Archive | December, 2013

Washing Away 2013

Wow what a year! Flew by very fast, but so many memories were created! SueBee and I went on countless adventures together and separately, and have absolutely loved sharing these adventures with you! To wrap up a fantastic 2013, and bring in 2014, here are some of our favorite pics from the past year 🙂 […]

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“SueBeezzz”

Kat is the close-up photography specialist, and I’ve tried my best to catch up with her skills. While wandering through the desert section of the Fullerton Arboretum yesterday, I captured a bee photo I’m pleased to share. It’s not as spectacular as some Kat’s taken, but I’m proud of it nonetheless! 🙂 🙂 ~SueBee (photo […]

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Observing at the Observatory!

Spontaneous idea in hand, I joined crowds of others yesterday, driving the narrow, winding road from Ferndell to the Griffith Park Observatory. I was stuck in the plodding line of cars, and could do nothing other than inch my way forward to the top. I honestly figured the city must be giving away solid gold […]

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The Gamble House

Touring the Gamble House in Pasadena, a gorgeous example of American Arts & Crafts style architecture, was like taking a walk back in time, a very low-lit walk! New to the time, the electric lighting was dim, the woods dark, windows not quite sufficient for lighting such large rooms. But, the woods were beautiful, the styling very […]

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“Dophin Girl”

The ocean beckons us for a little break from Santa Claus, overeating, and non-stop Christmas carols on the radio. Besides, it was warm (82deg, 27c) here in Southern California today and that makes me think ‘beach’! I took this picture during the summer off the pier at Huntington Beach. Surfer girl was so determined, paddling […]

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“Merry Christmas”

For the child in all of us – may we never lose that! A very Merry Christmas and best of the season to our friends in the blogging world. 🙂 Today’s Foto Fix was taken of a music store window in downtown Fullerton. The store has four very large windows facing along the main street […]

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Gingerbread House!

Cam and I made a Gingerbread house last night…so fun! I think it turned out pretty good too! Happy Holidays! 🙂 ~Kat

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“The Doorbell”

Here I am, 10 years old again… Approaching quietly, secretively, one foot placed directly in front of the next to such an extreme that my balance is momentarily thrown off. I take a quick glance back over my shoulder to the whispered snickers of “them”… those cowards, my pals. No! They’re not my friends. How […]

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Mission plantlife

Photos in this gallery are a sampling of the abundant, beautiful plants and flowers on the grounds at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, described in my other article. ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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Touring a Mission founded in 1776

Surprising that growing up in Southern California, I’d never been inside the gates at Mission San Juan Capistrano. I suppose, even though mom took my brother and me to all the museums and sights in the Los Angeles area each summer vacation, driving any further would have been out of the question for a day […]

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“Alms for the poor”

How many years has this little box been calling out for donations? Certainly not as long as the walls it’s attached to, but clearly more years than the door and wreath to the left. How many coins or bills have been stashed within? Which hands put them there, which hands removed them? Historical sites always […]

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“Get your fresh fruit, flowers… mop!”

Pomegranates! Papayas! Fresh cut roses! Mops, brooms! Is there anything more fun than wandering through small, neighborhood markets? Particularly ethnic markets… those with items for sale that aren’t on your weekly shopping list; from cultures or countries other than your own; where the packaging is in a language you don’t understand?! Today’s Foto Fix is […]

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Landing at the Mission Fountain

Having spent this past Sunday afternoon enjoying the sunshine and clear blue skies in San Juan Capistrano, exploring the historic Mission grounds, you might well imagine I was in photographer’s heaven. While sorting through several hundred pictures and organizing into an enticing article, I’ve decided to make these adorable little birds landing at the fountain […]

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Purple Mask & French Horn

Holiday decor at Disneyland is amazing, especially in my favorite land, New Orleans Square! This “foto fix” shows one of the many elegant displays featured in N.O.S. ~Kat (photo by Kat)

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Retro Crystal Cove

What could be better than a gorgeous Southern California beach…. until you toss in a few historic beach cottages, an on-the-sand restaurant, cocktail bar, museum, and gift shop! It’s all discretely tucked away at Crystal Cove State Park, along Pacific Coast Highway (better known as PCH) south of Corona del Mar, north of Laguna Beach. I’d […]

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“Seeing Eye to Eye”

Today’s Foto Fix was taken at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach with an Instamatic. I don’t know the kids in the picture, photo quality is rather poor, but I like the shot regardless! ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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Desert at the Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is home to an amazing museum, and several stunning gardens. I posted about the museum previously, but thought I’d share some pics from one of the gardens. Out of the 14 different gardens, my favorite is the Desert. Featuring over 5,000 species, I could snap pics here all day long! Below are some […]

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Serenity and Netsuke

The Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is a serene, calming place. Muted colors, natural light filtering in, rounded architecture, walkways leading naturally from one exhibit to the next. A great variety of really interesting sculptures, glassware, artwork. An exhibit near the front entrance fascinated Kat and me more than […]

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LACMA in Black and White

Black and white photography can be stunning. The subject speaks in a way that oftentimes color doesn’t allow to be expressed, the color distracting from the image. Some of the most famous pictures, those of Ansel Adams for example, were shot in BW. I haven’t used much BW film over the years, except when I […]

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“Paint this View… the Art Lesson”

As I wandered along the clifftop pathway, above one of my favorite Pacific Ocean hideaways, I grew fascinated, watching these art students gathered around their teacher. I’d personally taken up the brush just over a year ago, having my first go at painting, using acrylics and an inexpensive, small canvas I’d bought at a local […]

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