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flora, fauna and fabric in LA

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My husband, Daughter #2 and I visited Los Angeles last weekend and had a fabulous time. D#2 and I had never been there before, so traveling from our freezing temps to sunny and unseasonably warm (even for there) southern California was a bit surreal. At Griffith Observatory we spied this little hummer buzzing around plantings at the base of the Astronomers Monument. I think it was an Anna’s hummingbird. See the dusting of pollen on her beak?

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Also at Griffith Observatory, this wee hummingbird paused long enough for me to snap a quick photo. My guess is that it was a black-chinned hummingbird. Like the other, she also had a pollen smudge on her beak.

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While at Venice Beach, we visited with fauna of the domestic variety at Small World Books, a quiet intellectual haven in all of the craziness. Conan is the resident cat librarian; he gladly assumed a studied casual pose for us Midwestern tourists.

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The Getty Center stunned us with its gardens and architecture (we bow down to you, Richard Meier).

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It felt like we were at Starfleet Academy.

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On our last day there, my husband and daughter indulged me in visiting Sew Modern. We arrived before official opening hours, but the door was propped open because some renovation work inside the store was in progress. The owners kindly welcomed us in and let me prowl around while I wished I had a huge empty suitcase to cram full of fabric.

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However, showing a great deal of restraint, I walked out with only these lovely pieces.

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2 thoughts on “flora, fauna and fabric in LA

  1. I’m completely impressed with your restraint at Sew Modern. Next time you come you should duck into an LA landmark in the garment district: Michael Levine’s Fabrics. You’ll need an empty suitcase for that one.

    I feel the same about the Getty every time I visit. I hardly visit their galleries anymore (shhh! don’t tell) as I love their gardens, terraces and patios so much. Oh, and that cool ride up the hill in their tram.

    Glad you had a good time in LA. I’m completely impressed with your photos of the birds. We have lots of hummingbirds in our yard, and it’s good to see one “still.”

    • Oh, I had to show restraint. When we left for our trip, my sewing room was still in a post-holiday shambles–guilt weighed heavily. Thanks for the fabric store recommendation–something to look forward to next trip.

      Re the Getty’s architecture & landscaping vs its museum exhibits: my architect husband and I agree!

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