Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fenced Hillside, Monterey Hills

This undeveloped hillside of the Monterey Hills is viewed from a field near the top of Via Marisol. The small community here holds an annual jazz festival in a local park, sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

The Habitat Halls at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles contain some very life-like animals in dioramas of their natural environment. The Mammal Halls for North America and Africa were early expansions of the museum, dating back to the 1920s.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Original Tommy's, Los Angeles

Established in 1946 at this corner of Beverly and Rampart Boulevards, Tommy's has been a favorite burger joint in Los Angeles for over 60 years. Famous for their chili cheese burger, there are now several locations in Southern California. The original little stand at the corner has become the company logo and trademark.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Citadel, City of Commerce

Originally a tire manufacturing plant dating back to 1928, it was designed as a replica of an Assyrian king's palace. Now it's home to retail outlet stores and a food court. Located just off of the 5 Fwy. in the City of Commerce, it's a really unique building that has been very well preserved.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Birthday Present, Monrovia

We celebrated my son's birthday today with a party in Monrovia. A Hot Wheels "Blast and Crash" track set was one of his gifts, so I took this shot in honor of a childhood tradition of racing Hot Wheels, in L.A. and around the world. Happy Birthday, Buddy!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Fish Jerky?, Glassell Park

Fish are hung out to dry on a chain link fence along the driveway of a home on Carlyle St. in Glassell Park. This district and the surrounding neighborhoods have seen a lot of gentrification in the past several years, but they are interesting old areas that add character to Los Angeles.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hillside Homes, Mt. Washington

This is the view from San Rafael Ave. looking across a ravine to some homes hugging the hillside in Mt. Washington. In the early 1900s, a funicular railway served the area for easier access up and down the steep hills.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

L.A. River, Atwater Village

Yes, there really is a river that runs through Los Angeles. But because of devastating floods throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, most of the river's beds and banks were encased in concrete. So, we are left with a tame, but ugly river (or flood control channel) that travels south from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, where it spills into the Pacific Ocean. This view if from Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village, looking northwest.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Echo Lake, Echo Park

Echo Park (formerly known as Edendale), is located just northwest of downtown L.A. and the lake here is home to the largest planting of lotuses outside of Asia. The surrounding community has an interesting mix of residential homes, businesses, restaurants, clubs and galleries.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Alley, South El Monte

An empty alley just off of Klingerman St., between Merced Ave. and Seaman Ave., cuts a path through an industrial district of South El Monte.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Dead Trees, Woodland Hills

These dead poplar trees are on a landscaped piece of commercial property at the corner of Canoga Ave. and Oxnard St. in Woodland Hills. There's something to be said for stark beauty.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Angel Statue, Mission Hills

This angel is one of several statues in the gardens and courtyards of the San Fernando Mission. Founded in 1797, the mission is located in the city of Mission Hills.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Windy Day, Winnetka

The American flag at the U.S. Post Office, flying at half-staff since the death of former President Gerald Ford, flaps in the strong winds blowing through the valley in the city of Winnetka.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Collectible Glitz, Canoga Park

Collectible Glitz - Miss La De Da's in Canoga Park is one of the coolest jewelry stores you'll ever see. Specializing in vintage and costume jewelry, the unique collection of pieces is mostly arranged by color. Great place to shop for Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Downey Studios, Downey

The last time I was in Downey, this 80 acre site was a Rockwell/Boeing aerospace facility. It's now Downey Studios, an enormous movie production lot with studios, a suburban street, an indoor lake, backlots and plenty of production services.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Latin Playboy, East Los Angeles

The boarded-up Latin Playboy, a defunct nightclub on Cesar Chavez Ave. (formerly Brooklyn Ave.) near the corner of Rowan Ave. in East Los Angeles, supposedly hosted gigs for one of the great bands to come out of the area, L.A.'s own Los Lobos.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ice Skating, Los Angeles

The ninth season of L.A. Downtown on Ice skates to a close today at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. It's the largest outdoor ice skating facility in Southern California, and has become a downtown holiday tradition.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Old Chrysler, Duarte

This rusted and beat up 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe was sitting in the driveway of one of the many auto dismantling businesses in an industrial area of Duarte. I couldn't tell if this vehicle was being saved or heading for a slow death by being picked apart in the salvage yard.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bradbury Building, Los Angeles

The Bradbury Building, built in 1893 at the corner of Broadway and 3rd Street in downtown Los Angeles, has to be seen in person to get a true appreciation for its unique design and how well it's been preserved. Now a National Historic Landmark, it's currently used for office and retail space, and has appeared in many films and commercials.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Auto Transporter, Encino

New vehicles aboard this auto transporter are ready to be delivered to dealerships along Ventura Blvd. in Encino.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Break Time, West Covina

A city landscape worker takes a lunchtime siesta in the South Hills area of West Covina, near Galster Park.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Whittier College, Whittier

The view from just inside the entrance to the Wardman Art Center, on the campus of Whittier College. Formerly the school gymnasium (the logo and basketball court still visible), it was replaced by the Graham Center in 1979. The 4 year liberal arts college in Whittier was chartered by the state in 1901, with an original enrollment of 25 students.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Door, Tujunga

This interesting door caught my attention. It's on an old pink building on Commerce Ave. at the corner of Valmont St. in the city of Tujunga.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Tree Recycling, Sunland

Sunland Park is one of several drop-off locations for Los Angeles residents to bring their Christmas trees for disposal or recycling. This "tree dump" is at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Sherman Grove in the city of Sunland.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Beach Volleyball, Laguna Beach

OK. . .so Laguna Beach isn't actually in L.A. County. But if you grew up in the Los Angeles area (or if you're visiting from out of town), Laguna Beach is one of those jewels of Southern California that is really part of the L.A. landscape. This image was shot this afternoon on Main Beach, and it was a beautiful January day at the beach.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Garduno's, Montebello

Garduno's is a little taco stand style restaurant serving good Mexican food and sandwiches at the corner of Whittier Blvd. and Wilcox Ave. in Montebello. Since 1961, it's been a local favorite and a traditional hangout for students of nearby Montebello High School, alma mater of my older brother and sister.

Friday, January 05, 2007

The Commons, Calabasas

The Commons is a European styled open-air shopping village in the city of Calabasas. Unique shops, restaurants and movie theaters make this a cool alternative to the mall.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Lake Lindero, Agoura Hills

Manmade Lake Lindero is surrounded by homes in the city of Agoura Hills, on the western edge of Los Angeles County.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bizarre Building, Studio City

This may very well be the ugliest building I've ever seen. It's a strip mall on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, just east of Laurel Grove Ave. The three retail tenants in front are a pizza shop, an eyeglass center and a beauty supply store.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Day After, Pasadena

It's amazing how a million people can line the route of the Rose Parade on January 1, then how deserted it is the day after. These are the grandstands at the corner of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, near the starting point of the parade.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Morning Sky, Malibu

To start the New Year, I chose an old photograph. This image is from my archives, circa 1993. In the foreground are a few masts from catamarans (probably Hobie Cats) on the beach in Malibu, but the real subject here is the gorgeous morning sky. It seemed fitting to use because it's the dawning of 2007. Happy New Year!