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.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

July 4th Fireworks Banner

The fireworks display will be back in Old Town Monrovia one week from today on Sunday, the 4th of July.

The fireworks are moving to Library Park this year with festivities starting at 5 pm.  Click here for the poster containing additional info.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dr. George

I can't believe I missed this before.  There is no name sign visible here but this sure looks like the great Dr. George Fischbeck, former local news weatherman, taking part in the Monrovia Day Parade.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gem City Images - 3rd Anniversary!

It all started on this day three years ago with a bobcat.

I'm as surprised as anybody.  I can't wait to see what the future may hold!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Power Line Towers

For most of the hike along the Ben Overturff trail above Monrovia Canyon Park, you can feel as if you are far from civilization.  But every once in a while...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Twinkle No More

Sorry to see this business go.  The classic toys in the window made this a favorite of mine.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


A third electrical box in Old Town Monrovia becomes art in public when painted with a nice nature scene.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lemon Tree Very Pretty...

More of the electrical boxes in Old Town Monrovia have been painted with a nature scene that is a big improvement over dull grey.  This one is on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and, you guessed it, Lemon Avenue.

How is this paid for?  When a project in town is over a million dollars, the developers get a choice.  Pay a fee or commission a piece of public art.  This is also how we got the new gateway arch on Myrtle Avenue next to the Paragon at Old Town development.  Thanks to the Monrovia Endowment for the Arts Committee for the info and for their part in bringing this new art to town.

My post of the first box to be painted is here.  A photo of a third painted box will be posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Colorado Blvd. Building - Updated

The new building in the 100 block of East Colorado turned out well.

This is what it looked like during construction.

And this is from the demolition of the previous building.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Monrovia Gateway Emblem

A closer view of the emblem on the gateway arch leading to Old Town Monrovia.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 2010 City Daily Photo Theme Day: Funny Signs

The theme this month turned out to be more difficult than I expected.  I know of some funny signs, they just aren't in Monrovia.  Like some fellow photobloggers, I went outside my city for this sign.  It may be more unusual than funny, but it makes me smile.  This sign is outside Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte.

Click the link below to see the funny signs photobloggers from all over the world managed to find:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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