Thursday, December 22, 2011

Il PV-o

... these four guys, walking toward the Arty Party, made me think of a Southern Cal answer to a boy's band.
Remember when Il Divo was a big hit a few years ago?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Art at the Shriver Home Arty Party

Plein Air by Bernard V. Fallon (& Portrait of photographer & artist as shadows)
Bernard is teaching Night Photography starting in January at the PV Art Center.
I'm going to take the course so you should see my new & improved night photos next year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Arty Party at Shriver Courtyard (Portuguese Bend)

The Shriver family hosted the party which displayed the artwork by family and friends. The Shriver Courtyard is a wonderful space for this.
Everyone looked arty and sophisticated.

Monday, December 19, 2011

En Plein Air - Portuguese Bend, RPV

This beautiful setting is within the exclusive gated Portuguese Bend community and opens to public once a year for the Arty Party (an art sale in the courtyard of the fabulous old mansion).
For the photo, I've upped the saturation for the "Plein Air" feel. More photos to follow.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bellissima (SkyWatch Friday)

Can you spot "her"? It's the last leaf sitting pretty in the tree.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Hopping, Arty Place

A Starbucks afternoon at PV mall
Starbucks is a place majority of us love to hate - and end up there because it's THERE and it's warm and cozy. This one is livened up with "Mexican Tinwork Tiles" creations by 5th grade students at Point Vicente Grade School, as part of the Art at Your Fingertips projects bringing wonderful and diverse exposure to creating art at the local schools. An artist creates a project, teaches volunteer parents who in turn, teach the projects in the classroom. I've done that when my son was little and, in addition to being very rewarding, it reaffirmed my admiration for teachers' skills and perseverence.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Doorways (Promenade on the Peninsula)

Red door - framed.
Off with their heads -- and tops too.
I always liked the pretty red doors of Talbots (a conservative women's clothing store) at PV mall.
Makes it all the more funny to see the mannequin in a state of undress.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What's cuter than 3 plush pandas?

Aren't the children adorable? A happy family at the PV mall.
"'s beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." around here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Purdy Birdy ...

 ... was strolling (with owner) on Cherry Ave. in Long Beach and had me screech to a halt, park and run after them.
In my haste, I didn't get the name of either one of them, but the bird proved to be a sensational showman.The young man said that hundreds of people have photographed his buddy.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

All American Dining at PV Golf Course

Food truck at PVGC - Dec. 2011
 The food truck does not match the elegance of the golf course but it's only temporary while the snack shack is being redone.

Friday, December 9, 2011

At Palos Verdes Golf Club - Now & Then

PVGC - 2011 (Looking West)

PVGC - 2011 (Looking East)

PVGC - 1929
South façade of the Palos Verdes Golf Club. - Image shows view looking northeast at the south façade and driveway of the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The Ladies' Sun Parlor (finished by March 1925) is visible at far left, with an automobile in the driveway. The two-story, eleven-room Spanish-style clubhouse is located at 3301 Via Campesina in Val Monte. The golf course, which was designed by George C. Thomas Jr. and built by William P. Bell, opened on November 15, 1924, with landscaping designed by the Olmsted brothers. (Photo & caption from the Palos Verdes History - Local History collection on Flicr).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gliding into Seventeen

Our son, who turned 17 this week, coming in for landing at Hollister Airport.
(25 Nov 2011)
Happy birthday, Ian! We are so proud of you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Alcove with a View

Nice print (artist unknown) found at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Landslide Viewing (Night Shots Monday)

Portion of Palos Verdes Peninsula slid into the ocean on November 21. A large section of Paseo del Mar in San Pedro is gone. ( LA Times blogs - Landslide San Pedro.)
I make a lousy news reporter. The area around the landslide has been fenced off for weeks once a sink-hole developed in the road. So, on the evening after the big slide, I could not get very close and then I only had a fixed 50mm lens on my camera. Here are some of the folks who came for the viewing along with me.
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Missoni Miss

Missoni never looked as good as on my friend's darling grand-daughter. Photo credit goes to my friend too.
(I don't know if you've heard of the Missoni for Target which came out in September and sold out almost immediately. I was able to find this jumper which found the perfect owner.)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Monterey Morning (SkyWatch Friday)

Sunrise over Monterey Bay - Thanksgiving Day, 2011
Photographed from bayside terrace of the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theme Day: (Slow) Action

Sunday afternoon ride in Rolling Hills Estates.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunlit Sunflower our dining room.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Off of Hwy 101

I'm back from a splendid family Thanksgiving mid-way up the state. As you may have guessed, I took a few pictures on the way up.
Wanna guess where we stopped on the way up?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Night Moves

On the 405 South.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


And today, it rained most of the day. 
Fall color on Grandvia Altamira in Palos Verdes Estates.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A View Worth Revisiting

This morning, from Via Rincon looking at Redondo Beach.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gone (in Rolling Hills Estates)

A '60s ranch house, at the corner of PV Drive North and PV Drive East, is no more. It's been empty for a while. I think it was last used as a realty office. Recording these kind of changes always makes me sad.
Here is the "WAS" snapshot from March 2008 (a month before I started PVDP),
taken while we were stopped at the traffic light.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Taken last summer at Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Museum Wear & Wares

Black/navy & white stripes, with pink accents.
November at molaa (Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bike Girl

 Venice Blvd., L.A. - 21 October 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Lunch Spot

... just bring your own food.
Palos Verdes coastline on a blustery day.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Good Hair Day...

... or "seeds of a pod".
Is it a Royal palm?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Entrance in Faux...

... cobblestones, at the upscale Wallace Ranch off of Highridge Rd. in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Afternoon Coffee with a Friend

... at Starbucks at the end of Hawthorne Blvd.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Today we set our clocks back to Pacific Standard Time.
But this Pacific Standard Time refers to the initiative of the Getty, with participation of arts institutions across Southern California, to celebrate the LA art scene from 1945 to 1980.
By April, I plan to see all the exhibits in the museums and catch at least a few at the participating galleries...even though photographing the art is not allowed.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday at LA's Original Farmer's Market

 ... on Fairfax and 3rd, where you can eat, shop, and ride the old trolley.
...with what to wear during LA's fall season.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Morning Sun...

...side window view from a week ago. Today we have rain, which is also welcome.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Falling Leaves

Looking up... 

... looking down.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Getty Gets Gorgeous

From the visit a couple of weeks ago to the Getty Center with Virginia, Judy and Karin.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Theme Day: Fences

... with a bit of Zen. 
In front of the Miraleste Library.
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Monday, October 31, 2011