Friday, April 30, 2010

The Entrance to Huntington Library & Gardens (SkyWatch Friday)

Visiting and photographing with friends at the Huntington.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


... getting together with friends.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

'O' is for Overhead Overview- PVHS (2009 & 1967)

Aerial view of Palos Verdes High School (designed by Richard Neutra), photographed in May 2009
Photo of PVHS from 1967 yearbook, curtesy of the Palos Verdes Library - Local History Room.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I caught this gardener on my drive to work on Palos Verdes Dr. North.

Monday, April 26, 2010

FIRE STATION 106 - Rolling Hills Estates

The Los Angeles County Fire Department - Station 106 is located on Indian Peak Road and is the headquarters for Battalion 14 with 8 fire stations covering West Palos Verdes, Two Harbors Avalon (on Catalina Island), Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills (a very posh private city), and Lomita.
The firefighters were at their workout when I passed by (look between the trucks, in the back), and then they got a call and zoomed out of the station...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Redondo Pier (Monochrome Weekend & sort-of-Sunday Bridges)

A bit of a stretch for Sunday Bridges but the pier is a semi-circular type and connects the shore with the shore. Weekday afternoons (when this was taken) are not very busy but the weekends are. Wikipedia has a good historical perspective on this pier, which has been rebuilt many times due to storm and fire damage.
My contribution to Aileni's Monochrome Weekend and to «Louis»'s Sunday Bridge Series.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Reflecting upon PV Marathon

Sign and reflection at Peninsula Center for James' Weekend Reflections.
Don't you think the design on the poster is just great? I'm contemplating walking the 1/2 marathon...but I don't think I can actually finish it. I cannot remember if I've ever walked 13 miles. How about you? Any 1/2 marathon walkers in the crowd?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Looking Up at LAX (Skywatch and Weekend Reflection)

Earlier this week, I had a chance to catch the early morning sky at the Delta terminal of Los Angeles International Airport (which is approximately 15 miles from Palos Verdes) and get a "twofer" shot -- for Skywatch and for James' Weekend Reflections.
Wish you bright blue skies for your weekend.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spotting Horseman (Dayton, Ohio)

The horse's name is Alvi - he is very pretty and quite shy.
Most of you know that Palos Verdes is a place to spot horses and riders. What I didn't expect was to meet up with these guys in Dayton, Ohio, on the edge of the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center (owned by the U.S. Air Force and operated by the National Park Service) which has a memorial to the Wright Brothers and overlooks the flying field the brothers used as their testing ground.
The rider passed by on a path skirting the grounds, came back to pose for me AND offered me a ride which I unfortuantely did not accept. Such a nice man.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

'N' is for Nature Preserve (abc Wednesday)

Hiking Vista Del Norte trail, above the PV Mall. Join ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Top of the Morning

Back of the business building on Silver Spur, looking toward the mall.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Afternoon Departure

The cruise ship leaving San Pedro (LA Harbor), passing "over" Terranea Resort at Long Point in Palos Verdes.
I'm off on a trip for 3 days and will be autoposting... hope the week's start is smooth sailing for you.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pedestrian Traffic Bridge - Hesse Park (SUNDAY BRIDGES)

My contribution to «Louis» of San Francisco Bay DP's Sunday Bridge Series.
Pedestrian traffic wanted - a spring Saturday morning at the lower section of Hesse Park.

Note that the bridge was manufactured at Fort Payne, Alabama.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Horsepower in Rolling Hills (Weekend Reflection)

Join James' Weekend Reflections.
A red hot Hudson Hornet by the Dapplegray School sign, off of PV Drive North.
The tile mural was hand-painted & donated by Julie Hatch.
Now I just wanted to get a shot of a horse and rider in the frame too...
...and while not quite as picturesque as I envisioned, I got my wish.

