Wednesday, April 30, 2008

kaleidoscope of green

nothing particularly "pasadenian" about today's post, simply a palm branch up close.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

los angeles critical mass ride

i finally made it out to an l.a. critical mass ride and it was quite the experience. a few hundred cyclists making their presence known in one of the largest cities in the country. this photo is from one of the intersections along the way when tail lights began to mix with traffic lights. this is at the front of the pack, there were a few hundred people behind me when i took this picture. it really is a party on wheels. i saw at least three bikes with huge stereos attached somehow. i had to leave early, but it was still a fun time.

Monday, April 28, 2008

we finally made it inside

this earlier post mentioned that we live on the same street as the pacific asia museum and yet have never ventured inside. the last friday of every month is the free day at the museum, a good enough reason to change all that. although we aren't really asian art aficionados, we did enjoy our time there. lots of little curious surprises lurking around every bend - like these horsemen which i was able to sneak a picture of.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

fire on the mountain

these images are of the mountains just north of arcadia and sierra madre. the picture was taken in pasadena which gives perspective on how close we are to those towns. yesterday a fire broke out and it has been burning since then. our prayers go out to those who may be affected. top picture is from yesterday in the late afternoon, bottom is last night.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

pasadena panorama

sadly, the ever present smog makes this picture not as picturesque as I would have hoped.
click for a closer look. can you spot the rose bowl, city hall, and other landmarks?

Friday, April 25, 2008

one of 31,000+ mcdonald's in the world

i try not to be an advocate for national chains, but this neon draped mcdonald's on colorado is too perfect for a friday neon post to pass up. i think pasadena has two of these global giant franchises which isn't too bad for a city this size - especially considering there are at least 9 starbucks in town.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

el portal

with authentic mexican flare. not a bad place to eat (if only I hadn't accidentally knocked the bowl of chips out of the waiters hand).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

back to pasadena

i'm ashamed to admit i've never been to the pacific asia museum. someday i will go, but for now i admire it from a distance (actually not much of a distance as it's only a few blocks from our home).

Monday, April 21, 2008

national pride

one last picture from our trip to mexico this past weekend. it may have been the biggest flag i've ever seen. for reference to how big it actually is, check out this shot that someone else took.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

ants go marching

click on the picture to see a line of cyclists along the road. just beyond this ridge is the pacific ocean.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

oh, down in mexico

the scene at the start of the rosarito ensenada. despite the gray skies, it brightened into a beautiful day. more pictures to follow.

Friday, April 18, 2008

city hall in sepia tone

it's probably my most frequently posted subject in pasadena, but it's just so hard to resist the iconic dome. here she is once again in all her glory.

oh, for those regular readers, friday neon has been put off for the second straight week. its not that there is no more neon left to photograph, i just haven't gone around town with my camera at night lately. i'm deciding if the weekly feature is worth continuing, your comments on the issue would be appreciated.

tomorrow's picture could be a little delayed. i'm participating in the rosarito ensenada down in mexico, so it might take a little while to get something posted. we should have some great pictures to share.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

i live here?

every once in a while i need to take a step back and remind myself of the beauty found where i live. i'm sure we all need to do this whether we live in the usa, albania, or zimbabwe. having a photo blog forces you to look at your environment, hopefully bringing you to the realization that the world is an amazing place.

oh, this is a shot of our street. this is where i live and sometimes i can't believe that's true.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

the academy 6

if you don't mind waiting a little bit for a movie to come out, the academy 6 theater in pasadena is the way to go. tickets are regularly $3, but drop down to $2 for a matinée. hotdogs are only $1 so don't feel bad about coming hungry. the best deal is probably wednesday nights where rumor has it you can get two tickets, two drinks, and two orders of popcorn for $10. not too shabby!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

montrose and beyond

the things you see when traveling by bicycle are often quite majestic. although i'd never say that about the 210, it looks that way from above.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

light on a hill

this picture was taken on a recent bike ride, on our way down camino san rafael - quite possibly the best downhill ride i've ever taken on a bicycle. you can see a very hazy downtown los angeles in the distance, and meredith and tim flying down the hill on their bikes.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

it's arrested development

we discovered this lighthouse in a small marina on a bike ride along the santa monica beach trail. tacky yes, but significant for any fans of the short lived tv show "arrested development". if your a fan you'll recognize this as the location of the infamous banana stand.

rumor has it that an a.d. movie is in the works - fantastic news for those of us who feel it left us too soon.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

busy as a...


it's crazy how quickly we can be consumed with daily activities. pausing at the top of a huge hill during my last bike ride allowed me to snap off this photo. if i had gone flying by, i would have totally missed out on all the action that was taking place in these bright flowers. this bee was not alone.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

pasadena playhouse

seems like any blog about pasadena needs to have this iconic building pictured at least once. we have yet to go to a performance here, but i'm sure we will someday.

Monday, April 07, 2008

breaking from the clouds

this shot of the sun poking through was actually taken by my lovely wife - through the window of a car.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

pasadena's iconic clock tower

not the first time this tower has appeared on my blog, but i still don't know its proper name.

update: thanks to the anonymous poster who mentioned that this is in fact st. andrew church.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

make peace not chaos

i found this on the side of the villa parke community center a little while ago. not sure why it was put up there, but i like it.

Friday, April 04, 2008

barney's beanery

the west hollywood landmark has branch in old town pasadena. it's kind of like heaven if you like pub food, a good beer selection and tvs at almost every table. the restaurant is packed full of decor including flags and license plates from around the world, millions of random bar signs, and even an old bus that you can sit in.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

cheese at whole foods

if i had a lot of extra time and money i'd split my time between shopping in whole foods and cooking and eating amazing meals. if you really love food, live in pasadena, and haven't been here yet you need to change that in a hurry.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

city hall in the evening

this picture was taken just as the sun went down, before it was really dark, yet after the lights had been turned on. the effect is really amazing, i'm quite happy with it.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

april 2008 theme day: water

watery reflections in the pasadena westin hotel courtyard.

178 other bloggers are working with this same theme today. check them out!

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Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by atc, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sequim (WA), USA by Eponabri, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Shanghai, China by Jing, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Suffolk (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Nathalie, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, The Hague, Netherlands by 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