Monday, August 31, 2009


Two Los Angeles County firefighters died while fighting the Station Fire. Flames swept into a firefighting camp and as the men tried to retreat in a vehicle. Heartfelt condolences go out to the families of brave men; Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo Quinones, 35, of Palmdale and Captain Tedmund Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Smokey Sunrise

Thoughts and prayers going out to all our neighbors affected by the wildfires here in Southern California.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Stick Style Victorian Lighthouse

Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. Phineas Banning, with the support of many local businessmen, petitioned the Federal Government and the US lighthouse Board to place a lighthouse on the point in 1854. Although the Lighthouse Board agreed funding and land disputes delayed its construction until 1874. 
(More interesting facts here.)

And be sure to look up at other skies today here!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

1951 Chevrolet Pickup Truck

The old beauties can be found on Paseo Del Mar most weekends.
Read more here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Corner of 7th and Centre Streets #4

The Grand Emporium
Gift, Home & Garden Shop

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Corner of 7th and Centre Streets #2

A Controversial Public Interactive Art Sculpture by Artist Christian Moeller

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Corner of 7th and Centre Streets

Bus Stop

Bus stop, wet day, she's there I say
Please share my umbrella
Bus stop, bus go, she stays love grows
Under my umbrella
All that summer we enjoyed it
Wind and rain and shine
That umbrella we employed it
By August she was mine

Every morning I would see her waiting at the stop
Sometimes she'd shop and she would show me what she bought
All the people stared as if we were both quite insane
Someday my name and hers are going to be the same

That's the way the whole thing started
Silly, but it's true
Thinking of a sweet romance
Beginning in a queue
Came the sun, the ice was melting
No more sheltering, now
Nice to think that that umbrella
Led me to a vow

Bus stop, wet day
She's there I say
Please share my umbrella
Bus stop, bus go, she stays, love grows
Under my umbrella
All that summer we enjoyed it
Wind and rain and shine
That umbrella we employed it
By August she was mine

The Hollies

Saturday, August 22, 2009

View from a Garage Roof

Not a bad place to sit and watch the non-stop Port activities.

The Port encompasses 7500 acres, 43 miles of waterfront and features 27 cargo terminals, including dry and liquid bulk, container, breakbulk, automobile and omni facilities. Combined, these terminals handle almost 190 million metric revenue tons of cargo annually. Last year, the Port moved an impressive 8.5 million TEUs, establishing a new national container record once again. The Port is also home to the nation's most secure cruise passenger complex, the World Cruise Center. (from The Port of Los Angeles website)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Skywatch Friday - with Blimp

Visit other friendly skies here!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

K-9 Command Cemetery

K-9 Command Cemetery at Fort MacArthur

Four-legged soldiers buried here include: Lance, Baron, Jack, Winner, Peter, Cheetah, Pancho, Little John, Fritz, Fritz II, Lothar, Louie K, Sam Pace, and nineteen more whose grave markers are missing or have been stolen. Cats Perky and Farley are buried here too.

Read more about the U.S. Army's K-9 Command program here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Can we play with Wilson?


No Way!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hostel Kitchen and Dining Area

A million-dollar view is waiting for you at this seaside hostel in the Los Angeles South Bay community of San Pedro. Located in scenic Angel's Gate Park, Hostelling International - Los Angeles South Bay has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island and features spectacular sunsets. $22 per bed. (from Hostelling International USA)

Here's the view:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Julia Child

Julia Child Floribunda Rose

It is no surprise that Julia chose this rose to bear her name; with its delicious, butter-gold color and anise fragrance. This floribunda is very happy in my Southern California garden, or cut for a fabulous centerpiece for a Julia inspired French dinner.

Julia Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) 

Friday, August 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Golden Sunrise

Visit other colorful skies here!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How Far?

...from the Angel's Gate Park Recreation Center and Youth Hostel.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fort MacArthur Museum #3

Restored WW I and WW II army vehicles.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fort MacArthur Museum #2

Fort MacArthur Museum Warehouses

A special thank you to Chris for the very interesting and informative tour. To learn more about the Fort MacArthur Museum, please go here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fort MacArthur Museum #1

The Fort MacArthur Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Fort MacArthur, a U.S. Army post which guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974. 

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Moon rising through a cloud.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Panorama

Skywatching around the globe here!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

An Emerald Ring?

No, it's Cotinus texana! 

The family Scarabaeidae as presently defined consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles. 

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs are broad and adapted for digging.

In ancient Egypt, scarabs were revered as sacred. 

This green beetle has an appetite for our Southern California figs. We have something in common!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Croatian Pizzeria

Croatian Pizza: sauce, mozzarella, smoked beef, mushrooms, fresh peppers, roasted red peppers, onions, feta, olives, and fresh tomatoes.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tile Roof

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Angelenos are Conserving

Water use in the City of Los Angeles hit a 32 year low in June after restrictions were imposed for mandatory conservation which began on June 1.

More on Water Conservation here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Theme Day: Night

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.

The beautiful and haunting bugle call, Taps, performed by the US Army Band Drum and Bugle Corps can be heard here.

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