Monday, November 30, 2009

Private in PV - Monochrome Monday

In the Miraleste neighborhood of RPV.
Check out all of Alieni's Monochrome Weekly submissions here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Staff at City of Torrance's Turkey Trott 5K run/walk, held on Thanksgiving day.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunset over Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates

Sometimes the best SkyWatch Friday occurs on a Friday! Post Thanksgiving Day sunset over Bluff Cove from a lookout on Via Monte Mar - even the pelicans cooperated, making the first of many shots the best one.
I'll be travelling next week and will auto-post. I hope to be able to connect and visit your blogs.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Aren't ya glad...

... Thanksgiving is over?
We had a wonderful traditional meal with family, and in keeping with the family tradition, everyone prepares a few dishes making it a lot easier on the host: turkey (me), prime rib roast (my sister-in-law C.), gravy (me), sweet potoatoes (cousin L. - old Sunset Mag. receipe), mashed potatoes (C.), green-bean casserole (C.), green salad (L.), savory onions (L.), home-made horseradish (cousin L. - old family receipe), canned cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie (me - Libby's can receipe), apple pie (me - my mother-in-law's receipe with ready-made crust), and mince-meat pie (C.). For the first time ever, I couldn't eat much at dinner, so thank goodness for leftovers.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

... from next to my favorite doorway. (The thriving roses and the happy dog are thanks to the care given by my dear husband.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'S' is for Stained-Glass by Susan Hertel (abc Wednesday)

"Love and Care of Animals" stained glass window by Susan Hertel graces the back side (above the enternace) of the former Home Savings & Loan building, now Chase bank. The front of the building is where the restoration of the Millard Sheets mural is taking place. I found the article in LA Times archives announcing the opening of the bank in the early 1970's, with the description of both art pieces but which mentioned only Sheets. From other readings, I knew the window was by Hertel, a long time collaborator of Sheets, but I was still so thrilled to find her signature on the stained-glass piece (under the ewe's leg).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Elfs in the Afternoon

A group of very cute girls (& at least one boy) filed past me last Saturday afternoon, coming back from what must have been a performance at the Promenade Mall. They all paused at the dog groomer's window which explains the cart with toy dogs.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Peninsula Cliffs

At the bottom of peninsula cliffs looking toward White Point or Pt. Fermin in San Pedro.
Check out all of Alieni's Monochrome Weekly submissions here.
Beach rocks detail (in color) - with something that does not belong.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gazebo at Rossler Point - Day & Night

The historic gazebo at Roessler Point overlooks the coastline at Malaga Cove and the South Bay cities of Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and more.

“The City Council has named the site Roessler Point in honor of our City's first Mayor, Fred Roessler, who served with distinction for 25 visionary years. The project includes re-staining and sealing the wooden gazebo, restoring the floor to Palos Verdes stone, providing handicapped access from the street to the gazebo in a new Palos Verdes stone walkway and enhancing the area with irrigated low-growing plantings.” (Ref. Palos Verdes Estates City – Newsletter: Feb 2001)
The same view from higher up at La Venta Inn can be seen in the 1928 historic photo, preserved and published on Flickr by the Palos Verdes Library-Local History room volunteers.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A little bit ...

...of autumn color. (Crape Myrtle - Langerstroemia indica)

...and a bit more from a Sweetgum tree off of Silver Spur Dr.

Friday, November 20, 2009

SkyWatch with Cloud, Moon & Gull

At Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Catching the Tail End & Horseman Redux

I don't know it this happens to you, but it happens to me all the time - yes, catching the tail ends of moving things: cars, planes, people especially, animals...
The other thing that happens all the time is getting a better shot of the same subject AFTER I've already posted the photo. I really liked the rider photo I posted on Monday that I took a while ago but thought it needed to be of better quality for posting. So yesterday, on the drive to work I got this shot of the same subject at the same intersection. I think this is the same, really beautiful horse with a different although similarly dressed rider. And so it goes with blogging...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

'R' is for Rocks (abc Wednesday)

This rock may be Valmonte Diatomite, although I usually think of that rock as being layered and somewhat crumbly at the exposed surface. In any case, the rock is soft enough for expressing one's heart. The view is at the lookout over Bluff Cove, looking across the South Bay toward Malibu.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I always liked the wall colors at La Salsa (a better quality fast food Mexican restaurant) at Peninsula Center shopping area.

Monday, November 16, 2009

School Crossing - Rolling Hills Est.

