ReflectionsJoel Fletcher photography

LA County Fair Food Stands

People wait in line at colorful fair food booths at dusk

I recently had a fun visit to the 2019 Los Angeles County Fair. It had many photographic possibilities, particularly at the magic hour with the colorful lighting of the various attractions. The concession vendors had some interesting booths designed to draw in the customers. Of course most of the food was typical fair cuisine; not very healthy! Captured with my Fujifilm X-T20 camera.

Fig Beetle

An iridescent green beetle on flowers

While exploring a local garden center, I noticed this beautiful creature in the flowers. I whipped out my handy iPhone to capture the impromptu photo moment. These beetles were so named because they love figs and other soft skinned fruit, and are related to the famous Egyptian Scarab Beetles. They apparently also feed on flowers as well. Known for their wonderful metallic-green exoskeleton, this particular one looked a bit worse for wear.

Egyptian Goose at The Japanese Garden

An Egyptian Goose with exotic asian trees in the background.

There is an out of the ordinary Japanese Garden located on the property of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys, California. During a recent visit to the site, I spotted this Egyptian Goose roaming around. Apparently these birds are considered exotic and rare in North America. I captured the moment with my Fujifilm X-T20 camera.

California Institute of Abnormal Arts

Weird nightclub facade with giant half-face half-skull sculpture

This bizarre establishment, mysteriously identified as "CIA" is definitely an eye-catcher. Located in North Hollywood on Burbank Blvd, it is actually a nightclub that features freak shows and outlandish rock bands. The interior is even weirder than the front of the building!

Gigantic Visible Man

Huge sculpture of man showing internal anatomy

This amazing sculpture by Damien Hirst was on public display in Monaco during 2010, to promote an exhibition of the artist's work. The anatomical statue was very reminiscent of the iconic Visible Man model kit from the 1960s. My niece and daughter found it amusing to pose next to an important part of the anatomy for this photo.

Getty Center Garden Maze

An overhead view of a maze made of azalea bushes

Besides being one of the finest art museums in the Los Angeles area, the Getty Center also has several fantastic gardens. This view depicts the Azalea maze at the heart of the Central Garden, in itself a work of art, designed by Robert Irwin.

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