Sunday, May 31, 2009

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

Welcome to the San Pedro Bay, home of the Port of Los Angeles, first discovered by European explorers in October 1542. At least six Indian Villages flourished near the shore when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain, named these waters Bahia de los Fumos, "Bay of Smokes." Juan Cabrillo spotted smoke rising a short distance inland from fires started by the Indians to drive small game into the open. On November 26, 1602, a Spanish exploration party under Sebastian Vizcaino renamed the bay Ensenada de San Andreas, in honor of the feast day of that saint. It was a custom to name a discovery for the saint's day of the Catholic calendar on which it occurred; however, Vizcaino's knowledge of the Catholic calendar left something to be desired. Nov. 26 was not the feast day of San Andreas. The misnomer remained until 1734, when Cabrera Bueno named the bay San Pedro, after the martyred Archbishop of Alexandria.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Skywatch - I Really Don't Know Clouds At All

Both Sides Now

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at
clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
clouds got in my way
I've looked at
clouds from both sides now

From up and down, and still somehow
cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know
clouds at all

Need more clouds? Go here!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Construction at Cabrillo Beach

Three projects to help reduce bacteria levels are underway at Cabrillo Beach. The fine sand that has retained bacteria in the past is being replaced with coarse sand that has better drainage qualities. The rock jetty at the northern edge of the beach is also being removed. Additionally, a structure designed to prevent birds from landing on the beach will be constructed. The work is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Roses from My San Pedro Garden

Centerpiece for our Tribute to Jackie Dinner Party here.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

American Flag Series #4

Memorial Day

 Thank you for your service.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

American Flag Series #3

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

American Flag Series #2

The flag is customarily flown year-round at most public buildings, and it is not unusual to find private houses flying full-size flags. Some private use is year-round, but becomes widespread on civic holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents' Day, Flag Day, and on Independence Day. On Memorial Day it is common to place small flags by war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans. Also on Memorial Day it is common to fly the flag at half staff in remembrance of those who lost their lives in war while fighting for the U.S.
from wikipedia

Friday, May 22, 2009

Skywatch - American Flag Series #1

at Cabrillo Beach

American Flag Series in honor of Memorial Day.

Visit Skywatch to enjoy skies from around the world here.

Photo by guest photographer, excellent cook, and dear friend: Father Adam of Monastery Daily Photo blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tsunami Hazard Zone


With the recent earthquakes here in the Los Angeles area, I thought this warning was apropos.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

At The Polling Place

Californians vote on budget measures today.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Spiderman Piñata

Sunday in Averill Park.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Brown Shutters

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Green Shutters

Friday, May 15, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Cactus Garden Series #3

Skywatch Friday, visit other skies here.
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cactus Garden Series #2

The darling little yellow flowers are well protected, no?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I had to consult my brother, Captain Bill, for the name of this thing.
Bollard: a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fanfare Fountain

58 choreographed water jets build a dramatic waterfront entryway.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Assorted roses from my Sweetheart Garden featuring only pink and red roses.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cabrillo Marina

Friday, May 8, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular rays, in atmospheric optics are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions.

Crepuscular rays are near-parallel, but appear to diverge because of linear perspective. They often occur when objects such as mountain peaks or clouds partially shadow the sun's rays like a cloud cover. Various airborne compounds scatter the sunlight and make these rays visible, due to diffraction, reflection, and scattering.

Visit other skies and crepuscular rays here.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Maersk Sealand #3

Entering Port


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maersk Sealand #2

 At Breakwater

About to Enter Harbor

Entering the Harbor at the Angel's Gate Lighthouse

Crowley Tugs Assisting Vessel

The Port of Los Angeles' top five containerized imports are :

  • furniture
  • apparel
  • automobile parts
  • electronic products
  • toys

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Maersk Sealand #1

A. P. Moeller
Arrival at Breakwater

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hazy Morning

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Walking Path along Paseo Del Mar

One of my favorite places to stroll (Wilson too).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Moon Shadow

Theme Day Bonus 
  Moon Shadow 
Intoxicatingly Fragrant
 Silvery Lavender
 Hybrid Tea Rose

Friday, May 1, 2009