Monday, June 30, 2008

Communication Device

These two communication devices are visible from many places on the east side of the Peninsula. You can even see them from Long Beach. They're within walking distance from my home.

Wedding Day

This lovely bride and her proud father are walking up the aisle at Wayfarers Chapel on Sunday, June 29.
This historic and architecturally -unique church is a favorite spot in our city for weddings. This one today was special for our family-- the bride is my step-daughter. We were blessed with wonderful weather. Of course I'm biased, but I thought that the bride was one of the prettiest I'd seen.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

How Much?

This sign is from last week. The prices are for one U.S. gallon which is somewhat more than four liters (approximately 4.228 liters).


Since agriculture is a huge part of California's economy, these traps check for harmful insects like the Mediterranean fruit fly. This green trap hangs in a eucalyptus tree.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Water Pipes

Along Palos Verdes Drive South, water pipes lie above ground. The sections are joined by fittings that can be adjusted periodically to accommodate the land movement that occurs on this section of road.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ocean Front Estates

This fountain is at the south end of Hawthorne Boulevard where it meets Palos Verdes Drive West and Palos Verdes Drive South. Palos Verdes Drive encirlces the PV Peninsula. It's confusing for those new to the area.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Narcissus Gate

This gate, near Narcissus Drive, separates Rancho Palos Verdes from one of the gated communities lying next to it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Terranea Resort

This new construction is being done on the numerous acres that used to hold Marineland--the wonderful "new style" aquarium that opened in the late 1950s. Marineland operated under several owners. One of the last times it was open, they allowed a limited number of visitors to swim with nurse sharks. My daughter who at the time was too young to get her scuba certification was one of them. (She got that scuba certification during her freshman year of college, though.)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Antenna Installation

This crane was probably being used to add an antenna to this large set of antennas at the top of Crest Road.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Today's Sunset

We're experiencing a heat wave. Late in the day the wind picked up and gave us this lovely sunset.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tree House Extraordinare

I want this tree house. It overlooks all of Los Angeles Harbor.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

RPV Soccer Field

This soccer field is next to the beginning of the Purple Sage Trail in the PV Nature Conservancy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Warning Sign

This sign in both English and Spanish is above Abalone Cove Nature Preserve, the site of yesterday's post.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hole in the Rock

This portion of the rocky bluff has an arch in it. At low tide you can walk across rocks to see it from the other side.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Signs of Impending Construction

Before owners of vacant lots can have their building permit approved, they have to erect this type of structure. That way their neighbors can tell if their view of the ocean will be blocked by the new structure. These posts are on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Crest Road. I'll be watching to see what, if anything, gets built there.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Accurate Warning Sign

This sign tells the story of a major road here in RPV, Palos Verdes Drive South.  There is so much movement that it frequently needs repairing even though the ground never freezes.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Greeting Sign

This sign is at the entrance.

Friday, June 13, 2008

"God's Candle"

The tower, planned as part of the original design, was completed in Dec., 1954.  Lloyd Wright conceived it as a "hallelujah" tower with wings and a sense of soaring.  The cross is 60 feet above the floor of the Chapel.  Sailors using the Catalina channel at night have dubbed the floodlit tower "God's Candle."

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cadillac Awaiting the Bride

Wayfarers Chapel is a very popular place for weddings.  This car was parked waiting for the happy couple a few hours before the wedding.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reflection Pool at Wayfarers

In the Swedenborgian tradition water symbolizes divine truth. This triangular pool represents the triune God as well as their belief in the mind, body, and soul of individuals.  The fountain lights up at night.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Interior of Wayfarers Chapel

This is just one view from seating inside this chapel where the inside and exterior merge.

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Wayfarers Chapel

When the Chapel was built in 1951, it was called by local residents "the glass chapel."  Chapel architect, Lloyd Wright, son of the renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, said it was a "tree chapel."  Lloyd Wright had been inspired by the cathedral-like majesty of the redwood trees in northern California.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wayfarers' Chapel -sign

This sign introduces you to one of the most unique and beautiful sites in R.P.V.  Drop by tomorrow for views of the chapel itself.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Last of the jacarandas

This last of the jacaranda pictures shows how the trees can change color depending on the surrounding trees.  These are more blue than purple.  

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jacaranda Time #2

Jacaranda trees create a purplish aura on the streets where they're planted.  They are very messy trees,  however.  When the fallen blossoms are wet, they make the sidewalk very slippery. This notice,  embedded in concrete adjacent to a storm drain,  reminds residents not to pour chemicals and other waste materials down the drain.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Jacaranda Time #1

This time of the year a common street tree bursts into bloom.  The jacaranda tree has lovely purple flowers.  Some neighborhoods have trees on both sides of the street which create a lovely purple arbor.  This is the first of several posts showing these lovely, but messy trees.

One of the unique spring sounds of Rancho Palos Verdes, and our neighboring cities of Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes Estates,  is the mating call of the peacock.  Those of you who don't have this birds walking around your neighborhood probably think of them as beautiful, exotic birds.  They are beautiful.  If  one of them were to park under your bedroom window at 2 a.m. and repeatedly give its raucous mating cry,  your opinion of them would quickly change.  We occasionally see two or three of them strolling down the middle of one of our curvy, major streets.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

At the shoreline

If you walk down a public access path from the Trump National Golf Course, you come to this lovely part of the coast.  It's not a swimming beach, but it is a very pleasant place to walk.  One of the nicest things about the California coast is the guaranteed public access.  The voters of California established the California Coastal Commission which works very hard (in spite of opposition from some landholders) to ensure that the public can actually get to the water.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunset over Channel Islands National Park

This is the view from our yard of the Channel Islands back on April 13.  Our view of the islands depends on the time of year and weather conditions.  The fog can preclude us from seeing them completely.  The island on the far right is Anacapa Island.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel
See the archived posts from June about this historic and beautiful chapel.