Urban Light (PPAC #6)

“Urban Light” is one my favorite public works ever. I remembered it was installed in 2008 when I was in college. It was fun to go at night with my friends. We would go out for dinner and pass by Urban Lights. We would park at LACMA and we would take photos, goof off, and run around the forest of street lights.

These streetlights once lit the streets of Los Angeles. It’s rare to find these historic streetlights in any city so I’m happy to see that they found new life at the LACMA for other people to enjoy.

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Urban light lacma

I apologize for the late and slower than usual posts lately. It’s been a long rough week. I’m glad I made it to Friday!

#PPAC6

Looking for peacocks

Today we went to the Arboretum in Arcadia looking for peacocks. Last time we went was winter time when they had their holiday lights up for Moonlight Forest. It’s my first time exploring the place in the daytime and I underestimated how large the place. We definitely did not cover all the park because Lana was ready to rest. We’ll definitely be back to explore the other gardens. I saw some wonderful ideas for groundcover for my front yard.

Peacock hanging out in the shade

It was a nice day. We ended the afternoon with a late lunch at a Chinese restaurant and had some milk tea to cool off.

I’m in the process of planning our kitchen remodel. Even though the remodeling will not happen right away, it’s always best to start off with a plan and vision. Plus, we need to budget on how much it will end up costing. I came across this blog post on how to get started.

Step 1 says to “Write your renovation vision in 3-5 words.” So far I only came up with one word to describe the kitchen and it’s “global” because I like eating food from around the world. I need to come up with 2-4 more words. Right now I am stuck step 1.

Step 2 is already done. Step 2 says to “Write how you want to feel using a few words.” I credit my husband for this and the feeling should be “My favorite place to eat.” I agree…it should be my favorite place to eat because I experiment with all kinds of food.

I’ll move on with the rest of the steps this week. We have some elements we would like to include for our kitchen like a large single basin, tiles for the backsplash, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with remodeling. There is fun in looking at different tiles and colors, but it can be overwhelming with how many choices there are. Plus the cost of remodeling! It makes me glad that my husband and I stuck with a $10,000 budget for our wedding. Yes, I credit that because imagine if that debt carried over the next several years?

#weekendcoffeeshare

Angels in the Wild (PPAC #4)

Los Angeles isn’t nicknamed the City of Angels for nothing. Here you’ll find many murals of angel wings scattered through LA. Getting yourself in front of these angel wings makes up for some fun photos!

Found on Santa Monica Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard.

And there are many more angel wings found throughout LA.

#Pipersofly #PPAC4

Public art in the blogosphere this week:

Levitated Mass

I think for this series I’ll be sticking with mostly public art around Los Angeles. There’s so much public art in LA, it pretty much deserves its own blog. I even thought about having a page with a map of all the public art you can find in LA.

Anyways the art work, Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, arrived to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art back in 2012. The megalith weights 340 tons and came all the way from the Pyrite-Hubbs Quarry in Riverside County. The total travel was 105 miles crossing four counties (Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and Los Angeles) and 22 cities. This rock star had to take a few detours since it could do not sharp turns. Because it was so massive, many traffic light poles had to be removed and replaced. What a diva.

Levitated Mass is much larger than the photo posted below. Its height is 21.5 ft and width 21.5 ft. I’m not quite sure what the meaning or significance of Levitated Mass. Heizer has not commented either. Maybe the purpose is to promote play.

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Tag: PPAC #3

Public Art around the blogosphere this week:

Ice cream around the world (and June recap)

Wow, it’s July already!

I had a lot of fun sharing some celebration themed treats in June. I shared my treats celebrating my wedding, the middle of the week (hump day), and when my husband’s first Father’s Day. I even made a cake with layers. I saved some cake scraps from the matcha cake and made some cake truffles. It’s very simple: break the cake scraps into crumbs, mix it with a little bit of leftover frosting, roll it in a ball, and freeze. After it’s set, melt some chocolate and roll the truffles in chocolate. It’s incredibly rich. I should have added toppings like almond or coconut shreds or white chocolate chips for better presentation. Also, I should learn how to temper chocolate for a shinier, smoother finish.

matcha chocolate cake truffle pop

Thank you Liz from One Million Photographs for sharing your dish celebrating the welcoming of summer with a crab dinner from Pike’s Place.

Anyways for the theme Ice Cream — my favorite dessert! I eat it frequently because it’s so darn hot where I live in the summertime I’ve had some ice cream kicks on my blog sharing some of the interesting ice cream flavors we have all around Los Angeles. Here are a few I’ve had:

I look forward to also using my ice cream maker. This month should not be too hot to make ice cream.

