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, December 29, 2009

Monrovia Public Library - West Side

Now that the fencing is down, we can get a better look at what the back of the new library looks like.  Still needs some landscaping but the new playground equipment is in waiting for the ribbon cutting on January 9th.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monrovia Train Depot Unfenced Front

When I can't decide whether to post the color or black and white version of a photo, the only other option is to post both.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Eastbound On The Tracks

Monrovia Train Depot.  Similar to yesterday's photo but from a little different perspective - and in black and white.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The North Pole

Spotted this in downtown Monrovia, which is nowhere near the North Pole.  I hope Santa doesn't get confused.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Interior

Through the window of the Montesanto Custom Upholstering store in downtown Monrovia.
Located at: 512 S. Myrtle Ave.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monrovia Canyon Park Cabin Tree

From the annual volunteer recognition and potluck event.

Bear with me a little self-congratulations - I was just announced at the above event as the new Monrovia Canyon Park Volunteer of the Year!  I can tell you right now it's only because the people I'm lucky enough to work with make me look good.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Monrovia Public Library Fountain

Taken at the unveiling of the fountain on the night of the Holiday Parade.  The library is in the background.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

T. Phillips Christmas Window 2009

The front window of T. Phillips Alehouse & Grill is decorated again for the holidays this year, even though you can see they aren't quite ready to open for business yet.  The faces of those two in the window are hidden, but they look awfully familiar...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Playing With Tilt-Shift

Taken at the annual car show in Old Town Monrovia.

Created with

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Freeway Sound Wall

A section of the work being done along the 210 freeway in Monrovia.
Sure looks like it's going to rain.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bus Stop

It's overcast, rain is expected next week, I felt like posting something a little moody today.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Monrovia Canyon Park Sleigh

This is what the teaser from yesterday was about.  The Monrovia Canyon Park entry in the 2009 Holiday Parade.  Unfortunately, this is a Gem City Images exclusive.  Just as the parade was starting, the strings of lights along the sides went out.  No one on the parade route got to see it just like this.  Quite a success nonetheless.

FYI: That large lion on the left was part of a different entry.

New computer on the way.  More photos from the parade, the new fountain (yes, it was unveiled just before the parade), the city Holiday(?) Tree and more from this night will appear then.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2009 Holiday Parade Teaser

Don't want to give too much away.  Look for the Monrovia Canyon Park entry tonight to see what park volunteers have been working on for the parade this year.

The parade is tonight (Dec. 3rd) at 7:00 pm. on Myrtle Ave in downtown Monrovia.  Tree lighting ceremony is in Library Park just prior to the parade at 6 pm.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Waiting

Waiting for the new fountain in Library Park to be finished.  Will it be ready by the Holiday Parade this Thursday night?  We'll see...

Click the link below to see how photobloggers around the world interpret the theme of Waiting:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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