Saturday, June 30, 2007

Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills

Flowers placed in wall crypt vases wilt under the heat of the sun's rays at Forest Lawn in the northeastern section of the Hollywood Hills.

Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone Premiere, Pasadena

A happy teenager from La Canada proudly holds the first iPhone sold at the Apple Store in Pasadena. Long lines of anxious buyers, along with hovering media crews, waited in the summer heat until the 6:00 pm launch of the new digital gadget.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Oldest McDonald's, Downey

This McDonald's at the intersection of Lakewood and Florence Blvds. in the City of Downey is the oldest restaurant in the chain of over 30,000 worldwide. Originally built in 1953, it survived threats of demolition and now has an adjacent McDonald's museum. Also shown in the dual-image is the top part of the 60-foot-high "Speedee the Chef" sign at the corner of the property.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tour Bus, West Hollywood

A Starline Tours "topless" bus turns across Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood carrying a load of sightseers and tourists. Starline has been a tour guide since 1935.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lady Liberty, El Monte

Wait. . .isn't this L.A. Snapshot? Why is there a photo of the Statue of Liberty? OK, it's a replica named "Lady Liberty", donated to the City of El Monte by a local businessman in commemoration of the city's 75th anniversary of incorporation in 1987. The statue is near the entrance of the El Monte Civic Center on Valley Blvd.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Mt. Wilson Trail, San Gabriel Mountains

This view of a portion of the San Gabriel Valley is from the Mt. Wilson Trail, in the Little Santa Anita Canyon area of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia is visible near the center of the frame.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Metrolink Station, Claremont

The Metrolink Station in Claremont was originally built in 1927 as a depot for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Coaching Clinic, Hacienda Heights

A group of men attend "The Art of Coaching" youth coaching program at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights. The clinic was sponsored by the LA84 Foundation and today's class helps prepare coaches for the San Gabriel Valley Jr. All-American Football Conference's upcoming season.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Patys, Toluca Lake

Patys Restaurant is a landmark meeting place for the famous and not-so-famous of the entertainment industry. Located near major studios and post-production facilities, it has been serving the Toluca Lake area since 1960.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pier Fishing, Redondo Beach

This is an image from my archives, a photograph made nearly 15 years ago. Fishermen squeeze in like sardines along the railings of the Redondo Beach Pier in Redondo Beach. The precursor to this pier was built at the same site in 1916 and was named the "Endless Pier".

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Futuristic Gas Station, Beverly Hills

The unique stainless steel structure at the corner of Robertson and Olympic Blvds. in Beverly Hills is a BP (British Petroleum) gas station called "Helios House".

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Pedestrian Overpass, Lakewood

This pedestrian overpass above Del Amo Blvd. in Lakewood connects two sections of Boyar Park. The motto on the overpass reads - "Times Change * Values Don't".

Monday, June 18, 2007

Fire Station, Hawaiian Gardens

While the name of Hawaiian Gardens may conjure up images of lush tropical landscape, the reality is that it's a gritty little city at the southeast corner of L.A. County. The fire truck at LACoFD Station 34 appears to be ready to serve the one-square-mile community.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pink Cadillac, Cypress

This pink Cadillac Eldorado convertible sits on Bloomfield St. on the edge of L.A. and Orange Counties (on the O.C. side) in the City of Cypress, but I couldn't resist posting the image. "Anyway, we don't have to drive it. . ."

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Wooden Boats, Alamitos Bay

Wooden boats wait upside down in the sand for the onslaught of summer water activities in Alamitos Bay.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Last Day of School, Monrovia

On the final day of school at Monroe Elementary in Monrovia, a first grade teacher stands by the windows of her classroom to watch students leave for the summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Old Structure, Dockweiler State Beach

This old structure (maybe a restroom or storage building?) sits above Dockweiler State Beach against Vista Del Mar. Dockweiler is directly under the flight path of planes taking off from LAX.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fruit Stand, Panorama City

A common sight in the L.A. area is the mobile street vendor, like this small fruit stand at the corner of Woodman Ave. and Chase St. in Panorama City.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

LAX, Westchester

The entrance to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Westchester is lined with palm trees and 10-story high translucent glass pylons. The pylons, part of the Kinetic Light Installation, light up at night in different colors, providing a landmark to visitors flying into L.A.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Swim Stadium, El Segundo

The Urho Saari Swim Stadium in El Segundo, is a classic indoor plunge with a well-maintained pool. It was built in 1940 and named after Urho Saari, who was an Olympic water polo coach and the El Segundo High School's aquatics coach from 1941 through 1973.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sand Dunes, Playa del Rey

Small sand dunes, just off of Pacific Ave., border the back edge of the beach in Playa del Rey. The area is known as "The Last Stop Before the Pacific."

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Randy's Donuts, Inglewood

Randy's Donuts was originally built as part of the Big Donut Drive-In chain in 1952. The giant donut, at the corner of Manchester and La Cienega Blvds. in Inglewood, has been a landmark ever since and has made numerous movie, television and music video appearances.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Burlesque Club, Van Nuys

This burlesque club on Sherman Way promotes "GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS" on the sign above the entrance. It's in a seedy part of town, but Van Nuys is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, aka "San Pornando Valley" - an area known for its thriving pornography industry.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sports Wall, Northridge

These wall murals on the campus of Cal State University Northridge depict many of the sports that are played at this college. Located in the San Fernando Valley, the school covers 356 acres of Northridge and has a community of 34,000 students.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Beautiful Day, San Marino

It was one of those picture-perfect days, with blue skies, white clouds and a cool breeze. This view is looking north along Hilliard Drive in San Marino.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Norwalk Dairy, Santa Fe Springs

The Norwalk Dairy, on Rosecrans Ave. in Santa Fe Springs, was established in 1948 and is one of the last surviving dairies in L.A. County. They produce about 5000 gallons of milk every week and sell it in this store at the front of the property.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Sunflower, North Hills

I had a photo shoot today at Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills, where students tend to a garden on the east side of the campus. This sunflower appeared to be "sunbathing" beneath the towering palm trees.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Car Show, Sierra Madre

While this car may look futuristic, it's actually a customized 1937 Ford Cabriolet, on display yesterday at the Sierra Madre Centennial Car Show.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Bell Tower, La Mirada

The bell tower at Biola University, a private Christian college in La Mirada, was built for the original Biola (Bible Institute Of Los Angeles) campus in downtown L.A. in 1914. The school was relocated to its current site in 1959. U.S. News named it one of America's Best Colleges this year.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Pigeons, East Los Angeles

A small flock of pigeons fly away after filling up on pastry crumbs just outside a donut shop on Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles.