Friday, October 30, 2009

"Jack" at Pumpkin Watch Friday

Jack appears every year at this time on a hill in the Conoco Phillips Petroleum Refinery (the old Union 76) complex just east and off the hill from PV in Wilmington. The folks at the refinery hand out goody bags every Halloween with ... Cracker Jack, of course. View coming down the hill from PV Drive North.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Transformer at Orange Co. Car Show by Guest Blogger Tricia Carr

A really great capture by Tricia! Check out her pups and kitty at HotDogHaiku
Will you be transforming for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

'N' is for Napping (abc Wednesday)

See more 'N's at Mrs. Nesbitt's abc Wednesday.

'O' is for 'Oops!' I just realized I'm a week behind on the abc Wednesday. Oh, well...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Last Evening of Indian Summer

I want to thank my friend L. for getting me out of the house for coffee at the Golden Cove Center yesterday I got to see this. It was warm, it was clear (the rarely seen Channel Islands and either Santa Barbara or the more distant San Nicolas islands were visable), and the photos come close but do not do justice to the real scene.

Monday, October 26, 2009

550 Silver Spur Road (Monochrome Monday)

Home of SQA Services (a supplier quality management company).

See lots more B&W photos at Aileni's MonochromeWeekly.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Evening - Port of LA & Vincent Thomas Bridge

Coming into port on Catalina Express.
(Added note for Brenda: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, 'P'-mode, f/3.2, 1/13 sec, ISO-800, -0.3 step exposure bias).

Saturday, October 24, 2009


These little guys are getting a walk at (what I just found out) is named the Founders Park.
("The park was formally accepted by the City on January 17, 2006 and named in honor of the City’s founders who led the effort to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes more than 30 years ago. This 5.5-acre parcel is located adjacent to the Trump National Clubhouse and offers patrons an attractive sight with breath-taking ocean views, picnic tables, a gazebo, nearby restrooms, coastal access and adjacent walking and biking trails. Dogs must be on a leash." - Ref. Palos

Friday, October 23, 2009

Air from Earth, Water, Fire, Air Mural by Garrison & Henderson (SkyWatch Friday)

A closer view of the fantastic, newly installed mural by Elizabeth Garrison and Victor Henderson as shown on yesterday's post.

The mural is a permanent installation at LAFD Fire Station No. 5 in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. So all you locals and tourists, stop by to see it on your way to or from LAX.

Directions: take Sepulveda Blvd. North, left on Manchester, left on Emerson, park near the fire station gate, walk 50 feet and admire.

See some fabulous skies at SKY WATCH FRIDAY.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Elizabeth Garrison & Victor Henderson: Mural at Fire Station No. 5, Westchester/Los Angeles

It is my pleasure to present the latest murals by two extraordinary Los Angeles artists:

Artists: Elizabeth Garrison and Victor Henderson
Location: Los Angeles Fire Department FIRE STATION NO. 5,
8900 South Emerson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

ELIZABETH GARRISON & VICTOR HENDERSON have been collaborating on public art projects since the late 1980s. They have completed commissions together for Metrolink, the Community Redevelopment Agency, Santa Fe Springs Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and many local municipalities. Their work is characterized by vivid imagery that often reflects historical aspects of the community in which they work.
is a third generation Californian; she studied art at Pasadena City College and received her BFA from CSU-Long Beach and her MFA from CSU-Los Angeles where she trained as a painter. Garrison took up creamics in 2007, which has added a new dimension to her public art work. Henderson was born in Ohio and raised in Pasadena, CA; he studied art at Pasadena City College and received his BFA from San Francisco State. Henderson was co-founder of the Los Angeles-based mural collective, LA Fine Art Squad during the late 60's and early 70's.

A very small sample of their other work:
Lions of El Monte, 1996
Metro Art
Lion Farm Memorial benches

Stephen Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles, upcoming
LA County Arts - 5th District

Drop them a note at PasadenaAdjacent.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"YOU ARE FIRED"... at Trump National

...which of course leads to a response of, "Are you talking to me?"... which then leads to, "Hit the road Jack."

Sorry, I just could not help myself.

