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LA’s Old Zoo

At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”

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Sunday ride around the mountain

I planned a ride this Sunday morning with a couple of friends; one of them (J) used to ride more and is very fit but hasn’t done anything much more than a mile commute for a year or so the other (N) is a top end cyclist who lives and breathes cycling, I’m in the middle so it’s a bit of a spread in levels. Continue reading “Sunday ride around the mountain”

Los Angeles State Historic Park

A few weeks ago I visited the newly opened Los Angeles State Historic Park.  I understand this park has been a long time in the making and opened something like 16 years late.

Anyway it’s a nice open space close to Chinatown and Downtown LA, well worth a visit if you want to chill out.  It’s quite open and new looking, much of the trees and shrubbery still need to mature and it can only get better.  Considering it’s newly opened there was a lot of repair work going on but it was still nice to walk around for an hour or so.

I took my Voigtlander Bessa RF with me loaded with Ilford Delta 400.   Continue reading “Los Angeles State Historic Park”

Danger! – Weekly Photo Challenge

I took this a while ago on a hike near the Hollywood sign; nearly stepped on it as my eye was stuck to the viewfinder of my camera.  Luckily my daughter was paying attention and alerted me to the little critter.

Photography can be a dangerous pastime.

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Rattlesnake crossing the path in Griffith Park

My response to Weekly Photo Challenge Danger!

Downtown LA
LA in the distance, taken from Verdugo mountain

Garfield Building, LA

Investigated downtown LA last weekend.  This impressive building looks to be empty, I’d love to get a look around inside.  It was put up for sale in 2015, not sure if it sold at all.  It was originally built for the Sun Realty company (Sun seemed to build a lot of interesting buildings in their day. Continue reading “Garfield Building, LA”

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Snapped this recently whilst walking Lake Hollywood

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)”

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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