Wednesday, June 30, 2010

'X' is for eXit (abc Wednesday)

Today is my boss' last day at work upon his retirement after 42 years with the company. He leaves a legacy on the C-17 program, of an exemplary structural engineer and an outstanding technical leader and director.
Looking aft through the cargo door "exit" of the C-17 aircraft, Air Show at March Air Reserve Base Air, Riverside, CA (May 2008)
C-17 fly-by, Air Show at March ARB, Riverside, CA (March 2008)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the Weeds

A non-native wild fennel with friends.
This patch of wilderness is where the west end of Rancho PV meets PV Estates.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Esplanade ... (Monochrome Monday)

The view is looking south from Redondo Beach toward The Hill (or Palos Verdes Peninsula).
Quick, you can still join Monochrome Weekend, now under  Dragonstar's management. Thank you Dragonstar and Aileni!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Westward Bound (Sunday Bridges)

This is the Gerald Desmond Bridge, connecting Long Beach to Terminal Island, which I sometimes take on my way home from work. For an excellent site with historical info and great old photos of Terminal Island Bridges, click

LA Co. Lifeguard Towers "Summer of Color" - AC (2/158) in Palos Verdes

Abalone Cove at sunset - 25 June 2010
"Summer of Color"- AC, Rancho Palos Verdes
Abalone Cove is one of two beaches in PV with a lifeguard station (the other is RAT beach). Jim, the friendly lifeguard who loves the beauty of this cove, was getting ready to close up. Jim didn't wish to be photographed but he was very happy to talk. He told me that he liked the new transformed "tower" colors just as much as the original pale blue (as seen HERE), and that the overall opinion of the "Summer of Color" has been positive.
Project link: Portraits of Hope - Lifeguard Towers (conceived by Ed and Bernie Massey)

Saturday, June 26, 2010


In Rancho Palos Verdes...all went auspiciously well.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Steely Sunset (SkyWatch & Weekend Reflection)

Photo by I., my son, from Haggerty's surf spot lookout in Palos Verdes Estates, 23 June 2010
It's overexposed, underexposed, does not consider the rule of thirds, has no leading lines...and works quite nicely for me.
SkyWatch Friday
Weekend Reflections

Summer .:. Mission San Juan Capistrano (Away from home)

The photo is from five years ago, when I accompanied my son's 4th grade class to the famous Mission.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"W" is for Watching Water with Watchtower (abc Wednesday) - Ave I

Lifeguard station (or tower) at Redondo Beach looking toward Palos Verdes Peninsula, 19 June 2010
All 158 L.A. County lifeguard stations (usually a pale blue color), from Palos Verdes to Zuma Beach (of Neil Young fame), have been transformed for the "Summer of Color" community art awareness project. They really look festive. In the fall, each will be painted the solid color of the railing.
I'm considering photographing all 158 of them...we'll see...
See lots more "W" posts on abc Wednesday.

Nikol Grbic for Fiesta Queen ... (100 Strangers)

Nikol is running for the Mary Star of the Sea Parish 2010 Fiesta Queen. She can't just rely on her winning smile but has the raise the most funds for the church to be chosen. Nikol very graciously posed for me while she was selling raffle tickets at the Croatian celebration in San Pedro. The Fiesta will be held from July 16th thru 18th.

Monday, June 21, 2010

In Good Company

My son took the Karmann Ghia on the road yesterday, and he joined the display of classic cars at Brackett Field in La Verne, CA.
"Antique Aircraft/Classic Car Display Event at Brackett Field. Come to the free Fly-in & Antique Aircraft Display Day at La Verne’s Brackett Field (POC) on Sunday June 20th. Brackett Field Display Days are usually held on the 3rd Sunday. The airport is located 1 mi SW of the city. Numerous Antique and unique aircraft, classic cars and motorcycles are on display. There is a restaurant on site. Fly-ins from elsewhere are welcome and there is a historical aircraft sign off."
Southern California Soaring Academy offered sailplane rides on the DG-1000 - photos to follow...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Suspension for Sunday Bridges

The largest and most famous local bridge is the Vincent Thomas Suspension Bridge. Here it's seen from near Cabrillo Beach Pier (- February 2010 - )

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Afternoon Reading Light (Monochrome Weekend)

The upstairs at the Peninsula Center Main PV Library Branch.
Join Dargonstar & Aileni's Monochrome Weekend.

