Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Sky - South Bay (SkyWatch Friday)

Here is one I dug up from 6 months ago. The photo was taken on January 24th, from Palos Verdes looking north at a section of the South Bay (Redondo Beach), with downtown LA in the distance.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

'B' is for Bay Watch in San Pedro (abc Wednesday)

Late this spring, the new lifeguards were going through basic training at the inner harbor of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"Made in the Shade" for 608 Silver Spur

Back in Palos Verdes, on the main business street, the Edler building got a face lift & probably some internal upgrades from the late '60s architectural style a couple of years ago. The place used to be the old California Federal building up the road from the Red Onion restaurant seen in the '70s photo posted here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Convict Lake Store

Camping out at Convict Lake is not really "roughing it" - for treats or any forgotten items, there is always the store. Adjacent to the store are cabins that are very popular with the fishing crowd.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

At Mono Lake Visitor's Center

I remember the "Save Mono Lake" bumper stickers from the '70s, when the water coming into the lake was being diverted to LA. I believe the lake is in a 'stable' condition now. It's a very popular spot for photographers, and usually it is best at dawn and dusk for picture taking. The visitors add a bit of interest to this mid-morning shot. Mono Lake is on of favorite shooting spots for nature photographer George Lepp.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lake Mary at Mammoth Lakes (2)

One more of Lake Mary, this time looking a bit more east northeast - it's a view I could look at all day.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lake Mary and Mammoth Mountain

Lake Mary is a really pretty Alpine lake with a view of the back side of Mammoth Mountain - fun for boating, fishing both by the shore and on the lake, and for a game of swim & fetch (for our dog).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

'A' is for Argemone munita (abc Wednesday)

Alongside State Hwy 395, just south of Lee Vining (a small town next to Mono Lake), the prickly poppies or thistle poppies grow in abundance in the dry, pumice-rich soil of the sub-Alpine zone of the Eastern High Sierras.
Join the 5th round of ABC Wednesday, created by Mrs. Nesbitt.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Chance Meeting by Convict Lake

A coyote was strolling on the path along the lake on Saturday afternoon. He turned around to look us over and moved on, probably when he saw no food being offered. We saw another one (or the same one) early Sunday morning, walking through the field in the middle of the campground. During both instances, our dog Amy just watched.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Convict Lake Road

For two weeks every July, our friends camp with their 3 children in their trailer at the Convict Lake campground (seen on the left side) by the creek. Our son gets to stay with them and have a go at fly-fishing. So far, he caught & released 3 brown trout (they were too small to keep). When we arrived mid-day Saturday, there was a brief hail storm.
Convict lake gets its name from a gun battle that took place there in 1841, when a group of convicts from a state penitentiary in Carson City, Nevada escaped, headed South and were cornered in this canyon. During a fierce gun battle, a local merchant, Robert Morrison, was killed and the convicts escaped again, and were caught several days later. The high peak on the left is Mt. Morrison, and Laurel Mountain (on the right) was shown in yesterday's photo. From Hwy 395, Convict Lake turnoff is about 10 miles south of the Mammoth Lakes road.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras

Great spot for camping and fishing.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rusty/Shiny (2 Things Challenge)

Oil pump on Signal Hill (very small city surrounded by Long Beach, CA.)
Janet has broght back the 2 Things Challenge. Click on the sidebar to participate.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Desert Sunset - Pahrump, Nevada

Sunset in Pahrump from Calvada Road with Mexican Bird of Paradise flowers in the foreground.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Desert Highways - SR 127

"This route was signed as Route 127 as part of the initial signage of routes in 1934. It was LRN 127 between Baker and Death Valley Junction (junction Route 190), and LRN 128 from Death Valley Junction to the Nevada state line. Both routes were defined in 1933.
Overall statistics for Route 127:
Total Length (1995): 91 miles
Average Daily Traffic (1992): 380 to 4,700
Milage Classification: Rural: 91; Sm. Urban: 0; Urbanized: 0.
Significant Summits: Ibix Pass (2250 ft).
Counties Traversed: San Bernardino, Inyo."