What kind of ice cream flavors or textures can we find in your part of the world? Participating in “Eat around the the World” is easy! You can either comment here to submit your entry or pingback to this post. Cooking skills are not required to participate! You can also use the tag, “Eat Around the World.” Deadline to participate is July 31st.

The August theme is already set for Tomatoes. I look forward to playing with that theme in seeking out tomato themed dishes and making some myself. I would love expand my use of tomatoes beyond putting on a salad or a sandwich. September is still TBD so I decided to make a poll (viewable on browser not on the WordPress reader app for some reason).

“Eat around the World is a monthly writing/photography challenge where I invite people to share a dish around a theme, ingredient, or technique. July’s theme is ice cream. All themes are open to interpretation. Cooking skills are not required to participate.

Two ducks, two views (PPAC #2)

I’ll be doing two prompt in one post. One is the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge and the theme is One Duck Photo, Two Views hosted by Tina. The second prompt is the Photographing Public Art Challenge hosted by Cee Neuner.

The Rubber Duck photos return! In the first photo the focus is on mama Rubber Duck and baby Rubber Duck. Step back, the focus is on the fans stopping by to meet the 40-foot world explorer.

Update: 7/3/21

A few public art posts around the blogosphere:

A few posts around the theme: One Photo, Two Views

  • John’s Space – Though it seemed like he was joking, flipping the photo did make it look like an alternate universe.
  • Slow Shutter Speed – The field of sunflowers is instant happiness.
  • Oh the Places We See – Shares some photo tips on how a few things as simple as weather or changing the filter can transform a subject.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles (PPAC #1)

Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao are co-hosting a Photographing Public Art Challenge which explores public art and how to define public art. This challenge totally excited me because I have taken A LOT of photos of public art around my hometown and around the world. I remembered many years ago after college, my friends and I started blogging as a medium to keep in touch. I guess we thought we were too cool for Facebook.

Anyways one of the things we shared on our blogs was public modern art found in business parks. It sounds random for a lot of people, but for us it was our inside joke. A lot of the sculptures just did not make any sense. We started working our first jobs at the time, so naturally we wrote a lot about work and the “quarter-life” crisis.

For these challenges, I would like to start sharing public art found around my hometown, Los Angeles. First up is the Great Wall of Los Angeles. This mural can be found in the Tujunga Wash. I posted this mural originally in May 2017 when I was doing the 52 hike challenge that year. I loved they made this neighborhood wash a trail.

Though the definition of public art is fuzzy, I believe one of the qualities for art to be public is that it recognizes a piece of a city or town’s history whether it is good or bad. The Great Wall of Los Angeles is one of the longest murals in the world illustrating the history of Los Angeles starting from pre-historic Los Angeles and La Brea tarpit to the Olympic champions in 1984. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the mural from the National Park Services site. I intend to return to take better close-up shots of each section. Maybe that will be my summer project. I’m still designing my summer.

Some public art around the blogosphere:

Our Other Blog: Two Sisters and Two Points of View: lovely roadside art in Tasmania.

WoolyMuses: Portraits on a cement work site

MV Obsessions: I love that mural on the side of the house.

Nowathome: That pink giraffe looks so much fun!

Large to small

This is an interesting challenge. It reminds me of those cardboard children’s books where each page there is a small cutout of a color and it leads you another object to the next page and on to the next page. If this was a children’s book, it would a color feature and the first page would start off as a large object going down to a small object with that color.

I decided for this challenge to play with the color yellow because it’s warm, inviting, and fun. Plus, I wanted some excuse to share a photo of the gigantic Rubber Duck sculpture. I remembered when the duck arrived to San Pedro many years ago, I dragged my boyfriend (now husband) to go check it out after work. I think if it were to make a children’s board book around the color yellow, these photos could pull it off…

Here are some colors from large and small across the blogosphere!

…plus other fellow yellows!

Lens-Artist Challenge: Large to Small

CMMC – June Color – Yellow

Go Wild in Los Angeles

Yup, another hiking post. When I first started this blog, it was focused on hiking trails around Los Angeles. But knowing myself, this blog eventually became a place where I wanted to write about things I like aside from hiking. I just could not stick with a niche for too long Anyways, this is one of my favorite trails and it’s located in Encino which is less than 15 minutes from my home. For those not from the area, it’s right off the infamous 101 and 405 freeway.

Upper Canyonback Ridge Santa Monica Mountains Encinvo

I am standing on a trail enjoying the wild rolling green hills on one side.

Upper Canyonback Ridge Santa Monica Mountains Encinvo

Look the other way and you get a view of this polished golf course and some large homes. Plus there’s the 405 freeway, Brentwood, the Getty Center, and Bel Air.

