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Friday, February 8, 2013

Climb

You don't have to climb very far to see downtown Los Angeles from here (it's the dark, blocky things on the right), or even to see the ocean (the glistening, horizontal strip behind downtown). That is, if the day is clear.

31 comments:

dive said...

Of all the descriptions of LA I've heard, "the dark, blocky things" has to be the most evocative, Petrea.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm a writer, Dive.

Speedway said...

I like the white, puffy things with the streaks coming out of the top.

Sid Gally said...

You can also see the Palos Verdes Hills with Santa Catalina Island beyond.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I agree w/Sid.. whenever my husband took the 210 he would mention how on a clear day he said Catalina was in the distance... btw- was wondering where this post was.. usually u post late at night...

ben wideman said...

I miss that.

Petrea Burchard said...

Speedway, I'm told that the juxtaposition of the white puffy things against the blue stuff with the streaks makes for a nice painting.

Is that what's in the center, Sid? Palos Verdes Hills?

I have to go higher to see Catalina, KBF. (It might be behind the Palos Verdes Hills.)
This one went up at my regular time, 12:01 AM; it's automatic unless I make a mistake in the preset.

Ben, I don't blame you for feeling that way on a day like today. It's cold here, but that's relative. I hear you've got a storm coming your way.

jmgrimes said...

I think Sid's right, Petrea, you're already seeing Santa Catalina. They highest thing on the horizon is Palos Verdes Hills, and to the left of that, apparently lower but not actually lower, is Santa Catalina Island.

Petrea Burchard said...

Sid is always right. Blow up the picture and there it is.

llandudnopictures said...

It's like you are soaring like a bird, wonderful panorama!

TheChieftess said...

A beautiful LA day!!!

BaysideLife said...

A clear and beautiful day. Love that sky.

Dina said...

What a sky! Where did the smog go?

I would like LA more if I could always look at it from this distance.

LOLfromPasa said...

Well worth the climb to get a view like that. Lovely photo, Petrea.

Petrea Burchard said...

We usually need wind and/or rain to get days like this, so lately we're having lots of days like this.

Shell Sherree said...

Those puffy things with the streaks are spectacular, Petrea. {By the way, I now have the Kindle app on my Smarty Pants phone and found my cloud, hooray. Started reading Camelot & Vine last night and found it very hard to put down. The dinner party guests weren't so impressed ~ I don't for the life of me know why...}

Bellis said...

I love the molten gold of the Pacific ocean in the distance. It reminds me that sailors arriving in LA 100 years ago saw Altadena shining with gold as well. Fields of golden California poppies would have covered all the foreground of your photo - but I also like the green street and garden trees that are there now.

Petrea Burchard said...

Shell, I'm thrilled! Feel free to tell your guests why you're preoccupied.

Bellis, I'd love to see those fields of poppies here again. Maybe I'll do a yard full.

Ms M said...

Wonderful view! And nice to have the "locals" identify what the blocky things and shiny things are.

LONDONLULU said...

That view, I feel like I can breathe free and practically touch the sky! (Thanks for your kind words on my Friday sky!:)

Book Dragon said...

beautiful pic!

what speedway said!

hamilton said...

This is the best view of LA - from far away.

Petrea Burchard said...

Glad you all like it. The actual view was even nicer because the air smelled so good.

Katie said...

Such a great photo! The shiny strip of sea is definitely my favorite detail. And I'm with Bellis trying to imagine how stunning California looked way back when.

Adele said...

I definitely, for sure, almost, maybe can confirm that I see Catalina, to the left of PV. Correct??

Great shot, Petrea. Someday, I'd love to go to the Cobb Estate. Is it a tough hike?

Petrea Burchard said...

Yes, Adele, I wasn't kidding when I said Sid is always right. He knows so Cal and the San Gabriel Valley like no one else. See his regular history pieces in the Pasadena-Star News.
http://bit.ly/Y1otQE

Petrea Burchard said...

Katie, I think we'll take Boz there again today, but the view is lost on him. He says the same thing about us in reference to all the cool things he finds on the ground.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

This is where I like to yodel to get Tash's attention.

Margaret said...

Great shot, Petrea. Hopefully this crisp weather will be great for your photography.

John Evans said...

Isn't that the measure of clarity in L.A. -- "You can see Catalina"? What a beautiful image!

Petrea Burchard said...

Hi John, thanks!