San Francisco/Oakland – Cathedral of Christ the Light
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The Cathedral of Christ the Light was consecrated and dedicated in September 2008.  Also known as the Oakland Cathedral, it is the seat of the Bishop of Oakland and is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland.  It’s … Read More

San Francisco/Oakland – Chapel of the Chimes
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Simply said, Chapel of the Chimes is stunning.  And pictures will do more justice than words in this case.  The building was created in 1909 and then was redesigned in 1928 by Julia Morgan, the architect for Hearst Castle.  Chapel … Read More

Los Angeles/Orange County – ARTIC
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So what is ARTIC?  It stand for Anaheim Regional Transportation intermodal Center.  Yeah, a mouthful.  Well, sometimes, public architecture can be stunningly beautiful.  And here’s the case and point.  Just know, by the way, photography isn’t allowed, which usually means … Read More

Los Angeles – Abbot Kinney Blvd Murals and Other Stuff
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The other day, I did a location scout on Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice, CA.  I’ve walked Abbot Kinney many times, but I like doing a location scout because I see things that I didn’t see before.  Invariably, when you’re … Read More

Abandoned America: Oro Grande on Route 66 Near Victorville, CA
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Just north of Victorville, on National Trails Highway, aka Route 66, lies the small town of Oro Grande.  The town was established in the 1880s, as gold and silver were found in the region and was named after the first … Read More

Abandoned America: Ludlow, CA on Route 66 near Barstow, CA
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Ludlow was one of the first ghost towns I visited.  I was on my way back from Las Vegas, headed to LA, and thought, “I’ll take historic Route 66!” Of course, I knew nothing about Route 66, and after having … Read More

Abandoned America: Newberry Springs on Route 66 near Barstow, CA
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About 20 miles east of Barstow on the Mother Road, Route 66, is the town of Newberry Springs.  The original name of the town was “Water” because it provided water to the local region.  Like other towns on this road, … Read More

Abandoned America: The Dunes Motel on Route 66 Near Barstow, CA
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I first visited the Dunes Motel in August 2017.  I had been doing some lightpainting in the Antelope Valley, and was returning home via Barstow and National Trails Highway, aka the Mother Road aka Route 66.  The Dunes Motel is … Read More

My Favorite Things To Do In Los Angeles
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  Westside Santa Monica Pier 3rd Street Promenade Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice Venice Canals Sawtelle Ave – Asian Food Getty Center Malibu El Matador State Beach Leo Carillo State Beach Point Dume Beverly HIlls Bel Air Hotel Graystone Mansion Culver … Read More