Sunday, July 31, 2016

Downey Daily is taking a break

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After almost seven years of posting a picture a day of Downey, we at DDP are ready for a break. (Today's post is our 2,402nd post since we started in 2009.) So we've decided to take off the month of August. This will give us a chance to get some new inspiration and build up our backlog of Downey photos.

We'll still be posting the occasional Instagram photo to our Facebook page (without our usual editorializing). Other than that, we look forward to seeing you again in September!

~ Pam, Joan, and Steve

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dogs of Downey - Chico

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We've been posting our Downey pictures for a little over 6 years now and I have to admit, sometimes I struggle to come up with new material. However, one of the blogs I have followed on and off for quite some time gave me inspiration—Rivera Dogs. So, as I meet some of the interesting dogs in Downey, I will share them and give you a little introduction.

IMG_8800-1This cute boy was hanging out last Wednesday night at Furman Park. He was clearly enjoying the orchestra providing our weekly "Concerts in the Park." I believe his name was Chico (unfortunately my phone—where I made all my notes about my new little friend—took a swim), so I hope I'm remembering correctly.

He is about 4 years old and was adopted from SEAACA. He is obviously pampered and if you attend the Wednesday night concert next week, I'm sure you will find him chillin' between his owners on the "lawn."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sunsets and yard art

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This picture combines three of my favorite photo subjects: yard art, sunset, and trees. Many of these globes and lanterns hang from the lower branches of this tree. I imagine that once it's fully dark, the candles will give off a soft glow that's perfect for those sitting underneath.

The tree is one of those wiggy tree types whose branches seem to squirm around everywhere—what I like to think of as a Medusa tree. The branches and leaves are airy enough to allow the sky with its pink sunset clouds to show through beautifully.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Practice, practice, practice

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For the first time, I played a round of golf at Los Amigos Golf Club in Downey. It is just down the street from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. I was pleasantly surprised at the layout. It has spacious fairways, which are important to not-so-good players as myself. I would recommend you check it out some time. Here is their website.

As I was waiting to tee off on the first tee I noticed this young boy and his grandfather practicing in the sand trap. The boy was practicing getting the ball out of the sand and up onto the green. From what I saw, he was very good. The grandfather was practicing smoothing out the divots the boy's club and golf shoes were making in the sand.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pokemon Go!

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When my wife and I go out for our nightly walk, we often pass by this area of Downey. It's the area just outside the police department.

DSC_0632At first we thought the younger set had found a new hangout. But everyone was on their cell phone. Then we found that everyone is looking for Pokémon monsters. You can learn more about the game everyone is playing here.

They even have people riding around to plant eggs of the monsters so they can pick them up later.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

His bark is worse than his bite...

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Still exploring the back streets of Downey, I came upon this yard that was filled with more unique yard art. I actually found myself half expecting the tree to talk to me. You have to admit, it looks like he has something to say.

"Be like a tree:  stay grounded, connect with your roots, turn over a new leaf, bend before you break, enjoy you own unique natural beauty, keep growing!"

Monday, July 25, 2016

Raising the flag

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Tonight's drive through the back streets of Downey was all about discovering new examples of yard art. This home had many examples, of which only a few show here. But what caught my eye was the patriotic mailbox. Whether the little red flag is up or down, this flag is always raised.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This old house

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I like that Downey still has old homes like this one. Built in 1906, it has such character. It is always my hope that older, historic homes like this one will be maintained. Somehow it feels like it adds dimension to our city to have preserved some of these homes.

The City of Downey website talks about turn-of-the-century Downey as the center of business and social life of the area. I wonder what it would have felt like to walk in the neighborhood back then.