Archive | January, 2014

Ahoy!

Awaiting their Captain and First Mate, these deck chairs undoubtedly have adventures of the high seas they could share, and…. wait! Hush…shhhh… if you listen carefully once the ships have docked, the sun set, a pink-tinged sky has settled into a deeper hue, the crew has hoisted their last “cheers” and retired, you just might catch […]

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Noodle Soup

Discovered my all time favorite ramen place in Downtown Fullerton, called Kopan Ramen. Absolutely delicious! Super affordable, large portion, and a vegetarian option! Their “Veggie Ramen” has the most wonderful tasting broth, and is loaded with delicious vegetables. The last time I visited, I decided to try their “Soft Shell Crab” appetizer as well…first time […]

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Mr Patriotic

I spotted this dapper gentleman riding along past Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro. Actually, it would have been impossible to miss him. Notice the loudspeaker in the box behind his seat. Those speakers were blasting patriotic music so loud I’m sure he was heard miles away! By the time I caught up with him […]

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Mighty Trees

Went camping in Big Bear with Cam and his wonderful family a little while back…what a fantastic trip, and an absolutely stunning place to camp! We stayed at Hanna Flats Campground, right in the middle of the forest…massive trees surrounding us, and tons of hiking trails to explore. I couldn’t help taking several pics of […]

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Vibrant Blue

Spotted this gorgeous blue jay standing among the bamboo, while I was wandering through the Huntington Library gardens. I just love the vibrant color of these birds…guess it also helps that blue’s my favorite color. 🙂 To see more pics from this amazing place, please view my other articles: “Desert at the Huntington Library,” and […]

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Taste of the Getty

Kat and I visited the Getty Museum in L.A. a little while back, before our blog launch, and before buying our “big guy” cameras (the Nikon d5100s). Not wanting to discount the photo quality of the Nikon Coolpix L1 I’d used for several years, I decided to upload some pics for this article, taken with […]

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“Gaggle of Geese”

Enjoying an afternoon stroll across an Anaheim park’s empty parking lot, this gaggle of geese (haha, love the way that sounds… gaggle of geese!) caught my eye. Impressed by the discipline of the youngsters in keeping such an orderly walk, I recalled a time when my son, Andreas, was a youngster and an adult goose […]

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Biking the Santa Ana River Trail

Kat and I took a late afternoon bike ride last year, along the Santa Ana River Trail, entering at about Mile 22 from Yorba Regional Park. Altogether the Trail runs about 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach to the Orange/Riverside County line. We didn’t go far; the bike was a recent purchase […]

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Street Photography at MacArthur Park

MacArthur/Westlake Park is one of L.A.’s oldest parks. Originally an unappreciated swamp used as a city dump, L.A.’s mayor during the late 1800s, William Workman, proposed to have the “swamp” converted into a city park. MacArthur/Westlake Park opened to the public in 1890. (For more history on the park, read the following article by Nathan […]

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“Desert Campfire”

A campfire under the stars in the desert = pure bliss. 🙂 Cam and I went camping at the Mojave National Preserve (please refer to my article Hole-in-the-Wall Camping for more pictures from this wonderful trip), and couldn’t resist the opportunity to make s’mores under the stars with the rolling desert hills surrounding us. 🙂 Recommendation […]

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“Perky Pink Plumeria”

Growing in the greenhouse at South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes, this little plumeria caught my eye. It reminded me to a time in elementary school (just a few years ago) when the “in” thing with the very artistic crayon crowd was to carefully outline each shape in our pictures. This particular pretty, […]

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“Neon Mohawk”

Visited MacArthur Park, located just outside of Downtown L.A., with my Auntie Jeanne for a street photography expedition. I’ve always found it difficult to snap candid photos of strangers, but used this opportunity to break out of my comfort zone. While wandering the grounds, I spotted this character entertaining the kids. Wasn’t too difficult to […]

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The Hidden Zoo

Spontaneously went out with a friend one day last week, and discovered the absolutely beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Despite all of my exploring in the area, I’d never heard about this hidden gem before. It’s home to a railroad, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and a zoo! The zoo at this park is very small, and […]

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“Mountains Viewed from Hope Rock”

Stunning view of the San Gabriel Mountains from Hope Rock (photo below), on a trail above Descanso Garden‘s Boddy House in La Canada Flintridge, starting point of the Angeles Crest Highway. Having grown up in La Crescenta (next town to the west), this area is my childhood stomping grounds…. and what stomping grounds they were! ~SueBee (photos […]

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“Jammin”

Today’s Foto Fix consists of three pictures… combined they tell the story of a lively jam session along the promenade, next to the wharf, at Huntington Beach. ~SueBee (photos by Sue Bee)

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Beach City, Wake Up!

The area near the pier is dressed in its finest as the early morning sun breaks through the mist. In the gallery below are a few more photos from my visit to Santa Monica Beach this past Sunday. The photo of Camera Obscura now has me curious, and prompts a return visit, as it was closed for refurbishing. The […]

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Beach People, Wake Up!

People get their day on, one way or the other, as seen at Santa Monica Beach this past Sunday. From one end of life’s spectrum to the other, some wide awake and happily active, others avoiding morning at all costs. I saw joy, I saw sorrow. A morning at the beach in Southern California. This […]

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Visiting the Farm Store

Cal Poly Pomona has one of the most gorgeous campuses. Originally the ranch of Kellogg cereal founder, Will Keith Kellogg, this school still focuses immensely on Agriculture, and has one of the top programs in the country. As a polytechnic university, the philosophy of the school is “hands on learning,” providing students with real world […]

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Beach, Wake Up!

There’s a different vibe at the beach in the early morning. The wide variety of life attached to it rises and begins its daily routine. This past Sunday morning, I journeyed to Santa Monica Beach, and Palisades Park, top of the sandy cliffs above Pacific Coast Highway. After parking at a meter, I joined countless […]

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Hike to Holy Jim Falls

Nothing like hiking a tree-lined path to reach a waterfall on a warm, sunny day. Yesterday, Cam and I, along with our friends Ariane and Max, hiked the Holy Jim Falls trail in Trabuco Canyon. The hike is about 2.8 miles round trip, and is absolutely beautiful. To get to the trail head requires either […]

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