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

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

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

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Visitors from February 28, 2006, 10:00 am Pacific Time to date -


Saturday, 15 April 2006
Easter
Topic: Landmarks

Easter

The Hollywood Cross, overlooking Cahuenga Boulevard, from Mulholland Drive

Easter is tomorrow morning. There will be a sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl, the first in a few years. Those services were suspended while they rebuilt the thing one more time, but that's done now.

This is the concrete cross on the hill overlooking the Bowl, as seen April 13th from Mulholland Drive.

So Hollywood is not filled with venial, materialistic, godless folks, who only pay lip service to religion to sell movie tickets. Well, there are plenty of those, but there are churches, and plenty of pious people. It's just hard to tell them apart sometimes.


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Friday, 14 April 2006
The Eye on Sunset Boulevard
Topic: Insider Stuff

The Eye on Sunset Boulevard

This caged eye is looking at you - Sunset Boulevard at La Cienega, looking east, the balconies of the Mondrian Hotel in the background, Thursday, April 13, 2006.

The eye belongs to Tori Spelling - a billboard for her "fictional reality" series "So noTORIous" on VH1, with Farrah Fawcett of all people.

How do your get to be star with a billboard on Sunset? Her father, Aaron Spelling, invented and produced "Dynasty," "The Love Boat" and "Charlie's Angels." Whatever.

It's really a small town out here. And spooky.

This caged eye is looking at you - Sunset Boulevard at La Cienega, looking east, the balconies of the Mondrian Hotel in the background, Thursday, April 13, 2006


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Thursday, 13 April 2006
Mythological Beasts in Hollywood
Topic: Oddities

Mythological Beasts in Hollywood

Griffin at Edmon Stone Galleries, Melrose Avenue, Los AngelesLos Angeles can be a tad hallucinatory at times. You think you see something, then you decide you really didn't see that, but, if you have a camera with you take a shot and you have your evidence. The griffin (also spelled gryphon and, less commonly, gryphen, griffon, griffen, or gryphin) is "a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Often, griffins are depicted with a pair of prominent ears, traditionally termed 'ass' ears.' Since the lion was considered the 'King of the Beasts' and the eagle the 'King of the Air,' the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Some traditions say that only female griffins have wings. The griffin is generally represented with four legs, wings and a beak, with eagle-like talons in place of a lion's forelegs and equine ears jutting from its skull. Some writers describe the tail as a serpent."

Here's one or two at Edmon Stone Galleries, down on Melrose Avenue. This is an odd, block-long business, specializing in hand carved wood and cast stone mantles designed to customer specifications - for the mansions in Beverly Hills and for movies sets. It's a niche business, but they do very, very well. And their building features griffins.

Griffins at Edmon Stone Galleries, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles




































Griffin at Edmon Stone Galleries, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles



All day long they stare at this ...

The Hollywood Sign as seen from Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles



Griffin at Edmon Stone Galleries, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Photographed Thursday, April 13, 2006


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Wednesday, 12 April 2006
The Geometry of Palms
Topic: Light and Shadow

The Geometry of Palms

The Geometry of Palms



The Geometry of Palms



The Geometry of Palms



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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Squirrel's Foot Fern (Davallia trichomanoides)
Topic: Color Studies

Squirrel's Foot Fern (Davallia trichomanoides)

Squirrel's Foot Fern (Davallia trichomanoides), new growth
A sign of spring Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - a frond developing on the balcony. Squirrel's Foot Fern (Davallia trichomanoides) should not be confused with Rabbit's Foot Fern (Davillia fejeensis). The later have gray-white rhizomes, those hairy growths that resemble and feel like a bit like a rabbit's foot. On Squirrel's Foot Fern the rhizomes are brown. On both they sort of crawl down the side of the pots. Some find them a bit creepy.

This specimen of Squirrel's Foot has been on the shady balcony here for the last fifteen years, cut back to the root each March. There are new fronds by mid-April, and an umbrella of wide full fronds by June. Harriet-the-Cat likes to lie under them on the cool concrete in the summer, with narrowed eyes, waiting for the real squirrels to drop by, as the sometimes do.



The Rabbit's Foot Fern (Davillia fejeensis) just below the other.

Rabbit's Foot Fern (Davillia fejeensis)







Rabbit's Foot Fern (Davillia fejeensis>



By June you'll see things like this, snapped June 19, 2005 in Carlsbad California. Mimosa - but Mimosa is a genus of about four hundred species of herbs and shrubs, in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the legume family Fabaceae, and all have evenly bipinnate leaves. So which is this?

Botanical Color Study - mixed textures and colors


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