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A Milano Street Scene – Pettinaroli & Figli

July 14th, 2019 No comments

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A Milano Street Scene – Pettinaroli & Figli

A Milano Street Scene - Pettinaroli & Figli

A bit of unplanned street photography as I took photos of interesting storefronts in the Brera District of Milan. 

We had visited this interesting store the day before but I returned to get some photos. This gentleman provided the perfect accompaniment to my photo as I snapped away. 

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My Los Angeles 77 – A Soaring Ceiling, Union Station via Instagram

March 10th, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 77 – A Soaring Ceiling, Union Station

There is something special about starting or ending your journey at an exquisitely designed station like this. It makes the entire trip seem grander and more important — even if you are just going from Van Nuys to downtown or changing from the Red Line to the Gold Line or your way somewhere else.
Like many others, I am always struck with the architecture of Union Station and the hustle and bustle to be found there.

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Waiting… via Instagram

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

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Waiting... via Instagram

Waiting…

The family is waiting on a train just like they might have in the ’40s. Union Station is such a throwback but I love that it is the connection point for commuter and national rail and also 2 major subway lines here in Los Angeles. What a great way to keep a grand piece of architecture vibrant and productive.

Like many others, I am always struck with the architecture of Union Station and the hustle and bustle to be found there. 

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My Los Angeles 76 – Union Station at Christmas via Instagram

March 2nd, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 76 - Union Station at Christmas via Instagram

My Los Angeles 76 – Union Station at Christmas

Another place we visited with our Italian family. We were picking up my mother-in-law who was riding in from Fullerton. We walked across to Olvera Street and then headed over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the annual LA County Holiday Concert. It was a great way to spend their second day in town and Christmas Eve. 

Like many others, I am always struck with the architecture of Union Station and the hustle and bustle to be found there. 

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My Los Angeles 75 – Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 75 – Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park

Looking east towards City Hall in Downtown LA with Grand Park in the foreground. 

Taken from the top floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse while on jury duty today. I always make a point of taking photos from this rather unique perspective when I am here. 

City Hall has always been a striking building and was once the tallest building in Los Angeles. I have been at the top of the tower once — where the tall pillars are — and also above that on the observation deck just above. It still offers some great views of LA if you ever get the chance. 

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My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 74 - Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles

A view up Grand Avenue with the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad in the foreground. 

Taken from the top floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse while on jury duty today. I always make a point of taking photos from this rather unique perspective when I am here. The Music Center is nearby too but the entire plaza is closed off for new construction. 

I tend to stay in for lunch in order to avoid another trip through security and at least the views are nice. 

Not my favorite way to spend a day or 2, but it is a civic duty we should all do. You would want someone to do the same for you should you ever need it. 

It is also important to see the “real world” of jurisprudence and not only the distorted view that television shows us. 

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“Walking The Night” – Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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“Walking The Night” via Instagram

“Walking The Night”

Walking in the city at night is always such a different experience than walking it during the day. You happen upon scenes that don’t occur at any other time of day. They surprise you. In the dark you don’t see the scenes coming, they are suddenly just thrust upon you in the glow of the street lamp or the glare of car headlamps.

My inherent fear of the dark means that I don’t often go walking in wilder areas, but the pools of light found in the city offer me refuge in the surrounding darkness and I get by. 

My favorite times to walk are during the full moon or on those cloud covered nights when the city lights are reflected back to earth and night almost turns into day. Then I get the best of both worlds. Shadows still conceal much but the moonlight shows off smaller scenes and highlights.

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Going Metro Today! via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Going Metro Today!

While I am riding the bus today out of necessity — the car is in the shop — after using public transit to get around cities like London and Milan, I know there are unique advantages.

Since you don’t have to focus on driving, you notice more along your way — even when traveling in your own neighborhood. Perhaps you spot a new restaurant you want to try or a new shop.

You also get to know your fellow citizens more. The conversations I have on the bus vary widely, but they give you a better and deeper understanding of those who share this time and place with you.

If you have visitors in town, it helps to know how the metro system works so you can give them advice. It might prevent you from having to take them everywhere by car and all the complications of traffic and parking.

Finally, and most importantly for me, I get a little more exercise than I might otherwise. Since I typically have to walk from my house to the bus stop and then from my final stop to my destination traveling by bus provides a little, forced exercise. It is never too much, but just enough to get me moving and helping to fill the activity rings on my iPhone. 😀

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Behind the locked gate via Instagram

November 5th, 2018 Comments off

Bantam Rooster, Sherman Oaks, California via Instagram

October 31st, 2018 Comments off

Bantam Rooster, Sherman Oaks, California

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One of the local gardens on the Sherman Oaks NC garden tour 2018.
10 homeowners open their gardens and offer advice and information on water wise gardens for the San Fernando Valley.

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