Originally located on 19th Street, this two-story Colonial Revival house was built in 1899 by a local shipbuilder. It was owned by the Mullers from 1906 to 1963, when they donated it to the San Pedro Bay Historical Society, who refurbished it and now operates it. Furnished as a family home to reflect the style of the 1920's, it features changing exhibits in its library. Open the first three Sundays of the month, from 1 to 4 PM and by appointment. Admission free.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Southern California is in the midst of H O T Santa Ana conditions, but early this morning along the coast here when Wilson and I went for a walk it was cool and foggy. Later in the day the high temperature in San Pedro hit 96°.
The Santa Ana winds are strong, extremely dry offshore winds that characteristically sweep through in Southern California in the fall.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
No, I'm not in Tahiti. This is my stingy hybrid tea rose "Tahitian Sunset." I get less than a handful of roses each year from her. I even moved her to a sunnier place in the garden. No luck. Just have to appreciate the brief slice of paradise when she blooms with her yellow, orange, apricot petals, with hints of pink and peach...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tash of Palos Verdes Daily Photo got me hunting for this flower last June when she posted a beautiful close-up shot (here) which was taken at the South Coast Botanical Gardens. Cannas grow to four feet tall and bloom pretty much year round in California (Florida and Texas too). Cleopatra's flowers are red and yellow, some plants have more red, others more yellow, and have that lovely yellow with red spots pattern. Have you also seen the gorgeous orange colored canna lilies? Those are called Canna Lily Wyoming. I hope to post one soon.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This graceful Victorian-style building surrounded by colorful flower gardens, is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. More about the lighthouse here and another view here.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Layers of sediment compressed on the ocean floor for hundreds of thousands of years become sedimentary rock. Here the rock has been slowly deformed by the earth's forces of pressure and heat from horizontal to vertical, hence older rocks are positioned over younger rocks. This is known as a recumbent fold. (Located at Royal Palms State Beach).
Monday, September 14, 2009
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It looks like verdigris...
Verdigris is the common name for the green coating or patina formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time. It is usually a basic copper carbonate, but near the sea will be a basic copper chloride. (from wikipedia)
But it's not verdigris, it is iridescent green latex paint, a unique color created in part by Caltrans chemists in Sacramento to capture the original shimmering oil-based paint color of the bridge AND meet state environmental standards.
For more on the bridge color here.
For more green bridge pics visit Tash at Palos Verdes Daily Photo.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
VINCENT THOMAS BRIDGE FACTS
-- Third largest suspension span bridge in California, after the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, respectively.
-- First welded (not riveted) suspension bridge in the United States.
-- Only suspension bridge in the world supported entirely on piles.
-- Named after Assemblyman Vincent Thomas of San Pedro. In 1961, the California Legislature passed a special measure to name the structure after Thomas in honor of his persistence and faithin the bridge's future success.
-- Designed by the Bridge Department of the California Division of Highways, now known as Caltrans, which owns and maintains the bridge.
-- Encompasses 2.2 miles of Los Angeles County Route CA-47.
-- Required 92,000 tons of Portland cement, 13,000 tons of lightweight concrete, 14,100 tons of steel and 1,270 tons of suspension cable to construct.
-- When the Bridge opened in 1963, a 25-cent toll was collected in each direction. On grand opening day, Assemblyman Thomas paid the first toll. In 1983, the toll increased to 50 cents for westbound traffic and was free for eastbound traffic. In 2000, the Bridge was considered “paid for” and the toll was repealed.
-- Painting the bridge is a routine and continuous maintenance job, handled by Caltrans, which requires 1,500 gallons of zinc, 500 gallons of primer and 1,000 gallons of green paint to cover the span.
-- In 1996, the Los Angeles City Council declared the Vincent Thomas Bridge as the City of Los Angeles’ official welcoming monument.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
As of this morning, the latest on the fire is as follows:
- 148,258 acres
- 42 percent contained
- 5,000 structures threatened
- 64 homes destroyed
- 74 outbuildings destroyed (including garages, sheds, gazebos)
- 3 commercial buildings destroyed
- 2 communication sites
- 10 homes damaged
- 17 outbuildings damaged
- 2 firefighter fatalities
- 7 injuries
U.S. Forest Service investigators say forensic evidence collected from where the Station Fire started shows the wildfire was deliberately set. Authorities are asking for the public's help to find the person or persons responsible for starting the Station Fire. Anyone with information is asked to call L.A. County Sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. (from KABC)
Skywatching today, here.