Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Been sitting on the fence lately?

Proud pea-fowl in Rolling Hills Estates
With so many "issues" coming at us, who wouldn't be.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Mirage? at El Mirage (dry) Lake

Citabria on El Mirage dry lake bed (iPhone photo by Ian B.)
Our son flew his instructor's Citabria out from Torrance and landed on the dry lake bed, south-east of Edwards AFB.
The colors in the photo make me think of a vintage 60's post card.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fall Sunset at Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove, 26 Oct 2012 (iPhone photo by Ian B.)
Our son drove along the PV Drive South last Friday and captured the sunset.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Final Farewell to Eddie Bertrand -- The Real Showman

Eddie Bertrand in concert (photo courtesy of Tim F.)
Eddie Bertrand (photo courtesy of Tim F.)
With sadness, I am posting this e-mail from Eddie's friend Tim to all of you. Eddie is a legendary local surf rock musician. From my half hour talk with Eddie, I was left with an impression of a kind, unassuming person.
"Back in Oct 2008 (Post link) you posted a blog about long time PV resident Eddie Bertrand. Unfortunately, Eddie has terminal cancer and only has a few has days left. I was hoping you could share this in your blog.
Those wishing to send their thoughts to Eddie may do so at eddieandtheshowmen@yahoo.com. All emails will be read to Eddie and placed in a book for the family.
Here is a link to one of Eddie's Last Live Performance."

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Wedge of Morning Sky

 From our patio, before sun peaked over the buildings

From our patio, a bit after

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


a temporary arrangement by Tash, February 2012
from found broken pottery and tiles, Llano, CA
This is one of my Un-Finished Objects. Amazingly, a couple years ago, I was given a plate with the same pattern as the broken one shown in the photo. I have several more UFOs (sewing, knitting, drawing, ...) in hiding.
What kind of UFOs are waiting to pounce on you every time you open a storage closet?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bank Holiday?

Malaga Bank, tented, February 2012
My branch of our local Malaga Bank was colorfully tented for fumigation earlier this year.
Looked to me as if the bank went off camping.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Chase with Mr. Sheets' Horsemen

Horsemen Mural, Millard Sheets, 1974
Glass mosaic inlaid in black granite
Chase bank (formerly Home Savings & Loan)
PV residents are so fortunate to have a Millard Sheets masterpiece available for daily viewing.
I've read that this work is called "50 Horsemen" although I count only 21 riders (?)

Monday, October 1, 2012


Greetings from a local resident

Friday, September 21, 2012

SkyWatch Friday over Rolling Hills Est.

Uplifting view at corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Indian Peak Rd.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Portuguese Bend Gate House

Former Portuguese Bend Gate House
A wider view of the Narcissa Dr. entrance into the private community of Portuguese Bend.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday's Window

Portuguese Bend (Narcissa Dr) Gate House,
Rancho Palos Verdes
The privately owned former Gate House seems to be a chapel now.
We've been having a heat wave and it was unexpected to already see the changing colors of the leaves.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bikers on the move

Newly finished mural by L. Clapp (9/12) -- Golden Cove Center in Rancho Palos Verdes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Flying High over Horseshoe Cove

Taken last May from the back seat of a Citabria, with my son as the pilot.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

People Watching, Pelicans Flying

By the Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, 2 Sept 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Miss me?

Come meet us at the beach!
In Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Public access from old Ocean Trails GC (now Trump National GC).

Dear blogger friends,
I'm taking a summer break and will probably be back in September. I do miss you all.
Love, Tash

Friday, May 4, 2012

At the Glass Chapel - Now & Then

The Tower by the Glass (Wayfarers) Chapel (which is hidden by the trees)
Tower Completed
 The glass chapel was designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd. I found the 1954 photo of the chapel with tower in the Visitor Center building of this Swedenborgian Church with the following caption: "The tower, sidewalks, berm planting stonewalls and Reflection Pool were constructed. Lloyd Wright called the tower a "Hallelujah" with a sense of upraised hands in celebration. The bells were added in 1978."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


"Stellar Axis" (1992-1997) - Lita Albuquerque
I missed this April's sun alignment thru the Stellar Axis at the PV Main Library, however, I still get to enjoy the interesting sky view every time I visit the library.
 (A cylinder (or “viewing tube”) slices through four floors of lobby space and jutts thirteen feet above the roof. The sun aligns directly overhead two days a year and fills a transparent onyx oval on the floor. See more pictures by clicking lita-albuquerques-zenith-of-stellar.)

