Sunday, January 15, 2006


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?



What do you think you are looking at here....?

This is looking through one of my Den windows, looking at the view. But, I took this on the morning of the Tornedo like Wind/Rain....the same morning my 50 foot Big Amak fell on the roof of my Patio where it sits, still, thirteen days later....I took this picture about 10:30a.m. (Before the "crash") on that morning and as you can see the rain and wind were so heavy that my floor-to-ceiling windows got all that rain blown on them....there is a very big overhang to protect one from getting wet if there is no wind, but....

It looked like it was possibly dawn and the sun had not come up yet....that's how dark it looked as the rain and wind grew...Later, after the rain stopped for a while, it still looked trecherous even though, here and there you could see the sun trying to come out and shine down upon certain parts of the city...


And here, as I said, you see the sun trying to come out at least here and there...

Having this incredible view that won't quit, you get to see a 180 degree vantage point and depending on how clear it is, (I don't even know how many miles I'm talking about here,) but....this is just a section of what the eye can see...I would need a Panoramic Digital Camera to capture what the eye can see...Do they actually make a camera like that? Well, if they don't, I'm sure they will....


Here is another plant, in silhouette, almost underneath my home....that in the next photo, is gone....

It, too, got hit by the Tornedo like winds...and the whole top half just broke off and plummeted to the ground, knocking off pieces of other things as it flew......








As you can see, the whole top has been cut off leaving a jagged edged thingy where the top was....(that street in the background is La Brea Avenue)

Nature tames you weather you want to be tamed or not! It is humbling!

And if one had any doubts that there is a 'Higher Power', well....make Nature your 'Higher Power'...like...The Ocean, or A Hurricane....or The Wind and The Rain....I tell you, it is very very humbling...and quite frankly, I'm starting to be afraid to take pictures of things as they look now because I take so much pride in them...is Nature saying "Don't Be So Filled With Pride?" Gee, I hope not....it's just that I truly love all these plants, so deeply.....
on the other hand.....




Here, looking East from my deck, is a semi-close-up of Downtown Los Angeles.....


I sure hope something horrible doesn't happen to it cause I took this picture!





More to come as we go along.....










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45 Comments:
had this to say:

Oooh, firsties!

All of your pictures are always so captivating - even more so because you write rich stories around each one.

But it's the first picture that totally resonates with me. The focus on the rain drops on the window, and everything beyond thrown into soft focus by the camera's narrow depth of field, is just right for this image.

Pictures can be magical. This one proves it. I hope you never put down your camera or your pen.

Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 9:54:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I always love your pictures. Thanks for sharing them!

Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 10:13:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hi OOLotH,
So that's the storm you mentioned last week!

Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 10:23:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Michele sent me, OOL.

Holy crap! I'd be scared to death if my house was on stilts, Naomi! I hope they're sturdy!

Your location is quite amazing. It'd be something else to wake up to that every morning--as long as the house stays put, that is. On stilts! Amazing.

Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 10:48:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Carmi--Thanks sooo very muh! I take that as a great compliment coming from you, my dear because you photographs are fantastic! I think you are sooo very talented as a writer and as a Photographer! And yes, pictures can truly be magical...

Karin-- Yjanks so very much Karin...I enjoy photography and always have...Sometimes I wish the camera could truly take what my eyes see, you know?

Carol--Yes Indeedy..THAT was the storm I spoke of...A really scary one!!!

Utenzi--LOL! Yes...Stilts that are these HUGE Metal thingys and there are NINE of them, I believe...When I bought the house 380 years ago, a very good friend who was a builder took a look at it fir me and he said that it was incrddibly built and he was very very haooy with everything he saw underneath.. And when we had the 1994 Earthquack, another builder person who had done some work in my house when asked by me did he think that my house was safe...He said Looking me square in the eyes..." Naomi if there is another eartyhquack do you know where I want to ge? In Your House!!!" (I hope I have not jinxed that having written it here...lol)
So...all I can tell you, I have been here a very long time and I forget that I am on "stilts"..these things go way down deep into the ground...like 16 feet or something...and I am told this is a very good thing.
So far...so good, Utenzi, my dear...

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:23:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

great images as usual..
nice work..
you live in the hills i would give almost anything to live in..
I live on the other side...

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:59:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I hate to tell you this but something horrible is about to happen the Globe gift bags are being given out tomorrow. There will be rioting and pillaging in and around the three locales from what I have heard.
Watch my blog late tomorrow for an update LOL

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 1:02:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Michele sent me, Naomi.

I hope you didn't like that plant a lot. It looks like it's in pretty bad shape right now. I guess desert plants have to be tough, so I guess it'll survive.

You have pretty pictures, Naomi.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 1:45:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

One thing I really LOVE about your site (whenever I visit) is that you have the ability to make it feel like I am RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! I am sure others feel the same! Truly. I do love your blog. So captivating.

I am hee via Michele today, but I have been here many times before. Keep up the great work!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 2:49:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Funnily I recognised the last picture of downtown LA.... from the movie Terminator 2.

Weird what you pick up from the movies...................

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 2:55:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

What a gorgeous and amazing view Naomi! It's wonderful! Great photo, too!

And what a scary storm! On the top of the hill you can see all the fury of storm!

