Monday, April 30, 2007

Big Chair, Los Angeles

This oversized chair sits at the corner of the Buena Vista Furniture store on Alhambra Rd. in Los Angeles.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Boarded House, San Gabriel

This vacant and boarded-up house on Walnut Grove Ave. in San Gabriel is nearing demolition. It's one of three houses in a row that face imminent doom because a bulldozer is ready and waiting for action next door. I can't help but feel some sadness when a home is destroyed, especially when it's obvious that children lived here. (Notice the tether ball in the yard.) I wonder what kind of memories were created here, and whether past tenants even care that the home will be gone the next time they drive by to reminisce.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Festival of Books, UCLA

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books drew large crowds on opening day for its 12th annual event at the UCLA campus. The festival is billed as the country's largest celebration of the written word.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach

This is from my archives. Ten years ago today, my little brother died. One night after visiting him in the hospital before his death, I decided to drive down to Manhattan Beach to shoot some images of the pier. It just happened to be one of those nights when the sunset colors go way beyond expectations, and this photograph captured what I believe to be God's artistry.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hansen Dam Aquatic Ctr., Lake View Terrace

The calm before the storm. A 1.5-acre swimming lake is prepared for the upcoming busy season at the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center in Lake View Terrace. The Aquatic Center also includes an adjacent 9-acre recreation lake.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Miller Brewing Company, Irwindale

In 1855, Frederick J. Miller began brewing beer in a small Milwaukee, Wisconsin brewery. After the repeal of prohibition in 1933, the company he built officially became the Miller Brewing Company. There are now seven Miller Breweries across the United States, including this one next to the 210 Freeway in Irwindale.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Heritage Square, Los Angeles

Heritage Square is a unique museum in Los Angeles, offering glimpses into the culture and architecture of the area from 1850 to 1950. The home pictured here was originally built in 1876 by lumber baron William H. Perry in Boyle Heights. It was moved to its current museum location in 1975 and is an ongoing restoration project.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Pallets, Los Angeles

Stacks of wooden pallets are loaded onto a truck at Infinity Pallet Co. in Los Angeles.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cherry Blossom Festival, Monterey Park

The Cherry Blossom Festival is "Monterey Park's tribute to the beauty of the Japanese culture." Held in Barnes Park, the festival includes exhibits, demonstrations and performances, plus food and games. Shown here is a short assembly line from a group called Kodama Taiko, preparing samples of mochi (rice cake).

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Low Income Housing, Boyle Heights

The Wyvernwood Garden Apartments in Boyle Heights is L.A.'s largest low-income housing tract. The barrack-style structures, home to thousands of mostly poor Hispanic tenants, were the subject of a lead poison (from old lead-based paint) scandal several years ago.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Rainy Day, Pasadena

On a wet Friday in Pasadena, a woman walks between two large umbrellas while carrying a smaller version for herself in the courtyard of Paseo Colorado.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tam O' Shanter Inn, Los Angeles

The original member of Lawry's Restaurants, the Tam O'Shanter Inn on Los Feliz Blvd. has the distinction of being L.A.'s oldest restaurant operated by the same family at the same location. Established in 1922, it's celebrating 85 years in business this year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Parking Lot Booth, Vernon

This old dilapidated booth is in the parking lot of Reliable Tape Products on 50th Street in the City of Vernon, which was founded in 1905 as "the first industrial city in the Southwestern United States".

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ad on Water Tank, Huntington Park

The large advertisement to "Shop in Huntington Park" was placed on the water tank by the Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s. It's at the corner of Slauson Ave. and Miles Ave. Huntington Park celebrated its 100th year as a city in 2006.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Abandoned Train Depot, Azusa

The old Santa Fe train depot in Azusa has been abandoned for quite awhile, but it appears slated for renovation as part of the Gold Line light rail service planned for the community. It was originally built in 1888, then torn down and rebuilt to its current structure in 1946.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hearse, Verdugo City

A Cadillac hearse built by Miller-Meteor (circa 1970s) sits quietly in a small parking lot in Verdugo City. This is one of those L.A. areas that falls into another city's zip code (Glendale 91208), and has businesses with street addresses listed in La Crescenta (91214), but is part of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce (91020). The hearse belongs to Crippen Mortuary.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Idols, South San Gabriel

This mound of ceramic idols is on the grounds of residential property in South San Gabriel, but there was a sign in what appears to be Vietnamese characters indicating it may be a Buddhist home study center.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

The view from Loge 151 at Dodger Stadium as Luis Gonzalez rounds third base after blasting a solo home run off of San Diego Padres' pitcher David Wells in the 2nd inning. The Dodgers went on to win, 9-1. Dodger Stadium has been a cherished landmark of Los Angeles since 1962.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Zoo, Los Angeles

The L.A. Zoo opened in 1966 and nearly 1.5 million visitors pass through the grounds each year to view over 1200 animals from all over the world. It's nestled in the northeast corner of Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
I had trouble choosing one image today, so 4 separate shots were combined into this small collage. Clockwise from upper left are the main entrance; a jaguar; an American alligator; and a hippo being fed papaya by a lucky family chosen by zookeepers to help out with the afternoon snack.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Homes, Montecito Heights

Montecito Heights is a rugged hillside district with great views of the L.A. area. It's an interesting mix of old homes and new ones like these at Montecito Terrace.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Big CATS, Whittier

The Quinn Company sells heavy equipment and construction machinery, like these Caterpillar hydraulic excavators on the lot in Whittier.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Costco, Norwalk

The food court at Costco stores is usually a pretty busy area, mainly because of the great prices they have on a quick meal. For example, a plump beef hot dog on a fresh bun with a soda is only $1.50. The Norwalk store is between Imperial Hwy. and Firestone Blvd., just east of the 605 Fwy.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter, Monrovia

This simple flyer placed on our front door this week by Calvary Solid Ground in Monrovia sums up what Easter means to Christians around the world. It says, "Rejoice! 2000 years ago, Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins of all men. Three days later, He triumphed over death by coming back to life." The resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Laundromat, Lynwood

A not-so-inviting coin laundry sits at the back of property facing Atlantic Ave. in the city of Lynwood.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Mural, Los Angeles

A 3-panel mural for Clippers and Lakers basketball at Staples Center hovers above Olympic Blvd. on the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The players highlighted are Elton Brand and Kobe Bryant.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Local, Leimert Park

This cool dude is a Leimert Park local, and was completely comfortable with being photographed while reading his book on a public bench. The neighborhood is a focal point of the L.A. African-American arts scene, and also infamous for the unsolved Black Dahlia murder in 1947.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Store, E. Rancho Dominguez

Pools are the featured items of the day at a "STORE" on Atlantic Ave. in East Rancho Dominguez, which shares the same zip code as Compton. There were no other visible signs that this generic shop was called anything other than "STORE".

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Refinery, Paramount

The Paramount Petroleum Corporation produces asphalt at this 54,000-barrel-per-day refinery in the city of Paramount. This view is looking north from Compton Blvd.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Airstream Trailers, Bellflower

Airstream Travel Trailers appear to be waiting in line just outside C & G Trailer Service, an authorized service center in Bellflower.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Classic Service Station, Altadena

Ronnie's Automotive Service on N. Lake Ave. in Altadena has maintained the classic architecture and gas pumps of a service station from another era. It appears that the pumps are no longer working, but the location is used for films and commercials that need a vintage appearance.