Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Golden City


There was a time when you could regularly see all the way to the ocean from Sierra Madre.  Our city's founder, Nathaniel Carter, even had a hotel that he called the Ocean View.  

Nowadays, our views generally consist of much closer locations in the daytime, and city lights at night.  So, imagine my surprise a few evenings ago when, walking along Carter Avenue, I caught a teeny glimpse of downtown Los Angeles.  At least I think it was Downtown.  I'm going to go with that, because it was pretty exciting!


10 comments:

  1. Hooray! This photo is back. It is super and wonderful to think back to times when I could see the ocean from home in Pasadena. Bet much of that is hidden now there too. Lovely shot, Adele.

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    1. Thanks, LOL! I'm going to figure out how to remove things completely when I publish by accident! Amazing that you could see it from home, too. :)

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    2. Actually I thought it was fun to get a sneak preview :). Same thing happened to me. No worries!

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    1. It was really a beautiful evening.

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  3. There is an offramp off of the 210 west called Ocean View. There is no Ocean View

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    1. I wonder if there was one there when they named it, or was it wishful thinking?

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  4. Wow. Really great photo. I've been told that you can sometimes see the ocean from the top of Hastings Ranch. And, I've read that visitors of the old Sierra Madre Villa Hotel could see the ships coming into port. Me -- I've seen are airplanes heading for LAX. Maybe that and downtown skyscrapers are our modern equivalents.

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    1. Thanks, Michael! There's that brief time in the evening when the light is just amazing. Interesting about being able to see so much back then. Seeing the planes at LAX is pretty cool, too. We have that seemingly-defunct development up on the Carter estate, and from the top, you can really see a long way on a clear evening. I'm going to have to take some binoculars up there.

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