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Noted: Above LA Timelapse video by Chris Pritchard

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Above LA Timelapse video by Chris Pritchard

Above LA Timelapse Video

Above LA is a love letter to Los Angeles and showcases my favorite way to view the city – from above. Whether on a rooftop, a hill, or a mountain, getting above the grind of the city allows you to appreciate it in a new way. Once you get even slightly above, the views and sounds begin to change dramatically.

Getting above it all has been instrumental in helping me get to know and appreciate Los Angeles. This piece was produced off and on over the course of two years, and the clips selected for this film are only a small percentage of what I captured during my quest to take in the city from different locations and in new ways. Some of the locations featured are popular and easy to access, others require some searching and hiking, and some are heavily restricted. But I encourage everyone – lifelong Angelenos, transplants, visitors – to hit the trails, drive the mountain roads, find a reason to get on top of a high-rise. From the basin to the valley, this city offers so many opportunities to rise above and look down. Never stop exploring.

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Check out my Los Angeles Board on Pinterest and more!

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

Pinterest recently added location specific pins on their service, so I have been linking my Los Angeles (and Sicily and UK) pins to their geographic locations.

Looking for something cool to do in LA? Check out this Pinterest board!

Pinterest:DouglasEWelch:Los Angeles, California (and surrounding area)

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Noted: The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist


They’re close to L.A., they’re free or inexpensive, dogs are usually welcome and they won’t get kids begging for all the latest swag on the ride home. What are they? The hiking trails of Southern California.

L.A. might not be known for nature, but in a year-round climate, with elevations ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet, the great outdoors of SoCal provides many opportunities for exploration.

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Food: MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. Opening Soon in Van Nuys!

June 7th, 2014 Comments off

MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

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We were walking around Van Nuys, visiting the Post Office and dropping off a utility bill on Friday, so we decided to take a short detour by MacLeod Ale Brewing Co to see if there was any signs of progress. The door was propped open, so we stuck our nose in to get a quick look and say Hi!.

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Luckily Alastair, Jesse and Andy were taking a short break and invited us in for look around. They showed us the new tasting area and the brewing area where beers are already fermenting and racking away. They will be having some private, pre-opening meetings, but hope to be open to the public starting Sunday, June 22, 2014.

We are greatly looking forward to having a microbrewery in walking distance from the house. It is a great addition to the neighborhood and is yet one more sign that things are looking up here in our area of Van Nuys. I plan on having an LA Friday Coffee meetup at the brewery once it opens and I foresee other meet ups as the months progress.

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The brewers told us that they are planning for 4 regular brews and 4 seasonal brews each year, ranging from light ales for Summer to heavy porters (my favorite) for the holiday season.

You can follow the progress and events at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. via their regularly updated Facebook page at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.

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Photo: Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) via #instagram

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

Fox Squirrel (Sciurus Niger) 

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Event: Spend the Summer with the Independent Shakespeare Company in Griffith Park

June 4th, 2014 Comments off

We have been enjoying the free Shakespeare in Griffith Park by The Independent Shakespeare Company  for several years now. We have seen The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. The Independent Shakespeare Company always puts on an excellent and entertaining show, especially on lovely Summer nights under the star (and often with the coyotes calling from the surrounding hills.)

2014 Productions

Taming shrew

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns on Thursday, June 26 with:

  • New productions of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew
  • Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque family workshops
  • The Salon Series, discussions at the intersection of Shakespeare and contemporary culture
  • Festival Arts Partners, pre-show performances by a cross section of Los Angeles performing artists
  • An evening of Shakespeare and music produced in association with Symphony In The Glen.

Why not join us in seeing these shows this Summer? No tickets (or money) required (although tips are gratefully accepted to fund the company). Bring your chairs and your dinner. Come early and enjoy the sunset and a great show. I know we’ll be there.


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Photo: Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California via #instagram

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Colorado street bridge

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Arroyo Seco and Colorado Street Bridge

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Noted: Palm Springs declared hot in the hip sense (again) from LA Observed

June 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Palm Springs declared hot in the hip sense (again) from LA Observed

Palm springs design district

When I visited Palm Springs in April, just ahead of the Coachella festival hordes, even I could detect the desert city has taken on a fresher vibe than the previous mix of sun-baked retirees, gay and lesbian desert rats and tourists from the snow belt. I hadn’t seen the expanded design district before at the north end of town, or observed firsthand the arrival of hipper places to stay like the Ace Hotel. Now the New York Times’ Fashion and Style section deems the shift to more hipness an actual trend, and pegs the story to Leo DiCaprio recently buying the old Dinah Shore estate.

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Video: Leaving for Santa Cruz Island 2013

June 1st, 2014 Comments off

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Photo: Heading to Ventura Harbor 2013

June 1st, 2014 Comments off

Santa cruz trip ocean

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