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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2006
Color Studies: The Pacific Design Center
Topic: Color Studies

Color Studies: The Pacific Design Center

From Frommers -
The bold architecture and overwhelming scale of the Pacific Design Center, designed by Argentinean architect Cesar Pelli, aroused controversy when it was erected in 1975. Sheathed in gently curving cobalt-blue glass, the seven-story building houses more than 750,000 square feet of wholesale interior-design showrooms and is known to locals as "the Blue Whale." When the property for the design center was acquired in the 1970s, almost all of the small businesses that lined this stretch of Melrose Avenue were demolished. Only Hugo's Plating, which still stands in front of the center, successfully resisted the wrecking ball. In 1988, a second boxlike structure, dressed in equally dramatic Kelly green, was added to the design center and surrounded by a protected outdoor plaza.
A page at Pacific Design Center website mentions the pedestrian bridge, design by Gruen Associates - opened in March 1991 to connect the sixth floors of each center. The site plan calls for a third phase, Center Red, consisting of 400,000 square-feet, but there's no construction date yet.

The blue and green buildings are at 8687 Melrose Avenue, down in West Hollywood. A short drive for some color studies. All photos Tuesday, March 21, 2006, late afternoon.

The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, architect Cesar Pelli







































The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, architect Cesar Pelli
















The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, architect Cesar Pelli
























The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, architect Cesar Pelli



























The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, architect Cesar Pelli



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Monday, 20 March 2006
They call it stormy Monday...
Topic: Light and Shadow

They call it stormy Monday...

Monday, March 20, 2006, late afternoon, looking west down Sunset Boulevard at the base of the Hollywood Hills at Laurel Canyon. No pretty sunset tonight. This is rolling in fast off the Pacific, where Sunset Boulevard ends in Malibu at Pacific Coast Highway. Rain tonight. A Raymond Chandler evening ahead.

Storm brewing over Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood







































Storm brewing over Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood


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Sunday, 19 March 2006
Sailing Away
Topic: Light and Shadow

Sailing Away

Out of town today - off to Carlsbad, down San Diego way. On the drive down one often sees things like this, a sailboat in the Catalina Channel. This one is heading north, about noon, Thursday, March 16, 2006 - as seen from Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.

A sailboat in the Catalina Channel


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Saturday, 18 March 2006
Roots
Topic: Light and Shadow

Roots

Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
Class: Magnoliopsida
SubClass: Magnolidae
Order: Ranales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia
Species: grandiflora

Details here - root structure of specimens in Averill Park, San Pedro, California, Los Angeles Harbor area, below, Thursday, March 16, 2006. (Averill Park panorama here at sanpedro.com.)

Magnolia grandiflora, root structure, photo Thursday, March 16, 2006
























Magnolia grandiflora, root structure, photo Thursday, March 16, 2006


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Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006 8:43 AM PST
Friday, 17 March 2006
Stonework
Topic: South of Hollywood

Stonework

At the other Just Above Sunset sites you'll find both a page of high-resolution photos of the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro and a more extensive photo album of the location. Phillip Raines, the musician and mason who has written extensively for the weekly site, Just Above Sunset, wanted shots of the stonework at the pagoda - professional interest. Thursday, March 16, 2006, another drive down there to get those details. Thirteen shots of the stonework are here, in an album called Stonework. At the album you will also find links to the nine pieces Phillip has published in these pages.

This stonework may be of limited interest, but it is cool. Phillip's first reaction - "Holy shit, and that's granite! I'll elaborate later."

Here, in high-resolution, are a few of the shots.

Stonework at the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, south Los Angeles County, California.
























Stonework at the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, south Los Angeles County, California.
























Stonework at the Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, south Los Angeles County, California.



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