this was an unexpected view, in that I was distracted by the usual enjoyment of the sun coming into this street (as well as others) in a Stone Henge effect. that is, some kind of alignment with the street to make one feel connected and enjoy it. one thing about old architecture that I can forget in the midst of admiring modern ones, is that there can be long walls of simple relief, and in this case a lamp, which can have a special look during the "magic hour" (or however long) of the alignment. the allure of an interesting chiaroscuro is there, as there is such a high contrast already in place. not sure I will find other, as interesting, locations/walls, but this one will certainly make me alert.
a feature of cities are to be lots of small parks to rest between errands, instead of a planned trup (like to Central Park). Place des Voges is such a landmark, but unassuming enough to make it a great resting place to then walk some more. peacefulness does come in little spurts, like the moment above. I feel a series of such moments in months to come.
one "last" swing through the Salton Sea. it's a magical place, and nothing best than the cathedral of the three trees at the Red Hill Marina. made it before sunset, but once the sun was below the mountains. magical as always.
it had been a while since a road trip to get to the coast, in particular to Jenner, and finishing at "the golden hour" at Drake's Estero for a final go at some photos before getting rid of a camera system that's hard for me to use.
I cannot help it. while living in downtown Los Angeles in the middle of the last decade, I was confounded by the Yin and Yang of the area, which persists to this day. that is, the area has undergone many changes. most notably is that Thursday night at 11pm, walking around parts of downtown, looks like it used to be 10 years ago at 6.30pm on any weekday. 8 years ago was the time that the first supermarket came back to the area, and now there is much construction and a Whole Foods is in the works. the dichotomy of west-downtown (with the high-rises) and the rest of the downtown area with wonderful vintage architecture is diminishing as well. yet, the Yin and Yang remains. the lamp in this parking lot, has been updated to something modern, from the time years ago, but it is a symbol of the urban renewal: under the new façade, much of the gritty part of downtown LA remains. sad will be the time when/if the entire patina of decay is removed from downtown LA. will it become a shell of something new, or will it fulfill its Blade Runner future?