Under hanging cut out paper Valentine hearts and cupids, troubadour Rafael Rubion sings
with strong emotion "Cucurrucucú Paloma" at La Parrilla restaurant in Los Angeles Westlake neighborhood.
post : 8 February 2015 - valentine troubadour comments
shadow tree green
post : 4 february 2015 - shadow tree green comments
moon and telephone pole
post : 21 january 2015 - moon tele pole comments
post : 25 november 2014 - bicycle broken comments
"concentration without thought"
post : 7 november 2014 - smoke break comments
el rey theatre
Andy Warhol Makeup Night. El Rey Theatre. Los Angeles 2002.
post : 4 november 2014 - el rey comments
Wilshire and Fairfax, Los Angeles.
post : 4 november 2014 - street portrait comments
wilshire blvd. los angeles 2002
post : 3 november 2014 - wilshire blvd. 02 comments
Autumn leaves early morning after over night rain. Toluca Lake, CA.
post : 2 november 2014 - autumn leaves comments
harvest moon 2014
A desert harvest mooncake for you ...
post : 9 september 2014 - harvest mooncake comments
shadow bird dance
post : 24 july 2014 - shadow bird dance comments
1941 Tatra T87 and resting dog
Franklin Canyon Park high in the hills of Beverly Hills was the venue for a low key, unpretentious, cool classic car show last Sunday.
A classic car and history I was not aware of was the aerodynamic 1941 Tatra T87. It was designed in Czechoslovakia and built during World War Two under German occupation. Known for high speed and luxury. A favorite of Hitler, many were appropiated by high ranking Nazi officers. The car became known to invading allies as their "secret weapon." it is said that because of their speed of up to 100 mph and unique handling numerous officers lost control and were killed in cornering.
Paul Greenstein restored and owns the car. Highway Earth was the car show name.
1941 Tatra T87
post : 30 june 2014 - car show comments
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post : 26 june 2014 - daisy survivor comments
street art day
street art night
Fairfax district, Los Angeles.
post : 25 june 2014 - street art day and night comments
straw hat lost
post : 18 june 2014 - straw hat lost comments
The Brewery Art Complex in Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights neighborhood was originally in 1903 an Edison Electric Steam Power Plant. Years later the Papst Blue Ribbon and Eastside Beer brewery. Since the mid 80's a complex of live-in-lofts, studios, gallery's, and businesses in 21 old warehouse buildings. Hmm I don't know about the fading Paradox Iron painted on the side of the main smoke stack building. A paradox?
Poppies growing on the edge of The Brewery visitor parking. Above, out of sight, cars on the 5 freeway whiz by.
post : 15 june 2014 : brewery and poppies comments
avon bar soap
Along with ocean smoothed rocks, stones, and pebbles, half a bar of Avon soap washed ashore by powerful breaking waves at Southern California's famous surfing spot - Trestles. -
post : 8 June 2014 - avon soap comments
hollywood sign unglamorous
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post : 6 june 2014 - hollywood sign unglamorous comments
hollywood sign jumping
A couple of days ago when hiking under the popular Hollywood sign, Alice and Tobey visiting from Hong Kong asked if I would take their picture jumping in front of the renown sign.
Ok I replied.
1... 2... 3... jump...
I told them I would email their photo and , "xie, xie." (translation: shay shay is thank you) The only Chinese words that I could think of. Alice respectively pressed her hands together as praying (wai), slightly lowered her head, and responded, "xie xie." With a slight smile I returned her gesture.
They then went back to taking pictures of each other under the Hollywood sign.
To see more Hollywood Sign photos : CLICK HERE
post : 10 may 2014 - hollywood sign jumping comments
salt point 3
This morniing I received an email saying that I am a "Nominee at the 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup." Salt Point 3 is nominated in the abstract catagory. Hmmm "close but no cigar." It's an "International Award Honoring Color Photography," so I guess being a nominee is Ok. Included in the email was my award medal (a click on medal will direct you to the Masters Cup site), a press release form, notice of a Certificate of Achievement to be mailed, publication in The Journal a digital magazine, and a big "CONGRATULATIONS."
Salt Point 3 is from my Sun & Cellophane series.
post : 5 may 2014 - salt point 3 comments
Here is the other image I entered into the International Color Masters Cup, but no mention, no medal. Maybe I should say that these two photos were not made with a digital camera, or digitally manipulated. They were made the old fashion way with Kodachrome 64.
post : 5 may 2014 - baby power comments
Bicycles, spokes, security bars. Los Angeles Westlake neighborhood.
