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Eastland Center Mall, West Covina, CA. late 1950's

Eastland Center Mall, West Covina, CA. late 1950's
Made by A Box of Pictures
VintageWestCovina.com Editorial provided by The Curator from www.mall-hall-of-fame.blogspot.com Up close shot to see the vintage cars as well. From the Charles Phoenix collection. The sixth shopping mall in Los Angeles County was the first to be freeway-adjacent. EASTLAND CENTER was built on a 49 acre parcel, 22.5 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, directly north of a newly-opened stretch of the San Bernardino Freeway. Originally an open-air center, EASTLAND was designed by Albert C. Martin and developed by May Centers. It comprised 671,000 square feet, with a 5-level (365,000 square foot) May Company as its primary anchor. This store was the sixth location in the Los Angeles-based chain. May's Eastland opened October 16, 1957 and was built in the grandest of ultra-modern style. A contemporary write-up described the following accoutrements; dramatic exterior design, bright, contemporary interior decor, sleek, silent escalators and elevators and complete air-conditioning of the interior spaces. A fallout shelter was accessed via the basement of the store. EASTLAND CENTER was oriented on two levels. The mall proper comprised the Upper Level, which was accessed from the north parking area. The Lower Esplanade was beneath the Upper Level stores and faced, toward the south, onto a lower parking area. The center's second anchor was a 2-level (102,800 square foot) W.T. Grant variety store; among the largest in the New York City-based chain. In addition there were Long's Drugs, See's Candies, and F.W. Woolworth. The first twenty-seven stores had opened, with much fanfare, October 24, 1957. By mid-1958, there was a compliment of fifty-four inline stores and services, including those in an outparcel shopping strip, known at the time as Avenue Shops. This adjunct of the mall was situated in the northwest parking area. Its 42,000 square foot Hiram's supermarket gave Blue Chip trading stamps with all purchases. The land surrounding EASTLAND CENTER was developed over the next decade. The Huddle Restaurant opened in 1958. There were also two across-the-road outparcel entertainment venues; the single-screen Eastland Theatre (which debuted in 1963) and Carousel Theatre In The Round, a live-performance house (in business by mid-1965). EASTLAND'S first shopping complex competitor, PLAZA AT WEST COVINA, was also located in West Covina. It came inline during 1962. This was followed by PUENTE HILLS MALL, in the City Of Industry, which opened in 1974. Grant's was shuttered in 1976, with its upper level made into a U-shaped concourse area, having storefronts on the north and south sides and a retail block at its center. By 1978, the mall and concourses were being enclosed and climate-controlled. A 2-level (80,000 square foot) Mervyn's was added west of the old Grant's structure. These mall modifications were completed by 1979. By the early 1990s, EASTLAND was in a serious state of decline, as WEST COVINA FASHION PLAZA (a redress of PLAZA AT WEST COVINA) had become the dominant mall in the immediate vacinity. The grand old May's Eastland had been shuttered in October 1993. Its basement area had been leased by Sportmart some years before. Plans to demall EASTLAND into a big box power center were announced in the mid-1990s. The mall, practically deserted by this time, closed in 1997. It was purchased by the Australia-based Westfield Group in 1998. During this time frame, the existing mall structure was gutted, except for Mervyn's. Eleven category killer / big box stores were fitted into the interior spaces of the Upper and Lower Levels. The new-style -once again open-air- WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN EASTLAND debuted in 2000. Today, the tenant roster of the 847,000 square foot EASTLAND includes Target and Burlington Coat Factory (on the site of the old May Company), Bed, Bath and Beyond, Dick's (nee Chick's) Sporting Goods, Office Depot, Marshalls and Old Navy. The Avenue Shops outparcel strip center has also been renovated and renamed the Street Shops. It features an Albertsons supermarket, Long's Drugs and several smaller retailers.

soul of an orchid

soul of an orchid
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
I intended to visit the Los Angeles County Arboretum yesterday, and I did eventually get there, although not before making a very big detour. I woke up yesterday to find that I could not connect to the Internet for the second time in a week. My ISP's tech support determined that my modem had died, and they would ship a new one to me to arrive in three to five business days. Ack! Fortunately, their office was open on Sunday, and they were happy to hand me the new modem instead of shipping it, but it did add 60 miles to my planned 80-mile round trip to the Arboretum. :) By the time I reached the Arboretum, the wind was starting to become an issue for macro photography. That was OK, as I love the Arboretum's greenhouses. This cattleya was in the orchid greenhouse, and I went to the maximum aperture of my lens for an intentionally romantic capture. I hope you like my interpretation of this flower! (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/2, 1/2500 sec., ISO 200, afternoon sun filtered through greenhouse roof, handheld) Click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black (or press L to view in light box -- same thing). Some of my work is available for sale on Red Bubble (a small collection of greeting cards and prints for now but growing).

