Thursday, February 7, 2008

I Love L.A...When I Can See It!

I live in Orange County, California. No, I don't live in a house like the Real Wives of Orange County! (actually, they live south of me.) And I certainly don't look like them! And I don't have a house like the families on The O.C.--that was actually filmed at a sound stage in Manhattan Beach, CA!!! (I know that from a reliable source..Daughter #2 worked on that show a number of times.) So...I thought I'd take you on a little tour of where I do live. Tues. my BabyBoy and I went out with our cameras and shot these pics:


Looking west of us, we could see the skyline of Los Angeles. I think I see Daughter #2 working there. Yes...if I squint my eyes through the smog, I think I see her waving at me from the skyscraper she's working in now. Look at the horizon in this picture and you can see some tall buildings. I know it's a little difficult, but L.A. is really there. You'll have to trust me on this. I can only see it from my town about 6 times a year...through the smog. I'm sure L.A. didn't look like this when my ancestors lived there in the 1900's. No kidding. There's even a street with my family name on it in L.A. You'll have to trust me on this, too. I'll blog about it someday, I promise!

Looking a bit to the north of us we could see the mountains in the distance where BabyBoy and his friends go snowboarding.

Below is a picture of the view to the south of us. Yes, that' right. South. The coast at Newport Beach kinda curves around, so from our town, the beach is actually south of us. If you look at the picture you see the horizon? Well, that's the outline of Catalina Island. In the foreground you can see the outline of the Angels Stadium and the Honda Center (where the Duck's play). I guess if you really look for it, you could see the Matterhorn at Disneyland too. I can't see it through the marine layer. You see in Orange County we don't say we have smog. It is marine layer! (ok, some days it's brown marine layer, but never smog!)

Here I am with my new Nikon D40X, a Christmas gift from my DH. Do I look like a pro?

And here's my BabyBoy with my old camera, a Canon Elph. We like to trade back and forth. It was fun.

Hey, what is that? Is it a bird, is it a plane? A UFO maybe?

Look what came by while we were out taking pictures...

Yes, that's right, you guessed it. It was the Goodyear Blimp. We waved at it. I wonder if anyone inside saw us.

Ahhh, wintertime in Orange County. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.


Kara & Levi said...

Ohhhh the Real Wives of Orange Co. I love them!!!! I think of you every time I watch the show! Don't you hang out with them? Don't you go to their Botox parties??

Summerset said...

Oh! Your post reminds me of the two years I lived in LA! Well, more accurately, one in Bellflower and one in Paramount, but I worked in Long Beach and my husband worked in Anaheim. I do remember the "marine layer" very well. We lived in a second floor apartment in Bellflower, and moved there in August. It wasn't until one day in October that for some reason the "marine layer" lifted and I could see the mountains with snow on them way off in the distance. I was so excited - that was one of the few times I saw them those two years with exception of actually going to them. I loved SoCal, but my husband didn't like it as much so we moved back east. You've brought back a lot of memories, actually! Thanks!

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The Carolina Quilter said...

So foreign to our landscape here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the other side of the nation. Thanks for the pix. I may never see California but I would love to one day.