Friday, June 18, 2010

SkyWatch from Trump National

SkyWatch from the enterance to the restaurant at Trump National in Rancho Palos Verdes, with a relaxed Bacchus? "faux fountain" (quote from Reading the reviews on Yelp shows that no matter what one thinks of Mr. Trump, at least no one is neutral in their opinion.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Girlfriends ...

... I am so grateful for mine.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"V" is for Vintage Vinyl (abc Wednesday)

My friend's neighbor was redoing the kitchen and ripped out this classic 60's vinyl (or maybe even linoleum) flooring. Not the best period in home decor, but I find the pattern very pleasing, in a nostalgic sort of way. Sort of like Courier font.
Join many more V's on ABC Wednesday.
Thanks PasadenaAdjacent, for the flooring post idea.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


At the PV Street Fair, 12 June 2010
This is what I like about our flag... it's venerated and wearable.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day 2010

The Star-Spangled Banner, on Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pretzel Logic Band (A Steely Dan Revue)

Saturday afternoon at the PV Street Fair.
All the musicians and singers in the band were fantastic.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

OREGON in PV (Weekend Reflection) - (Image Copyright of Palos Verdes Daily Photo)

Yeah, it's a lousy reflection post (can you identify the two minor ones?)... what I've been reflecting on is that I am misrepresenting the PV weather with all the blue skies posts. June Gloom (the marine layer encroaching onto the coast) is definitely with us in the mornings and in the late afternoons. Of course, the reference to Oregon in the title is based on the license plate. :) I'm just bummed I didn't get the street sign into the shot - Grayslake Rd.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cruising... SkyWatch Friday (Copyright Image of Palos Verdes Daily Photo)

... on a sunny afternoon, along the coast by Pt. Vicente. (March 2010)

It's time for ... Palos Verdes 23rd Annual Street Fair & Music Festival

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Collage from 2009 Street Fair festivities.
Click on the PV Chamber of Commerce site for more info. The fair is located at Crossfield Dr. and Silver Spur, this Saturday from 10 till 10, and Sunday 10 till 9.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"U" is for Unnecessary (abc Wednesday) ... (Copyright Image of Palos Verdes Daily Photo)

The proposed project for an educational and animal adoption site is located next to the Interpretive Center (or the Whale Watching Station). Last night, at my book club meeting, we were all opposed to putting such a large structure here.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

California Gold ... (Copyright Image of Palos Verdes Daily Photo)

The summer look of the California hills, above Abalone Cove.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Afternoon with Friends (Monochrome Monday)

At the Promenade at the Peninsula (or PV Mall).
Join Aileni's Monochrome Weekend.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Westchester (Los Angeles)

Practice EARLY detection.


Striding for a cancer-free future.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pretty in Pink (2)

Walking to Peninsula Center, October 2008
Bad photography + upped staturation + "real" hair color = pleasing results.

Friday, June 4, 2010

GOOD YEAR over Palos Verdes (SkyWatch Friday)

Earlier in the spring at sunset over the main library.
I never get tired of seeing the Good Year airship flying over the South Bay and usually scramble for my camera whenever I see it. Then I realized that on Saturday afternoons it cruises over the top of the peninsula. In the early '80s, my friend Tricia's father who was an aviation enthusiast in Ohio, arranged for us to have a ride in the blimp. It definitely was a memorable experience.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"T" is for Tenderness (abc Wednesday)

View of the Pacific and Catalina Island from Pt. Fermin Park in PV adjacent San Pedro.
Join & view all the "T"s on ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010