Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Red Freesia


Named after the German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, freesia – with their bell-shaped blooms and sweet, citrus scent – are among the most popular fragrant flowers. And, while in most cases the white variation of a flower is the most fragrant, in the case of freesia, the pink and red varieties are actually more highly scented. (from teleflora here)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Charming Path...

...leading to a red door creating a welcoming energy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Station Wagons

New & Old

Do you have a preference?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ham & Eggs

Barry orders his with fries.

Another favorite breakfast spot:
Lighthouse Deli
508 W 39th St

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #7

Orange Iceland Poppy & Yellow Ranunculus

And so concludes a week of blossoms photographed in San Pedro.
Welcome Springtime!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #6

Lupin & California Poppy

Great color combination!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #5

Pink Cosmos

cos·mos   [koz-muhs, -mohs]
the world or universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious system.
a complete, orderly, harmonious system.
order; harmony.
any composite plant of the genus Cosmos, of tropical America, some species of which, as C. bipannatus and C. sulphureus, are cultivated for their showy ray flowers.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #4

The hanging clusters of flowers provide quite a show in spring.

The sweet fragrance of wisteria flowers perfumes this pathway.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #3


The clivia is native to forest floors of southern Africa. From Africa, it was brought to England in 1854, where it was named to honour Lady Charlotte Clive, Dutchess of Northumberland. Because of the plant's natural ability to survive on shaded forest floors, it quickly gained popularity as a plant well suited to the large shadowy parlours of Victorian homes.
(read more about Clivia from GardenLine here)

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #2

Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow Flower

With flowers opening purple, then turning pale lavender and finally white,
yesterday-today-and-tomorrow is a pretty little shrub with a charmingly apropos name.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Week of Springtime Blooms #1


Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Wilson "7"

Wilson's First Day Home
March 19, 2006

It's been 4 years since Wilson came to live with me. He was three years old when I rescued him. Poor sweet little 17lb. Wilson was brutally attacked by another dog, his eye torn loose from its socket. And then, as if things couldn't get worse, his family decided to dump him at a shelter rather than continue with his emergency medical treatment. Wilson was rescued from the shelter by Boston Buddies. They were not able to save his eye. I read about Wilson on their website, and shortly after that, they brought him over to see if he and Mrs. O'Mally were compatible.

Mrs. O'Mally & Wilson
March 25, 2006

Within a week he and my darling late Mrs. O'Mally became the best of friends. In spite of his bad experience, Wilson is a love bug. He had a hard start in his first three years of life, but I hope we have made up for that these past 4 years. Happy Birthday Little Guy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - And Some Days There's Smog

Hazy, clear, stormy, sunny, smokey, colorful...
View all kinds of skies from all over the world today, here!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fund-Raiser Today!

Tonight from 7 to 10 PM we are hosting an event called "Every Day Is Mardi Gras" at the Grand Annex to benefit the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, helping injured sea birds regain their wings.

The Grand Annex is an intimate 99-seat concert venue dedicated to acoustic, world, roots and other musical explorations located at 434 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro. We are fortunate to have Barry Anthony and his terrific jazz band, the New Orleans Jammers, playing as we serve up a Cajun-stye buffet.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Decorating the GRAND ANNEX

Getting Ready for "Every Day is Mardi Gras"

Oy, have we been busy! Tomorrow we are hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro. There are still a few tickets available. It's gonna rock! Please see below.

Barry Anthony Presents

The New Orleans Jammers

In a

New Orleans "Every Day is Mardi Gras" Celebration

His Seven Piece Band


Soulful, Hot, Foot-tapping Jazz of Bourbon Street


Music & Stories from the City that Gave Birth to Jazz

A Fabulous 3 Course Cajun-style Buffet

Catered by

San Pedro's Sunken City Supper Club

$60 suggested donation per person

Benefiting the

International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro

Helping injured sea birds regain their wings


The Grand Annex

An intimate 99-seat concert venue dedicated to

acoustic, world, roots and other musical explorations

434 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro

Thursday, March 18th, 7 -10 PM

RSVP is Required by March 18th, no later than 3 PM


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Unwelcome Visitor

Wilson was not too pleased to find this possum on the wall next to our house. Me neither! We have had nasty experiences with possums before, and they are covered with fleas! Do you have a humane solution to keep possums out of your yard?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Persian Buttercup

Ranunculus asiaticus

Friday, March 12, 2010

Walking with Romee

Wilson Walking Today
Photo with Tenin Technique

Today, Wilson and I had the distinct honor of walking several blocks of our neighborhood in San Pedro with Romee!

Romee is walking every single block of this town and documenting it on her fabulous and unique blog: San Pedro Block By Block. It was my absolute pleasure to spend the morning walking and talking with her about San Pedro. Please stop by Romee's blog for a fresh and insightful perspective about our wonderful town! You'll be hooked too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blog Day: The Tenin Technique

City Daily Photo Special Blog Day Event: "5th Anniversary Tribute to Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo from fellow CDP Bloggers. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, all CDP Bloggers are invited to post a tribute shot from their own city using The Tenin Technique of placing the camera on the ground to make an image, or of skewing/tilting the composition, or in some way imitating a specific photo Eric has posted or a common subject matter of Eric's photos. Take a moment to study the look and feel of his shots. Feel free to work creatively with this theme of The Tenin Technique. Have fun with it, make it your own and help celebrate a great guy who has spread a lot of friendship and inspiration around the globe since his first post in 2005."

Wilson and I walked over to the apartments on 11th Street & Walker Avenue to capture one of the few examples of French architecture in San Pedro. So in honor of Eric, this photo embraces his low-angle technique combined with French design.