These handsome Desert Cottontails (I think) were munching away on Mr. Trump's grass at the very edge of the golf course, next to a walkway leading to a public park.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Departures - LAX

I dropped my aunt off at the airport last Saturday, and the tatoo caught my eye.

Monday, October 19, 2009

At Haggerty's (Monochrome Weekly)

View of the South Bay from an open area next to the Neighborhood Church (old Haggerty's Mansion, 415 Paseo Del Mar.) Way to the left the little white rectangles are buildings in Santa Monica.
More B&W photos at Aileni's MonochromeWeekly.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

View from the Hill

On a clear day, this is a prime viewpoint and photo-op location in PV. The spot is just above La Venta Inn on PV Drive West (not to be confused with PV Dr N, E, or S). Below is Torrance Beach, then streaching from the beach cities to the San Gabriel Mts, with the buildings of downtown LA way in the distance. The little white bar on the closer hills to the left of downtown is the Griffith Observatory.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time to...

At a new Chevron station on Hawthorne Blvd just down the hill from PV in Walteria neighborhood of Torrance.
Hope you get a chance to recharge this weekend.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Morning Hawk (SkyWatch Friday)

Isn't he a beauty? (Or maybe it's a she.) He was way up high keeping his eye on things.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Come Rain or Come Shine"

It's impressive to see these avid walkers doing so even on a rare rainy day. The complementary outfits are great.
Rain for Rent in Long Beach...any clever captions for this one?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

'M' is for Missing Mural by Millard Sheets

The black section of the facade on what was originally Home Savings, then Washington Mutual, now Chase (on Hawthorne Blvd) used to have a wonderful mural by Millard Sheets (whom I recently learned about from Pasadena Adjacent). The mural was covered up for about 2 years and has now been removed for restoration (sigh of relief). A 1970's photo of the mural can be found here: Claremont Colleges Digital Library - Mural by Millard Sheets.

See more M's around the world at abc wednesday.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Colors - PV Style

or Peninsula Center parking lot reflected... I do like the retro chair fabrics.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Big Sky ... with Fauna

Somewhere on Eastvale Rd. in Rolling Hills Estates. Notice the peacock sitting on the fence on the right side.
See more B&W photos at Aileni's MonochromeWeekly.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Annenberg Community Beach House - Santa Monica

The upper photo reminds me of an architectural sketch. It offers a good view of the Santa Monica cliffs.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chaise Lounge at the Beach House - Santa Monica

The pool at the Annenberg Community Beach House was closed...I assume for the season.

By amazing coincidence, the bikers in yesterday's post are Palos Verdes residents, Fran and Bob. Santa Monica is about 30 miles up the coast from PV, and this is only the 2nd time this year that I've been there...what are the chances of that! (My husband said 11,378,532:1 -- funny guy.)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Up the Bay at Santa Monica Beach (SkyWatch Friday)

It's nice to see that at least a few people enjoying a sunny October weekday at the beach. I parked at the Annenberg Community Beach House (a new facility that's open to all in the community) at Santa Monica State Beach. I'll be posting more from there in the next few days.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Lovely Couple

This brown stallion and the shy mare reside on Palos Verdes Dr. North.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

'L' is for Lavender Sky and Leisurely Walk (abc Wednesday)

At Highridge Road, by Highridge Park (right) and the fence from Ridgecrest Intermediate School (left).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

T-Rock (from Marineland of the Pacific?)

While visiting the cove that is now part of the Terranea Resort, my little friends and I came upon this interesting rock. I chose to believe that it is a remnant of Marineland's pier (shown in the 3rd photo.) Any other guesses?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lookout over San Pedro - Palos Verdes Drive East

A favorite Sunday ride with bikers because of the windy road and great views.

Friday, October 2, 2009

'Back-to-School' Night at Pen High School

Meet & greet evening for the parents and the teachers (who are truly excellent) at the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. The parents toured the student's schedule, and got a 10-minute pitch from each teacher on the curriculum and their expectations. Here the PE teacher, Mr. Helmrich (way in the background), is talking to parents.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Theme Day: Contrast (at Malaga Cove Plaza)

The obvious contrast is the light/dark shading in the photo. What also struck me is that the only contrast, at the plaza from the 1920's to today, is cars.
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants for City Daily Photo Theme Day.