Sunday, June 20, 2010

Misty Morning Pair

Friday, Boz and I took a misty morning walk around the Rose Bowl Stadium with a good friend and her perky pooch. Walking, running, or biking around the Rose Bowl is something a lot of people do regularly. Even the mayor does it. But I had never done it before.

I take my camera everywhere I go, but it remained in its case for most of our walk. My friend and I were deeply involved in our conversation. Our dogs were deeply involved in the smells they discovered. The sky was gray. I didn't think of photos for a while.

Toward the end of our walk we crossed a bridge over the cement wash. Atlast I took out the camera. I liked the symmetry I saw. The top shot looks north; that's the western part of the Rose Bowl stands on the right. The bottom shot looks south. You'll have to enlarge it to see the Richard H. Chambers Court of Appeals building looming above the Arroyo out of the mist..

A walk around the Rose Bowl is great exercise. I recommend you do it with a friend.

12 comments:

USelaine said...

Ahhh, I like how you aligned your lens perfectly with that bridge.

I have heard that early mornings are lovely. I rely on other people's photos to see them.

Chuck Pefley said...

I think I would like to adopt Elaine's non-view of morning, but alas, it's not possible.

Does this wash handle storm run-off or is it part of an irrigation system?

Petrea said...

Ahhh, Elaine, you funny.

Chuck, I believe the answer is yes to both. Sort of. Pasadena Water and Power collects and directs storm run-off for many local uses.

Bellis said...

I've been told (though I'd like it confirmed) that much of the water comes from a natural spring by Devil's Gate Dam and is used to feed the willowy streams in the Lower Arroyo Seco area.

Vanda said...

June gloom makes for some wonderfully moody mornings.

Petrea said...

I'd like it confirmed, too, Bellis, though it's possible. There's water below the dam most of the summer, when above the dam it's long gone.

That it does, Vanda. Already burned off today.

TheChieftess said...

Nice composition Petrea!!! And USelaine...my sentiments exactly!!!

Mister Earl said...

I knew what this was instantly. Very nice shot. I've done quite a bit of walking and bike riding around the Rose Bowl. The nice part is it's 3.1 miles around, so you can keep track of how much you're doing. Bike racers train there in a peleton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. What's nice for a biker is you can do a 30-mile ride, and throw in some hills by climbing the roads that lead in and out of the bowl, without going far from home.

Mister Earl said...

I think I mentioned on Glimpses of South Pasadena quite awhile ago that I knew Richard H. Chambers. I clerked at the 9th Circuit in San Francisco in 1980. Chambers' hobby was rescuing historic buildings and artifacts. He'd give tours of the 9th Circuit courtroom in SF, pointing out the things he'd rescued, including the table from the Scopes trial. Among the things he rescued is the building in your photo, the old Vista del Arroyo Hotel.

Petrea said...

I read an article about Chambers, and now I can't remember where I read it. The article said the first time he entered the building, it was a fancy hotel. He was kicked out. How interesting that in a way the building became "his."

Tom Kosakowski said...

Love these!

Petrea said...

Thank you!