I hope the sun shine very soon!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 3:06:00 AM PST 

Anonymous mar
had this to say:

I love storms when I am safe inside and I can watch the lightning hitting the Med in the horizon... I also live up on a (small) hill, the neighbors at sea level get all the water in their garages! I's rather be up on my hill. Don't worry, dear, nothing terrible will happen, friday the 13th was two days ago!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 3:38:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Interesting house...I mean the stilths. Thank God your family is safe. Hope everything is back to normal by now.

Btw, Michele sent me Naomi.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 5:01:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

oh my! That is a lovely view! Yes, indeed if only the camera could capture what the eye could see! You're so blessed to have such a great location :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 5:24:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Fantastic photos. Waether is an amazing force and you did a great job of capturing it.

Here via Michele.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:38:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Oh, What a wonderful place to live, Naomi!!
I am soooo jealous - but you worked hard and earned it, so I'm not really :-)

MSM - this time....

cq

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:39:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Wow, you do have an incredible view. What a cool place to live!

We're having extreme winds out here on the East Coast as well. Not fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:43:00 AM PST 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

Michele sent me your way, dear, although you skipped me!! :(
I know, I know. It is hard to keep track when there are so many at Michele's site.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:59:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Hello. Not only did Michele send me, but Jeni of Volcanic Sacrifices told me I had to check out your blog.

I sympathize about your tree. I haven't had a storm-downed tree in a few years but I'm from Miami originally so I've had a few in my life.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:04:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Hey Neighbor!

thanks for dropping by. I enjoy your photos from up the hill.

cheers,

Shane

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:42:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I'm so glad you take these pics! By the way...I had to change my address. If you want to come and visit me now you have to go to:

www.plumbkrazzee.blogspot.com

Talk soon!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:43:00 AM PST 

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Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:43:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Hmmmm, maybe I will hold off on moving out there and living on your deck. Hehe. After seeing the rain pics. Maybe if you get it glassed in or something I'd be more than happy to come out and live with you. LOL. MSM!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:54:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

gorgeous pictures as usual. You are very gifted both in photography and writing. Thanks for the visit. Michele sent me today

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:58:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Storms are nice to watch from far, far away, but these looked too close for comfort. You are an amazing photographer btw!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:53:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Lovely pictures Naomi! Those clouds do look pretty frightening! Your views are fantastic all around! Thanks for letting me visit LA without having to leave home!!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 1:25:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Amazing pictures... it captures the essence of the storm from within. Fortunately it was not as destructive as a storm as the world had come to seen in the past.
Oh, Michele sent me to make sure the sun comes out for you!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 3:36:00 PM PST 

Blogger Joe
had this to say:

Great pics!

Where I live at we get 2 or 3 tornadoes a year! It can get a little scary at times.

Here via Michele.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 5:25:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Hello, Michele sent me...but your pictures are amazing! What a view you have!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 5:55:00 PM PST 

Blogger dan
had this to say:

Those pictures are great! I especially love the first one because it captures the moment and feeling of it--

which is kind of hard for a still to do with motion and water..

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 6:54:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

It was such a gorgeous day yesterday with the rain. We went out and played in it a little.

Your view is gorgeous! ..and yes, thank goodness for the Santa Ana's :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 7:02:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Oh gosh...once again your incredible view just amazes me. And that weather you captured? Well, that's pretty amazing stuff, too.

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 7:31:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Beautiful photos! I love LA! We're so close to you , yet so far away. Only an hour or so if the streets were deserted! Can you believe the rain!

Oh and Hi! I'm from Michele's!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 8:57:00 PM PST 

Anonymous Kat
had this to say:

Oh no! That's horrible!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:06:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Awesome. You make me feel like I'm there. My husband's from San Pedro.

Michele sent me tonight, but I've been here several times before and I'll be back!! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:11:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Very nice photos, Naomi! I hope nothing happens to LA too; my daughter and 2 of my grandchildren are there now. They went to Universal today and tomorrow Disneyland is on their menu!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 9:19:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

If it weren't for the still gorgeous view, I'd swear you relocated to my town! (Although it was sunny here today!)

Michele says hello! :)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:32:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Beautiful pictures yet again.

But Nature isn't vindictive, it just is. Don't worry about being proud of your garden - you should be proud of helping other things to live!

It's nice to know it rains in paradise:-)

Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 11:56:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

beautiful pictures even though scary weather. i love storms, but hate the danger associated.

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 7:23:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

We lost power all weekend due to the high gusty winds. I love the view you have of they sky...but the massive city below is sort of overwhelming.

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 7:33:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

Hey, there's water on my computer screen!

I left some information about Acourt on my post today for you.

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 9:52:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I showed hubby your pictures, he's been to LA several times on business....I'm insisting he brings me the next time!! We agree, your view is nothing but spectacular!

Always a joy visiting you!

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 10:18:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

What wonderful WONDERFUL pictures!

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:01:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

WoW!

Stunning photographs.

I thought it was a view from a window, but it is so interesting to see the transformation take place.

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 4:02:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Dayum your view is even better than I'd ever imagined. It's no wonder you love living up on that hill! If I were you, I'd never come down.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 10:58:00 PM PST 

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