Saturday, October 30, 2010

NOW OPEN - New cafe in a PV classic building

The building originally housed the General Store and is the design of the famous local architect, Walter Swindell Davis (1897-1973). He had a panache for octagonal spaces, of which there are several in Palos Verdes. Inside the new French-American style cafe is just delightful (Virginia, I think you'd approve.)

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Beauty of Motherhood - Salisbury, England (PVDP on Travel)

At Strada Italian restaurant (20 Oct 2010).

The decor and lighting in the corner drew my attention but the beauty of the mother with her family was the real treat.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cast Shadows

In drawing class this week, we worked on shading for the 3-D effect and understanding the type of shadows...who knew there were so many (cast, core, and two others I don't remember.) So here is my tribute to the cast shadow. And, for the record, I'd like it known that I'm not a PV suburban bumpkin but have worn a boots-tights-skirt outfit BEFORE seeing women of all ages in UK wearing this style, which was apparent even to my usually oblivious-to-fashion engineering co-worker. :D
In front of Bristol Farms, RHE (Oct 2010)
On PV Library roof parking, 14 October 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Delivering the "Real Thing"

Morning delivery at Peninsula Center, reflected in the seasonal window of Pier One Imports.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Positive & Negative Space

The location is "The Village" storefronts which share a parking lot with the main library in Palos Verdes. One of the stores is used by the PV Art Center for classes. The photo was taken after the Monday night drawing class where we talked about looking at and drawing the negative space behind the object (dark) and the positive space of the object (light).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Oh, you ARE back..."

Our cat Smokey, welcoming me back from the trip to England. I traded a week of rain in Southern California, for a week of sunshine in Southern England!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just before the sun sets...

Viewed from the back of Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. 
(I am away on travel until next Saturday and this is an autopost.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bluff Cove at Sunset

Purple sunset at The Cove.
(I am away on travel until next Saturday and this is an autopost.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fit on the Hill

A fit cyclist is watching the waves of Bluff Cove.
(I am away on travel until next Saturday and this is an autopost.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Entry Side - Neighborhood Church

Pretty curves at the entry to the church.

(I am away on travel until next Saturday and this is an autopost.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Ocean Side of Neighborhood Church

The former Haggerty mansion, and a church since the '30s, is one of favorite wedding places in Palos Verdes. My dearest friend Annie, whom I've been friends for 40 years!!!, was married at this church 26 years ago, on October 11, 1985.
Take a peak on the inside of the original mansion by clicking: PV Library - Local History Sets - Haggerty House.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Back-to-School ... for Parents

A few weeks ago, Peninsula High School held "Back-to-School Night" for parents to meet the teachers and get an understanding of the class curriculum. The kids are really fortunate to have such excellent teachers.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

'M' is for Misty Midnight (abc Wednesday)

The many foggy PV nights with mood lighting.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

School-day Morning

The intersection of Silver Spur and Hawthorne Blvd, the location of Peninsula High School, is extremely busy between 7:30 and 7:55 in the morning.

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Afternoon in Manhattan Beach (4)

On a warm fall day, this was the view from Manhattan Beach pier. The brightly painted art panels on the lifeguard stations will be coming off at the end of the month.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Perfect 10

This beauty was parked at Torrance Airport on the east side of the hangers. The view extends to Los Angeles downtown, and the buildings were lit-up at sunset.

Happy 10-10-10 day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


PV Peninsula HS is the larger of the two high schools hill. For a few years in the '80s and early '90s, it was the only high school here as enrollment dropped due to an older population. In the mid-90's, the demographics shifted and the previously closed schools reopened. Today, Pen has about 3,500 students.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Clearing (SkyWatch Friday & Weekend Reflections)

At St. Francis Episcopal church, Palos Verdes Estates, which is surrounded by pine trees and an eucalyptus grove (some of which are the original trees planted in PVE during the early development days in 1920's).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wild Sunflowers with Background Noise - Madrona Marsh, Torrance, CA

Madrona Marsh is a hidden gem in the midst of busy city streets of Torrance. The marsh comes to life during spring, but is still beautiful with the fall colors.

From Friends of Madrona Marsh site:
History of the Marsh
When the Palos Verdes Peninsula was geologically uplifted, it blocked off the Los Angeles River . The natural drainage to the sea was halted and created a large inland drainage area as the river proceeded to shift to the east to its existing course. Historians say that during the early 1800s when the Gabrielino Indians inhabited the South Bay area, Torrance was part of the extensive marshlands north of the San Pedro and Long Beach area. ...

The Madrona Marsh, although geologically relatively young, is reminiscent of the natural state of much of the South Bay area. The Marsh preserve is a remnant of once extensive natural systems that existed along the coastal plain and coastal terraces of Southern California . The preserve is situated on land that has been in oil production since 1924. This is why it was never developed as commercial or residential uses. While the area had gone unnoticed to many there have been some citizens who have been actively aware of the area for many years, For example, the local Audubon Society has used the area since 1967 in their annual bird census, and for years bird watchers parked along nearby streets and watched the area through the fence for their recreation. Biologists teach at El Camino College have used the site as a resource to botany, zoology and geography classes for over 30 years.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

'L' is for Library - Malaga Cove Plaza Historic Library

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Libraries, my favorite places in Palos Verdes and elsewhere. This one is very special.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An Afternoon in Manhattan Beach (3) - FOCUS & Focused

FOCUS (self-explanatory) with an unfocused view of the beach looking south toward Palos Verdes

I watched the little girl for a bit and during that time she was totally focused on her task.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

An Afternoon in Manhattan Beach (1) - Reflected

A jumble of images from an art store window on Manhattan Beach Blvd., which extends to the pier seen in the painting. I like the painting a lot, with the view of the Manhattan pier and Palos Verdes in the background (artist's name to follow...).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today, a Bit of Rain

In Palos Verdes Estates, among the pepper trees.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Theme Day: Graffiti

Are there three kinds of people in the world? Those who like Mr. Rogers, those who don't, and those who don't know who Mr. Rogers is?

I liked Mr. Rogers - up to a point.

(Graffiti found under Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach at Veterans Parkway walking/jogging path.)

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