Eggsperience Pancakes and Café Restaurant in Chicago (14 April 2012)
On a related "shape" theme, I also very much enjoyed the ceiling ovals and an absolutely delicious "Eleni’s Egg White Delight" omelette for an early morning breakfast during a recent visit to Chicago.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Colors of Chicago





Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Is a bird caught on "film" worth two on a tree?
Yellow Springs, Ohio  (11 April 2012)

Sam & Eddie's was NOT OPEN...
but the excellent DARK STAR (used) BOOKS & COMICS across the street was.
I came away with 4 comics and 3 books: 1921 edition on historical quilts, a 1919 Zane Gray western, and modern art book from the early 1930's. And from Village Artisians Co-op, I purchased a vibrant mountain & field watercolor by Sue Brezine.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Old Barn - Yellow Springs, Ohio

On the road to Yellow Springs, Ohio  (11 April 2012)
Before spending the weekend in Chicago,
I was on business travel in Dayton, Ohio,
where we visited the artsy old town of Yellow Springs.
My colleague paused by the side of the narrow road
for me to take a photo of this splendid old (perhaps dairy?) barn.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


In Van Gogh's Bedroom

By Matisse's River Bathers

ROY over RED

Renoir's Two Sisters with Two Sisters

Alex Katz's son Vincent and friend Tony observed by a girl, a man, and the girl's dad
The first afternoon, we went to the Art Institute and
only glimpsed the collection.
(Note to self: ALWAYS check that the camera lens is clean!!!)

Monday, April 16, 2012


Sky High (13 April 2012)

Hold On Tight!  (13 April 2012)
See the Lights  (13 April 2012)
CHICAGO  (14 April 2012)
Been away for a few days, and will be posting my
"best-of" pics of this wonderful city for the next few days.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Good Night, Marti Gras - San Pedro, CA

Night Time at LA Harbor and Marina, San Pedro (March 2012)
Going downhill "into" yesterday's view, and reaching the harbor at night.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Harbor View

View from Miraleste Library, Rancho Palos Verdes (March 2012)
Looking in the opposite direction from yesterday's post, library patrons
get a full view of San Pedro, Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and beyond.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Color My World - Muralist at Work

Heather Soodak, artist at work at Miraleste Library, Rancho Palos Verdes, March 2012
A few Saturdays ago, while browsing thru the library, I almost ran into a sign "MURALIST AT WORK" and looked up to see Heather Soodak painting a lovely, bright mural in the children's reading area. Heather is very talented and very nice. She says she'd love to illustrate a children's book - which she would be excellent at, judging by the mural and the drawings on her blog, where she is documenting the progress of the mural: hsoodak.blogspot.com.
See lots of great murals worldwide at Mural Monday at Oakland Daily Photo.

Friday, April 6, 2012

ANSEL ADAMS - LOS ANGELES (at drkrm Gallery)

727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles  (30 March 2012)
I think the Master would of enjoyed this take on LA.
View the exhibition on-line by clicking HERE.
And for a real treat -- click HERE for Hiker's hilarious Gallery Row tour and  HERE for Chieftess' super exhibit post.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tin Man

Water Tower, PV Drive North, Lomita (gateway to Palos Verdes) - April 2012
I adore this old water tower and drive past it almost every day.
After many tries, I finally got a snapshot of it that I liked.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Walking Westward

Palos Verdes Dr. South, Rancho Palos Verdes (April 2012)
Photo from the entrance to the Wayfarer's Chapel,
nearly the same spot as for yesterday's post.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


A dog and his person, Rancho Palos Verdes  (1 April 2012)
I think the caption to this could be, "Are you taking a photo of me??"
Sunday was a beautiful day (if a bit windy) for a hike along PV Drive.
This pair was heading south toward Portuguese Bend.
Way in the background is Catalina Island.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sitting (very) pretty, Los Angeles (100 Strangers)

At Mai's Mexican Kitchen, Los Angeles (30 March 2012)
I didn't get this beautiful young woman's name.
I just asked if I could take her photo and she said, "Yes",
so I snapped and thanked her. What do you think it is?
She was sitting by the door of the very narrow Mai Mexican Kitchen
restaurant on Spring St. btw 6th & 7th, in the heart of L.A.