Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fountain Changes

Here's what the fountain looks like with the "fans" going.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Music at the Fountain

Here's what the fountains looked like on a cool December evening this week.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bridge Reflection

The Fantastic Fountains at the Port of Los Angeles are dramatic in the evening.

Monday, December 28, 2009

December Flowers

Narcissus is the birth flower for those born in December.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Common Scene-- Oranges

This house in a low income neighborhood has a prolific orange tree in the yard. This is still a common occurrence in my city. It's always lovely to see California oranges growing in December.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More Christmas Eve

Here's two views of the interior of Wayfarers Chapel on Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, 2009!

We attended the candlelight service at Wayfarers Chapel even though we're not members there. The service is a simple one of scripture reading, prayer, and carols. It always concludes with the congregation singing "Silent Night, Holy Night" to candlelight. The glass ceiling reflects the lights and blends with the night sky.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Southern California "Snowman"

It's been cold here the last few days, but not cold enough for snow. Here's a "snowman" made out of what we call "tumbleweeds," because they roll around on windy days. I used to see a lot of them when I was a girl, but I guess most of them have been eradicated with fewer vacant lots around. The eyes are made out of pine cones (from the tree in the background) that were sprayed black. The snowman was painted white. Normally, tumbleweeds are beige.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Public Service Message

I'm surprised that this simple warning is necessary. The public agencies are trying to ensure the H1N1 doesn't spread, though. This is a MTA that is carrying the message.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yes, there are still pay phones.

This pay telephone is at the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park-- adjacent to a major thoroughfare.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Santa Claus Came to RPV

Santa Claus, accompanied by several L.A. County Sheriff vehicles, came to our street last night.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sunset over the Island of Santa Barbara

This time of the year, we can see the Island of Santa Barbara-- especially at sunset.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas via the Internet

We got to watch our family members in Hong Kong open their Christmas presents from us via the Internet (Skype). It was a lot of fun. They're going to in the Philippines on Christmas so we started their celebration early.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Point Vincente Interpretative Center

This is part of the display in the entry of the Interpretative Center. We attended a dinner there tonight.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Coastal View

The clear weather that we have in December gives us wonderful ocean view.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Terranea Resort at Night

We enjoyed sitting at Nelson's-- the sports bar at Terranea-- visiting with our adult children. On the way in, we passed the fountain which looks a little menacing at night.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Berlin Wall Installation in Los Angeles

This is the largest installation of a portion of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. It sits across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard.

The panels have been painted by artists reminiscent of what was done in Berlin beginning in 1984. The entire thing is forty feet long.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stimulus Money at Work

Palos Verdes Drive South and West (a major thoroughfare) is being repaired using federal funds.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Whale Watch

We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon this week on the ocean. We saw two or three blue whales, seven or eight fin whales, and more than forty dolphins. Our family had a great time seeing these mammals that we'd seen from a distance from our patio.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movie Advertisement

This series of posters is advertising a new movie.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

After Thanksgiving Outing

Here's how a lot of locals celebrated "Black Friday."

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Morning, 2009

Thanksgiving was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. We saw several whales spouting while sitting on our patio.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Three Heads are Better Than One!

These family members are trying to read the directions to install a pot rack.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Adaptive Re-use

This arrangements of old dishware makes an attractive piece of art.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Urban Garden

This is one of two raised beds that some people have planted on their front lawn.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Unusual Artwork

This artwork was made from small plastic baskets that were painted and glued in place. I really like the way they make shadows and patterns.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

George Washington

This piece of artwork was made from U.S. currency bills- $1.oo bills of George Washington.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bathroom Arrangement

I'm always impressed by fresh flowers in a public bathroom. It's such a nice touch.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art and Ugly Doll

I started taking my Ugly Doll with me when I travel. Here she is next to a wonderful piece of contemporary art

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Public Art

I really like this sculpture which is in the De Young Museum in San Francisco-- a long way from Rancho Palos Verdes.

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Lines and Angles

This graphic, painted on the side of a building, is another example of a great use of lines and angles.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy Child

This little boy was part of a group of children on the streetcar. They were on their way to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans' Day, 2009

My childhood friend lives in Santa Rosa. She is an honorary member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors' Group. This was their entry in the local Veterans' Day parade.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Street Recycling

This street trash can was designed with a place for inserting your recyclables-- newspapers, cans, etc. It doesn't take up any more space than an ordinary container, but allows users to be part of the landfill problem in an easy-to-use way.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lovely Motorcycle

The major road that goes through my city and along the Pacific Ocean is very popular with motorcyclists and bikers. This couple was parked near my car when I finished my 10K run.

Triangles and Arches

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Autumn Leaves

Yes, there are autumn leaves in our part of southern California.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wayfarers Chapel - outside looking in

When I stopped to investigate the scaffolding (see yesterday's post), I took a little bit of time to enjoy the rest of this peaceful and lovely church.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Renovation at Wayfarers Chapel

The bell tower and cross were being renovated last week for the first time in fifty years. The cross was painted and the carillon and its tower were restored. I was very surprised to see the scaffolding around the tower.

Wayfarers Chapel

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