Friday, April 30, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - On The Border

Clouds over the Pacific

This is the border of San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. San Pedro is to the left of the fence, where the homes are located, and RPV is on the right covered with field mustard.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Surf Style!

"A bushy bushy blond hair-do, surfin' USA!"
The Beach Boys

The other day Wilson and I had the pleasure to once again walk the streets of San Pedro with Romee while she nears completion of her goal to walk down every single street of our town and document it on her fascinating blog, San Pedro Block by Block.

We both found this surfer's whimsical style to be blogworthy!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More Purple Carpet

Drosanthemum floribundum

When I first moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in the early 80's I was fascinated with this spectacular purple carpet that blooms all over in the late Spring and Summer.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ice Plant

Drosanthemum floribundum

The name Drosanthemum is derived from Greek words for dew, drosos and flower, anthos, referring to the glittering appearance of many species.

The hairs on the leaf surface reflect and refract light in a manner to make it appear that they sparkle like ice crystals looking like dew drops or glassy beads, glittering in the sun, hence the common name, ice plant.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Iceplant Carpet

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cabrillo Marina and Cabrillo Way Marina

The new Cabrillo Way Marina is to the left in this photo:

Cabrillo Way Marina is located south of 22nd Street and Miner Street on the easterly side of the West Channel and covers 46 acres of land and 41 acres of water. Improvements include 700 wet slips and 400 mast up storage spaces. Also included are floating docks with boat slips, boater restrooms and shower facilities, public restrooms, boater and public parking lots, and a public hoist and launching facility. (from Port of LA site here)

My friend Rommee of the awesome San Pedro: Block by Block blog, has posted more on the Cabrillo Marinas here and here.

Friday, April 23, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Cabrillo Marina

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

April in Paris

April in Paris Hybrid Tea Rose
  • Romantic
  • Perfume-Bottle Scent
  • Luscious Pink & Cream
  • Seashell Buds
  • Irresistible Name
  • 2008 Rose of the Year
I had been meaning to share my "April in Paris" rose this month (for obvious reasons). Today, the late afternoon sun hit this beauty just right. When I went online to post it I noticed that Eric at Paris Daily Photo posted a breathtaking shot of flowers, also titled "April in Paris." From Eric it sounds like the weather in Paris isn't as perfect as we imagine it to be. I'm certain we have better weather in Los Angeles right now, but I still would LOVE to be in Paris in April!

April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom
Holiday tables under the trees
April in Paris, this is a feeling
That no one can ever reprise

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Field Mustard Along the Coast

Brassica rapa, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

Common Names: common mustard, field mustard, rape mustard

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ocean Trail

Monday, April 19, 2010

On the Dining Table

Chez Lori Lynn

Thanks to Father Adam for the oranges from the Orange Groves at El Carmelo. I used a few of those oranges for this arrangement, and the bougainvillea are from my backyard. Simple, inexpensive, showy and pretty, I like pink & orange together. What do you think?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

From the Living Room

Another photo from inside Chez Lori Lynn.
Do you feel drawn into the misty garden?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Morning Sun in Guest Room

Good Morning! I'm glad you're here!

Friday, April 16, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Stormy & Sunny

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cabrillo Beach - Inner and Outer

Outside the breakwater with ocean surf.
Inside the breakwater, calm waters.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Elks Lodge Roof

BPO Elks - A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history, a network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country, a generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more. (from their website here).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lavender & Wisteria

Charming & Fragrant!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kite Flying @ 22nd St. Park

James Weston and the San Pedro Kiwanis hosted a community kite-flying event yesterday at San Pedro's 22nd Street Park.

Weston was quoted in the Daily Breeze as saying, "It's a beautiful space. It's very European in a lot of ways. So I wanted to bring people out to introduce them to this new park and give them an idea for how to use it. You don't need a lot of space, and it's great exercise. It provides a lot of interaction time with people, but flying a kite alone can be almost like a meditation. ... I've never seen anyone unhappy flying a kite."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Girl & Her Buddy

at today's kite festival at 22nd st. park

Friday, April 9, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Sunrise and the Chimney

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Welcome Home Betty!

Betty Boop
Floribunda Rose

I have been lusting after my neighbor's Betty Boop Floribunda Rose for years. Today, Father Adam and I took a trip to Moneta Nursery in Gardena to buy some plants for my garden. And although the last thing I needed was another rose bush, Betty was in the cart.

Oh, she's a beaut, isn't she?

We'll be planting her in the garden tomorrow morning. But where...I'm not sure.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Men At Work

A major restoration of the stream and duck pond at Averill Park is underway. $682,000 from Quimby funds, developer-paid monies designated for recreation enhancements, is being used to restore the water features at the park.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kaffirboom Coral Tree

Kaffirboom Coral Tree
Erythrina caffra

Spikes of bright red flowers born on branch terminals appear in the spring. This massive tree will grow 25-50' and attracts hummingbirds.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Purple Iris

Purple iris, a beautiful gift from my friends Lauren & Gail.
Thanks for helping celebrate my birthday, Ladies!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Bunny Display @ VONS at 25th & Western

I had to run into VONS supermarket today to pick up some "Veggie Shreds" aka vegan cheese, to top my Stuffed Shells. There, I came across this cute bunny trio. The shells turned out great!

Wishing you a Wonderful Easter!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spanish Bluebell

Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) is a spring-flowering bulbous perennial native to the Iberian Peninsula.

Spanish Bluebell vs. English Bluebell

All the flowers on an English Bluebell are on the same side of the thin stalk, therefore gravity pulls the stalk over into a curve.

Spanish Bluebell flowers alternate around the stalk. The stalk is thicker than the English Bluebell, so it is stronger and it remains straight as the flowers are not pulling it in one direction.

Friday, April 2, 2010

SkyWatch Friday - Little Sisters of the Poor

"Jeanne Jugan is the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor. On October 11, 2009 she was canonized a Saint by Pope Benedict XVI.

A Saint for old age and every age:
Jeanne Jugan gave herself entirely to God and the elderly poor. As our aging population continues to grow and dignity at the end of life is increasingly threatened, Jeanne Jugan offers herself as a friend and patron of the elderly. She is a Saint for old age."

Read more about Little Sisters of the Poor here.

Wishing a wonderful Good Friday to my dearest friend, Father Adam, blogging at Monastery Daily Photo and to all my Christian friends.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Theme Day: RED

Today is Theme Day at City Daily Photo. RED. This turned out to be an easy subject for me. I just returned home from Chicago after celebrating Passover with my family. The bright red luggage sitting on my front porch was hard to miss.

Wilson is not too fond of the red luggage.
Does your pet get upset when he sees your luggage?

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