Monday, February 19, 2018

Going for the gold

Bob's Big Boy

Many people go to a crowded sports bar to watch their favorite sport on TV. My daughter and I, on the other hand, enjoyed the quiet and calm atmosphere at Bob's Big Boy Restaurant, where we could watch one of the Olympic figure skating competitions while we had dinner.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Misty morning


Not exactly in Downey, but not too far away...just off the freeway as I was on my way to Garden Grove for work. The fog or mist was quite magical looking.

“May the light of the morning sun shine upon you. May the deepest and sweetest love always find you.”
~ Debasish Mridha

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hold that space

Mi Cielo valet parking

Downtown Downey is bustling late on a Friday night. All the restaurants are filled with couples dining and dancing, and the streets are filled with their cars. There's not a free parking space within blocks. All of wich has the valet parking attendant at the Mi Cielo restaurant keeping a watchful eye out.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Light and shadow


Just like yesterday, this picture is from one of our many hikes through Yosemite Valley. It shows two of the most important features of photography: light and shadow. The eye is first drawn to the lighted areas of a picture and then begins to examine the shaded areas. What do you see in my picture? Where did your eye first go?

"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
~ George Eastman

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Light broken down

Yosemite falls rainbow

A little over 300 miles north of Downey, just off the California 99, is Yosemite National Park. We took some time off and stayed there this past weekend. This is Lower Yosemite Falls. Above this, out of view, is Upper Yosemite Falls and the middle cascades. The entire falls is 2,425 feet tall.

I was lucky enough to be there when the sun was hitting it so that a rainbow was produced from the mist. A rainbow is white light separated into its wavelength parts. In this picture I think I can see the red, yellow, blue, and violet colors. Somewhere in there is also orange, green, and indigo.

"A rainbow is the product of physics working for your appreciation of beauty."
~ Kyle Hill

Tuesday, February 13, 2018



Last weekend I was in Yosemite. I know it is a long way from Downey, but it is an incredibly beautiful place. We had one perfect sunset while we were there. Here you can see Half Dome lit amazingly by the setting sun. It is almost as if the granite were on fire. As you see, we were not the only ones enjoying it.

"Appreciate small moments of happiness for they are so important."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Great ball of fire

Sunset from Downey parking structure

Looking almost directly west at the end of a day, one looks into the setting sun. The Banc of California sits in front of me. The buildings on the horizon to the left are the Leach Grain & Milling buildings. If I were a few stories higher, instead of on the top of the 4-level parking structure, I might be able to see the green water tower that sits behind Los Amigos golf course.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Twinkle twinkle, little stars


This past week I went for a walk at Furman Park and encountered the glow of some new lights.

I thought the lights looked familiar. They are some of the light poles that used to be on Lakewood Blvd, repainted and repurposed in both Furman and Apollo Parks. I think it was an awesome call. Now the walking path feels bright when walking after dark.

See Mario Guerra's Instagram explanation of the installation of the light poles.

"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast."
 ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, February 9, 2018

The challenges of light

Half Done YosemiteHalf Done Yosemite

Light can be a challenge to a photographer. Our eyes and brain can take in the details of both the brightest sunlit objects and those in shadow, at the same time. The typical camera doesn't do that, resulting in those disappointing pictures you get where you think, "That's not how I remember it." Fortunately, we can adjust those pictures (in the old days in the dark room and now on the computer), bringing out the details until the finished image, in this case Half Dome in Yosemite, matches the image that we remember.

We've been in Yosemite this long weekend, where we've had some pretty spotty internet access. Thanks for waiting for us, while we catch up now that we're back home again.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The light of knowledge


Earlier this week I posted a picture of a match. That match was a symbol of how we each have a light in us that we can share with others and make that light explode.

Now, I'd like to share a picture of the Downey City Library. It is here that you can grow your light of knowledge. Choose a subject and take advantage of the free books. Bring the whole family and make an evening of it. Be sure to encourage everyone to share what they learned from the books.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The power of one small light


Even though this single match puts out a small amount of light, it still sheds light on its surroundings.


And that single match has enough energy to ignite the gas to make a warm and bright fire.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The comfort of light


As I walk down the street, it is dark, cold, and lonely. But, then I see the porch of a house warmly lit up on my right and all of a sudden there is a sense of welcome. It was another example of  how important light is to us and how it changes how we perceive the world around.

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." 
~ Desiderius Erasmus

Monday, February 5, 2018

An afternoon in the park

Sunset at Wilderness Park

Light. It's the basic foundation of photography. It shows itself in so many ways, from beautiful sunrises to "I hate driving home with the sun in my eyes!", from harsh city lights to soft candlelight.

This week's focus is light, and today's picture shows the lake at Wilderness Park bathed in the afternoon glow of the sun. It's one of my favorite times of the day.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

It's all about the food


I was walking through Downey Gateway as I waited for my to-go order from Bluewave Fish Grill and spotted one of my favorite places—Porto's. Here a little less than 7 years, it has become a Downey icon. I have to admit, just looking at it makes me crave a potato ball!

20180202_180222-1By the way, I ordered the tilapia with grilled veggies—it was yummy!

"One can not think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well." 
~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, February 2, 2018

How to choose?


When you hear Yogurtland, you think of yogurt, right? Well, no longer is Yogurtland strictly a yogurt-selling business. Recently, they also started serving ice cream. (Is this influenced by Creamistry just across the street?)

This Tuesday (Feb. 6, from 4-7pm), you can have your choice of yogurt or ice cream on International Frozen Yogurt Day. You can choose between two new flavors: chocolate wafer bar frozen yogurt made with KitKats or chocolate malt ball ice cream made with Whoppers.

I might have to try both.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New kid on the block


Almost every weekday I ride my bike through the large parking lot just north of the Kaiser Hospital. Early in January, I saw workmen adding a new store name to the billboard out front on Lakewood Blvd. The name of the new company is Five Below. The "o" is shaped like the degree sign. I've never heard of them, so I started imagining what they could be selling. Was it outdoor clothing for the snow or ice cream?

Well, today on the way home from work I decided I would find the store and see what they are all about. I found the above building being constructed, so not occupied yet. But I did follow their instructions and looked them up on the web. You can find them here. They sell items that are $5 or less.