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Countdown: my favorite dozen 2018 photos and a bonus

life is a canvas

San Gabriel Mountains from my roof deck in Culver City.

As if I don’t have enough to do, I decided to set myself the task of coming up with my twelve favorite photos for the year… one for each month. Some months I had fifty favorites and some months I wouldn’t have picked one for my top twelve… nevertheless I had to stick to my rule of one from each month. This exercise was a great lesson for me as I realized some months in 2018 I didn’t get out and about enough with my camera and I really struggled to find a photo. I need to be more consistent.

The above photo was taken from my roof deck on Christmas Day and is my New Year’s card to you all. One of my favorite quotes just happened to be floating around in the sky! Note the airplane just left of top center.

So here we go.

JANUARY

sunrise

Sunrise with resident crows from my roof deck, Culver City, California

FEBRUARY

Yosemite Upper Falls framed by tree branch. Yosemite National Park, California

MARCH

Huntington Library

Desert Garden at Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Los Angeles County, California

APRIL

Freddie and Frankie

A little out of focus but this photo really shows their true personalities. Frankie looking disdainful and obviously planning the next mischievous caper while Freddie is wide-eyed and innocent, ready to be splat in the middle of Frankie’s next big idea!

MAY

worthing seafront

Worthing Seafront, Sussex, England. The last place my parents and I lived before they decided to emigrate to the US.

JUNE

butterfly pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

JULY

deck sunset

Sunset from my deck looking out on to downtown Culver City and Sony Studios

AUGUST

canadian rockies

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canadian Rockies

SEPTEMBER

william s hart

The William S. Hart Park and Museum, Newhall, California. Detail of wall

OCTOBER

 

Los Angeles Flower mart

Succulents at Los Angeles Flower Mart, downtown

NOVEMBER

City Hall Christmas Eve

An early Christmas present to the people of LA as the tree at Grand Park mirrors Los Angeles City Hall.

DECEMBER

View from Baldwin Overlook

View of downtown Los Angeles and snow on the mountains from the highest point in Culver City, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (a California State Park).

I haven’t been on WordPress very much lately. I haven’t given up but I made a big decision and it’s going to be taking up a lot of my time. I probably won’t be posting much here but I will make the effort to go look at your posts to keep up with what you are doing. In the meantime, you can join me on my personal page on Facebook (Roslyn M Wilkins in Culver City). If you send me a friend request and I recognize who you are, I will respond. Or join me on my photo page by clicking on the Roslyn’s Photoart image in the right hand column.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

 


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Feline Friday – #23 – sunset photobomb

freddie and sunset

I was working in my office upstairs when I noticed a red glow all around me. I grabbed my camera and ran out on to the roof deck.

freddie and sunset

I clicked the shutter and… what the… there was Freddie in my view finder. He had come to share the beautiful sunset with me.

freddie and sunset

No worries, let’s try again without Freddie in the view! What the…????

freddie and sunset

Okay, I give up Freddie. Yes, you definitely enhance the photo. Thanks for being my model!

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My favorite kind of shopping

culver city sony studios sunset

Yes, Photoshopping is the only kind of shopping I really enjoy! The photo above is the revised version of a photo I took last year.

I took the photo below from my deck but from my vantage point, no matter how I tried to move around, the Sony Studios water tower ended up splat in the middle of the palm tree.

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I had the original photo printed on canvas but whenever I looked at it I wanted to take my scissors and move the water tower to the left. But thanks to Photoshop, I didn’t need to use scissors.

I like the revised image sooooooooo much better… and added a couple of birds for good measure!

What do you think?

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A sunset by any other name…

culver city sunset sony studios

západ slunce, غروب, Tramonto, Posta del sol, Matahari terbenam, Coucher du soleil, solnedgang, Zonsondergang, Закат, พระอาทิตย์ตกดิน…

culver city sunset sony studios

However you say the word “sunset,” really there is no word to describe its beauty and wonder… like snowflakes no two sunsets are alike (as far as I know).

culver city sunset sony studios

My view is across Sony Studios in Culver City towards the ocean.

culver city sunset sony studios

After a cold snap (cold being relative) the last few days we have been back to our usual November weather…. in the mid 70s (25C).

culver city sunset sony studios

But before you send that hate mail, tomorrow we are dipping down to the 60s (18C) and will stay that way for a few days… with showers.

culver city sunset sony studios

But in the meantime, this evening as I was sitting in my office the whole room turned orange so I ran outside to the roof deck and was amazed to see this sunset. Maybe the best I have ever seen. But then every sunset is the best one, isn’t it?

Like they say, Seize the day… or the Sunset!

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Views from my deck in Culver City to commemorate my birthday

culver city view

View of the sunset over Sony Studios from my roof deck. From left to right, the water tower, no longer operational but most of the studios in the LA area retain them as a landmark. The Columbia Studios marquee for the latest release, The End of Days. I stared at Skyfall for weeks, my favorite movie of 2012. At right the rainbow sculpture commemorating the Wizard of Oz which was filmed here when the studio name was MGM.

This day last year was a special birthday. We won’t go into which one. But I celebrated it exactly as I had dreamed on the Brighton Pier in England. You can read that blog post here.

culver city view

This year I wanted to stay home. I had already traveled to New Mexico and Miami in 2013 and that was enough. This photo looks towards the Baldwin Overlook, the highest point in Culver City, about 450 feet which affords spectacular views all over the city of Los Angeles.

culver city view

So to commemorate my birthday, for myself, I took some photos from my roof deck in Culver City. Another look at Sony Studios and Culver City downtown.

geraniums on my deck

More geraniums and views of the tree tops. The Santa Monica Mountains are obscured in this photo by the trees.

This way I can look back at my blog post of this birthday just as I was able to look back at my blog post of Brighton Pier. Self indulgence is a wonderful thing!

But I am very grateful that my favorite spot in the universe is on my very own roof deck in Culver City. Many people have to travel thousands of miles and spend inordinate amounts of money to arrive at their favorite place. All I have to do is walk up a few stairs and I am there!

Please click on all the photos for a larger view.

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