If you frequent the Orange Line bike path or LA Fitness on Sepulveda, you may have seen him before. He sleeps in an old RV parked on the street. By day, he pulls his….lawn chair/rolling pallet around Van Nuys with his menagerie of dogs. Some ride, others trail alongside. There used to be five. Now there’s four. Women bring him dog food. And money. He doesn’t panhandle. The contraption does the work for him.
Look closely… is there evidence of a murder somewhere in the background of this picture?
A half mile long and thirteen feet high, among the longest murals in the world, spanning California history from the pre-Columbian period to the 1980’s. The brainchild of Chicana artist Judy Baca, it was re-painted in 2011…the colors remain vivid and bright even after two years in the sun. Worth seeing before it fades again Coldwater and Burbank.
Border collies hold their sit in Woodley Park. Poodle near the end of the row doesn’t look like he’s going to last.
Growing out of a seam in the concrete of the Burbank overcrossing.
Hansel and Gretel chic in Toluca Lake. It takes a million dollars to look this rustic.
A cottage of different enchantments. Sepulveda Blvd.
Congregants of St. Catherine of Siena in procession on Sherman Way. Epiphany Sunday celebrates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. In various toungues it has meant ‘to manifest’; or ‘to shine upon’; or ‘to illuminate’.
Note the particularly striking Mitt Romney-like priest in white vestments, towering over his Filipino parishoners…
…and the distinctly ethnic Jesus leading the way:
One and a half million people live in this forest. How many houses do you see? Looking South from O’Melveny Park.
Now, really, why wouldn’t you shop here? Don’t metal bars, garish signage, bare flourescent bulbs, and bulletproof glass just cry out for your hard-earned dollars? Tuxford and Lankershim, Sun Valley.
Three seconds later…..
‘Why you take picture? This private property. No picture.’
But at Calahan and Swinton, we’re still working on autumn.