Friday, November 24, 2017

Black (and White) Friday


The autumn clouds have been great lately for some serious sky drama.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Talking Turkey

It's funny to think about the things that end up as traditions. I seriously doubt the Pilgrims put little marshmallows on top of their yams but a Thanksgiving table today hardly seems right without them, right? They flavor our memories, along with green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and the never ending argument about which is better -- cornbread dressing or breadcrumb stuffing. And at our house, no Thanksgiving would be complete without hand-shaped turkey cookies.


In fact, making and decorating sugar cookies spans all holidays around here...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lovely Decay


"The Buddha knew one thing science didn't prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases.  Things fall apart."  --John Green, Looking for Alaska

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Palm Fronds Noir?


Why not?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

South Pasadena: Movie Backlot



I remember watching movies set in neighborhoods with Craftsman houses nestled into tree-lined streets and wondering where IS that?

Turns out, a lot of those films were shot in South Pas.  While some people might be annoyed living among so many film and TV productions, I think it's fun to be a small part of the dream factory.  (Plus, it's kind of exciting to see your street in a Steve Carrell movie...)

I've only gotten a few checks from a studio in the almost ten years I've lived here.  One was merely for using my driveway to stage equipment for a CSI shoot down the street.  Thanks, Hollywood!

I put together the above video a few years ago, so it is missing quite a few productions.  (In fact, I've barely scratched the surface of South Pas film and television history.)   I think I might need to make a Part 2.  

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

South Pasadena Retro

Music:  Days by Bears

No matter how I shoot South Pasadena, my photos always look nostalgic.  So why fight it?

Here are a few of my favorite views from over the past (almost) ten years -- all dressed up in a digital photo album.  

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Art in Unusual Places



Whoever did this must have been inspired by the official South Pasadena Utility Box Art project!  I think this is fantastic.  Let's turn all utilitarian objects into works of public art!

By the way, the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is hosting a box art artists and sponsors party tomorrow, November 18th.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wild Neighbors


Just a few of the wild creatures we share space with in South Pas.  Here are a few more.  And even more here.  And, heck, this from nearby.  (And this guy who just thinks he's wild.)

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Self Portrait... Noir



I'm back on the prowl for night shots.  Stay tuned.

(For more of my dark prowling, check out the video below...)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Horse Watching at San Pascual Stables


I'll admit it: sometimes I pull into the San Pascual Stables parking lot just to look at the horses.  Can you blame me? 

I've taken a lot of photographs at the stables over the last ten years.  Take a look at the video compilation below...


Monday, November 13, 2017

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Thanks for the reminder, South Pas wall!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Charlie's Coffee House


I came across this photo on an SD card in a camera bag I'd forgotten about.  It's from Charlie's Coffee House -- my absolute favorite place to get coffee in town, and not just because of this.  I've taken a lot of pictures in and around Charlie's over the years!  I think this one, however, is my favorite one: