Lil' Redd Wrecker

Hot rod tow truck
I photographed this outrageous hot-rod truck at the 2015 Culver City Car Show. The vehicle had a history as strange as its appearance. Originally painted blue, and named the Turnpike Hauler, it was built from scratch by Dick Dean from an Ed Newton design for Bob Reisner and Jay Ohrberg's California Show Cars in 1970. It was basically an "all show, no go" art car made for display only. Around 1974 it was acquired by customizer George Barris, who painted it red and renamed it Lil' Redd Wrecker, as a promotional tie-in with Redd Foxx, star of the popular TV show Sanford & Son. Barris brazenly claimed credit for building it, in lettered paint right on the vehicle, when all he really did was give it a makeover! Currently the Wrecker is owned and on display at the Galpin Auto Sports museum in Los Angeles.

Melrose Biker Woman

Woman reclining on a motorcycle.
Back in 1991, I was walking along the hip and trendy Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, when I encountered this flamboyantly dressed lady lounging on a Harley. It seemed to me that she was not really a biker babe, but a model taking a break from a photo shoot. Since I had my Nikon with me, I captured the moment on Kodachrome film.

Reaching to Heaven

A worms-eye view of the branches and leaves of a tree.
Looking upward, from under a massive tree, I was fascinated by the wonderful structures and patterns silhouetted against the sky. Photographed at the Foster Botanical Gardens in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Morro Bay Harbor

Boats in a harbor with giant rock in the background.
The waterfront city of Morro Bay on the central California coast is known for it's distinctive gigantic rock. The so-called "Gibraltar of the Pacific" is of volcanic origin. Photographed in 2007.

Glittery Decadence

Mannequin covered with bling in store window.
I was intrigued by this extravagant store window display in Venice, Italy, and had to get a shot. Venetian carnival masks with ornate designs are part of their history and culture, and are popular items with the tourists. Photographed in 2010.

London Taxi

Taxicab sculpture in an airport.
While waiting for a flight, I enjoyed looking at this amazing fluorescent orange wire sculpture in the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. It was created by Benedict Radcliffe, who accurately replicated the contours of the famous cab, from an X-Ray perspective. Photographed in 2015 with my iPhone.

Dynamic Duo

Batman and Robin with Batmobile.
The Caped Crusaders made an appearance at the 2012 Culver City Car Show, along with the original Batmobile. The pair were doppelgängers of the classic sixties TV versions of Batman and Robin, as portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward. Behind them was the Batmobile, built at the shop of car customizer George Barris, who was also a major sponsor of the show. Unfortunately George died just a few years later, but the show continues annually.

Tar Pit Mammoths

Baby and adult Mammoths.
These life-size statues were located right next to an active tar pit, enacting a scene from thousands of years ago. They were created by artist Howard Ball out of fiberglass, and have been on display at the famous La Brea Tar Pits since 1968. This particular area had been fenced off, to prevent spectators from becoming a victim of the tar! Photographed in 2008.

Classic Corvette

Blue early model Chevrolet Corvette.
Behold this first generation vintage Corvette, an example of superb mid-century automotive styling! I am uncertain of the specific year it was manufactured, since the 1958-1960 models looked almost exactly the same. The vehicle was on display at the 2011 Culver City Car Show.

Boney Island

People entering a Halloween haunted house attraction.
The ultimate spooky event happens each Halloween season at the skeleton-themed Boney Island. Designed like a mini amusement park, it is the creation of my friend Rick Polizzi, who prepares months in advance to set it up at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. The incredible exhibition is a labor of love, and offered to the public free of charge! Highly recommended for anyone in the Los Angeles area.

Giant Woman Sculpture

Abstract giant sculpture of a sleeping woman.
This outstanding abstract sculpture of a reclining woman resides at the entryway of a shopping mall in Greenbrae, CA, of all places. The statue is known as Tamalpais Maiden, named after the highest peak in the area, Mount Tamalpais. It was created by sculptor Dennis Patton in 1988, out of Cor-Ten steel, and is 17 feet long. I captured this reverse angle on film back in 1993, but the iconic giant is still there to this day! A front view can be seen in my Roadside Oddities gallery.

Miramar Trees

Exotic trees and flowers.
Back in 2005, I was living in Miramar, New Zealand, a suburb of the capitol city Wellington. While out for a walk, I happened upon this sight, right out of a fairy tale. Fortunately I had a camera with me to capture the moment. The camera was nothing fancy, just a point-and-shoot Olympus Stylus, using Kodak Gold film.