Sunday, September 23, 2007
rain & after

As the day went almost into twilight time, there was this subtle rainbow...We had the first real rain today, since April....at least I think it was April....And it was one of those hey-the-sun-is-out-and-now-it's-pouring kind of rains....My Gardener and his sons got soaked, because it seemed to come out of nowhere..... There were certainly some very dramatic looking clouds and my favorite trees over on the hill across from me appeared in silhouette the way I love them..... They are looking quite full right now....one would think we had had rain through the summer by looking at them, by the end of winter they will once again look spindly and in need of attention....Here below is another view of my dear sweet trees as the sun began going down..... During the afternoon, it rained on and off---well, poured, on and off, but at one point when the sun was trying to stay out, I took this next picture below..... I am always fascinated how I can see so much of what is happening across the city, on a day like this....And I realized that the Good Year Blimp was in the air today so that meant that something was going on here.....
Hard to tell what I am talking about...well, here's a closer look...not terribly clear, but..... Yes! The Los Angeles Coliseum...I can only assume that U.S.C. was playing today...or trying to with the rain turning on and off, and the Goodyear Blimp was bringing you all the pictures from overhead.... It was very very clear today and one could see way way out into the ocean....I always love that because you do feel that if you just put your hand out----you could touch it...and that is true of downtown, too.... Yes, that is the Pacific Ocean out there with my long lens....but, believe me, it really looked like you could just reach out and put your finger in that cool water....And here below, a closer look at Downtown Los Angeles with the long lens on this rainy-sunny day.... It really has become an amazing skyline, and in this strange late afternoon light, quite beautiful, I think....And below, one last look at this 'city' from not quite as close, but still an amazing view....I first came to Los Angeles in 1947, and I can tell you that the skyline did not look like this....
Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday.....



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36 Comments:
had this to say:

I love the drama of a bright sunny day that has a sudden downpour. It almost always elicits a gorgeous rainbow and I have been fascinated by these since I was a child. How wonderful to see one over such a fantastic skyline! I love the photos of those trees as ever. I especially like the one of them at sunset. The colours are quite subtle and lovely.

Michele sent me by this time but you know I would show up at some point.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 3:34:00 AM PDT 

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Naomi, I am quite sure the skyline didn't look like that in 1847...!!! (sorry, I couldn't resist - I think you may have a little typo there!)...

Truly, though, your pictures are quite beautiful, particularly that first one with the rainbow, it's stunning. I have a thing about city skylines, and one of my life's dreams is to live in a house/apartment/whatever (!!) with a city skyline view like the one you have. Ah, to dream!!

It is nice to see that you appreciate what you have though - so many people take their surroundings for granted, and I like that you come back, again and again, to this beautiful skyline of yours!

Always love to see these posts by the way. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 5:14:00 AM PDT 

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Let me be the first to say you live in a lovely city and you captured the beauty of it in these amazing photos. I love the rainbow in the first pic and the silhouette of the trees with the clouds overhead at sunset. Wow! Amazing how you can actually see the Pacific Ocean from your home. What a haven!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 6:09:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! I love skylines! Lovely pics. Have a wonderful week...LOL.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 8:06:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful photographs! I've been to your corner of the world several times, but never had the pleasure of seeing the skyline from that view.

I love it when it rains and the sun is still shining, every thing looks so crisp and clean.

I'm off to take a nice sunshiny Indiana-first-day-of-autumn walk.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 8:10:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love love love seeing your pictures. My favorite out of these would be the first one.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 8:54:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

We get some incredible storms over here! And then we are happy we live on a hill (like you) because the water doesn't end in our living room! Yes, it can be that bad sometimes...

And to have a view of my beloved Pacific, what a treat!!! of course "mine" way down south is way too cold to be pleasant for a swim, only for the youngsters.

Thanks so much for your dear comment on my blogiversary. I appreciate your blog-friendship from the very bottom of my heart!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 9:22:00 AM PDT 

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Very pretty photos of LA - I never thought of the city looking like that - don't know what I thought - but for sure not that beautiful skyline.

How fortunate you are to live high enough to see the beauty below you...and to be able to see the Pacific Ocean - oh wow!

Have a great Sunday...

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 9:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I guess I didn't realize because from downtown LA you don't see the ocean. Just those tall buildings. What a view you have!
It is a very distinctive skyline, I like it.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 12:47:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi. I always love when you take us on scenic tours of the skyline from your house. You always find new and amazing things to share from your unique vista.

There's a subtlety of color in these images that keeps my eye coming back for more. You could teach this in your sleep.

I'm sorry I've been so quiet lately. Zach's broken leg has really thrown us for a loop. Not a lot of free time these days...we're just coping with everything until he's better. Life...you can well relate, I know.

Michele sends her best, as do I.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 1:44:00 PM PDT 

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Quite a few wonderful captures! We fared well, didn't float away. Everything is so clean and clear today. Love it.
I love the rainbow. :)
That's the way I feel about living here, Naomi.