For some terrific views of desert roads, see Maya's Photo Blog post Open Road & Burma Shave.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

'Z' is for Zzyzx (what else??) - ABC Wednesday

Probably one of the most unusual road signs in California, on Hwy 15 just before Baker (Google Maps has several photos of it). We were heading to Pahrump, Nevada to visit my father-in-law and my husband pulled over briefly just for me to take this shot which I did thru the windshield. I have a vague recollection of taking the road sometime in the early '80s.

Join ABC Wednesday - Round 4!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Red Guitar of Boomer McLennan with Rhythm Ranger

Red Guitar and the Blues is a song by Boomer. See under Samples for a sample.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

At the Top - Pt. Vicente Lighthouse

I snapped a photo of a fellow visitor to the top of the lighthouse.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"Amy's World"

Amy & I took a walk mid-morning today along the lower section of the upper Pt. Vicente Park (just above PV Drive West).
Today was the open house day at the lighthouse. More photos of that to follow.
I'll be away for a few days, and will be autoposting. Enjoy your Sunday.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Night Sky and City Watch - South Bay from Palos Verdes

The South Bay shoreline, with what I think are Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach piers, and Pacific Coast Hwy as the bright line in the middle, heading toward LAX. The view is looking north from the Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot at Silver Spur Dr.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mall Defense

The Northrop F-5E fighter aircraft was on static display at the mall during the PV Peninsula fair held in early June. The airplane belongs to the Western Museum of Flight, located at the Torrance Airport.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

'Y' is for Yummy Yogurt (abc Wednesday)

Located on a side street between the PV mall and the main library, the store is seems to do good business throughout the year. This photo was taken last July. I drove by today and it still looks pretty much the same.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

View of Long Point

The coastal fog cleared completely on Sunday, making for gorgeous views.
Long Point is where Marineland used to be, and the new Terranea resort is now located there and has a well done public coastal access trail.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July with Boomer McLennan

The local country music band of Boomer McLennan and the Rhythm Rangers were a big hit at the Ranch Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration. Check out Boomer's "Arizona Sunsets" song under Samples in All the guys are excellent musicians.
Fireworks from above San Pedro - an abstract rendering (tripod needed!). (R to L) - My son, my friend L., her two daughters and son, with the Los Angeles Harbor lights in the background.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Red, with White & Blue

Happy 4th of July!

The Eldorado reminds me of a '74-ish Chevy Monte Carlo my dad passed on to me in 1980. That car was a real beauty. We sold it later for $200 to a young man who was going to turn it into a low-rider. Maybe it's still running.
I found a wonderful painting (color woodcut on silk, mounted on rag paper) of the car by Robert Bechtle, Albany Monte Carlo, 1990 in a book by Crown Point Press.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Trails in Palos Verdes (SkyWatch Friday)

One of the benefits of being a blogger is that it makes me eager to explore areas of the peninsula I have not seen before. To find these, we bought (at a local gas station of all places) a really well done trail guide The Outdoor Guide to the PV Peninsula by Brad & Kristine Denton. This photo is from the Malaga Dunes Trails (the ancient dunes are now a big hill) at the western end of PV Country Club, looking toward the Valmonte neighborhood in the first photo and of Amy, our Golden, looking longingly toward the green grass of the golf course.
For a view of skies from all over the world, visit SKYLEY.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sunny side up...with an ant

I cannot resist taking photos of sunflowers of any kind. This one is from a bunch busting out of the fence around Madrona Marsh, by the busy Sepulveda Blvd. in Torrance, CA (which is adjacent to PV.) Now I got to figure out what to do with a couple of dozen shots of these and other sunflowers.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Theme Day: Empty (with 'X' for ABC Wednesday)

On the way home from work, somewhere off the 405 freeway north before the 110 freeway south, most likely in Carson.