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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

White Alders Wind Through The Canyon

The tops of White Alders - lower, center of photo - wind their way up through the canyon.  Since White Alders don't grow far from water, it's easy to guess the location of the stream.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Brings Poison Oak

Be careful when hiking in the local mountains, poison oak is growing like crazy and is everywhere.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Freeway Sign Worker

Working on a sign on a section of freeway near Mayflower Ave.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bark Beetle Or Termites?

Spotted this tree in the canyon and there's been some back and forth about whether this is damage from the bark beetle or termites.  After doing a little research and looking at other photo's of damage, I'm leaning toward bark beetle.  What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wild Rose Tract Historic District Craftsman Homes

Just a small sampling of the homes on the street with the new sign on the corner at the far left.  Mainly Craftsman homes along the entire block (and beyond), both sides of the street.

Seven of the Craftsman homes on this block will be part of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's annual Mother's Day Tour this May 10th, 2009.  More info on the tour can be found on the MOHPG website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wild Rose Tract Historic District Sign

These signs were placed last Tuesday (3/17) at each end of the block on a street full of amazing Craftsman homes.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Green On Blue

No other reason for this other than I love the colors in nature.

Taken from the parking lot outside the Monrovia Canyon Park Nature Center.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Work Begins On Monrovia High School Renovation

The is the front west corner of the school.  The area has been fenced and the ground (grass) cleared.

A time line for the work to be done can be found here (.pdf) or here (html).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ilsa Setziol At Monrovia Canyon Park

Ilsa was the guest speaker at last Tuesday's volunteer meeting.   She provided a lot of information and answered several questions on the environment and global warming and it was obvious she cares very deeply about the topics.

A big Thank You to Ilsa for joining us.  This was a meeting that many of us were looking forward to and we weren't disappointed. 

Be sure to visit her website at Rambling LA.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Water Under The Bridge

A little water flowing under the bridge just north of the cabin in Monrovia Canyon Park.

Also, since we have a photo of the environment in Monrovia Canyon Park, the guest speaker this Tuesday night (March 17) at the park cabin will be award winning environmental reporter Ilsa Setziol.

If you listen to public radio, in particular local station KPCC, I'm sure you're familiar with her work. She was visiting the park recently and was nice enough to come back and speak at one of the volunteer meetings.

The meetings are open to the public, start at 7:30 and are held in the cabin in the park. There's no parking fee to attend the meeting but bring a flashlight, it gets pretty dark at night.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

VegeUSA Part 2

As this new building nears completion, I've been getting a lot more interest in the first photo I posted here. The increased activity convinced me it was time for an update.

Company website: VegeUSA

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monrovia Public Library Update 03/10/2009

Time for another update on the progress of the new library. This photo was taken 3/10/2009.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rock Face

This one isn't nearly as obvious as yesterday's photo.  Then again, maybe I'm seeing something that isn't there.  At the front end of the big rock, it looks like a face to me.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Myrtle Avenue Beautification Project Plaque

Located on the corner of Myrtle and Foothill by the Washington Mutual / Chase Bank.

Took this at the same time as the Presbyterian church in the post of a couple of days ago.  Doesn't look much like night time in this photo.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Glimpse Inside The New Wang's Place

The covers were off the windows providing a look at the still unfinished interior of the new location for Wang's Place.  The sign in the window says they expect to open this month.

The new address is 120 E. Lemon Ave.  Monrovia.

Monday, March 2, 2009


As promised, here's the expanded view of yesterday's photo showing the glass blocks.  It's the local McDonald's done in a retro 50's style and called a McDiner.  Along with the glass blocks are lots of neon and "Speedee" above.

There is a local connection to the McDonald's company here also.  In 1937, Patrick McDonald opened a restaurant called the Airdrome at the (now long gone) Monrovia Airport.  The restaurant was later moved to San Bernardino and renamed McDonald's.  Years later Ray Kroc bought out the business and turned it into the empire we know today.  While San Bernardino is considered the home of the first McDonald's, the roots go back to Monrovia. - Source: Wikipedia.

Update with additional links:

Abandoned and Little Known Airfields: California - A little more history and photo's.

Pomona Public Library - A photo from the airport.

Monrovia Airport tile mural at the Monrovia Albertson's - 2 previous posts here and here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Glass

This photo is from a newer building of a well known company built in a retro style including the glass block wall above.  Tomorrow I'll show the rest of the photo revealing which company it is.

In the meantime, be sure to check out how all the participating City Daily Photo blogs around the world approached this month's theme of Glass by clicking on the link below:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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