Southern California

Venice Canals

Waterfront canal houses.
The Venice Canals of Southern California were originally inspired by the famous canals in Italy. Created in 1905, they were once very extensive, but now only a small section remains. I was working at a visual effects studio in Venice, and would often take walks along the wonderful canals during lunch time. I captured this shot with the best camera, a.k.a. the one I had with me, my trusty iPhone.

Boney Island

People entering a Halloween haunted house attraction.
For 16 years, the ultimate spooky event happened each Halloween season at the skeleton-themed Boney Island. Designed like a mini amusement park, it was the creation of my friend Rick Polizzi, who prepared months in advance to set it up at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. The incredible exhibition was a labor of love, and offered to the public free of charge. The attraction became so popular that the city ultimately demanded that Rick pay a huge sum of money for police security and crowd control. Sadly, the costs were two great and Boney Island was forced to shut down in 2017.

Along the Aloe Trail

Exotic desert plants of African origin.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden features many different themed landscapes. This is a view from the African section, photographed in 2015.

The Green Hornet and Kato

TV heroes the Green Hornet and Kato pose in front of the Black Beauty car.
Like a flashback to 1966, these guys looked almost exactly like Van Williams and Bruce Lee from the iconic television show. Behind them is the Black Beauty car, customized by Dean Jeffries. Photographed at the Culver City Car Show on film with my Nimslo quadra lens camera in 2010.

Topiary Dinosaur

Giant dinosaur sculpture made of living plants.
The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California is a popular destination for both the locals and tourists. Throughout the walkway are numerous living dinosaur sculptures, which look like giant Chia Pets! Photographed in 2015.

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.

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.

At the Races

Thoroughbred horses in a race, with audience watching.
Thoroughbred horses head for the finish line at historical Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The location is beautiful, with a picturesque backdrop of the San Gabriel mountain range. Numerous Hollywood movie and television productions have filmed there since the 1930s, due to its proximity to Los Angeles. This is an HDR iPhone photo, from 2015.

Over the Hollywood Sign

Perspective view of Los Angeles from above the Hollywood sign.
Here is a reverse angle of the iconic Hollywood sign, revealing a dramatic view of the hills, Los Angeles, and the distant ocean. To reach this location requires an uphill hike of several miles.

Blue Belly

Lizard with blue belly.
The Western Fence Lizard is very common where I live in Southern California. This little critter did not seem to mind my getting up close and personal for a portrait. Having assumed the lizard was a basic brown, I was surprised to see the blue iridescent belly, and yellow under the legs revealed by the fill-flash. It is a beautiful creature up close!