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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 -


Monday, 24 July 2006
Alternatives
Topic: South of Hollywood
Alternatives
The Situation, Monday, July 24, 2006 -
The heat wave weakened only slightly today but temperatures and humidity levels remained above average. Today, the high in Santa Clarita was 107; it was 100 in Burbank and 98 in downtown Los Angeles.

… By midmorning, Cal-ISO had already declared a Stage 1 emergency, asking consumers to voluntarily conserve power usage. The Stage 2 emergency, ordering businesses under special contracts to curtail power, was issued about 1 p.m.

If the power demand had sapped the energy supply, a Stage 3 emergency, setting off rolling blackouts, would have been called, said Cal-ISO Chief Executive Officer Yakout Mansour at a morning briefing at the state Capitol.

The heat wave gripping the state, the worst since 1998, has been so intense it's driven up demand for electricity by 40% since the state's energy crisis of 2001, Mansour said.

… Heat is at levels expected only once every 50 years in some parts of the state and once every 100 years in others, said Joseph Desmond, deputy secretary for energy at the California Resources Agency.

… Sunday was the 18th consecutive day that temperatures reached triple digits in parts of the Los Angeles Basin.

The solution might be tidal pools (Malaga Cove, a few miles south of Los Angeles International Airport) - 

Tidal pools at Malaga Cove, a few miles south of Los Angeles International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palm tree at rock beach at the end of Barbara Avenue, San Pedro, down in the harbor area -

Palm tree at rock beach at the end of Barbara Avenue, San Pedro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
One could just go fishing -

Fishing boat off San Pedro, California


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Updated: Monday, 24 July 2006 7:15 PM PDT
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the immediate right - no color -


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A bee working on a side street in Hollywood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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