Monday, February 27, 2017

Brick arch

Brick trimmed house

This house caught my eye the other day. There's nothing particularly special—I just liked the combination of the red bricks with the green trim, echoed in the red and green leaves of the landscaping. Oh, and the arch over the window that sets the whole thing off.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Put out the welcome cat

Cat at gate

I saw a lot of cats as I drove through this neighborhood recently. Most of them skittered away when I got close. But this cat made a point of stopping at his gate so that he could welcome me in, if I chose to visit.

"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat."
~ Tay Hohoff

Saturday, February 25, 2017



Spring is on its way. With all the rain we've had, my nasturtiums are growing like crazy.

"The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." 
~ Gertrude S. Wister

Friday, February 24, 2017

Humans of Downey - Alex


"A hero in my life would be my dad. He's always guiding me in the right direction by the lessons he gives me. Also, he's a great role model and gives me inspiration. One saying he has told me is that to find a good wife, you need to look at her family life. It doesn't matter how she looks or any other surface characteristic, but look at her family values. He's always helping me by giving me advice, whether it's about finding a wife or getting a good job, he's always looking out for me.

"My dad really motivates me by his actions. My dad came here from Iran as an immigrant when he was 25 years old. His first job was washing car windows at a gas station. He had mechanics training from when he was in the Iranian army. So, he worked his way up in the auto repair business until he finally opened his own auto repair shop. Later, he went into the real estate business buying houses, remodeling and reselling them. This work ethic has inspired me to work hard if I want to succeed in my business."

~ Alex

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Waiting for the train

Railroad tracks

This railroad track, which follows Firestone Boulevard through Downey, is called the Los Nietos branch (a.k.a. the Patata Industrial Lead) and is owned by Union Pacific Railroad. The trains on this track carry freight, and the maximum speed allowed through Downey is 10 m.p.h.

Maybe that's why it seems to take so long when you get stuck waiting for a train to pass at one of its twelve railroad crossings in Downey.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Humans of Downey - Jordan


"My hero is my mom. She's always helped me. When I was little, I was trying to make myself some Top Ramen noodles and I burned myself. She put some cream on the wound and the pain went away. I was surprised because she could make it go away so quickly. Then she took me to the doctor's office and they said I would be alright.

"My next great adventure is playing football at Cerritos College. There are several 4-year schools that are keeping an eye on me and when I'm ready, then I'll be playing for one of them."
~ Jordan

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Storm print


The storm from last week left its mark on our city. In the picture above, you can see the big tree that was uprooted in Rio San Gabriel Park.

IMG_1650-1And, despite sewer drains all throughout the city, the water couldn't drain fast enough. On my way home from work last Friday, I was surprised to notice my phone navigation app warned me of a "flood" up ahead as I was exiting the 605 freeway. And, sure enough, it was flooded and completely overrunning the curb halfway across the street. I will say I drove more slowly than normal that night. It was a scary drive home.

"The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 20, 2017

That golden hour


The photographer's golden hour is that hour after sunrise or before sunset, when the light turns everything, well, golden. We can take that light for granted when the scene is just an ordinary Downey street. But combine that light with the dark storm clouds in the background, and even an ordinary street scene can make you stop and take notice.