Archive | February, 2014

Not Pumping Iron

Driving around the hills of Brea, in northern Orange County, you’ll find countless old, rusty pumps still going strong. The city of Brea, meaning “tar” in Spanish, was apparently quite the oil town. Founded in 1917, the city grew up as a place for the oil workers to live. The hills around Brea are still dotted […]

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Striding By Art

This large wall art appears to be a serpent, or something snake-like, with exposed skeleton in parts, organs and scales in others. I don’t see the head anywhere, but it could have been further down the wall. I had just a moment to catch the picture before the signal changed and my son accelerated. The […]

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Rainbow Palms

During a trip to Palm Springs, I came across a vintage hotel, surrounded by palms, with rainbow colors painted on the building. I absolutely love the style of vintage architecture, tons of color, and unique designs, so I just had to snap a pic of this quirky building! ~Kat (pic by Kat)

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In the Crosswalk

Today’s Foto Fix was taken from inside the car yesterday on Glendale Boulevard, driving towards the Angelino Heights section of Los Angeles. I’d had lunch with my son at an old favorite, the Red Lion Inn, a German pub/restaurant in Silver Lake, then was lucky to have him driving while we toured a bit of […]

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Golfing at the Pacific

While on a drive along the spectacular, gorgeous, beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, I stopped to take some photos of the Trump Golf Resort. I remembered reading about it some time back, whatever controversy that it caused as it was being planned and then built (sorry, don’t remember details of that), and so when I spotted […]

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Bocce in the Park

I was out and about in the Pasadena/Arcadia area recently, taking pics, and came across this group of men lawn bowling. They were so serious and intent on their game that naturally, they were the perfect photo subjects! Of course, the guy’s stars and stripes hat was an added bonus!! 🙂 ~Kat (pics by Kat)

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Fuschia Blooms

Today’s Foto Fix features brilliantly colored blooms on a tree at the L.A. County Arboretum. I neglected to check the tag for tree variety, so please chime in if you know! It appears slightly similar to an orchard, but is there such a thing as an orchid tree? ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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Eat Here! Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

Rice Cake with Vegetables…Sauteed Garlic String Beans….Shrimp and Green Melon Dumplings….Vegetable Fried Rice…some of the most delicious Chinese dishes I’ve ever had!   Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, located in Arcadia down the street from the L.A. Arboretum, has easily become one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. They have a couple other locations in Southern […]

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Ready for Battle

This scene reminded me of the western movies I loved as a kid…. brave warriors, lined up, spears proudly held upright, each ready for battle, awaiting the command to attack…the spears then lowered and horses nudged into action. Today’s Foto Fix and story were created at the Los Angeles County Arboretum a week or so […]

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L.A. Mycological Society

Who knew? Not me! Knew what, you ask? That a society exists for mushrooms! I’d never even heard the word mycology (the study of mushrooms and fungi) in my life. A recent visit to the L.A. County Arboretum, though, coincided with an exhibition sponsored by the Los Angeles Mycological Society. I arrived late in the day, […]

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Duck in the Clouds

Today’s Foto Fix is of a duck floating in the clouds… a reflection on one of the lakes at El Dorado Nature Center, featured in my other articles here and here. ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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El Dorado Nature Center (2)

This is the second part of my previous article introducing the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach. I visited there this past Saturday and really enjoyed myself. It’s a beautiful place to spend some time outdoors, take a walk, use your camera!  ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)

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Car Show Band

Downtown Garden Grove each Friday late afternoon, the classic cars roll into town, Main Street’s closed off, the band entertains until dark and folks start to head for home. That’s a good way to end the work week! ~SueBee (photo by SueBee)

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Eat Here! North Woods

Look at that, will you! Snow in Southern California!!! 🙂 One of my favorite restaurants since childhood is Clearman’s North Woods. I have many fond memories of the days, long ago, when my dad would take our family to the one in Arcadia. We’d wait in the bar for our table, my brother and me enthralled […]

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Seriously?!!

I’m filing this picture under “only in Southern California”. I’ve seen plenty of limousines being driven around the Southland, taking high school kids to the prom, famous people to events, bridal parties to and fro… but I’ve never seen a limo this crazy long before! While walking around the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia this past […]

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Hiking Whiting Ranch

My boyfriend Cam discovered an amazing hike near the Cleveland National Forest in Southeast Orange County: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. We’ve been a couple times, but during our last visit, we spotted a whole group of deer! We both had our cameras along, so of course we had to capture a few pics. 🙂 The […]

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El Dorado Nature Center (1)

While growing weary of packing boxes for an upcoming move, I decided fresh air was in order. Following a recent recommendation of my oldest daughter, Angelika, I drove to the El Dorado Nature Center, just off the 605 freeway in Long Beach. My visit there was just what the doctor (me) ordered! It’s impossible to […]

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“Sky on Fire”

While driving home from Anza Borrego, the sky looked like it was on fire! Had to capture a pic! Amazing how gorgeous sunsets look with rain clouds in the sky. ~Kat (pic by Kat)          

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

I heard on the radio this past week that Baseball Spring Training is starting up, which prompted me to dig out some photos from last year when Kat and I attended an Angel’s game in Anaheim. Going to the game was one of my typical spontaneous ideas… nostalgia had started kicking in while driving past […]

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Plants of Anza-Borrego

While camping in Anza-Borrego over the weekend for Cam’s birthday, I spotted lots of incredible plants! Cam and I stopped by the Visitor Center on the way home, and explored the little quarter mile nature trail, which is super neat, since all the plants are labeled! Took several pics here…and I picked up a new […]

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