Upper Canyonback Ridge Santa Monica Mountains Encinvo

Lens-Artists Photography Challenge #150: Let’s Get Wild (host: Dianne)

Here are some wild photos I came across the blogosphere:

  • jazziBeeblog – A lovely collection of Scottish wildlife!
  • Space Stories by Gift – A 110,000 year old lake in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s like their Lake Tahoe there.
  • Slow Shutter Speed – Experience the Totality Solar Eclipse without those special sunglasses.
  • scillagrace – A wonderful collection of American wilderness. It takes me back to my teen years when my family and I would roadtrip every summer.
  • Travels and Trifles – Features a lovely photo of Patagonia which is on my travel bucket list.
  • Travel with Me – Torres del Paine National Park — more of Patagonia.
  • TBL – A lovely floor of swamp marigolds found on the trail. They’re such lovely ground cover I’d consider getting some of my front yard.

Finding blues and greens in the city

The most underrated feature of LA would have to be the nature and finding it is a lot closer than you think. I enjoy going to any green space to clear my mind after a long hard week at work. I know my husband fantasizes about living in the countryside, but to be honest I think he’d be tired of it very fast. If we lived in the countryside, would we seek solace (or fun) in the city if country life got monotonous? For me, I like to think finding a piece of nature in the city is a treat.

Some hiking trail in Chatsworth
Encino Resevoir
Somewhere in Griffith Park. This is one of my favorite photo where you get the downtown LA Skyline and the Griffith Observatory.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Cool Colors – Blue and Green (host: Tina)

Some green and blues I came across the blogosphere:

John’s Space – featuring the most gorgeous lilacs!

Slow Shutter Speed – A beautiful ocean drive from San Jose to Pacific Grove.

Leya – A beautiful collection of greens and blues.

My Camera and I – Another beautiful collection featuring this lake.

Bulldog travels – shares photos from the Golden Gate Park Botanical Gardens. I haven’t been to that place in years. I loved how that city is so bikeable and walkable — although incredibly expensive!

P.A. Moed – Check out that mural! It’s stunning! Very Narnia like!

The Showers of Blessings – A very interesting history of peacocks in the San Gabriel area. Since I live in LA it explains some of the street names.

Bend Branches – beautiful sky shots!

Find me in a garden…

My favorite place to go are gardens and parks. I like to go there to find calm from a busy week. Also, I like to learn about different plants and grab some inspiration for my own yard someday. Every year during the holiday season I remind my husband we have to go to the garden to enjoy the holiday lights. Forget going to the mall! I’m going to the garden. Plus don’t forget to reserve tickets as early as possible!

Anyways, here are a few gardens I’ve visited in the past. For this week I went through my WordPress media archives to find plenty of garden photos.

Getty Villa in Malibu

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A Mediterranean style garden in Malibu.

The Arboretum in Arcadia – Moonlight Forest

I have not gone to the Arcadia Arboretum in the daytime. I only went there a couple years ago for the holiday season where they transformed the place into a garden of lights. These are just a few of the photos I took that day. The original post was from a previous Lens-Artist challenge.

Descanso Gardens — Enchanted Forest

Another garden I visited during the holiday season. I love how the different colored lights are shining on the branches; the blue looks little magical but the gray branch with the green in the background looks little creepy. Here’s the original post with a few more photos from Descanso Garden. I’d like to return for the cherry blossom festival in fall.

Huntington Library

Huntington Library is one of my favorite places to go. I’ve had a couple of posts featuring a picture or two — but that’s nothing, it deserves a solo post. Many years ago, I entertained the idea of having our wedding at the Huntington, but we did not have $100,000 for the venue fee. If you are wondering, the fee does NOT include food and beverage, photography, music and entertainment, flowers, rentals, tents, supplemental security, and cost of event planner or producer. I understand they are an estate first, not an event center.

https://japanesegarden.org/Portland Japanese Garden

When we were in Portland, we rented a bike to explore the city. We went far enough and ended up at this Japanese Garden. It was not in our itinerary, but it we thought “let’s check it out.” It’s a small garden but there’s lots to see!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147: Gardens (Host: Amy)

Looking up

The Getty Villa Museum is a smaller museum from the Getty Museum a few miles away. The Getty Villa is inspired by an ancient Roman Villa. It reminds me a smaller version of Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

I’ve heard great things about the Getty Villa when I was in university. From university you take one bus line and admission to the Villa was free — things university students enjoy. Regretfully I never went until two years ago. Maybe I was too occupied as a student to go.

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This tree is one of the first things I noticed when entering the Getty Villa. I love the branches embrace the sky.
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details