A treat for orange lovers at the Pasadena Police Department Classic Car Show, June 17, 2012.
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These blossoms were part of a bed of flowers just off the dining patio of the P.F. Chang’s in Chino Hills, California. I was across the street when they caught my eye, and I moved across the street and captured a dozen frames or so of the flowers which were sprouting up in front of a low sand toned stucco wall, with a dark, shaded covered patio looming over the wall. I isolated the flowers and darkened the entire background using layers and masking in Photoshop. The Topaz Simplify “Harsh Color” filter was used to stylize the flowers.
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Part of the eye candy on display at the Chino Fire Foundation Car & Bike show, May 19, 2012 at The Shoppes in Chino Hills, California.
The trees were on fire with red and orange tones behind the businesses on Second Street in Pomona California.
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A typical baggage cart loaded with hand luggage and mail bags is on display at the San Bernardino Railroad & History Museum. The era represented could be the Roaring 20’s, the advertising card is for a rail excursion in 1923 from Venice, California to the 13th National Orange show in San Bernardino. The excursion was operated by the Pacific Electric Railway Company, which during its heyday had electric trolleys, popularly termed “red cars” criss crossing the greater Los Angeles area. The excursion from the beach at Venice inland to San Bernardino would have been roughly 100 miles if travelling by automobile, Pacific Electric offered a special excursion fare on Washington’s Birthday, February 18, 1928 for $3.25, round trip, via their electric trolleys
Pacific Electric’s operations began declining after the second world war, and most of the rail lines were eliminated throughout the 1950’s. The scandale that arose in the 1960’s was that it was widely thought that oil company and automotive manufacturing interests were responsible for the decision to replace the interurban rail transit system with freeways, cars and buses.
Ironically, local government and transportation authorities began championing interurban rail transit again in the 1980’s and the first Metro Blue Line rail transit (subway) line began operations in 1990 and later the Red, Green and Gold Lines were added, as was the Metrolink heavy rail system linking more distant exurbs. All of this work completed or still under construction in 2012, at considerable more cost to the taxpayers and environmental impact than would have accrued if the Pacific Electric Railway would never have been abandoned.
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It has probably been a long time since this building on Glassell Street in Orange, California had an inventory of batteries for sale, but I am glad the advertising sign on the side of the building has survived. I love the look of mature buildings with period decoration or art work on them, even commercial art work.
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The blog has returned to Orange, California this week as I explore this painterly style. The assistance I speak of in the title of this post is the “paint job” I did on the building housing the Assistance League. The actual color was a dull white and I thought the walls needed a color to set off the green door and window trim. I find this coloration bright and hopeful which seems apropos for an organization called “Assistance” League.
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Another image from the city of Orange, California, this is the view from Plaza Square Park looking toward the south east corner of the plaza.
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