Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wild feral cats


My wife and I like to take a walk on these warmer summer nights. One of our walks takes us past the parking lot for the "Dial a Ride" service here in Downey.

I've noticed these feral cats that reside there. They come out during the night to play and get handouts from the residents of the senior housing across the street.

They haven't over-populated yet. I wonder what keeps their numbers down?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photos come from cameras


I had to take one of my lenses into Art's Camera for repairs. I love going into this shop. It has so many accessories for cameras that it's hard to control my wallet. But also, the paraphernalia in the shop makes it an adventure just to walk around in there. Even if you aren't an avid photographer, Art's Camera is a delight to visit. Check it out sometime and tell them Downey Daily Photos sent you.

“The camera basically is a license to explore.”
~Jerry Uelsmann

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sitting under the sunset

Sunset over Rio Hondo Golf Course

I knew the sun was setting when I left the restaurant tonight to drive home. But I couldn't see it for all the buildings in the way. So I hurried as fast as I could to the Rio Hondo Golf Course parking lot, and was rewarded with this view of the setting sun causing a glow in our coastal cloud cover.

"Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under."
~C. JoyBell C.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Parting shots

IMG_9479 as Smart Object-1

There was a really big crowd for the concert Wednesday night. It was nice to see so many "neighbors" taking advantage of the free evening of music.

IMG_9488 as Smart Object-1IMG_9691 as Smart Object-1IMG_9539 as Smart Object-1

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
~Berthold Auerbach

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dogs like music too!


I love that pets are welcome at the Furman Park concerts-at-the-park. It was nice to see that pet owners all over Downey brought their furry friends to enjoy the strains of U2.

IMG_9682 as Smart Object-1IMG_9685 as Smart Object-1

IMG_9702 as Smart Object-1“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
~ Milan Kundera

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Joshua Tree

IMG_9746 as Smart Object-1

This past Wednesday evening, we joined several hundred people at Furman Park for the summer Concert-in-the-park series. What a treat! The band was called "The Joshua Tree" and they did a Tribute to U2. The Joshua Tree prides themselves with their ability to generate a unique musical experience without compromising artistic integrity. The band has gone to great lengths to reproduce the distinct sound of one of the world's most popular rock bands.

IMG_9559 as Smart Object-1
They were fun! The lead singer came into the audience and got everyone involved. He was doing "selfies" both with his phone and with random peoples' phones. It was a truly enjoyable event. I couldn't resist singing along.
IMG_9633 as Smart Object-1IMG_9602 as Smart Object-1

IMG_9588 as Smart Object-1

Friday, July 25, 2014

Serendipitous art

Alley art

Sometimes art is hidden away, off the beaten path. This image of two exuberant children is hidden between two garage walls, and further hidden by trash cans waiting for trash pickup.

But when I stumble across it on a morning walk, it makes me smile.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Close enough to visit


My wife and I went down to San Diego California for a convention. We stayed at the Bayview Sheraton Hotel and this was our view each day. San Diego is just over 100 miles south of Downey, but it is much cooler due to the ocean effect.

DSC_0397Looking out over our balcony, this was our nighttime view. I thought, "San Diego has the most colorful night skyline I've ever seen."

San Diego, where else can you look out your balcony and see a wedding party being photographed next to the bay?