we are stardust, we are golden

we are stardust, we are golden
Made by bhampton1963
Well, I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going? This he told me Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's Farm, Gonna join in a rock and roll band. Got to get back to the land and set my soul free. We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog, And I feel myself a cog in somethin' turning. And maybe it's the time of year, Yes and maybe it's the time of man. And I don't know who I am, But life is for learning. We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. We are stardust, we are golden, We are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. By the time we got to Woodstock, We were half a million strong And everywhere was a song and a celebration. And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes Riding shotgun in the sky, Turning into butterflies Above our nation. We are stardust, we are golden, We are caught in the devils bargain, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. Woodstock, by Joni Mitchell

I'll Be Around (Day 13 of 365)

I'll Be Around (Day 13 of 365)
Made by nathanielperales
I've begun a project, you can view and read about it here. This was a homeless man in Pasadena. I work in Pasadena, and I have never seen this guy before. He was definitely not a regular. So, I was waiting for the bus to get my ride home, and I'm just taking pictures of different things that I will most likely post later. But, as I was taking pictures, I looked at him. I believe he noticed because he stood in front of me for about 4 minutes just kind of shaking, pulling his pants up, and mumbling to himself. I didn't know what to do, and also I was erasing my other card because I didn't do so the night before. So, as he was walking away, I pointed the camera at him. He turned around and came back in front of me. And I asked him Do you want me to take your picture? I'd love to take your picture. He didn't answer, but kept standing there. So, I took about 7 or 8 shots. Most of them he was closing his eyes, because he was blinking a lot. But I got this photo. And it's definitely the best one. I love it. It's one of the best photos I've ever shot. Oh yeah, and this is my first picture in Explore. : ) How awesome.

if you never try, you'll never know.

if you never try, you'll never know.
Made by red.dahlia
i have had five minute obsessions for as long as i can recall. something sparks my interest and off i go, half-mad, scouring every avenue for more and more of whatever has caught my eye or brain or taste buds or ears or, or, or... stands to reason photos would receive the same treatment, although i didn't actually realize this till last week when i took self portrait after self portrait in front of the same damn window, playing with afternoon sunlight and shadows, etc. i've done the super saturated, technicolor thing. my sundrenched obsession. i used textures on everything when i first joined Flickr. long exposures for light trails or twinkling city lights. silhouettes of people framed by clouds or the ocean. plus dozens of sub-sub-categories of everything. i don't have a point. but i do wonder which is preferable-slash-better. to have a distinct style so that your work is recognizable even without your name attached? or to switch it up often and try your hand at loads of different styles? _____ fix you.

Stranger #1 (David AKA Raou Raou)

Stranger #1 (David AKA Raou Raou)
Made by VillanuevaPhotography
My friends and I were filming a promotional video in Pasadena, CA. We crossed the street seeking a location where we could re-do our video since we got kicked out from the last location... Once we had crossed the street, we see David (Raou Raou) walking down the sidewalk with his bike. We heard him talking to random strangers asking if they wanted to hear something dope. They denied. He walked up to us, and asked, Hey you guys wanna hear something dope!? We said yes out of curiosity....It sounds like the Beastie Boys but west coast style. We heard what he had, and at the end of his act, threw a frisbee across the street and almost hit someone! He ran after it, apologized to the man, and came back. I kindly asked him if I could snap a couple shots and agreed! This was by far my favorite one! He was an extremely interesting character! I'm glad he is the first in my 100 strangers project! For more on the 100 strangers project, visit www.100strangers.com Canon EOS Rebel 550D/T2i Canon 50L (@ f/1.2) Natural Lighting

Because they're holding Thermal Detonators!

Because they're holding Thermal Detonators!
Made by Ar'alani
These fine strapping girls and boys marched in front of me as we lined up to rehearse for our three hours of fame in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade. I only had my small camera with me, since my SLR wouldn't even fit in a Biker Scout's huge pockets. I love the shadows as they reflect through this extraordinary lineup. 22+ countries were represented by over 200 marchers, flown in from all over the world by George himself. Evidently our presence in the Rose Parade was a brainchild of his from last January, and they spent a year putting this together. On the 501st's end, this was an amazing event for all of us as we met members from all over the world. I marched beside an Australian, behind an Austrian, in front of an Englishman, and with people from incredible places. Monday night after the parade, we had our last banquet dinner after five days of training. There were a lot of tears and hugs. What a surreal experience. I miss them all already, and our little sequestered Star Wars world.

