Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I call "fowl"

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Even the birds enjoy a cool swim on a hot day!

IMG_0893IMG_0920 as Smart Object-1It was such a hot day, we went to the park to find a cool breeze. What a nice relief it was.

Maybe it was the time of day, or maybe it was just being by the water. The lake was filled with a variety of birds who also seemed to be enjoying their afternoon. It was fun to watch them while we cooled off.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pots instead of potholes

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These pots, still plastic-wrapped, give you a clue of more to come for the Firestone Boulevard improvement project. Some of these pots have been unwrapped since I was by there this weekend. I'll show you more on Friday.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seeing Firestone in a new light

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The Firestone Boulevard improvement project seems to be taking another step forward. Recently, the ornamental street and pedestrian lighting installation was completed, and numerous trees have been planted along the sidewalks in this section of Firestone, near the palms that were planted in July. The lighting has kind of a combined retro and modern look, and provides light to both the street and the sidewalks.

Sometimes it looks like the project still has a long way to go, although it is scheduled to be completed next month. But it's encouraging to see this latest step forward.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mountain view

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It is not too often that you can see the San Gabriel Mountains so clearly from Downey. Unfortunately, the foreground for this view wasn't very exciting, but it was a reminder to me that we really do live in a basin.

These "foothills" rise abruptly 4,000 feet above the Los Angeles Basin and give rise to the Arroyo Seco (a tributary of the Los Angeles River). Melting snow and runoff on the south side of the San Gabriels' highest mountains feed its largest river, the San Gabriel River--which borders Downey to the east.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Container gardens

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There are advantages to growing your garden in containers.

Pots and yard artYou can start one anywhere, and if the light doesn't suit the plant, you can move it to a new location. It's easier on your back—less bending and lifting.

Weeds are few, and bugs are less likely to take over. You can easily change the look by introducing new plants, or new containers.

And you can mix some friendly ceramic animals in between the pots.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We will never forget

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Today is the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy of the terrorist attack on the United States. Americans across the country remembered the anniversary in various ways. Here in Downey, among other things, we flew our flags at half mast. This one is at city hall.

20140911_163648This one is at the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I see the moon and the moon sees me

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Last Saturday, Joan showed you pictures of the astronomers at the Columbia Memorial Space Center on International Observe the Moon Night. I went later that night to also observe the moon and the people observing the moon.

This is Mark, a recent member of the Columbia astronomers. He is giving back a thumb drive to this lady. He has transferred picture files of the moon that he took with his 2000mm telescope. Anyone bringing a flash drive could get these pictures.

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This is one of the moon shots I received.

Moon - Tranquility Base

And this is a closeup of Sea of Tranquility, which is where Apollo 11 landed in 1969. I can't see the American flag though.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
~ Neil Armstrong

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The night, the moon, the clouds

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This night the moon was amazing. It kept hiding behind the clouds, but as I watched, the clouds would move out of the way and let the moon peek through. It was eerie and a little mysterious....it was the night before the rain came.

IMG_0976"We love the night and its quiet; and there is no night that we love so well as that on which the moon is coffined in the clouds" 
~ Fitz-James O'Brien