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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

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

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


Sunday, 23 July 2006
Colors
Topic: Color Studies
Colors

Boats, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California (information and live web cam). The boats are at the Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center, Friday July 21, at noon.

Boats, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old sailboat and old truck, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California


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Updated: Sunday, 23 July 2006 6:46 PM PDT
Saturday, 22 July 2006
One Bee
Topic: Nature and Botanicals
One Bee

"He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly." - Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Saturday morning, July 22, a side street in Hollywood -

A bee working on a side street in Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A bee working on a side street in Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bee working on a side street in Hollywood


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Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006 4:51 PM PDT
Friday, 21 July 2006
Bird Studies
Topic: Light and Shadow
Bird Studies

Nothing fancy here, just common gulls down by Los Angeles harbor - at the Cabrillo yacht basin and Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, just behind Fort MacArthur. And here's the thing - Fort MacArthur is an old facility from World War I, named for Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas MacArthur, the man who commanded American forces in the Pacific during World War II and was dismissed by Harry Truman during the Korean War. Now Fort MacArthur is a "residential community" for personnel of the Air Force Space Division up in El Segundo - housing for spy and communications satellite gurus, the "full bird" colonels who make sure things get done right up at TRW and places like that. In their off hours they can sip scotch and consider old fashioned natural flight.

These, of course, are studies in framing, natural patterns and color. Noon, Friday, July 21, 2006, full sun, in the high eighties, moderated by a good onshore breeze off the Pacific - 

Gulls, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gull, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gull, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California


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Thursday, 20 July 2006
Birds and Art
Topic: Oddities
Birds and Art
The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood BowlAn extra shot from the collection of photographs of the George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl. One pigeon has no problem at all with the Muse of Drama, but the other, on final approach to the fifteen-foot-tall Muse of Music, suddenly has some serious second thoughts.

She is a little intimidating.


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Wednesday, 19 July 2006
Glamour Restored: The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl
Topic: Historic Hollywood
Glamour Restored: The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl
Streamline Moderne writ large…
From the June 20, 2006, Los Angeles Times - Hollywood Bowl's Fountain Gets a Splash from The Past. The subhead - "Neglected for decades, refurbished Streamline Moderne-style fountain is greeting visitors to the Hollywood Bowl."

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood BowlSo this is almost a month late. But the traffic past the Hollywood Bowl is always dicey - come south down the hill where Cahuenga turns into Highland Avenue and people get crazy, darting on and off the 101 freeway and maneuvering for the right lane as you roll down into the heart of Hollywood. But Wednesday, July 19, the lane was right and the parking lots empty at the Bowl, and the camera was in the car. So here it is.

From the Times -
Memories of Hollywood's elegant era flowed along with dancing water Monday night as a huge hillside fountain at the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl was brought back to life after more than three decades of neglect.

The Streamline Moderne-style fountain was built in 1940 by the sculptor best known for creating the Academy Awards' Oscar statue. Standing over the bowl's Highland Avenue entryway, it depicts the muses of music, dance and drama.

The 200-foot long, 22-foot high sculpture was heralded as one of America's most ambitious art projects in 1939 when artists and craftsmen hired by the federal government for the Depression-era WPA Federal Arts Project began constructing it.

But in more recent years, it has been more of a symbol of Hollywood decay.
Yeah it had been a mess, overgrown with weeds, the fountains leaking. But it's all fixed up now - George Stanley, who designed the Academy Awards' Oscar statue had been commissioned in 1937 to design the fountain by the Hollywood Bowl Association and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The feds paid for it out of those WPA Arts funds ($125,000 back then) and, as the owner of the bowl, the county paid about a thousand to get things going. And now it's back.

Trivia -
Stanley was already a well-known Hollywood artist who liked to joke that he became a sculptor by accident.

He had been studying at the Otis Art Institute in 1924 in hopes of becoming a commercial artist when he received a part-time job as a school "monitor" whose chief duty was to keep sculpture department modeling clay wet. That job prompted him to experiment with the clay. Playing around, he discovered he had a knack for molding images.

He went on to win sculpture commissions for wealthy Beverly Hills residents, the classic Isaac Newton statue at Griffith Park and artwork for such places as Hoover High School in Glendale and Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Commercial pieces included bas reliefs over the downtown Los Angeles telephone company headquarters and Bullocks Wilshire department store.

His most widely seen piece was only 13 1/2 inches tall, however.

Stanley was the sculptor who molded the original movie Oscar statue. He used a napkin sketch of a man standing on a reel of film grasping a sword that was drawn in 1927 by studio art director Cedric Gibbons.

But this thing was serious. You've got your tiered fountain with a fifteen-foot kneeling "Muse of Music" on top, and, in their niches on the sides, ten foot tall muses of dance and drama. The thing is concrete covered with slabs of decorative granite quarried locally near Victorville. And the whole thing works as a retaining wall that keeps the steep hillside north of the bowl's entry drive in place. Rios Clementi Hale Studios of Hollywood oversaw the four-month renovation that cost almost two million dollars.

It's a hoot, but Hollywood, which had turned incredibly seedy in the sixties, is booming once again, and discovering its odd history.

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dance -

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drama -

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry to the Hollywood Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The George Stanley Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl


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