Books Taking Flight
A flight of fancy that feels somber; having laid my father to rest this weekend, I wanted something that could show a little of the feelings… Of course, given his thoughts on putting his pictures online, (NOT a fan), I decided not to do that now.
These books taking flight, at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, did make me think of how the memory, the story, of one’s life can take flight- I think that works for me at the moment………..
Ribbons in Red
Shot of the westerly side of the Petersen Automotive Museum after its recent renovation; the building is certainly unique, but this view demonstrates an even more memorable scene…
Cherries in Bloom at LACMA
Photograph of a sprig of Cherry Blossoms blooming before the spire of LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion.
Ambassador of Windsor
A view of the Ambassador Bridge from the Windsor side, looking towards Detroit. I took this picture early in the morning during my surprise trip home to visit my father last year, on my way to get some picture of the Detroit Waterfront at night and sunrise. (Those will be appearing in the blog soon…)
The Ambassador Bridge (officially the Ambassador International Bridge) is a suspension bridge that connects Detroit, Michigan, in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade volume: more than 25 percent of all merchandise trade between the United States and Canada crosses the toll bridge. A 2004 Border Transportation Partnership study showed that 150,000 jobs in the region and US$13 billion in annual production depend on the Detroit–Windsor international border crossing.
Watts Towers of Rodia
This photo is one in a series taken during a recent trip to the Watts Towers, located in Watts (a region of Los Angeles, famous for the riots in the 1960s). The towers are magnificent- doubly so as they were hand crafted by one man.
The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo (“our town”) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park in the Watts community of Los Angeles. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99 feet (30 m). The towers and walls were designed and built by Sabato (“Simon”) Rodia (1879-1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.
The Watts Towers are located near the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Los Angeles Metro station of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Blue Line, and off the I-105 Century Freeway. They were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.
(Thanks to Wikipedia for the info)
West Hollywood Model
Here is a model of West Hollywood; part of the architectural modeling for a new project at Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard. This scale model was part of the short-term Frank Gehry exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The renovation at 8100 – 8150 Sunset Blvd that is in process, (as WeHo residents know), is the focus, (note the white building amongst the beige).
The perspective of this photograph is from essentially Fairfax Avenue at Sunset Blvd to the west- the round building in the front is the Director’s Guild of America building– covering the Sunset Strip and towards the Hollywood Hills.
Perspective photo of the Director’s Guild of America headquarters, looking quite coppery in the early evening.