Tony said he already had the bicycle frame. All other components he purchased. Putting them together himself, with a fixed gear that continually spins the pedals, and no brakes. He agreed that stopping was tricky. He has to look down the road and be prepared to stop using his strength to stop the spinning pedals. Slowing or skidding the rear tire to reduce speed or stop the bike.
At the bike shop he bought some toe pedal straps to secure his feet to the pedals, assisting in this pulling up back pedal braking. Then off he went at a slow Sunday morning side walk pedal.
post : 1 may 2014 - bicycles comments
total lunar eclipse - aka "blood moon"
The total lunar eclipse, "blood moon," seen from the high desert foothills between Apple Valley, and Lucerne, CA. The full moon was super brilliant. When the earth's shadow began darkening the edge of the moon, several dogs began barking. An eerie howling chorus of coyotes joined in. As moon light slowly turned to darkness, in unison, the barking and howling gave way to sudden, absolute quiet.
To see larger and another photo : CLICK HERE
post : 16 april 2014 - lunar eclipse comments
six months after the yosemite national park "rim fire"
lupine on california highway 49
Last week I drove the switchback curves of winding historic CA. Highway 49 to the north entrance of Yosemite Park. Rain showers traded with sunlight off and on. At roadside lupine and poppy's
were at their fresh colorful best.
In 2013, mid- August through mid- October on the edge of Yosemite Park raged the devestating 257,000 acre Rim Fire.
I had read that from the ashes of wild fire, wild flowers flourish. When I received an email from a local there that the time for ashes to flowers was right. Off I went.
For story and more photos of that road trip : CLICK HERE
post : 1 april 2014 - ashes and flowers comments
9 March @ 8:30am : The first morning of daylight savings time -
Glendale, CA skyline, the Verdugos and San Gabriel mountains seen
from Los Angeles, Griffith Park northern Mt. Hollywood trail.
For a larger view : CLICK HERE
post : 10 march 2014 - glendale skyline comments
flag & crosses - international women's day los angeles
missing girls and women - international women's day los angeles
ayúdanos a encontrarlas - help us find them
8 March - International Women's Day was observed in Los Angeles's McArthur Park with music, dancing, art, poetry, speakers. The global theme was "Equality for women is progress for all." A few women wore "sandwich board" signs with photos and descriptions of missing girls and women. "Veterans for Peace" had a memorial of crosses for teenagers that were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. One speaker said, 'Stop sending our children off to die. As women, invest in caring not killing.'
post : 9 march 2014 - international women's day comments
While the east coast of the U.S. experiences all time record breaking snow fall and sub freezing temperatures, the west coast, Southern California, is summer time hot, with an all time record breaking serious lack of rain and impending water shortage.
Two bask under the mid-day sun in North Hollywood park.
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tradional mexican strolling musician
Strolling musician Rafael Rubion sings popular folk song "La Paloma" in La Parrilla restaurant, Los Angeles, Sunday morning before Valentine's Day. Bright red cutouts of hearts and cupids for lovers dangled above his head. Shyly in broken English he proudly said he's been playing the guitar and singing for 45 years.
post : 9 february 2014 - strolling musician comments
Her name is Lexi, a spokesmodel for Celebrity Cruises at the Los Angeles Times travel show. She coyly looks directly at you as she speaks. The only thing she was not really there. She's a life size double sided projection onto a 1/2 inch thick screen. She smiles, blinks from time to time, and speaks in an alluring way of complimentary drinks, gourmet food, and the wonderful time to be had onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship. The most charming hostess at the travel show, until -poof- she's unplugged.
lexi (reverse projected side)
post : 19 january 2014 - lexi comments
circus liquor clown
Hovering above passing motorists a laughing neon clown beckons with the lure of liquor and wine. Amusing, the clown is a long time North Hollywood landmark at the corner of Vineland Ave. and Burbank Blvd. Although a tough neighborhood for a late night run for booze.
post : 6 january 2014 - circus liquor clown comments
Idle Hour Cafe
A Historic-Cultural Monument restoration in progress. In Los Angeles the last remaining example of barrel shaped architecture is on Vineland Ave. North Hollywood. Built in 1941 as the Idlle Hour Cafe. Sold and renamed in the 1960's as Rudy's Keg the big barrel became La Cana, a Flamenco dinner club in 1971. Closed and deteriorating since 1984, the reborn barrel shaped building will again be the Idle Hour when reopened.
post : 6 january 2014 - idle hour cafe comments