March 13, 2017: Since I started Gem City Images way back in 2007, the photos posted here have been (almost) exclusively of Monrovia. All my other photos have been posted to various social media sites like Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

While that seemed like a good idea, in reality it led to a lack of consistency that was frustrating for me and made it hard to follow along with the latest photos.

So, starting now, Gem City Images will no longer be exclusively Monrovia. If you still want to see Monrovia only, you can always click the "Monrovia" label on the right side but hopefully you'll follow along for the whole experience.

Even though Gem City Images refers to Monrovia, I decided to keep that as the blog name. No matter where I go, The Gem City is where it all started.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mono Lake - May 2014

Went to Mono County for a 2 day photo workshop at Bodie State Historic Park in May of 2014 (more posts on that later).  There is so much to see and photograph in the area but I made sure to spend an evening at Mono Lake.  The sun was setting and, except for about 5 other people, I had this otherworldly place to myself.

Tufa along the walkway to the lake.

 Mono Lake, tufa towers and the setting sun.

More tufa towers and the clouds seemed to angle for me very nicely.

You can read more about Mono Lake and its famous tufa towers here:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Covina Bowl: 1956 - 2017

The Covina Bowl, open since 1956 and a wonderful example of mid-century architecture has closed for good.  The last day was supposed to be March 12th, but fans showing up found nothing but locked doors on that Sunday.
Maybe these things go in cycles, I bowled in junior leagues when I was a kid and had a great time.  Bowling just doesn't seem to rank very high anymore on what people want to do with their spare time. 
If bowling should come back into favor, it will be too late for this Googie beauty.

The tall A-frame entrance.

Facing north with the "Bowl" sign on the right and A-frame entrance on the left.

Sunset during the last week the Covina Bowl was open.  Unfortunately, the neon in the sign no longer worked.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monrovia Depot Rehab Groundbreaking

Photos from the groundbreaking ceremony for the rehab of the Monrovia Depot at Station Square.

Overlooking the depot from the parking structure.

What the future will bring.

Shovels and Hardhats.

The Monrovia Depot / Future Restaurant.

They gave away original nails from the depot as a souvenir.

Interior view of the entry doorway and tiles.

Interior view.

Interior view.

Interior view facing west.

Mayor Adams.

 Blaine Fetter.

 The groundbreaking.

Metro train passes by a window.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monrovia Canyon Park Trail Crew On The Ben Overturff Trail

Just another day at the office.

Reinforcing the edge of a section of trail damaged by the recent rains.

Edge barrier installation complete.

 Trail Crew in The Meadow section of the Ben Overturff trail.

All the recent rain is now just water under the bridge.

Monrovia Canyon Park After The Rain - January 13, 2017

Sun is back out on the Mesa.

Check dams doing their job of slowing down the flow of water.

There hasn't been a complete flow of water snaking through here in a long time.

Lots of water at the waterfall.

A section of the 1/4 mile trail became its own little stream.

A Rainy Day In Monrovia Canyon Park - January 9, 2017

First Water.

Low Clouds.

The Waterfall.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another great display of holiday window art at The Market Grill - Monrovia.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Opening Ceremony Of The Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve - November 19th, 2016

A few photos from the opening ceremony this morning for the Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve:

The new trail goes to the left in the photo.

Temporary plaque soon to be replaced by a permanent one.

City Manager Oliver Chi

Director of Public Services Tina Cherry

Hillside Wilderness Preserve Supervisor Eugene Suk receives award.

The ribbon cutting.

Trash receptacle and drinking fountain.  Located at the old fire station across from the start of the trail.

ATV's ready to take attendees on a tour of the new trail.  NOTE: Personal ATV's will not be allowed on the trail.  Only those used by the park rangers.

ATV returns from a trip on the new trail.

A winding section of the new trail.

One of 2 new ATV's that the park rangers will use to patrol and work in the new Preserve.  Much more economical and much better suited to the terrain than the huge pickup truck.

 Trail Boss Ed riding shotgun.

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