Dear Eric,
Bravo and thank you so much for your great original idea
and abounding inspiration!
Lori Lynn

Do you like the French building?
You can live there!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cape Cod House #3

The original Colonial-era Cape Cod homes did not have garages. Colonial Revival Cape Cod houses became popular beginning in the 1930s. A few of the San Pedro Cape Cods have attached garages including this one and Cape Cod House #2.

Some of the traditional Cape Cod elements on this home are:

  • Steep roof with side gables
  • Small roof overhang
  • Made of wood and covered in wide clapboard
  • Large chimney
  • Symmetrical appearance with door in center
  • Dormers for space, light, and ventilation
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Little exterior ornamentation

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cape Cod House #2

Bruiser enjoys the dormer with its multi-paned double-hung window, classic Cape Cod style!

The Cape Cod style originated in colonial New England. Today, the term refers to Cape Cod-shaped houses popular during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

Please see the previous post for more details on the Cape Cod Style Home.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Cape Cod House #1

There are a few, but not many, Cape Cod houses in San Pedro. I look forward to sharing more about this architectural style in the coming days. If you live in a Cape Cod or know of one for me to showcase, by all means, please leave a comment!

Traditional, Colonial-era Cape Cod houses had many of these features:

  • Steep roof with side gables
  • Small roof overhang
  • 1 or 1½ stories
  • Made of wood and covered in wide clapboard or shingles
  • Large central chimney linked to fireplace in each room
  • Symmetrical appearance with door in center
  • Dormers for space, light, and ventilation
  • Multi-paned, double-hung windows
  • Shutters
  • Formal, center-hall floor plan
  • Hardwood floors
  • Little exterior ornamentation

The first Cape Cod style homes were built by English colonists who came to America in the late 17th century. They modeled their homes after the half-timbered houses of England, but adapted the style to the stormy New England weather. Over the course of a few generations, a modest, one- to one-and-a-half-story house with wooden shutters emerged. Reverend Timothy Dwight, a president of Yale University, is credited with recognizing these houses as a class and coining the term "Cape Cod."

Much later, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, a renewed interest in America's past inspired a variety of Colonial Revival styles. Colonial Revival Cape Cod houses became especially popular during the 1930s. These small, economical houses were mass-produced in suburban developments across the United States.

Twentieth century Cape Cod houses often have dormers. The chimney is usually placed at one end instead of at the center. The shutters on modern Cape Cod houses are strictly decorative; they can't be closed during a storm.

I am excited to share more of the California Cape Cod architecture in the coming days as I am the proud owner of one of them!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

White Point Bluff


You won't find Wilson and me out there!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Nature Education Center

This old building on the site, formerly a warhead assembly room during WWII, has been adaptively re-purposed and is in the process of being converted into a nature education center. The demonstration garden is installed around this center. More about the White Point Nature Preserve here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Nature Preserve

White Point Nature Preserve was officially dedicated as an open space preserve in 1999. This 102-acre parcel is owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Thanks to community support and the dedication of volunteers, its coastal sage scrub, cactus scrub, and grasslands are being restored, beckoning both visitors and native wildlife.

It's Friday and that means SkyWatchers around the world are looking up! Go here to see what they see.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Prickly-Pear Cactus

Tongvan Garden of the East
White Point Nature Preserve

For the Tongva, the region's native people, the plants in this garden represent important foodstuffs, including fruits, grains, bulbs, and greens. Coastal prickly-pear cactus yields fresh fruit and succulent pads.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

California Poppy

Tongvan Garden of the West
White Point Nature Preserve

The plants displayed in this garden are medicinal plants.
They include Mugwort, Mule fat, Buckwheat, and the California poppy.
The seed extract of the California poppy can treat toothaches and open sores.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Which Color?

My friends are painting their apartment building here in San Pedro. Which color would you choose?

By the way, if you are looking for a nice apartment to rent, in a great neighborhood, let me know!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Passageway Along The Coast
White Point Bluff Park

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About City Daily Photo Blog

The Daily Photo collection of blogs began in March of 2005 when a man in love with his city wanted to share it with the rest of the world. The Paris - One Photo A Day blog was thus launched by Eric Tenin, an amateur photographer, and soon became an unexpected phenomenon.

Rapidly, this hobby began attracting thousands of readers from the world over who had either been to Paris and wanted to re-live their experience, others who have never been and dream of visiting, and those who are planning a trip and surf the site for interesting things to see.

Shortly after the quick success, the blog name was changed to "Paris Daily Photo" (easier to remember!) and became so popular, that suddenly others started writing to Eric asking how they could start a similar blog for their own city. Very quickly, cities such as London and New York followed forming the initial group of city daily photo bloggers.

The growing community began to gather on a forum initiated by Stephan Nebel, one of the first city bloggers. In 2006, Igor, a friend of Eric and Internet pioneer, did the first implementation of the City Daily Photoblog portal. A few tens of photos were then updated every hour and gave to the community its first unified visual representation. The portal drew the attention of the media and was cited on the national French radio.

In Summer 2007, Igor began the implementation of version 2 with the help of Demosthenes, a young talented web architect who introduced new features such as the city search and the favorite lists. Today 1172 blogs are registered on the portal, and the community is growing rapidly. Cities as large as London (UK), New York, NY (USA), Berlin (Germany), Hong Kong (HK), Sydney (Australia) and Venice (Italy) are obviously present, but one can also scan the Daily Photo blog globe for lesser known places such as Accra (Ghana), Greenville, SC (USA), Oulu (Finland), and Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina).