One Good Life in Los Angeles

Roslyn's observations about places and events around Southern California

Deck time on a Saturday afternoon

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I couldn’t believe it when I looked at my calendar Saturday morning and saw that the entire weekend was a blank page. As many of my friends are still doing the Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 grind, usually my weekends consist of running from one event to another to pack everything into two days. It’s a relief when Monday morning comes around!

I was happy, after all the ups and downs of the past few weeks, to end one month and begin another with no plans. So after puttering around in the morning, Saturday afternoon I poured myself a glass of some red substance, picked up my camera and opened the door to my roof deck.

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We’ve been having some rain lately so there were some nice views all around. Southern California is known for its postcard blue skies without a cloud in sight. But I love clouds, so whenever we have storms I enjoy being on my deck looking up at all the different formations.

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The first photo is looking south to Culver City Park and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. The second photo is looking northwest “Over the Rainbow” and Sony Pictures towards the ocean. Gorgeous sunsets in that direction. The third photo was just looking up, I liked the striations.

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my deck culver city

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These three photos are of my beloved geraniums with a few cacti and kalanchoes. The roof deck is my favorite spot in the universe and I always feel so fortunate to be able to sit out there in the tree tops and watch the numerous birds, insects and planes flying around.

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These are the neighborhood parrots. You don’t have to see them to know they are flying overhead… their cacophonous squawking is enough to drown out a helicopter. I counted thirty birds in this pandemonium of parrots…. yes, that is what a flock of parrots is called… and for a good reason!

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Of course, when I am sitting out on my deck it isn’t long before I have company. Freddie was out here first when Frankie decided to stop by and say hello.

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Frankie says I’m not interested if you’re not interested.

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Look, we know we are both the handsomest cats in the universe but enough with the pictures, okay!

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Planes coming into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) fly in over my deck, then make a pass over downtown LA and fly all the way out to some place like Covina where they turn back to make the descent into LAX behind the Baldwin Hills Overlook (top photo).

I am situated halfway between LAX (to the south) and Santa Monica Airport (to the north) which is where private jets and smaller private planes land and take off. Those smaller planes fly in the opposite direction to the commercial airliners and from my perspective sometimes it looks like they are on a collision course.

Then there are the fighter planes at Edwards Air Force Base out in the desert. They fly at much higher altitudes and I enjoy the contrails they make cutting across the sky. And we mustn’t forget all the helicopters buzzing around.

So, I live in a very busy air corridor and I love watching all the activity… not to mention bird life from hummers and finches to hawks and crows… and low flying ducks. And, of course, the parrots. So anytime you are bored, just come on over and we’ll watch the skies together. BYOB, of course!

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles. Recently I rediscovered photography and I am busy learning everything I can about it. It's a great excuse for getting outside, wandering around and stopping to look at things.

18 thoughts on “Deck time on a Saturday afternoon

  1. Wonderful, I felt like was there with. Just love those kitties, too!

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  2. Fly the friendly skies above Ros’ deck. Wow! The parrots looked like a plane brigade, Ros!

    I’d love for my dear wife Karen and I to come by with a couple bottles, a plate of cheese and crackers and nothing to do but talk about California dreamin’. Alas …

    Thanks for the good trip of the mind from snowy Syracuse, my friend.

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  3. Wow! Your roof deck is fabulous, Roslyn! I think I would live and sleep there. 🙂 The last photo of the cats…their expressions…priceless! Thanks for showing your beautiful photos.

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    • Thanks Jill. Twelve years ago when I looked at this place I already knew I wanted to live here then when I saw the roof deck… oh my, I was in heaven!

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  4. So glad to hear about the rain. Love your roof deck and the blue sky! Beautiful cats, Roslyn 🙂

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  5. What an amazing roof deck you have, Roslyn! I would want to spend all my free time out there. I really thought those neighbourhood parrots were planes. How wonderful to see their flying formations, and I love the collective noun for them. 🙂 Freddie and Frankie are just adorable and look so good there amongst the flower pots.

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    • Thanks, Sylvia. When I was in Spain I saw all these apartments with roof decks and decided that is what I wanted for my next place… so when I saw this place the deck sealed the deal!

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  6. Delightful post,wonderful photo series! Lovely skyscapes and flower -pot arrangement! But the playful cats stole my heart!
    Stay well Roslyn 🙂

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  8. These images are all so nice, I love birds, the clouds and your flowers on your deck! I recently bought a Peach Geranium myself, and recently ‘deadheaded’ it, as that’s what I was told to do when the flowers began to wither.

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    • Yes, I am constantly deadheading the flowers and pruning back the whole plant… a couple of them I pruned back so severely I thought for sure they were dead, but in a few weeks they came back fuller than ever. Geraniums are like vampires, you can’t kill them off!

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