Monstrosity Lens Setup - 1792mm Equivalent (Size Matters!)

Monstrosity Lens Setup - 1792mm Equivalent (Size Matters!)
Made by Ranger Pete 2/75
Canon 100-400mm L Lens with TWO extenders on a 20D (1.6 Crop Factor) Overall length is about 19 (48cm). 1.6 * 400 * 1.4 * 2.0 = 1,792mm When connecting TWO teleconverters, you do not get enough light for the auto focus to work, even if you tape off the magic extra 3 pins to fool the camera into thinking you didn't use a teleconverter. This setup is only used to Shoot the Moon - see my collection of uncropped shots at: Yea, it loses a little bit of sharpness... :) For The Record: On 2006.09.06 this picture was modified to blur out the background (a very wrinkled blue sheet was blurred so as not to be a wrinkled background, and a drop shadow was added). File: 20060709-193930-PSP30D-IMG_1515-2 On 2006.09.05 this picture went over a thousand views. On 2007.03.24 this picture went over 1,500 views. On 2007.06.26 this picture hit 2,000 views. 2007.12.15 2.5k Views 2008.05.03 3.1k 2008.11.30 3.9k

Imperial Green

Imperial Green
Made by Ar'alani
I'm not the only one who has this (or a similar) shot, mainly because this was so cool. During our training for the Rose Parade, the Lucasfilm marketing team moved us around so much in formation to make us look good that we lost track of where we were supposed to stand. So, when we went to lunch, we left our helmets in formation on the astroturf. Everyone knows what their helmet looks like. It's like finding your black lab in the doggy daycare, amongst 50 other black labs. It's your dog. My Scout helmet is hanging out there, proudly. They organized us into three companies (as you could see if you watched the parade). The helmets in the background are Alpha Company, and in front here is Bravo Company (the diverse lot, no prejudice for just white guys in our company--heh). It's also been said that this looks like a sad sort of stormtrooper graveyard. Very sad.

lemon bottlebrush

lemon bottlebrush
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
Bottlebrush shrubs are blooming all over Southern California, and most are the expected bright red. Only recently I learned from one of my Australian Flickr friends that white bottlebrushes also exist (bottlebrush is an Australian native plant). I saw this pale yellow bottlebrush for the first time at the Los Angeles County Arboretum last weekend. It looked white in full sun but turned out to be a very delicate yellow when some clouds moved in front of the sun, softening the light on the blossom. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, partly cloudy/afternoon sun, handheld) Click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black (or press L to view in light box -- same thing). Some of my work is available for sale on Red Bubble (a small collection for now but growing).

pas de deux (explored)

pas de deux (explored)
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
Flickr Explore #72 (highest position) - December 27, 2009 A flowering tree blooming in December seems pretty amazing to me, even for Southern California! According to the label, this is a Hong Kong orchid tree (botanical name in my tags), and I found it growing alongside the Tule Pond at the Los Angeles County Arboretum today. I loved the graceful look of the flowers, thus the dance-related title. With a three-day weekend, I had more time for photography and thus didn't mind the 82-mile round trip to the Arboretum (a must-see for visitors to the L.A. area who love plants and flowers). The Arboretum is HUGE (127 acres) and really can't be explored fully in just one visit. (Zuiko 70-300mm zoom, f/6.3, 1/200 -- this is NOT a macro capture!) Larger view here:

table for two

table for two
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
December 20, 2010: This photo is a Featured Photo of the Week in the group . Thank you! On a crazy whim, I I headed for the Los Angeles County Arboretum last Saturday -- very hot weather, middle of the day. So much for great light. ;) I revisited the cone flowers and found bees having a feast. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 100, full sun just shy of noon, handheld) OK, I'm in a silly mood and will share the song this made me think of (an oldie from my parents' era): Cocktails for Two. A Spike Jones classic that proves nonsense songs were around long before Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Purple People Eater. ;)

