Saturday, January 31, 2009

another taste of pasadena sky

while crossing union street, i couldn't help but snag a shot of this vibrant sky. i'm not sure i like the street light and traffic light, but they got in my picture and there isn't much I can do about it!

Friday, January 30, 2009

sky watchin'

this image is from a little while ago, in fact i had to check my blog's history to make sure i hadn't posted it before. i'm not sure why it took me so long - the colors leap off the screen. you can make out st. andrews clock tower on the horizon, and the 210 below. i hope you like it! there are many other people celebrating sky watch friday, check them out.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

travel town

located in beautiful griffith park, this train museum is worth a quick stop if you are in the neighborhood. it's just a short drive from pasadena, or about a 30 minute bike ride if you visit it the way i did recently. it includes a small train for rides for kids, and lots of big trains to gawk at. go visit travel town, and find out more right here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

my world tuesday: name that buliding

this large building at the corner of union and north madison is fascinating - from the flag pole to the subtle accents to the building. it's pretty cool, but i have no idea if it has a name, or if it has a greater story.

can anyone help?

to see more photos from my world tuesday, check this out.

Monday, January 26, 2009

we breathe this stuff in??

this calm landscape image of the san gabriel valley shows just how much garbage we get to breathe in. los angeles county is working hard to clean the air, but click on the image and you can see a noticable brown smudge across the horizon. riding a bike, running or jogging, you inhale deeply, and sadly don't always get the cleanest mouthful.

but i hear it used to be much worse... like not being able to even see the mountains from pasadena.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

downtown los angeles at night

i snapped this shot while at griffith park recently with some friends who were visiting from back home. it has been great to have steve and stef with us this week!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

objects in mirror

closer inspection of this photo shows that the reflection also includes a reflection of the sky and palm trees in the car window. reflecting reflections - what a cool concept!

Friday, January 23, 2009

hollywood sky watch

for today's sky watch friday i'm going west just a little bit to the griffith park observatory and this view of the hollywood sign.

i hope you like it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

check out our new library!

fuller just opened their new library. when the entire project is completed it is supposed to be one of the most renowned theological libraries in the world. it is a beautiful building - lots of open space, a lovely open air terrace on top of the structure, big glass windows - basically a total shift from the old dreary library.

if you are in the area, come on in and check it out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

introducing pastor joe

on sunday, pasadena mennonite church officially installed joe roos as their lead pastor after two years of searching for someone to replace jim brenneman who had helped found pmc and had been the only lead pastor this young church had ever known.

this is a significant moment in any faith community. selecting someone to lead is a difficult task, but i think we've found a pretty special guy in pastor joe. he helped jim wallis start sojourners magazine, has spent several years as a lead pastor near washington dc, and just returned from serving at an international school in india with his wife. for a church that is passionate about global issues, social justice, and christ's call to peace, he should fit in just perfectly.

i can't take credit for this photo. pmc is fortunate to have several gifted photographers. john barkman is one of them and he does an exceptional job at documenting the life of the church. this photo is his, and if you'd like to sample more of his work, check out this website.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

orange grove ale

pasadena's craftsman brewing company is small but has a lot going for it - like their orange grove ale which is brewed using real oranges from owner/brewer mark's backyard tree. of course the name is a nod to pasadena's craftsman architecture, which was the subject of several blogs last week.

yesterday and today's pictures are from a visit i took to the brewery last week to get some pictures for an upcoming article i'm writing for the upcoming eateries handbook (check out their website!). you all did a wonderful job guessing at yesterday's picture, but no one figured out that it was the brew kettle at craftsman brewing.

if you are interested, head to barney's beanery or lucky baldwin's to sample a pint from pasadena's local craft brewer.

Monday, January 19, 2009

guess the photo monday!

okay, i'm not sure if this is going to be a recurring theme or not, but today i'm going to have you guess what this picture is of.

do you need a clue?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

st. barnabas episcopal church

located in northwest pasadena on fair oaks, i can't find much info on this place of worship on the internet. it looks old. anyone from the area know anything about it?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

pie 'n burger

i had seen several lists that put pasadena's pie 'n burger at the top when it came to the best burgers in los angeles. needless to say, my love of a good burger made me salivate at every list i came across. i'm not sure why it took me so long to end up going here for a bite, but last week we finally got the chance! the expressions on everyone's faces say it all - we were excited to be there!