Friday, April 16, 2010

SkyWatch with Pelican

Taken while walking up from Pt. Vicente fishing cove, a rocky beach between Rocky Point (home of the Terranea Resort) and Point Vicente (home of the lighthouse), seen previously HERE.
Yes, I did lean back (past the comfortable point) to get this shot.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nature and Art

California Poppy and plain ole Cornflower (thank you, Rashka) in a dry climate garden.
Walkway mural of the peninsula mall logo by Cafe Ceramic.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'M' is for Mustard Meadows

The area of Palos Verdes Nature Preserve that burned in last August's fire is recovering well, in full living color. The same area after the fire is shown on the Land Conservancy web page:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Dangerous Condition" in Palos Verdes

Back at home today, here is a young couple admiring the coastal view from the path along the cliffs close to the Pt. Vicente light house.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

1st Avenue Bridge - Barstow, CA (SUNDAY BRIDGE)

My contribution to «Louis» of San Francisco Bay DP's Sunday Bridge Series.Heading north from Main St. on 1st Avenue, we crossed the bridge over the BNSF rail yards to reach the Harvey House (see yesterday's post).
I do recommend walking over the bridge to get to the old train depot. I'm hoping to start a "slow sightseeing" trend, sort of like the "slow food" - it especially works if stranded without a vehicle :).

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Barstow (at the house Fred Harvey built) - Weekend Reflection

My contribution to James' Weekend Reflections.
"Gateway to the Mojave...Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau"
In this shot, even I'm not sure what is reflected and what is the actual image.
The Casa del Desierto (also known as the Harvey House Railroad Depot) is a former Harvey House in Barstow, California, that now functions as an unstaffed Amtrak station as well as housing Barstow city offices and two museums.
The station was built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and replaced an earlier one built in 1885 that burned in 1908. It was designed by Mary Colter. The station was closed by the Santa Fe in 1973, but was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. (Ref. Wikipedia)

The Harvey House is something I've meant to visit for a long time - making a note of the historical landmark sign on the I-15, as we'd whiz by at 75 mph. It is well worth the short detour.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Along S. Main Street in Barstow, CA

We ate at a nice, clean American-Chinese Cafe (hence the red details). I had a tasty tuna wrap and my husband had a BLT done just right. Our server was a beautiful young Hispanic woman, whose lunch was leftovers from Olive Garden restaurant.
The motel sign can be seen from the Interstate-15, a very busy freeway between LA and Vegas.
Further south along Main St. is all auto repair shops...this section is motel row.
One of the nostalgic nooks of the newly renovated ROUTE 66 MOTEL.

The motel is even getting a new roof ... and it's a one man job.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

"RELSHME" on I-15

A WIENERMOBILE at 2:30, south of Victorville (on our way home from visiting my father-in-law in Pahrump, NV.)

The day before, on the way out, we got a chance to wonder around Barstow, CA for 5 hours... and that without our car since it was having a leaking radiator replaced. (Dave Kohn got us back on the road as quick as possible, once the replacement part arrived at 1 pm). The BEST sights in Barstow will follow in the next few days.

We were lucky that the temperature was mild and the winds not too strong. I've had friends stranded in the same place for several hours in 100 deg. F. weather.

Umm ... yes, there is this too, in DH Kohn's waiting room.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

'L' is for Lunada Hardware has Lumber

Lunada Bay is one of the original 1920's planned developments in Palos Verdes, along with Malaga Cove and Miraleste - however, once the Depression hit, most of the grandiose development plans were stalled. The charming Lunada Bay business building, which houses the good-ol'-fashioned hardware store, was built in 1967 by Clark, Hendrickson, and Knox (architects) and Robert Zicarro Construction Co. (builder).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Don't Sit on the Fence...Join the Game

An afternoon at Highridge Park, Rancho Palos Verdes

Monday, April 5, 2010

Weathered... (Monochrome Monday)

... in Rancho Palos Verdes.
View many more B&W or sepia photos at Aileni's Monochrome Weekend.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

St. John's Cathedral - Los Angeles, CA

St. John's Episcopal Cathedral is the work of Pierpont Davis and Walter S. Davis, architects. The Davis brothers designed various landmark buildings in Palos Verdes, first one being the La Venta Inn (more on that building in future posts.) This building is located at the corner of Figueroa and Adams in Los Angeles, near USC where I went to college. Its stateliness is overshadowed by the other famous and more ornate buildings at that intersection - the Automobile Club building and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church. To those who celebrate, I wish you a Happy Easter.