Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stop and discover Downey

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We have shown you some of the improvements on Firestone Blvd. that Downey has been doing recently. I noticed this addition recently as I was across the street at the Downey Gateway. It is a bus stop for the LA metro bus line. Since the buses are equipped with bike racks for their riding passengers, the bus stop has bike racks for waiting passengers.

DSC_0774And since Downey taxes paid for them, we get to advertise Downey.

How have you "discovered" Downey this year?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Riverbed cityscape

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I found this view of the LA cityscape when I was commuting to USC, which surprisingly is only about 13 miles via surface streets from Downey. I liked that it looked as if the city buildings were sitting on this bridge.

IMG_3974a as Smart Object-1According to Wikipedia, a cityscape is the urban equivalent to a landscape. In the visual arts, a cityscape (urban landscape) is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print, or photograph, of the physical aspects of a city or urban area. So, for fun I also created a more artistic cityscape.

Unfortunately, as with many views from the riverbed, it's hard to escape the power lines.

"The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it."
~ Charles Baudelaire

Monday, March 23, 2015

The porch cat

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A cat on the porch is a peaceful thing. A dog at the window will bark and race around, either in welcome or warning. But the cat lies quietly, and just watches through half-closed eyes.

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
~ Wesley Bates

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Captain of Yosemite

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On one of our hikes this weekend, this site greeted us as we came around a corner. This is the southeast face of El Capitan, which contains the Dawn Wall. On January 14 of this year, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free climb of the Dawn Wall.

Below is what that 3,000 foot climb looks like, looking up from the valley floor.

El Capitan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Morning with the deer

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This morning we took one of our usual walks around the back of Yosemite Lodge. We encountered groups of deer roaming, looking for a morning munch. What I didn't expect was what happened as we got down to the area of the swinging bridge.

IMG_4174 as Smart Object-1There were a lot of photographers in the area, closer to the water. So we walked down to see if there was a nice reflection. Then I noticed the deer across the creek approaching the edge of the water. Then, to my surprise, he entered the water and began crossing right to me. If you look in the picture, you see another deer entering the water to follow.

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It was kind of amazing and something I had never encountered. Once they were both safely on the bank by us, they scampered off to find "greener" pastures.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Yosemite river walk

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It's time once again for our annual winter weekend at Yosemite. Today, we're hiking the Valley Floor Loop trail.

It's the first time I've walked this part of this trail. It's a bit different, since it doesn't have one of the famous Yosemite sights as a destination. It just wanders along the valley floor by the Merced River. Whether it's the trees opening up to a view of the valley walls or Half Dome peaking out above a view of a bend in the river, there is a surprise around every corner.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy trails to you

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Along with the beauty of the ocean, the night sky and the surrounding countryside, what made our stay in Avila Beach so memorable was the Bob Jones bike path. It is a 2.5 mile trek along a beautiful golf course and through an expansive oak grove.

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As you can read, Bob Jones was worthy of this honor. And we were glad we brought our bikes along.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunrise, sunset

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We went up to Avila Beach for a few days this week. That's a coastal city 200 miles north of Downey located on a south-facing beach of the San Luis Obispo Bay. I woke up early and took some pictures of the sunrise over Pismo Beach.

DSC_0756So then I thought I would show you a sunset over the other end of the bay.

"Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days."

And now we're back in Downey.