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.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Makeup: Maria Alejandra Garcia

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Maria above, we hit the big time this year. She is a successful professional film / television / print makeup artist who came out to our Halloween event all 3 nights to apply makeup to our "monsters".

She managed to handle the group of teenagers we handed over to her, do an incredible job and still get done on time! Highly recommended.

See her website here and her IMDB listing here. I know you'll recognize the people and projects she's worked on.

Thanks so much from all of us in the canyon, we still can't believe how lucky we were.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mountain Mayhem 2007 Skeleton

Monrovia Canyon Park's annual Halloween event is done.
Response to the exit polls were overwhelmingly positive.

I'd like to hear the opinions of anyone who went.
What you liked, didn't like, favorite part, etc. Let us know!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FYI Re: Haunted Hike / Mountain Mayhem

The hikes will go on as scheduled.

Monrovia Canyon Park, due to the Red Flag Alert, fires and continuing fire danger, has been closed to traffic and pedestrians by the fire department - see the city website front page. But, the hikes have not been cancelled, they will go on.

Mark Twain Statue

In Library Park.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Halloween Shop

I like the color in this scene. Not typical for Halloween.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Temporary Delay

Blogger is having image upload issues at the moment. If I can't get a photo uploaded today, you'll just get two tomorrow.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Jack-O-Lantern Guards

Here's the follow-up I promised to yesterday's photo. The boat (on the left) is guarded by a variety of apparently floating and disembodied jack-o-lanterns.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Largest Halloween Prop I've Seen So Far This Year

I'm assuming this is for Halloween. Tomorrow's photo will show why I think that.
Whatever the reason, it's pretty impressive.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

The "Big M" With Lights

The "Big M", up on a hillside overlooking the city, is lit during home football games.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

MCP Haunted Hike / Mountain Mayhem 2

Tickets still available.
Get 'em now before the hike you want is sold out.

Tickets available through Community Services: 626-256-8246.
More info here.

Above photo from last year.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


There's a bit of a backstory to this mountain lion on display in the Monrovia Canyon Park nature center. Some people say it's true, some say no way.

Rumor has it that this mountain lion was in an old Cal Worthington commercial as Cal's dog "Spot". Those of you that were around back then will remember the wide variety of animals (except a dog) that were part of his commercials and that he introduced as "my dog Spot".

I have no idea whether it's true or not. If anyone can put this controversy to rest, please let us know.

We call him "Spot" now regardless.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

View From Monrovia Peak

Today's photo wasn't taken from within the city limits but it was taken from Monrovia Peak. I think that counts.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Friday, October 5, 2007

Cow With Lei

This cow's been around as long as I can remember. It's a holdover from when the business at that corner was a dairy. Glad to see the current owners still put it out. It's truly a Monrovia landmark.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Deer on Mesa

I almost got the photo of the deer facing me but before I could get my camera out some hikers with a dog came off the waterfall trail onto the Mesa. The deer decided that was a little too much activity and headed for someplace quieter.

Hard to believe somplace this beautiful and natural is only about 10 minutes from downtown Monrovia.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Car Show and Krikorian Theatre

I realize this is 3 days of car show photo's in a row but I find the show both nostalgic and photogenic. I hope no one minds too much.

Here's some bonus info: That little bit of snow in the foreground is leftover from filming a Christmas episode of the new t.v. show "October Road" the night before.

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