Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birdman of The Crown City

Pasadena -- He wears a crown of feathers, five of which he said he collected today.

I was stopped at a traffic light on my way home from work when I saw this gentleman walking his dog across the street. I put down the window, and yelled out to the smiling gent, "I love your hat--you've got quite a collection there!"

He stopped in his tracks and walked over to my car. The light was still red as I listened to his story. Then, the light turned green and I quickly asked if I could take his photo.

"Of course," he said without hesitation. "Oh, and my name is Duane; I work as a volunteer three days a week at City Hall and the Police department."

Commuters behind me knew what we were doing and displayed much-appreciated patience despite that the light had turned green some time earlier.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Olinda Oil Museum

Olinda -- "Where the heck is Olinda?" That's what I thought when I drove past a sign, pointing the way to the Olinda Oil Museum & Trail.

Olinda was once as booming oil town in the city of Brea, and was established in the1890s (which is old for us Southern Californians). At the time, the hillside was spotted with pumpjacks, drilling as far as 8,000 feet below the surface. The Olinda Oil Museum is part of a 12-acre preserve.

The Olinda Oil Well #1 (not pictured) was drilled in 1897 and is still in service. The Olinda Museum claims Old #1 is the longest continuously-running oil pump in Southern California. It was nothing to look at so I replaced it with another, more interesting rig on the left.

The car pictured above is a classic, Ford Model T, and is part of the museum. But that's a different subject for another time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

When The Circus is in Town

Los Angeles, Ca -- First class accommodations when traveling with the circus. Truly is the greatest show on earth.

I took this photo in the city of Commerce, a few miles east of downtown LA. It was a hot day and no breeze.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Escape from LA

California Desert -- I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
--Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Creative Use of an iPhone

Pasadena, CA -- Maranatha High School Cheer girls take advantage of an iPhone in last-minute prep before the big game against arch rival, La Salle High School.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

City Hall in Fall

Los Angeles -- Today we got a glimpse of autumn. Background building is City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If You're Happy and You Know It

Los Angeles -- Sometimes we "Angelinos" tend to wear our feelings. I took this photo during a recent Color Run at Dodger Stadium.

Another Color Run is coming up on October 25, 2014 in nearby Pomona. See you there?

Monday, September 8, 2014


Pasadena -- One day my wife and I decided to do a photo shoot..., on ourselves. For a solid 30 minutes, we pulled out about every prop, gadget and outfit that we thought would make a good image. The photo may not be all that, but we had fun making it. If you look through all my photos on this blog, you will find a few shoots from our session.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Football Socks American Style

Pasadena -- Patriotism on the sidelines

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Easy Way Down

Los Angeles -- There are those days when you would rather sit.


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