_relax

_relax
Made by isayx3
#138/365 Went down to ikea today to buy my son his first bed. When you walk into an ikea you notice they have this nice sitting area in the front. I had to wait around util people would get off the couch. When I saw an opening I did what extreme photographers call the drop knee maneuver (ok I made that up). I was able to get a couple shots off before this little asian kid jumped in...which is when I preceded to yell dee dee mao! dee dee mao! (Ok I made that up too..I think i watch too many vietnam war movies). For this shot I also had to clone out about several price tags (if you know ikea, you know what im talking about). Hope you had a great weekend! Anyone else from SoCal feel that earthquake today?

anthurium

anthurium
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
I captured this vibrant anthurium last Saturday inside the tropical greenhouse at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Light in the greenhouse is heavily filtered, so I had to bump my ISO up to 800 (noise reduction thanks to Imagenomic's Noiseware). (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5, 1/125 sec., ISO 800, heavily filtered sunlight, handheld) Texture courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations Click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black (or press L to view in light box -- same thing). Some of my work is available for sale on Red Bubble (a small collection for now but growing).

The Invitation

The Invitation
Made by *GloriousNature*bySusanGaryPhotography
Taken a little while back when I went to the L.A. Arboretum...these pink anemone were in the garden outside of the Queen Anne Cottage ... and near the spot where I had taken the shot of my first wood duck. Happy Pretty Pink Tuesday and Bokeh Wednesday EVE.... Also for the group.....remember ladies..do regular exams and take responsibility of your health...;-D Used Rebecca Lily's Lightroom preset Fresh Perspective and added in Glorious Nature Art Swallowtail in Flight overlay...;-D While your awards, comments, visits and faves are very much appreciated....Please NO MULTIPLE INVITES or GLITTERY graphics!!!

heart of an angel's trumpet (explored)

heart of an angel's trumpet (explored)
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
Flickr Explore #92 - November 29, 2009 This fresh new angel's trumpet bloom was one of many I spotted just around the corner from the entrance to the Los Angeles County Arboretum. According to the sign, this variety is named Frosty Pink. I was happy to find blooms that I could look into without having a stepladder! The trumpets are very deep, as you can see from the older photo I posted in the first comment box, so my challenge was to balance sharpness against the softness I wanted to portray in this delicate pink flower. (Arcadia, California USA) Enjoy the delicate details in the larger view

bold orchid

bold orchid
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
One of my favorite places to shoot is in the orchid greenhouse at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. It's a bit of a drive, so I visit only occasionally, typically on a long holiday weekend. I had high hopes of visiting over Thanksgiving but couldn't, and so I went to my archives for this boldly colored orchid. (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/5, 1/30 sec., ISO 400, heavily filtered light inside greenhouse, handheld) I will be offline tomorrow evening (company holiday party time!) In the new Flickr, click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black -- or press L to view in light box (same thing).

St. Andrew's Catholic Church

St. Andrew's Catholic Church
Made by Mike Chen aka Full Time Taekwondo Dad
View On Black From Wikipedia: St. Andrew's Catholic Church is a Catholic church in Pasadena, California. Founded in the 1880s, it is the oldest Catholic parish in Pasadena and one of the oldest in Los Angeles County. Its Romanesque campanile bell tower is visible for miles and is one of the landmarks of Pasadena. The current church, built in 1927, was modeled after the Basilica of St. Sabina in Rome. More

pink lady's slipper

pink lady's slipper
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
Another cool and overcast morning today, and I took advantage of the extra day off by heading for the Los Angeles County Arboretum. When the haze started burning off, I moved from outdoor shooting to the greenhouses. I found this delicate little pink lady's slipper orchid in the orchid greenhouse, which looks and feels like a rain forest setting inside. If you view the large (link below) or original size, the orchid will be a little larger than life size. (Zuiko 70-300mm zoom with macro capability, f/6.3, 1/200 sec., ISO 400, heavily filtered sunlight, handheld)

deep within a trumpet flower

deep within a trumpet flower
Made by Celeste M (off & on)
I saw a profusion of white trumpet flowers shortly after entering the Los Angeles County Arboretum. From the flower shape, I thought they were angel's trumpets (Brugmansia) -- until I looked inside the trumpet and saw a very different structure from that of any Brugmansia. Fortunately there was a sign and I learned this was a Nepal trumpet flower (botanical name in the tags). (Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, open shade, handheld) Click anywhere in the image to see the large view on black (or press L to view in light box -- same thing).



Nearest places of interest:

El Monte
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
Baldwin Park
La Puente
  Eighth Mile Dragstrip at Toyota Speedway
Toyota Speedway at Irwindale
Arcadia High School
Monrovia High School

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