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, May 17, 2016

2016 Monrovia Days Music Festival

Nearly non-stop music and more on Sunday (May 15, 2016) as part of the Monrovia Days celebration:

A panorama of part of the event.

Crimson Apple

Nigel Walsh



Relish With Carole Anne Kaufman




Dread Daze

Dread Daze

J Mosley And The LME Allstars

J Mosley And The LME Allstars

The Chase Walker Band



Seagrave -  Monrovia's First Fire Truck

Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Monrovia Days Saturday Celebration In Library Park

The post parade party celebrating Monrovia's 130th birthday:

A beautiful day in Library Park.

Representative Grace Napolitano with a presentation.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich with a presentation.

Entertainment from Centre Stage.

Palm Avenue: Italian Ice truck, info and game booths.

L.A Cake set up early before the crowds arrived.

Leaps and Bounds inflatable.

Monrovia Library Fountain.

MHS Robotics set up at Library Park.

The view from Myrtle and Lime.

Rock wall climbing above the crowd.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Return Of The Monrovia Days Parade

Congratulations to all involved in the return of the Monrovia Days Parade.  Well done!

Monrovia High Cheerleaders

Beans The (Surf) Whippet

Ballet Folklorico Azteca


Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Fire And Rescue 101 and their biggest (littlest?) fans

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Abundance Of Butterflies

Took a hike up the Sawpit Road above Monrovia Canyon Park to White Saddle this morning.  Didn't see any critters larger than a squirrel, but there were three spots along the road with dozens of butterflies in a small area.  They would fly up as I carefully walked by, then settle back down on the ground.  

Monday, May 9, 2016

2016 Monrovia Fountain To The Falls Race

Three photos from the 2016 Monrovia Fountain To The Falls race on Saturday, May 7th:

The lead male runners nearing the halfway point at the waterfall.

The lead female runner nearing the halfway point at the waterfall. 

A random group of participants arriving at, or just leaving, the waterfall.

I haven't seen the race results yet so I don't know if these runners leading at this point held on to win the race.  All in all a successful race and an impressive early finish for all the runners.

UPDATE:  The race results are now available here:

The lead runners in the top two photos above did hold on to win first for male and female.

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