Sunset With Pelican

We will probably never turn into ‘real’ beach people – but very early in the morning or at sunset after a rather hot day the beach can be quite lovely now and then.

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot…

No, not bikini – this is the first Pedestrian Plaza conversion in Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Griffith Park Blvd., it leaves me a bit… baffled. It is green, it certainly is low maintenance, but what’s wrong with a bit of living green here and there? Instead of polka dots on steroids?

On the other hand, the bicycle stands are fun! And being used. That is a good sign.

LAIR II

We finally did it, we went and saw the new LAIR at the zoo.

Very impressive, from the green roof to the amazing inside with all sorts of living amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles.

One example of the critters one can see on exhibition inside is this Texas Horned Lizard. A charming guy, isn’t he?

First Day Of The Year

Traditional things to do on the first day of the new year:

Hike up to Mt. Hollywood for a view over Los Angeles.

Go over to Manon’s place for some bubbly and black eyed peas:

Very, very tasty. Thanks, Manon!

Last Day Of The Year

2011 is drawing to a close and the last day of the year was one of spectacularly good weather; even by our SoCal standards 80 F are quite impressive and one had to take a stroll through the Zoo and the Botanical Garden.

So – there we are – some celebration tonight and tomorrow morning we can say: Hello 2012!

May it be a good year.

HC SVNT DRACONES

Downtown Los Angeles is “terra icognita” for many people. They have heard about it, but most of the time only rather frightening tales. Images of the Hunt-Lenox Globe with its dire warning of “here be dragons” come to mind.

And you know what? They are right! There are strange beasts to be seen; maybe not quite dragons, but fierce enough – and definitely huge.

They seem to have divided up their territory rather nicely, because a more benign looking neighbor lives on the other side of the street.

And they can be seen all year round, not just on Halloween.