Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pedestrians, Little Tokyo

Two pedestrians cross paths on 3rd Street in Little Tokyo. The Japanese-American district in downtown Los Angeles is one of only three remaining official Japantowns left in the United States, all in California.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Oil Well, Signal Hill

This type of oil well, at the corner of Willow and Walnut in Signal Hill, looks like a giant mechanical grasshopper. Many of them in this area are owned by Signal Hill Petroleum.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Home For Sale, Bixby Knolls

A beautiful home on a corner lot is for sale in Bixby Knolls, an affluent neighborhood of Long Beach. This property is on Pacific Ave. and is offered by Discovery Realty. After several years of rising values, homes are now taking longer to sell and some areas are experiencing declines in real estate prices.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach

OK, so Huntington Beach is in Orange County. But it is one of those places that's part of the L.A. landscape. For those of us who grew up in L.A., Huntington Beach has always been a summer hotspot. This image of a surfer competing in the U.S. Open of Surfing was shot from the pier.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Castle Green, Pasadena

Castle Green was built as a resort in 1898 in Pasadena. It's such a cool building that it's difficult to describe, but you've probably seen it in a movie or commercial because it's often used as a filming location. The rooms are now individually-owned apartments, and there are several public rooms and gardens available for events. It also has special significance for me - it's where my wife and I got married 10 years ago today. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Local Deliveries, Toy District

Boxes of toys are being delivered to local vendors in the Toy District, a common sight in this busy area just east of downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of wholesale and retail shops are open to the public, and it gets pretty crowded on weekends.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tennis Courts, Walnut

These tennis courts and students are on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College, aka Mt. SAC, in the city of Walnut. The college is well-known for hosting the annual Mt. SAC Relays track and field competition every April.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Birdseye View, Central City

This is not the typical view of Downtown Los Angeles, unless you happen to work on the 49th floor of the Aon Center. I was up there for a photo shoot and just couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture this unique perspective, looking west from 707 Wilshire Blvd. in the Central City district.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades

This is the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. To the left of this image is Will Rogers State Beach, and to the right are the beautiful hills and homes of the Palisades.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon

This image was selected from my photographic archives. The Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon on Catalina Island, just off the Southern California coast, was photographed in 1995. The small pier in the harbor has been an island landmark since it was built in 1920.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Apartment Building, Wilshire Center

This side-view of the Catalina Tropics apartment building at 5th & Catalina gives a good perspective of the monotony of cramped living space in the Wilshire Center district of L.A.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Buddhist Temple, Hacienda Heights

The Hsi Lai Temple was built in 1988 on a 15-acre hillside property in Hacienda Heights and its design is faithful to ancient Chinese monasteries.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Christmas in July, Monrovia

A set has been prepared to film a movie scene on Lime Ave. in Monrovia, complete with fake Christmas trees and Santa Claus riding in a sleigh. There was also a crew putting together a snow machine, so it appears that it will be a white Christmas.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Police on Horseback, Los Angeles

L.A.P.D. officers on horseback cross 1st Street just east of City Hall in Los Angeles. It's such an unusual sight to see horses in downtown L.A.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Billboard, Beverly Hills

I thought this was a cool looking billboard plastered over the Rodeo Drive storefront of what may eventually be a new store for Juicy Couture in Beverly Hills.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Football Field, Diamond Bar

This patch of dirt doesn't look like much right now, but it's a work in progress at Lorbeer Middle School. The result will be a beautiful new football field in the city of Diamond Bar.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Rural Driveway, La Habra Heights

This driveway just off of Hacienda Road is pretty typical of many private driveways in La Habra Heights. It's a hilly rural town at the south-eastern edge of L.A. County.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Rams Reunion, Los Angeles

Former Rams announcer Dick Enberg welcomes guests to the Los Angeles Coliseum to celebrate 70 years of Rams football during the two-day Rams Reunion 2007. The private event brought together players, coaches and staff members from several eras of Rams history.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Felix Chevrolet, Los Angeles

Little did I know that this iconic sign in Los Angeles that I photographed a few days ago would be declared a historic cultural landmark by the Cultural Heritage Commission, and featured in today's L.A. Times. The Felix Chevrolet sign has been a landmark since 1958, towering over the intersection of Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Farmers Market, South Pasadena

The weekly Farmers Market in South Pasadena takes place on Thursdays between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Meridian Ave. at Mission St. Lots of fresh produce and food booths in a great family atmosphere.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Competitors, Baldwin Park

Two major soft drink companies, Pepsi and Coca-Cola, share advertising space on the side of Elwin Market, located on Ramona Blvd. in Baldwin Park.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

View of L.A., Mulholland Drive

A hazy view of Los Angeles from the eastern edge of Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains. In the foreground is the Hollywood Bowl. The 101 Freeway at the left leads into the distant downtown L.A. skyline.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Book Off, Gardena

Book Off is a used book shop established in Japan in 1991, with stores now in the U.S., Canada, France and Korea. This one in Gardena is in the Pacific Square Mall and sells mostly Japanese titles.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, North University Park

Built in the Baroque style between 1923-1925, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church sits at the corner of Adams and Figueroa in the North University Park district of Los Angeles.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Surfin' USA, Hermosa Beach

A group of little "beach bums" climb the life-size statue of surfer Tim Kelly at the base of the Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach. Kelly was a local surfer, lifeguard and youth worker who was killed in a car accident in 1964.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Pink's, Hollywood

Pink's is a landmark hot dog stand in the L.A. area, serving their famous chili dogs since 1939. The line of customers is a common site at any hour of the day, and the interior walls are covered with celebrity photographs. Located on La Brea Blvd. just north of Melrose Ave. in Hollywood.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Canal, Naples

Well, it may not be Italy, but the Rivo Alto Canal in Naples makes a pretty picture as it winds its way through the homes and small boats of this beach community.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fireworks, Irwindale

Independence Day is celebrated in Irwindale with a display of fireworks over the Irwindale Speedway.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Pier, Belmont Shore

The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier is located in an area of Long Beach called Belmont Shore. The 1,620 foot-long concrete pier was built in 1966, replacing the original wooden structure that had stood for over 50 years.

Monday, July 02, 2007

First Tattoo, Arcadia

A young woman grimaces as the process of getting her first (and only?) tattoo begins at Red Hot Tattoo & Body Piercing in Arcadia. In addition to being "Always Sterile, Always Friendly" since 1995, tattoo artist Pat Sweeney says, "We have something for everyone."

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Hilltop Homes, Mt. Olympus

Two homes are visible through the Italian cypress trees at the top of Mt. Olympus. The street names in this area are from Greek mythology, like Apollo Drive, Hercules Drive and Zeus Drive.