Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Still Life" ...

... at PV Mall. The young model was as still and cute as can be.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Students' Study of Stuffed Raindeer...

...during the last drawing class, held last Monday evening, at the PV Art Center. We all plan to take the next session. Our teacher, the painter Hiroko Momii is excellent. She is having an "open house" sale of her paintings this weekend in San Pedro (send me an e-mail if you are interested in going.)

Hiroko's painting "Attribute" is on the cover of Winter 2011 PV Art Center class schedule.

Hiroko Momii - paintings

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The youngest artist at "Art in Our Library" all-media exhibition

Elijah Mackenzie Tilman (?), artist
He has already sold his "monster" head. He also told me he won 3rd place in an LA art contest, also as the youngest entrant.
Many other fine works of art are available for sale until December 31st.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sending a little warmth for your Thanksgiving...

... found at Golden Cove shopping area.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Walking in Sunshine" ... "Happy Together"

On the palisade above Abalone Cove, before the dried grass and plants were mowed down.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet Gum Sky

In front of Peninsula Community Church.
Sweet Gum
A plaque by the tree read this: Liquidambar styraciflua - 'Festival' "storax tree" "gum"
"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Take fragrant spices - gum' " Exodus 30:34

Monday, November 22, 2010


Port of LA, San Pedro.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


... "so I might as well take to the sky."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wave Clouds at Crystalaire

After boasting about all that fine weather, we had rain in LA basin today. But my husband and son went to the soaring field (Crystalaire by Pearblossom) on the north side of the San Gabriels. This very cool photo of a wave cloud was taken by my husband.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Colors - Southern California Style

The yellow hibiscus is sitting pretty over Peninsula Center parking lot with a view of the tall antenna tower.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"R" is for Rock (abc Wednesday)

The busiest approach to Palos Verdes is Hawthorne Blvd, coming from Torrance, and what I call "PV Rock" - the hill in the photo - towers over the street as it starts the climb up the hill. I took the photo in 2008 from the back seat of a Cessna 172 upon leaving Torrance Airport with my son and his flight instructor.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"I spy with my little eye..."

... "a big Golden Retriever down there."

The good life at the newly remodeled Highridge Apartments. I think they've done a splendid job upgrading them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Need for Speed ...

... brought to you by the South Bay Harley Davidson club, a "hog" zipping by on Hawthorne Blvd.

The computer game of the same name was the first one my son got hooked on when he was 5 years old. I would play endless games against him and I'd ALWAYS lose. I know he doesn't have the "need for speed" now, since his car will be a '68 Karman Ghia when he gets his lisence in less than a month.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Drive-way with a View (in Miraleste)

The Miraleste area of Palos Verdes is one of the 4 original develpments on the peninsula. This region, overlooking the LA Harbor, has some splendid old homes and multi-million dollar views all around.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The historic Malaga Cove Library, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Today, at the main library is the "Art at Our Library" Opening Reception from 5 to 7 pm, where you can "meet and greet the artists at the 7th annual art exhibition at Peninsula Center Library. Opening reception features entertainment and refreshments and is open to the public. The art will be on display November 13 through December 31."
You will find this photo from PVDP on display Seeing Local. I'm so pleased...it's my first public (non-blog) showing.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Formation Overhead!

I heard them coming and rushed out the back door to snap this photo of vintage WWII airplanes, flying over our neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Spirit of America" over the Plush Pony... (SkyWatch Friday)

A combo of old and new, grounded and aloft, alive and animated. 
"Spirit of America" is the name of the Good Year blimp which is based in Carson, CA.
The sign is for the Palos Verdes Inn which used to be The Plush Pony in the 50's and 60's. It is not located in Palos Verdes but just adjacent to it in Redondo Beach.
The old style antennas are becoming obsolete, but the ubiquitous pigeons are going strong in the area.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Q" is for Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma (ABC Wednesday with PVDP on Travel)

Butterfly at Sunrise
Lake Altus reservoir
A co-worker climbing up the taller of Twin Peaks
Quartz Mountain resort with Twin Peaks
Since I am breaking the 1st rule of City Daily Photo, I might as well break more so as to show the beauty of the Quarts Mountain resort in middle of Oklahoma. I was lucky to be able to stay and hike around the resort during last August's business trip to Altus Air Force Base.
Join ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Minor loss of fidelity

Dearest, please forgive the
Minor loss of fidelity.
I entreat you not to lose faith
In me. We can work through
This mess smoothly...really.

Do know that to you I will always
Be true. For now, let’s just
Ignore messages of Excel 2010.

My thanks to Trump's National for the statue, and Microsoft and RZ for the inspiration for the poem (of sorts).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spanish Style Classic

This house has preserved the original and elegant Spanish style of the 1920s and 1930s arthitecture within Palos Verdes Estates.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sillouette for Sunday

The fennel plants, cargo ship and Catalina Island - photographed at the back of Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall.
PV is having a bad-hair day...mostly cloudy, no blue skies.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heading My Way?

Classy details on the old General Store in Malaga Cove Plaza. It's mate is on to opposite side of the octagonal 2-story tower, designed by the famous local architect Walter Swindell Davis.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Bum Deal (SkyWatch Friday)

Everytime I go by the Malaga Cove Plaza, I cannot help but take a few snaps of  Neptune (a regular subject for PVDP) - this one was taken last weekend. I thought I'd join Yankee-in-Belgrade's buns in the sky for this week's SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Bunny and A Bird ...

... on a memory card are worth how many in a bush?
This is from October 2009 set of photos taken near the practice putting green on Trump's golf course. You can see a close up of the bunny by clicking HERE.
The setting reminded me of an Audubon print, with a cottontail as a bonus.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

'P' is for Parasols (abc Wednesday)

On the grounds of The Getty Center in West LA. It's very hot here which is actually not unusual for this time of year. I remember playing hookie from classes during my first year of college, and going to Santa Monica beach for a day on Nov. 8th, 1976.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Can See for Miles - PV from The Getty Center

I had an hour to spare today between appointments in Westwood and spent it rushing around the marvellous Getty Center. Makes me wonder why I don't visit it more often. LA is having another heat wave with some smog being pushed out toward the ocean by the warm Santa Ana winds. In the distance, the Palos Verdes peninsula is the darker hill on the right left, and farther left right is Catalina Island. (Thank you Petrea & Bratcat for knowing the peninsula vs. island. :)
The Getty was built using Italian travetine with the facades alternating between the rough natural look and smooth polished surfaces.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Theme Day: Public Transportation

At first, I was going to post a blank page...as everyone knows, public transportation is an oxymoron for the LA area. But we do have regular bus service linking PV to the LA basin, and my son used it once in a while to get to Torrance or friend's house in PV. The 344 goes to Artesia Transit Center, a hub for other destinations such as Downtown LA.
I took the photo thru the windshield of my private transportation, a very reliable 10-year-old, 210,000 miles on the odometer, Honda Accord.
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