Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring has come!

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The weather has sure been unpredictable lately. We had pouring rain just yesterday and snow in Huntington Beach! And, this weekend we are supposed to have sunny 82 degree days. But the ever changing weather has not stopped my garden from coming to life. The morning after a heavy rainfall brought such beauty. My Tulips and Nasturtiums have started to take over....not to mention the Morning Glories.

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"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from dreams of it's wintry rest"
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley


Monday, March 2, 2015

Focus on fitness

Furman Park exercise equipment

One thing I appreciate about the City of Downey is its focus on fitness. From the walks with the mayor started a few years ago by past mayor Mario Guerra, to the plans for bike path improvements throughout Downey, the focus is on getting people out of the house and into the open.

The latest focus on fitness is at Furman Park. The new and improved walking path was completed in November. The final stage of the park improvements is this outdoor stationary fitness equipment.

All the more reason to take a walk at Furman Park.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Just a little flash

Intermediate Photography class with Joan Day

Assignment: Use your flash to take a picture of someone against a bright sky. Adjust your camera and flash settings so that the sky isn't washed out and the person's face isn't in shadow.

So, how did I do? (Hint: I still need to tone down that flash a little more, so that it looks more natural.)

This is the first week of  Intermediate Photography, a four-week class taught by photographer Joan Day (above, center) at the Downey Adult School. We're learning to use flash effectively. I rarely use my flash, and therefore, I've never really learned to use it well. So I'm learning a lot and having fun in the process.

This week's class covered theory and some hands-on practice at the school, where we take turns being photographer and model. The rest of the weeks will be field trips, where we can practice in fun locations.

Intermediate Photography class with Joan Day

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Need a tow?

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I'm back down in San Diego this weekend and was out adventuring looking for a fun local park to take a walk when I came across the Cesar Chavez Park at the Port of San Diego.

IMG_3846 as Smart Object-1More interesting than the park itself was the fact that the small park was set on the edge of a working port. Tow boats were tied up along the pier just across from a walking pier set out from the park.

At the end of the cement walking pier was a great view of Coronado Bridge crossing over San Diego Bay.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

It's a small world

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And no, I'm not talking about the Small World ride at Disneyland.

I had the opportunity to attend an LA Kings hockey game again this week. But considering that this isn't a Downey event (and that we posted about the previous game here), I wasn't planning on turning this outing into a Downey Daily post—until I looked up and saw Don Lamkin doing pushups on the big screen during a break in the game.

Don is a local Downey resident and the artist responsible for the Downey Doodle-icious mural in downtown Downey. According to Don, the promotion folks grabbed him and his buddy and talked them into a push-up contest for a Golds Gym sponsored in-house "commercial." They both won gift boxes filled with healthy snacks. (By the way, Don won the competition with 36 pushups to his friend's 34.)

Don Lamkin Kings Game

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Night construction

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Three streets of our neighbors here in Downey were without electricity tonight because the telephone poles holding their electrical wires were being replaced. It will take the Herman Weissker Inc. workmen all night to replace all six poles.

The poles were first installed in the 1920s and need to be replaced before an accident happens. Each pole must have its wires disconnected and then reconnected to the new pole. Some of this work happens in the air.

And some happens on the ground.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How does your garden grow?

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I took this picture on Naples Island, which is part of Long Beach just twenty miles south of Downey. It was during Christmas and we went there to see the homes lit up for the season. This tree intrigued me with its growing sideways. I should go back during the spring or summer to see it with leaves on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Magical snow

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Yesterday Pam talked about the sky exploding and the thunder, lightning, and pounding rain we experienced. Well, it's dry now and almost feels like spring.

IMG_3823 as Smart Object-1But, looking up Paramount Blvd. you can see that when the sky explodes, it doesn't just mean rain. The mountains were absolutely covered in snow, as if by magic! Even from Smallwood, the snowy mountain tops loomed above the trees.

Looking up at all that snow had me wishing I could drop everything and go enjoy it...make snow angels and just have fun.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event."
~ JB Priestly