Sunday In The Park

I am not an early riser, but today I got up very early so I could walk in Los Angeles before the heat set in. I have never seen the freeways so empty. It was early, but also Sunday, which is the only day and time they are not packed with cars. My friend Alex lives a little distance north of downtown. I arrived at her door at 7:20 am. Our destination was an area near her house called Echo Park. It is another of the older areas built in the early days of LA. There is a man made lake there called Echo Park Lake. Originally it was designed to be a drinking water reservoir. That was in 1870.  Today it is definitely not for drinking, but a beautiful place to visit. There are giant lotus plants.

Water lilies.

A fountain in the middle. Here you can see it through the palm trees.

There are ducks walking, people walking with dogs, and people walking without dogs.

The neighborhoods surrounding it are very diverse.  Old houses small and large.

But it’s known for it’s many historic Victorian houses. They are not my favorite. Too ornate.

It’s always a nice adventure to see parts of the city that I have not seen or don’t see often. I’ve been trying to walk in my own neighborhood in the early evening when the air cools down. A few photos of my recent excursion.

A flowering cactus.

This next one is a plumeria. It is a native of Hawaii.

This reminded me of my childhood.  We used to write with chalk on the sidewalk all the time.

The black mass in this last one is not clouds, but a rolling wave of fog coming from the ocean as I was finishing my walk, even though I live four miles from the beach.

Not many creative ideas this week. Only another small sketch on an old sheet of music.

I like to see new areas and wander around. I enjoy wandering.  A quote from Anatole France, “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”

I hope you are able to wander some this week, or do whatever you enjoy.  Thank you very much for visiting my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Sunday In The Park

  1. wonderful Lotus plants, their seed pods are so beautiful, too. and i love frangipani, which of Course i can´t find here. impressive fog wall rolling in… a nice mix of impressions of your week!

  2. So beautiful photos of a great day. The seed heads of lotus plants inspire me most, I’ve never seen that in real life.
    Many greetings – Ulrike

  3. The water lilies and the lotus plants are so pretty and I also enjoyed to see the houses. I used to like Victorian architecture, now it’s too ornate for me as well. I still appreciate the workmanship on these kind of buildings though.
    Your sketches are lovely.
    Have a wonderful week, Barbara!
    xo Julia

  4. I think here I have never seen lotus plants – I have to go to the botanical garden next time!! I concur with your (and antole france!) opinion about wandering – I love discovering new regions and landscapes – it expands the horizons!
    have good morning walks!!
    🙂 mano

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