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.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mt. Sierra College

Mt. Sierra College is a local, small college offering programs in Technology, Business and Media Arts and Design.

I took some certification prep courses here years ago and my experience was mixed although that wasn't entirely their fault.  A positive was having courses with one of the best instructors I've ever had anywhere.  He's since moved on to running his own training business.

-Sorry I missed the local blogger meetup today.  Hope everyone had a good time.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This big guy was keeping an eye on me to make sure I didn't get too close to his lady friend
in the foreground (she's a little hard to see).  She's the same deer from yesterday's post.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Setting Up The Pumpkin Patch

On Huntington Drive just west of Myrtle Ave.  This goes up every year on this site.
After Halloween, it transforms into a Christmas tree lot.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stores Swapping Sites

Los Gueros restaurant is moving into the former site of Wang's Palace.

Wang's Palace is moving into the former sites of Prudential California Realty and Scoops Ice Cream.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Monrovia Public Library 09/13/2008

Enough progress has been made that it seemed a good time for an update on the new library.

The Morton Bay Fig tree still looks healthy.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Singer Sewing Machine

In the window of Stan's Vac and Sew at 312 S. Myrtle Ave. in Old Town Monrovia.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Big Lizard

With forked tongue.  One more photo from the Monrovia Canyon Park Biodiverstity Fair of an annual visitor.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Check Dam

These are located in Monrovia Canyon Park along the trail up to the waterfall. They are stamped with the year 1964 and were built by the L. A. County Flood Control District. Their purpose is to slow the water down, or break its momentum by making it drop over the edge, during times of heavy rains. Without them, the water can flow powerfully enough to take out everything in its path.

When they were put in, a road was built up to the waterfall for the trucks and equipment. As they worked their way back down the trail, the road was torn out behind them. The water has changed things so much in the canyon, it's hard now to believe it was possible for a road to be there.

I haven't seen it myself, but I hear that the fire department has a photo of one of their fire trucks parked at the waterfall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

End Of The Line

Revisiting the Monrovia Train Depot.  As I discussed in yesterday's photo, today's post is a high dynamic range photo with an emphasis on color.

Non-HDR over saturated image for comparison.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monrovia United Methodist Church

Located across the street from the post office. 

For a little change of pace, this one is 3 separate exposures blended using Photomatix.  Photomatix is more well known for processing High Dynamic Range images (all the rage these days) but I really like the lesser known Exposure Blending option.  You get a lot of the advantages of high dynamic range processing but with a much more realistic looking final image.   The most obvious difference, you don't get those odd color changes.

Which one is best?  It depends on the image and your personal preference.  Tomorrow I'll post a photo using high dynamic range processing with some emphasis on the color in the image.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Building Rehab Panorama

Here is an update on the progress being done on the long vacant building at the southwest corner of Myrtle and Colorado in downtown Monrovia.  This is a side view from Colorado Blvd.

To remember what it used to look like, here's a photo from last November when the front was used for a Christmas mural.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Not Astronaut

Astronaut display on the roof of the electronics store previously seen in the background of this photo.

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Couple Of Dining Options

Located on a side street off Old Town Monrovia next to the Krikorian Theatre.  Stop by Baldwins Baked Potato or Moondogs hotdogs before or after the show.  There's even  a nice little patio out of the photo on the right hand side tucked in between the theatre and the building above.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

So True. I Think.

The truth is, I'm old enough to remember the 60's but was young enough not to do anything to affect those memories.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Safe Surrender

These signs are at all the fire stations in Monrovia and all of Los Angeles County.
This means that you can go to a safe surrender site and give up a baby within the first 72 hours of birth, as long as the baby has not been abused or neglected, and there will be no arrest, judgement, names or questions asked.

A chance to put the baby first.  Read about the law here.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

Normally the first of the month is City Daily Photo Theme Day.  The theme this month in "Sister Cities".  Since Monrovia doesn't have a sister city, I didn't sign up to officially participate.  That being said, since I couldn't use "Monrovia's Sister City", I'm still posting unofficially with "My Sister's City":
La Verne, Calif.

The photo above is of the La Verne City Hall.  La Verne is located about 15 miles east of Monrovia and is the home city of my sister.

Visit all the participating sites in the official theme day!

Now, back to the telethon...

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