In Placentia, there is a fascinating little strip mall, anchored by this timeless Bargain Basket Market. I am astonished (and happy) that the original signage is still holding up as good as ever, and by the looks of the packed parking lot, business is doing well. Look closely, at the front of the store is a quarter merry-go-round ride as well. I wonder if they have 1953 prices inside as well. Sometimes time travel is easier than you think.
OK, so it's no longer The Pond..... but it's still my neighborhood, and one of the simple pleasures of living near both the Honda Center and Angel Stadium is the opportunity to visit the facilities in the off-hours. Large, empty structures such as arenas & stadiums seem to exert a latent energy....
South Coast Farms in San Juan Capistrano is the only remaining organic farm in Orange County. It was also home to Orange County's first walnut grove in the 1880's. Visit The Ecology Center to learn more about the farms and sustainability.
Taken at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. Their current exhibit about the human body (Head to Toe) is perfectly incorporated with authentic Dia de los Muertos decor. This is the Mexican holiday that takes place on Nov 1 and 2nd.day after Halloween in which believers honor their deceased relatives. But it is done in a fun and often silly way with skeleton figurines dressed as brides, butchers and rock stars. It is a happy festival and a celebration of their lives.
The Huntington Beach Pier is one of my top 5 things in Orange County I like to photograph. I must have hundreds of pictures of it. It changes all the time with the weather and time of year, I guess that's one reason why I like it.
Fall has hit OC and the clouds were just beautiful this October day.
While visiting the new Muzeo Museum in Anaheim this weekend (ref: last week's pic), I noticed a monument in the plaza outside with an interesting bronze relief depicting various aspects of Anaheim history.
Doesn't this soldier vaguely resemble a popular (or is it populist?) CNN news anchor?
I was trying to go around a traffic accident on Birch Blvd in Brea, when I stumbled upon it. Like a mecca, where all things well designed and affordable live it stood there proud and shiny and NEW. So new, it wasn't even officially open yet. I entered from the underground parking lot and at the top of the escalator I drank in the joys of brand-newness; new carts, fully stocked shelves and that new Target store smell that can't be beat. As I left, dizzy from the joy of this retail experience, I saw it...... This curious red wall with a circle opening. And beyond it? More new carts just waiting to be called up the majors.