Hungry, but a hamburger from In-N-Out does not appeal to you, just head next door to Big Daddy’s Fire Grill Pasadena, California in for wood fired burgers, dogs and sausages. I recommend the chili dog, a quarter pound hot dog slathered with a full bodied, lightly spiced chile.
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Just beyond the cornerstone is this colonnade that leads to the chapel doors of the First Congregational Church in Riverside, California. It can get quite warm in Riverside and this passageway gives me a sense of the coolness that can be found in its shelter, and within the stone church building. I purposely darkened the walls an columns and emphasized the warmth of the two sets of doors, and then also added blur to defocus on the sunny landscape just outside of the scene. I really like the overhead beams and the doors in this scene combined with the perspective and selective focus.
This gate is one of the entrances to a garden with a water feature just outside the Palo Verde Garden Center and Nursery which is located on the grounds of the Living Desert in Palm Desert, California. Despite being situated in the Sonoran Desert, the Living Desert property is an oasis, whether natural, or as I suspect, helped by man, and that is most notable in the shaded areas, which feel at least 10 degrees cooler than the non-shaded areas.
I was attracted to the adobe like wall and the weathered wood and rusted iron gate which fit perfectly in to the curved arch. Since I have been practicing my HDR skills, the tones and textures in this image have pleased me the most. The detail and texture were enhanced with a custom application of Nik Sharpener Pro.