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, April 13, 2015

Samson Statue Repairs Update



The statue of Samson The Hot Tub Bear in Monrovia Canyon Park has been under repair for the last few weeks by Canyon Park volunteers.  
Due to wood rot and termites, the interior of the statue had been eaten away and was basically hollow, causing the head to fall off (See photo here).
After doing their best to solidify the inside as much as possible, the head was re-attached two weeks ago.  You can see in the above photo the patched line where the head broke off.



After leaving the statue covered and letting the repairs set, the patched areas were re-stained today.  
The statue is still in very bad shape and this repair is at best temporary, but Samson looks pretty good for now.  On the outside at least.  
Samson remains covered until the stain dries and a coat of varnish can be applied.  When he is unveiled, this is not a statue that should be climbed on.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Monrovia Gold Line Parking Structure and Station


The new Gold Line parking structure with the station canopies visible behind.

For years people drove up and down Myrtle Avenue and it never even registered with so many that the old Monrovia Depot was even there.  Soon it will likely be the busiest spot in town.  Quite a change.  I hope the old depot gets treated well as part of it.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monrovia Gold Line Progress 04-05-2015


Looking east toward the parking structure and the new Gold Line station.  Should be open and in service by this time next year.

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