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Landscape week #1

As the Angeles National Forest is now barely a 15 minute drive from my house, I decided to take the Pen-F digital out for some landscapes – it seems rude not to when these views are so close

Riding Verdugo – chasing the sunset

You may or may not have noticed that I have not mentioned cycling much recently and to be honest it’s because I haven’t been riding as much.  But my belly is in serious need of control so I am trying to get back into full riding condition.

I didn’t realise how out of condition I was until Tuesday when I decided to ride with a group up Verdugo mountain which is close to me.   Continue reading “Riding Verdugo – chasing the sunset”

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“You two stand there and I’ll go in the middle”

Part of my Photo Month Challenge

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Kids in the street

Dip: Brewco, Manhattan Beach

Spent Saturday afternoon at Manhattan Beach, CA and managed to get my favourite dip for review.

Continue reading “Dip: Brewco, Manhattan Beach”

PoF: Bird (s)

Didn’t take any this week as had camera issue.  here’s a few from the archive. Continue reading “PoF: Bird (s)”

Just think, somewhere down there….

“Just think, somewhere down there…. Continue reading “Just think, somewhere down there….”

 

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Next week: Glass

I saw ET travelling through LA at the weekend

Here I am talking about ET-94 the space shuttle fuel tank rather than the short alien creature from the movie! Continue reading “I saw ET travelling through LA at the weekend”

Up in the mountains again

This Sunday I had time for a ride and so decided to go off-road again.  This time I decided to stay close to home and as I live on the foothills of the Verdugo mountains it seemed the obvious choice.   Continue reading “Up in the mountains again”

Great ride – Santa Monica Mountains

Went for a really good ride this weekend off-road for a change in the Santa Monica mountains.

It wasn’t a route that demanded a high level of skill but was just challenging enough for me as my first time offroad for almost a year and for one of our number (J) who only had a hybrid commuter bike – our leader (T) had led me to believe it was going to be mostly fire road so I invited J on that basis; he enjoyed it anyway (I think).

Four of us set off from Caballero Trail head  (34.136751, -118.546075) where there was plenty of roadside parking (as well as a car park further up); the single track trail was instantly interesting as we negotiated many twists, turns and bumps.
Continue reading “Great ride – Santa Monica Mountains”

Lucky to have Griffith Park on my doorstep

 

Griffith Park in LA is such a great place, I cycle there almost every week but it’s good for lots more especially as it also has within it’s boundaries; Autry National Center, Bicycle Rental, Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Griffith Park Southern Railroad, L.A. Equestrian Center, L.A. Live Steamers, L.A. Zoo, Pony Rides and Travel Town (not to mention great views over the city and of the Hollywood sign). Continue reading “Lucky to have Griffith Park on my doorstep”

PoF: May the Fourth be with you… (and Cinco de Mayo)

First up; Star Wars day (May 4th) and here are the prints made by some of the characters/cast in the concrete at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  If you are not aware, as well as the walk of stars where people in the entertainment industry are recognised by having a star with their name on the sidewalk/pavement, within the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre are prints of feet, hands and other things from famous stars past and present; the honour being bestowed by by a special committee who selects celebrities based on their contributions to Hollywood cinema. Continue reading “PoF: May the Fourth be with you… (and Cinco de Mayo)”

California Drought -Angelenos doing all they can? Really?

I read recently that in a recent survey “Southern Californians feel they have nothing left to give when it comes to conservation. Most of those surveyed said they had done all they could to reduce water usage at home” – really?

As I ride around my area I see a lot of sprinklers inefficiently spraying water across grass verges and onto paths with gallons just going into the gutter and away… and not just residential land either, I see water spraying on the side of the freeway too. Continue reading “California Drought -Angelenos doing all they can? Really?”

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