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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

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Monday, 13 March 2006
Hollywood Wall
Topic: Light and Shadow

Hollywood Wall

Wilcox Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard, 2 March 2006, noon...

Hollywood Wall - Wilcox Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard, 2 March 2006, noon


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Sunday, 12 March 2006
Racing with the moon...
Topic: Light and Shadow

Racing with the moon...

Moon over Hollywood, two days from full, Sunday, March 12, 2006, 5:30 pm Pacific TimeThe new issue of Just Above Sunset - Volume 4, Number 11 for the week of March 12, 2006 - is now available online. In addition to the editorial content you will find these pages of multiple high-resolution photographs -

At Angels Gate: The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro

Lighthouses

Italianate: Statuary at Malaga Cove Plaza

Botanicals

Oscar Day: The Obscure Inside Scoop (a reformatting of what first appeared here)

There are also four shots from Paris, from Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, at the weekly Our Man in Paris column.

One the right - Sunday, March 12, 2006, 5:30 pm Pacific Time, the moon over Hollywood, two days from full, as seen from the window here, with, in the lower left, a corporate jet coming in over the Hollywood Hills on final approach to the Santa Monica airport -





Moon over Hollywood, two days from full, Sunday, March 12, 2006, 5:30 pm Pacific Time
























Hollywood sky, bird and airplane, Sunday, March 12, 2006, 5:30 pm Pacific Time


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Saturday, 11 March 2006
Blue
Topic: Color Studies

Blue

In the west garden at the Point Fermin Lighthouse, at the edge of the Los Angeles harbor, San Pedro. Thursday, March 9, 2006 - more to botanicals come in this Sunday's Just Above Sunset.

In bloom in the west garden at the Point Fermin Lighthouse, at the edge of the Los Angeles harbor, San Pedro. Thursday, March 9, 2006


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Friday, 10 March 2006
The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro
Topic: South of Hollywood

The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro

The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, Los Angeles
A new photo album here - The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro - thirty-three shots from Thursday, March 9, 2006 - a visit to the Korean "Bell of Friendship" and Bell Pavilion at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, the southern tip of Los Angeles at the entrance to the harbor - "Angel's Gate."

This day a production company was, oddly enough, filming a Viagra commercial at the at the nearby basketball court. And folks were flying peculiar kites. The bell was, too, featured in the movie "The Usual Suspects." Nothing is uncontaminated out here.

The bell and its pavilion, as explained here (San Pedro Chamber of Commerce), were donated in 1976 by the Republic of Korea for our Bicentennial, and to honor veterans of the Korean War, and "to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries."

The bell is patterned after the Bronze Bell of King Songdok, cast in 771 AD - still on view in South Korea. The bell is rung only four times each year - the Fourth of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and New Year's Eve, and every September to celebrate Constitution week.

What else?
The bell was cast in Korea and shipped to the United States. Weighing 17 tons, with a height of twelve feet and a diameter of 7-1/2 feet, the bell is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous added for tone quality. When it was built, it cost the Korean people $500,000. Four pairs of figures, each pair consisting of the Goddess of Liberty holding a torch, and a Korean spirit , are engraved in relief on the body of the bell. Each of the Korean spirits holds up a different symbol: a symbolic design of the Korean flag; a branch of the rose of Sharon, Korea's national flower; a branch of laurel, symbol of victory; and a dove of peace. The bell has no clapper but is struck from the outside with a wooden log.

The bell is set in a pagoda-like stone structure which was constructed on the site by thirty craftsmen flown in from Korea. It took them ten months and costs $569,680. The pavilion is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. Animals stand guard at the base of each column.

Resting peacefully on the knoll overlooking the sea gate from which U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific, the bell site affords an unsurpassed view of the Los Angeles harbor, the Catalina Channel and the sea terraces of San Pedro hill.
What's this about Viagra?

The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park, San Pedro, Los Angeles


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Updated: Friday, 10 March 2006 2:12 PM PST
Thursday, 9 March 2006
Southern California Lighthouses
Topic: South of Hollywood

Southern California Lighthouses

The Point Vicente Lighthouse - Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Los Angeles County
Today a drive down the coast to shoot Italianate architecture from the thirties in Palos Verdes, the south end of Los Angeles County, and to get new shots of the Korean Peace Bell and its pagoda high over the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, and to catch traffic in the shipping channels. Photos and photo albums will follow. And there are the shots of the production company at the Korean bell, filming a Viagra commercial. It's just a short hop south from the world of Hollywood.

On the way to all that? Lighthouses.

New England doesn't have the monopoly on picturesque lighthouses.

This is the Point Vicente Lighthouse - Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Los Angeles County, just up the coast from Long Beach harbor. It's twenty-nine miles south of Hollywood. It's Los Angeles.



Close-Up -

The Point Vicente Lighthouse - Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Los Angeles County



































A loud Army helicopter whips around it just after noon. What?

The Point Vicente Lighthouse - Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Los Angeles County
























This is the Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. It's pretty much decorative.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse in Sand Pedro, Los Angeles County






































This is the working lighthouse at the breakwater, the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles and to the main shipping channels - and to the piers that handle the big cruise ships that take the elderly moderately well-to-do down to Baja for a few days and back, or up to Alaska.

The working lighthouse at the breakwater, the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles and to the main shipping channels -
























The Norwegian Star cuts it close.

The working lighthouse at the breakwater, the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles and to the main shipping channels -

















The working lighthouse at the breakwater, the entrance to the Port of Los Angeles and to the main shipping channels -










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