This snapshot, that I took while commuting to work on PV Drive North, is for LL of San Pedro Daily Photo. The crossing guard is making sure the children going to Rolling Hills Country Day School are safe crossing the drive on busy weekday mornings. I hope the rider and the horse are observing the reduced speed sign.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Art in Our Library Community Art Show - Opening Reception

Art, Artists and Friends
Fran Wielin, a trustee and VP of the PV Library District and an avid bike rider, reminded me a few days ago about the art show opening. I especially enjoyed meeting Fran for the first time, as well as Kathrine Gould (the director of PVLD & a fellow blogger PVLD Directors Blog, seeing Janey Jones (from my Miraleste Library Book Club) who is incoming president of the Friends of the Library, and meeting two artists whose work I noticed earlier in the week.
Deborah Weir is a wonderful artist working in "Fine Art Textiles". The photo does not do justice to the shimering quality and intricacy of her work. See more of her textile pieces on her blog: FIBERFLY. She will be presenting her work along with two other textile artists at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Gallery from Jan 22 - March 7, 2010.

Jonathan Bray painted the expertly done and evocative "My Favorite Place in the Library". I asked him where that was (silly me) and it was the art section - of course. He is a UC Davis grad and here is a quote from a web site where his work is displayed "we make our way through life like thread passing through fabric, giving shape to images that we ourselves do not know".

Resting Place

My mother-in-law passed away in Nov. 1998 and is very much missed. She was a long time resident of Palos Verdes and "rests" at Green Hills in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Even though it was a cool day, these siblings were having a lot of fun on the beach last Saturday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

Very pretty sky today in the Southland.
You may remember the 54 meter Communications Tower from this post HERE, but maybe not in the upside down perspective.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

'Q' is for Quiet Beauty

My ginger plant, started from a root cutting given to me by a friend at work, bloomed unexpectedly last week. The deal is that I am now to give cuttings to 3 friends and pass on the serene beauty.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's not Livorno...

...but San Pedro-Port of Los Angeles, with the hill of Palos Verdes peaking thru in the background. A from Sudbury DP gave me the idea HERE, LL from San Pedro shows the tugs HERE and the real Livorno by VP is HERE.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fighting the Commuter Blues

I drive 35 minutes each way to work. What do you do during your commute?
Light Lasso
Thursday, 5 Nov 2009, PCH, Wilmington
Manual setting, and lots of camera waiving

Moonroof Sunset
Thursday, 5 Nov 2009, Redondo Ave., Long Beach
Point & shoot, 'P' mode, -2/3 f-stop

Friday, November 6, 2009

Malaga School (SkyWatch Friday)

The $8.5 million renovation of Malaga School (previously posted here) is almost complete for the main building. It's a building well worth preserving.

1926, Allison and Allison; Olmsted and Olmsted, landscape architects
North of Via Almar at Via Arroyo
"Mediterranean, with a tower that seems to be derived from late-15th or early-16th-century Spanish examples." from An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles by David Gebhard & Robert Winter (Entry #12 out of 25 for Palos Verdes, North).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Auction - Crystalaire Airport, Llano, CA

The estate of Fred Robinson, sailplane pilot, instructor and owner of the Great Western Soaring school at Crystalaire Airport (Llano, CA) was auctioned off, including 2 tow planes, a gas truck, and many sailplane parts and related items.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'P' is for Private Parties (abc Wednesday)

... at the Palos Verdes peninsula in public places...(perhaps I got a bit too carried away with my p's).
Halloween Saturday, 2009 by Roessler Point. A nice day for a wedding!
A bit further down the peninsula at Bluff Cove, 'Hens' & 'Bakes', friends since they were 12-years-old, enjoyed the sunset while waiting for their other buddies to return from a lobster dive.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

An Afternoon Ride

On the bridal trails along Palos Verdes Dr. North just before Rawhide Ln.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Doorways and The Wooden Floor

A hallway at a clothing store in the PV mall.
The photo tied in nicely to introduce The Wooden Floor, the benficiary of the 18th Annual Children's Book Illustrators Show & Signing sponsored by the Chemers Gallery in Tustin, CA. I came across this gallery & the video by searching for pottery by a PVHS grad & former PV Art Center ceramics teacher, Karen Thayer.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November Theme Day: Doorways ... on All Saint's Day

The Neighborhood Church (established 1939) at the old Haggerty Mansion, 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. (Click on the name to read more about its history.) A very nice church member chatted with us and said that a lot of the Frost/Nixon movie was filmed here but that the camera angles make it hard to recoginze the church.
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants for November City Daily Photo Theme Day.