~S

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 2:38:00 PM PDT 

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Oh dear you Naomi, we just returned from the mountains in Norway - and then experience to the view from your home - It's warming our hearts.
-- we will come visting you next year, for sure.

hugs
Anna Y Tor

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 3:14:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I wouldn't have known about the sporting event happening either, lol. :)

Ya know, your advice is a good one.. I'm going to look at yards that I love, and maybe leave notes asking for their landscaping company. Terrific Idea!

Michele says hello this time!
~S

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 4:36:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Well as always your photography is wonderful. I really enjoyed seeing the Goodyear Blimp, I could not imagine something like that passing by! All we have is the occasional hospital helipcopter going over, and that means something bad has happened so that is never good.
How do your gardens make it without any rain? Is there just that much moisture in the air or do you only have plants that don't need any water?

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 6:27:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Amazing views amazing shots Naomi :D

I always feel good when I see a rainbow and I hope it'll bring lots of sunshine to you too :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 6:52:00 PM PDT 

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Love love the pics ! It is my birthday on Wednesday when Mark asked me what I wanted I said lunch with Aunty Em at her house out on the balconey, he looked at me like uh huhhhhh not going to happen LOL
I bet it was nice to have some rain after all that scorching heat lately.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 7:07:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You're so talented at catching light. I loved these pics. And maybe they will help with my "house hunting!"

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 1:07:00 AM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Whilst you are sleeping peacefully - I hope- I am catching up. I agree with you about Aida Turturros - frightening as the sister from hell in the Sopranos. The only way I can watch it at present is at 11pm - my bed-time and now I can only get the sound. Eventually I'll get the DVD's
The photos are really beautiful. It must be such a relief to have some rain. Unusually we have had about two weeks without - until last night when the garage ceiling leaked. we have been waiting months for various work men for jobs in the house. This is the British disease which is such a pity. Have a happy week.

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 2:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Isn't it amazing all the changes you've seen to your little corner of the world!

DeForest would say that he moved into San Fernando Valley.. when it really was a Valley!

I know it's called progress.. but I really wonder if it is sometimes.

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 4:07:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love those days when the sky turns 'all wierd'. Nature can be amazing with colours... And to think I am on the otherside of that Pacific Ocean. *sigh*

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 4:13:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

thanks for stopping by this weekend

WOW that is a pretty site...

I love rainbows and waterfalls :)


have a pleasant day

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 4:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I think that first photo is amazing.

I never realised the sea was so close to LA until you showed us.

Nice you're getting some rain now, but we've gone from wet and cold to dry and cold. I think we've just had the wettest summer on record - does this mean the UK is going to have a heatwave next year? [looks hopeful]

cq

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 4:56:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous joy
had this to say:

I think rain is magical. And how else are we going to see rainbows without rain? Love your photos.

joy
Your Love Coach

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 5:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The first shot looks absolutely mythical. Further down I begin to get a twinge of anxiety looking at how crowded the city is and thinking of all those people and cars. It boggles my mind.

So you have beach front property in a way!

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 6:33:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Well, I'm so glad you finally got some rain. I know how bad your area needed it. Great pictures Naomi of your lovely views!!

I'm sure the changes since the 40's is quite amazing!!

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

It's always fun to see the blimp.

I didn't realize LA looked like that either. Somehow I always think of it as flat even though I know better.

We had some rain on Saturday but missed the worst of it. It seemed to stop at the Fresno/Madera county line.

This morning is lovely and cool and the rain may have knocked out some of our terrible air quality.

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 8:10:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful atmospheric photography (phew that was a lot of spelling -only glad I do not have to say it!)
I love your photos.
over here it is the opposite, When will it STOP raining!
lol
Have a good day

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 10:31:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful pictures! I love the rainbow! I'm living out of the city limits now, and getting beautiful views of the sunrises and sunsets....I'll be posting some pics soon! I'm finally trying to catch up on my blogging now that things are settling down some. This moving is for the birds! LOL

Have a wonderful week my friend!

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, you have such a wonderful view that I can imagine you never get anything done just watching that view or your garden! LOL
I love the golden color of the light in the first pic, and rainbows are fabulous, aren't they?

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 6:37:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! What a stunning skylines's pictures! As I am living in country I miss so much to see views of a big city like Los Angeles! You did a good job here! Thanks for sharing! Have a nice week ahead!

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 6:52:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great shots of your city. I've never been ... though I'd like to visit someday.

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:48:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Lovely pictures again. Here it's been raining like cats and dogs for almost a week now. But the weatherman said that it will be a nice weather throughout this week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 1:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The tree line photos are so dramatic!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 1:36:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Enjoyed your photos and glad to hear you finally got some rain. Hopefully, it's cooling it off there a bit.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 6:39:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I enjoyed the butterflies in your previous post.
I've had lots of pretty ones flittering about my flowers on my porch.
They are so pretty.

Hey!!
I recognize those favorite trees of yours!!
I've seen those babies with my own eyes!!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 7:17:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

The photos of downtown L.A's skyline are grand as are those little trees on the hill. After the rain, the air smells so fresh and clean and the vision of a rainbow always gives me a feeling of peace.

Monday, October 1, 2007 at 2:15:00 PM PDT 

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