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, August 31, 2009

Smoke Covered Monrovia

The smoke from the La Canada (Station) fire came in with a vengeance this morning. This is facing south overlooking the city. It's in that smoke somewhere.


Smoke and glow from the station fire.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Station Fire Panorama

Panorama of the front of the San Gabriel Mountains / Angeles National Forest showing the range of the fire and smoke from the La Canada (Station) fire.

Click the image for a much larger version.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

West Towards La Canada (Station) Fire

*Not sure why, but when correcting post title it added duplicates of the post and then duplicates of the image. Should be correct now.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Smoke Filled Sky

Smoke from the Azusa fire to the east (right) and the La Canada fire to the west (left) merge over the city and the local foothills.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monrovia Canyon Park Closed Temporarily

Due to the Azusa (Morris) fire, Canyon Park has been temporarily closed - even to pedestrians. Be sure to call the park first at 626-256-8282 to check whether the park is open or still closed before heading up.

UPDATE 8/26/2009:  Due to the fire, the Biodiversity Fair scheduled for this weekend in Monrovia Canyon Park has been canceled.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Future Home Of Living Spaces

The former site of the Home Depot Expo Design Center on the corner of Mayflower Ave. and Huntington Dr. is now being prepped to become the newest Living Spaces store.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

E-Waste Collection Event

The E-Waste Collection Event held today in the Park and Ride lot next to the Monrovia Train Depot.  The event was  hosted by the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. 

Doesn't look too busy at about 4 pm when this photo was taken but people were still stopping by.  I would guess that a lot of old televisions get dropped off at these collection events lately.

Friday, August 21, 2009

That Sawpit Wash Trail Gate

Possibly the most famous gate in Monrovia. "The Gate" has been referred to in the news lately regarding a lawsuit between the city and homeowners over access to the Sawpit Wash trail.  The gate (at the far left of the photo) is expected to come down soon.

Pasadena Star-News story here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Topo Map

Showing some main trails in the hills above Monrovia. The top image is an overall view of the entire map.  The middle image is the map legend.  The bottom image is a side view showing elevations and the detail of the map.
A lot of time and effort went into making this map and it can be seen in the Nature Center of Monrovia Canyon Park.
 Click the image for a larger view.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Painting The New Kohl's

Workers were painting the new Kohl's department store yesterday.  There was still a little strip left to do on the right half at the bottom of the wall. 

The new store should open in a little over a month from now.

Monday, August 17, 2009

What Kind Of Bug Is This?

Spotted this bug on the wall of the Nature Center in Monrovia Canyon Park.  No one could identify it.  The body is a little larger than a quarter with long back legs.  Anyone have any ideas?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Decay In Detail

Here's a photo that probably better reflects the true condition of the Monrovia Train Depot more than any photo I've posted in the past.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Relaxation Video

It's Monday, here's a little something different to take your mind off work. The Monrovia Canyon Park waterfall.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Night

The Aztec Hotel.

It's the first of the month, that means it's the City Daily Photo Theme Day!  The theme this month is "Night".

Click on the link below to see how participating Daily Photo Blogger / Photographers from around the world interpreted the theme:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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