Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tide Change

The tide comes in rather quickly at Abalone Cove. There were a lot people enjoying the area as we came back across the rocks. One man who had already helped his wife and daughter navigate the rocks came over to give a strong hand to our group. It was nice to see that genuine concern and kindness exhibited by a stranger.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Exploring the Tide Pools

During low tide this section of the coast, Abalone Cove Nature Preserve, has interesting tide pools. You can find sea urchins, hermit crabs, other crabs, starfish of various colors, sea anemones, and other fascinating creatures. You do need to pay attention to the tide, though, or you might have to wade or swim to get back to
dry land.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ginsburg Sculpture

This lovely sculpture is dedicated to Charlotte Ginsburg in honor of her work and dedication to the preservation of the flora and fauna of our area. She has also been very active in aiding the Palos Verdes Conservancy in their goal of preserving open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The sculpture which is near the corner of PVD South and Ocean Trails Drive was just recently dedicated on Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another View of the Road

Here's another view of Palos Verdes Drive South before the paving started.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Information Sign

Palos Verdes Drive South includes a landslide area. There's one "dip" in the road that reminds my grandchildren of a roller coaster. The city is going to repave that area on Monday and Tuesday. Since it's the only way around the south portion of the peninsula, they're giving ample notice to all. You can tell a little about the terrain from looking at the two cars in the background going in opposite directions.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Inspiring Message

St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Palos Verdes Drive South is one of many churches in our city. I like the sign that they posted this week. Check back later this week for another picture from there.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Important Notice

Here's important information for the children of grades K-5 (ages 5-10) of my neighborhood. I'm not sure that they want to start thinking about school yet.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our type of mailbox

Our street is long and winding. We get our mail delivered to our "rural-style" mailbox even though the curb is only about 100 feet from our front door. This mailbox, a few blocks from my house, is in front of a house belonging to a family that races autos and/or trucks.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

RPV Home

This atypical RPV home is across the road from the Trump National Golf Course. I personally don't think that I would like living right next to the major thoroughfare- Palos Verdes Drive South. They do have an unobstructed view of the ocean, though.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Unusual Visitor

This large hawk was flying around our street recently. One of the neighbors told us that it had been flying in the same vicinity all day.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Great Bike at Seashore

A photographer, at the area where we celebrated my mother's birthday last Wednesday (see the post for July 16), was taking a picture of this great-looking old Harley-Davidson motorcycle for either his friend or client. I loved the contrast of colors.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

You have to pay $5 (U.S.) and walk about one-half a mile to get down to the ocean if you park at the city lot. It's definitely worth the walk. The price isn't bad if you want to spend some time there. Otherwise, you can park for free about three miles away at Ladera Linda Park and walk downhill on the Purple Sage Trail.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Trump National Golf Course

This entrance sign, photographed at night, is at the corner of Ocean Trails Drive and Palos Verdes Drive South. The golf course, designed by Peter Dye, was originally called the Ocean Trails Golf Course. Unfortunately, the last two holes fell into the ocean causing financial distress for the owners. Some time later, after the final holes were re-built, Donald Trump bought it, re-did the clubhouse, and opened the course. I'm not a golfer, but it is a beautiful course overlooking the ocean. There are public-access trails that go through it to the ocean. There's also a public parking lot and picnic area adjoining the course.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Royal Palms Park

My mother celebrated her 83rd birthday on July 16 with us here at Royal Palms Park. Mom grew up in Chicago, Illinois, but spent her summers on the coast of Maine. She's always loved being by the ocean. My granddaughter is walking along with Mom to a picnic table where we all enjoyed sitting by the water. Royal Palms Park/White's Point is actually in the part of the City of Los Angeles called San Pedro. It's a relaxing place that my family has enjoyed for lunches and exploration of tide pools for more than 45 years.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Portuguese Bend Gatehouse

This gatehouse looks like it should belong to an elegant estate. It is a private residence that overlooks the ocean.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Road Work

A portion of my street is being re-paved. The asphalt was scrapped off and the undersurface serrated. A new surface will be applied to it in a few days.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Summer Fun

This fountain at the mall is a favorite spot for pre-school children.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Palos Verdes Library, Peninsula Center

I was intrigued by the shadows that I observed while sitting outside of the library. The inside is equally lovely.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

"Berlin" Wall

This fence, topped by razor wire, separates our part of Rancho Palos Verdes from the gated city of Rolling Hills. It's at the end of Crest Road which continues to the other side of the hill. Obviously, the typical citizen is denied access, though. My husband and I walk the 2.8 miles from our home uphill to the gate which we jokingly call the "Berlin Wall." Occasionally, I've gotten here and found the gate open, but didn't have the time to see how far I could walk inside the gate. Of course, we don't mean to disrespect the tragedy that the real wall caused for the people trapped behind it.

Miraleste Library

Here's what this branch library looks like from the driveway.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bookstore Reflection

I noticed this reflection while sitting outside the Borders bookstore at the local mall. You can see the houses on the hillside as well as part of the mall itself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

View from Library

This is one of the views from Miraleste Library, a branch of the Palos Verdes Library District. There are large picture windows that allow you to look out and see a portion of Los Angeles Harbor and the city of Wilmington. Check back tomorrow for an outside view of the library.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Public Safety

This is one of several fire stations that serve our city. It's the closest one to my home.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Point Vincente

Point Vicente Lighthouse sits on a United States Coast Guard base. It's a functioning lighthouse that's open to the public once a month.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Midsummer Night's Dream

"Shakespeare by the Sea" puts on free outdoor plays in our area. Tonight they appeared at Hesse Park in a very funny production of Midsummer Night's Dream. The evening was extremely foggy. The children who ran around at intermission got lost in the fog and only found their way back by following the stage lights.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wayfarers Chapel

Here's a view of the altar at Wayfarers Chapel. See archived posts from June for other views of this historic place.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day- RPV Style

These dancers were enjoying the Community Picnic that was held at the RPV City Hall.

House in R.P.V

This house, not typical of the ones in our city, is on the ocean side of Palos Verdes Drive South adjacent to area with a lot of land movement.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Addition

They're adding an addition to this RPV house.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Seashore Friend

This friendly crab was held, and then released, at Abalone Cove.

Wayfarers Chapel

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