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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The End Of 2010

Taken a little before 11am this morning.  Just your typical, ordinary, run of the mill Southern California New Year's weather here in Monrovia.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Another Rainy Day

Monrovia Canyon Park waterfall trail.  (No, that's not the waterfall in the distance.  That's a check dam.)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moving On

One of a number of deer out for a bite to eat.  After the others had moved up the street, this one finally decided it had better catch up.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Increased Water Flow

The amount of water in Monrovia Canyon Park increased dramatically with the recent rains.  The water level will drop quickly with a break from the rain, but the power of the water is still pretty impressive to see and hear.  The photo is one of the check dams along the waterfall trail.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

After The Rains

The rain has stopped but the water still flows over the top of the spillway in the distance.
Top:  The debris basin looks just about how it did almost 6 years ago when we had some extended heavy rains in January 2005.
Bottom:  The debris basin empty in November 2009.

Back on December 30th, 2008, I had posted another comparison of the debris basin empty with the debris basin full of water from January 2005.   Compare that to the recent photo of the debris basin posted on    Looks just about the same.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spark Of Love Toy Drive

Now through December 24th, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at your local fire station.

This photo is from fire station 101 at 141 E. Lemon Ave. Monrovia.

More info:  ABC 7 / Spark of Love website.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tree Fundraiser For The Monrovia Public Library

Taghovi Trees will donate 10% of the tree sales purchased this Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm to the Monrovia Public Library.  You must bring this flyer with you when you buy your tree. Taghovi Trees is located at 132 Huntington Dr.  Monrovia, CA.  They are just west of Myrtle Avenue adjacent to the empty lot on the southwest corner of Myrtle and Huntington.

Taghovi Trees
This Wednesday, December 15th from 6pm to 9pm.
Print out and bring this flyer with you: Tree Fundraiser (.pdf file)
Flyers can also be picked up at the library.
Monrovia Literary Services website - Fundraiser announcement and the flyer is available to print from this website.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

M V: Monrovia Victory

The lights on the "Big M" tell the story. At the conclusion of the game, the "M" changes to a "V" for Victory.  Congratulations to the Monrovia Wildcats for becoming the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division Football Champions!


Monrovia Patch
Pasadena Star-News
Monrovia Weekly

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Antiques In Morning Light

Early morning light streaming through the front window of Trilco Claims and Antiques: 617 S. Myrtle Ave. in Old Town Monrovia.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The area looks like a giant clamshell was used to make an indentation in the hillside.

Photographing this is, more than anything else, a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I think I should have waited for the sun to climb a little higher.  When the light is just right, it really stands out.

Still, I think you can see why they call the area "Clamshell".

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oak Leaf Plaza Alleyway

I like to refer to it this time of year as Candy Cane Lane.

Due to prior commitments, I was unable to attend the Holiday Parade last night.  Parades, especially nighttime parades, are both fun and a challenge to photograph.  I really missed being out there.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Tree Lighting And Parade Tonight

Thursday December 2nd: The tree lighting ceremony for the Library Park tree above will take place at the corner of Myrtle and Palm Avenues at 6pm.  The Holiday Parade will follow at 7pm on Myrtle Avenue.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 2010 City Daily Photo Theme Day: Time

A double dose of Time this morning.

It's Holiday Time in Monrovia with a few North Poles set up around the downtown area containing flyers on the activities taking place around town this month.

If you want to know what the time is right down to the minute, the Box Jewelers Clock in the background can provide that information.

To see how other photographers from around the world interpret the theme this month of Time, click on the link below:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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