Wednesday, September 30, 2009

subtle details of arcade lane

home of several businesses and restaurants, this pasadena location is tucked away just off of colorado blvd. i think it is worth the visit to check out its nooks and crannies.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

what's playing at the laemmle?

i always think the movies at the laemmle theater in pasadena look way more interesting than "normal" hollywood blockbusters. and yet more times than not, i find myself heading down the block for the much cheaper option.

Monday, September 28, 2009

back to school

another summer has come and gone, and fuller seminary's fall quarter begins today. we're privileged that we get to wait this long, but that almost makes it harder to get back into the swing of things. this should be an interesting quarter - not only do i have some interesting classes, i'm also starting an internship at my church.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

how did this happen?

i don't really remember taking this photo. must have been an accident. but i sure do like how this little accident turned out!

by the way - "art smog" is a new area photo blog that was recently created by a friend of mine. check it out.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

payday today

somewhat sad that the place to cash your paycheck is right next to the liquor store.

Friday, September 25, 2009

turning two

today marks two years since the creation of the sky is big in pasadena (an odd choice of first photo, don't you think?). this blog continues to be bigger than i ever imagined. while it may not have the largest following ever, each month brings new visitors and connects me with new people. i've been amazed that i ended up sticking with this idea for this long - what began as a side project during my first quarter at fuller seminary has changed into something i hope to stick with as long as we live in pasadena. as i said after year one, there continue to be some pictures that i'm really proud of, and some... not so much.

thank you all for your support!

a few stats from the first two years of posts:

almost 35,000 visitors, and over 54,000 page views
photo postings from at least 9 u.s. states (CA, NV, PA, VA, DE, MD, AZ, WA, OR)
visitors from 6 continents and countless countries
increase in visitors from the previous month's total in all but four months
starting with 144 visitors during the month of october 2007 to 2,558 during august 2009 (including 260 visitors in ONE DAY on august 31, 2009!)

52 friday neon posts
44 skywatch friday posts
20 theme days
98 posts of the lovely pasadena sky
38 pictures of city hall
24 photo requests (keep them coming!)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

photo request #24: cinema 21 in all its faded glory

i love this old building. i wish i had the money to buy it and turn it into something trendy. this was an old photo request from my friend holly. her blog is fantastic - especially if you live in the davis, ca area. check it out!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

riding along crooked palms

several of the streets of pasadena are lined with tall palm trees - which i've heard, lean toward the ocean. it's kind of unsettling, don't you think?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

nasa's jpl

the jet propulsion laboratory sits in amongst the mountains - and as this photo demonstrates, looks much like its own city from a distance.

Monday, September 21, 2009

father's office with friends

while their food and drink may be slightly overpriced, father's office has one of the tastiest burgers and best beer selections in l.a. county. and i do love burgers and beer...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

birthday spread

oh man, what a birthday. september 19th was good to me this year! the day began with a trip to the homebrewing store, lunch with friends, and a lovely bike ride. it concluded with plenty of good eats, lots of laughs, and of course - good friends. this photo is our fantastic build-your-own burrito birthday bar. i'm still full!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

biking after the station fire

a few weeks ago, taking a long ride on our bicycles was out of the question. the air was so thick with smoke and ash that it occasionally looked like it was snowing on me when i rode my bike to work. we are happy that the smoke is gone and the sky is clear, yet we are also sad that this fire took our forest with it. this la times article and accompanying video is worth a look.

more skywatch friday can be found right here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

roller hockey at the rose bowl parking lot

i snapped a picture of some people playing hockey - southern california style - over at the rose bowl. click on the image for a close up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

i spy, something that is green

how many parrots do you count? this picture is from last year - but it just occurred to me that i haven't seen any parrots around since before the recent fires. could the two be coincidental? maybe it just isn't their season...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

russell martin, los angeles catcher

russell martin - fellow canadian - is by default, my favorite dodger. i started liking him well before we moved to la county and i began to adopt the dodgers as my national league team - simply because he plays for team canada. now i get to watch him up close - that is, whenever i go to dodger games.

the dodgers are right in the thick of a pennant race. they lead their division by a slim 3 games over the persistent colorado rockies. i'm hopeful that everything clicks at the right time this year and they bring the world series to los angeles. only time will tell!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

have you been to diddy riese?

tucked away in ucla's westwood neighborhood, diddy riese is a sweet tooth's best friend. choose your favorite freshly baked cookie, your flavor of ice cream, and for $1.50 they will build a custom made ice cream sandwich. we feel that this is an essential stop when we show visiting friends and family around la county. i recommend the double chocolate walnut cookies with peanut butter ice cream. mmm....

Friday, September 11, 2009

highlights from our northwest trip: stanley park, vancouver, bc

heading north for today's skywatch friday photo. vancouver was lovely - in spite of less than lovely weather.

more skywatch friday can be found here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

highlights from our northwest trip: mariners game

i got to cross one more ballpark off my lifetime list AND got to sample some ballpark sushi named after ichiro suzuki - the "ichi-roll" in case you were wondering. all in all, a pretty great day.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

highlights from our northwest trip: burger from brunchbox

this amazing cuisine from one of portland's many food carts is born as a normal hamburger and transformed by substituting two grilled cheese sandwiches for the bun. AMAZING. if you are ever in portland, go visit brunchbox.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

back in pasadena

i'm happy to see that the smoke has been subdued somewhat. i have some pictures to share from our trip up north, but for now here is a shot from a hike we took earlier this summer at echo mountain - a part of our mountain range that has certainly been affected by the recent fires.

Monday, September 07, 2009

pasadena in-n-out drive thru

it may take a little longer, but i like the old school drive thru of the pasadena in-n-out location. a double-double with fries and a shake sounds good right about now.... mmm.

we fly back to l.a. today. we've really enjoyed our time in the northwest, but it will be good to be home. hopefully the smoke will have subdued since we were last in pasadena.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

skywatch sunday?

this week you get extra images of pasadena's lovely sky. the summer haze and the recent fires mean we don't always get such a clear view - this one is actually from last year, but i like it a lot.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

checking in from the northwest

a classic shot of the space needle in seattle. we are now in portland and will be in vancouver tomorrow before flying home on monday.

Friday, September 04, 2009

fluffy clouds and palms

i took this one earlier this summer. it turned out really well and i was surprised to see that i hadn't posted it yet.

more skywatch friday can be found here.

the station fire seems to be more contained every day. being on the road, i've gotten a little behind in updating my links page, but you can still read about it right here.

Thursday, September 03, 2009


last monday night i ventured through the smoke to the spaceland club in silver lake for a free show (apparently a regular occurrence on monday nights). i was particularly excited to see 'fun.' perform. 'fun.' is made up of members of the band 'the format'. they put on an incredible show - especially considering it was free. their new album is streaming in its entirety on their myspace page. check it out!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

once again...

my wife recently told me that i have too many photos of city hall posted. but i really like how this one came out, so you are stuck with one more. you can see each one i've ever posted (and she's right, there are a lot) by clicking here.

we are heading out of town today for a trip to the pacific north west. we'll be traveling to seattle, portland, and vancouver before heading back home. we've never been to any of those places and we are very excited!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

september theme day: big

recent forest fires have been tormenting residents and the environment of l.a. county. these fires are big, and refuse to go away quietly. warm temperatures and extremely dry weather have created the perfect climate for fires to ignite. as of this post, the station fire is still lingering on our mountains.

i have been compiling a list of other bloggers working on this continuing news story. it can be found here.

hundreds of other city daily photo bloggers are working with today's theme.

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