, almost fairy-tale natural beauty."
March 1st was City Daily Photo Theme Day. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
I would have participated IF I'd remembered that Sunday was the 1st, and IF I'd looked at the calendar, and IF I'd looked at the date as I posted the Sunday photo.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Last of Napa Valley, CA

The reading room at the St. Helena Public Library, in St. Helena, California.
Only after looking at the photo did I notice the open book shaped light fixtures. The library also houses the Napa Valley Wine Library.
The Dear Old Lady, on Oak Avenue, St. Helena, California
According to a marvelous new book by Joan Reardon, M.F.K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans, the celebrated author bought the old Victorian house in St. Helena in 1956. This seemed the only likely candide as I compared it to a watercolor illustration painted by Avram Dumitrescu.