Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Although I have not visited Baja California, I've seen many beautiful photographs of its rugged beauty. One of my favorite travel books is The Log from The Sea of Cortez by the American novelist John Steinbeck, where in 1940 he sailed in a sardine boat with his great friend, the biologist Edward F. Ricketts. to collect marine invertebrates from the beaches of the Gulf of California. Another good read was LA Times columnist Jack Smith's God and Mr. Gomez (1974), where he wrote about building a vacation house in Baja California on the Pacific Coast side.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Shown is a detail from the original Marineland sign that is now located by Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center. The Center has more memorabilia including a Marineland Memories book. Most people who lived in the area during those years have fond memories of their visits.
I remember going there in early spring of 1971, with my best friend in 7th grade, Marina Beccera (sitting). I recall a very long drive from Northeast LA and much cooler weather by the ocean. I also thought it strange to have dolphins and whales perform for us. Do you have memories of Marineland or other similar attractions?
Sunday, April 26, 2009
After the Grieg Piano Concerto, Schumann's is my most favorite. With only 450 seats at the Norris, the COSB season tickets sell out quickly (previous subscribers and benefactors are the first to get seats) but we usually luck out and get tickets by being on a waiting list.
I do like seeing a talented, competent, and stylish woman in charge.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Details of the glass chapel & bell tower with a crescent moon.
The link has wonderful historical photos of Lloyd Wright (the architect) and the building phase:
Wayfarers Chapel - Architecture Gallery.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The plant is a native wild mustard plant. The white smudge on the right is a half moon.
"The 163-acre Forrestal Nature Preserve, with some of the best remaining native wildlife habitat and hiking trails, is located on the south side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes." PV Peninsula Land Conservancy
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The absolutely amazing main cast (1st row, left to right): Eric Halfvarson (Hunding), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), James Conlon (conductor - as one audiance member said, "They are so lucky to have him!"), Linda Watson (Brunnhilde), Placido Domingo (Siegmund), and Michelle DeYoung (Fricka). An interesting review of this new production (with a photo of a Ride of the Valkyries scene) can be found on LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster - LA Opera - Valkyries. (More photos from LA Times are here: Walkure-photogallery).
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Several people asked if the lake in yesterday's post was a home to an alligator a few years back - and yes, it was.
The True Story of Reggie
Reggie, the alligator, was first seen swimming in Machado Lake at Kenneth Malloy Memorial Park (or Harbor Park) in August 2005. He eluded elaborate efforts to capture him and was sighted again in April 2007. In May 2007, Reggie stepped out on dry land and “a zoo employee, jumped on his back, threw a t-shirt over his head, and wrapped duct tape around his snout. He was seven feet long at the time of his capture.” Reggie was moved to Los Angeles Zoo, where in August 2007, he again briefly escaped from his cage. Wikipedia on Reggie, the alligator
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Franz Liszt - Ballade #2 in b minor (1853), piano solo by Ms. Wietrzynska
Astor Piazzolla (Argentina) - Verano Porteno (1964), Otono Porteno (1969)*, Primavera Protena (1970)*, La Muerte del Angel (1960)*, *arrangement for piano trio by Jose Bragato (Piazzolla's violoncellist)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
THE bull on Wall Street
Lady Liberty with the morning sun
Cell phone photographs by my son, I.C.B., taken during the spring break trip to Washington DC and New York City with 60 of his intermediate school classmates. They really packed in a lot in 6 days. They were dropped off by the tour bus on 5th Avenue for an hour and told to go check-out the restrooms in the Trump Building.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Long Point can be seen in the distance, where Marineland was once located and is now being developed as a huge resort.
See some fabulous skies from around the world at SKYWATCH FRIDAY.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Join the 2 Things Challenge hosted by DC Confidential.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
UPDATE: Los Angeles Theater, 1931; S. Charles Lee - architect; 615 S. Broadway; "A Baroque motion-picture palace. Twin Corinthina columns frame the central notched arch. Above, a varied skyscraper is provided with pinnacles and other sculptured forms. The interior grand staircases and rich decorations is as French Second Empire as the street facade. Probably the finest theater building in Los Angeles."