Friday, January 16, 2009

bungalow heaven

while gazing at the sky, keep your eyes peeled around pasadena for signs indicating you are no longer on earth but rather in heaven... bungalow heaven that is!

this is the last image in my attempt at laurie's craftsman challenge. if you want to see more friday sky watch photos, go here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

craftsman details

just another example of the vibrant colors and the little details that make each craftsman home unique. this one does have the stonework that yesterday's post lacked, plus check out the detailing on the eaves!

all this is part of the craftsman challenge.

participants so far include...

petrea, mr. earl, and sarah jane

(post your link if you want to be added to this list!)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

photo request #16: craftsman challenge

like some kind of modern internet based dual, laurie over at glimpses of south pasadena has challenged her area counterparts to post their best photo of pasadena's craftsman homes. i've struggled to capture the best, but i've got a few offerings for her. today's is almost perfect but it lacks the iconic stonework at the base of the columns. it does have several of my favorite features - vibrant paint, a massive porch overhang, and it is surrounded with greenery.

so far mr. earl has stepped up to the challenge, and petrea followed suit, but more could come soon...

like hatching a patch for instance. good one!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

griffith park observatory and the hollywood sign

a recent bike ride out to mulholland drive gave me the opportunity to catch the observatory and the hollywood sign in the same picture. pretty cool, but you have to click on the image, and try and see through the los angeles smog. cough cough.

Monday, January 12, 2009

a taste of fall in january

i grabbed this fall-like image down in south pasadena (sneaking into laurie's turf!). the leaves were so bright in the sunlight - orange is a color we see all winter long in southern california as trees try to decide whether or not they can stretch their green color through the cooler months.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

a cry for gaza

i attended a protest last night at the paseo shopping plaza that was being held because of the most recent outbreak of violence in gaza. meredith and i visited israel/palestine back in early 2007 and were truly impacted by what we saw there. true, the palestinian side is not without fault, but what the state of israel is doing in the name of peace is truly unimaginable.

if you want to learn more, last night's protest was organized by some people from this website. as they mention there, palestinians in the west bank and gaza strip live in an odd and oppressive limbo. they have no nation, no citizenship, and no ultimate power over their own lives.

of course we must always be reminded that conflict in this region is nothing new as this amazing website shows. however, we should never forget the persecuted, no matter how volitile their history has been - arab and jew alike.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

the aftermath

thousands of people leave behind thousands of pieces of trash on pasadena's streets. isn't there a solution to this mess? a big thank you goes out to the city's clean up crew and the hard work they do in the days following the parade.

Friday, January 09, 2009

post-parade soapbox

i expect this kind of "evangelism" at morally questionable events - marti gras, spring break, the las vegas strip, etc. - but what makes these people think that rose parade participants want to be preached at, or that the feel guilty for spending family time together on a beautiful sunny day?

this kind of witness to your faith tradition seems to create more enemies than converts. the example of jesus i read about in the bible is not a guy with a catchy slogan on a street corner, but rather someone serving the poor, needy, and the outcasts of society. how are these people following that model?

although i have to give these guys credit - at least their signs don't say "jesus caused 9-11" as we saw earlier in the day - almost as objectionable as these people.

sorry about my ranting, but this stuff gets me all fired up. also, i apologize if i have offended you with today's post.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

riding in style

the grand marshall for the 2009 rose parade was actress cloris leachman, famous for starring in many different roles in film, theater, and television (including the beavis and butt-head movie???).

here she rides in a flower decked horse drawn carriage - a somewhat modest means of transportation compared to the rest of the parade.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

winner of the 2009 irony award

can you make out what is on the front of this float?

"celebrating the dream of home ownership for 100 years"

somewhat ironic during these economic times, donchathink?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

this one is for our friends in hawaii

our old next door neighbors recently moved back to their home state of hawaii. i was able to snag three colorful images of the hawaii all-state marching band to pass on to them. hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 05, 2009

"entertaining expedition"

another float with an elephant - what does that say about me? i thought this was another fantastic float with a lot going on, and some incredible creations. it was sponsored by the rain bird corporation and you can't really tell by looking at it, but seated in the jeep are animal experts walter crawford and jack hanna.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

stealth bomber in pasadena?

for something which includes stealth in its name, this isn't a very quiet jet. you can hear it coming from a mile away and it really creates quite the noise. it was pretty cool looking, and something you don't often get to see. the fly-over was supposed to happen before the parade began, but due to some technical delays it happened part way through the parade and as you can see in the picture, people turned their cameras to the sky.

kchblog has a nice video of the event.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

"bollywood dreams"

one of my favorite parade floats and picture #2 from thursday's rose parade. built by the sierra madre rose float association, it isn't the most elaborate, but does have an exceptional range of colors and patterns. plus it has an elephant!

as you can see, this is a low level unobstructed view of the float - which we obtained by spending the night sleeping on the cold hard pasadena sidewalk. an experience that i'm not looking to re-live anytime soon.

i'll be posting a few more pictures of the parade over the next few days - but if you need a fix now of more shots, you can find them at various other blogs.

Friday, January 02, 2009

happy 2009!

photo #1 from the rose parade. can you see the blimp in the sky? what about the sky writing?

check out more skywatch right here.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

january 2009 theme day: 2008 photo of the year


the votes are in, and here is the viewer's choice for my best photo of 2008. it was originally posted on september 21, although ironically it was taken in 2007 using my old camera that is no longer in existence. it is a great photo - maybe not the one i would have picked, but one i am very proud of. thanks for all your help in selecting it!

there are 151 blogs participating in today's theme.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

stay tuned in the coming days for a review of the 2008 rose parade!