Our Walking Year: Part Two – Pasadena

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.

~Maya Angelou


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La Miniatura, Frank Lloyd Wright


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Jacaranda Tree


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Imogen at the Gamble House Door


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I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot


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Kiss My Mask


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Low Tech at Cal Tech


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Baby Steps


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Beckman Auditorium, Cal Tech


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Succulent and Window


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Rocks of Hope


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Kid’s Play


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Crafty Pumpkins


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The Long Hall


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Sunset and Palm


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We’ve Got The Time


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Pandemic Walkers, Pasadena City Hall


We covered 1,199 miles over the past year on our daily pandemic walks.

Part Two: Pasadena



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  1. I’m sorry I’m so late getting here, Jane, this is really fun. It’s good to see your random-things-on-the-street shots again. πŸ™‚ Kid’s Play is particularly interesting – yes, it looks less random but I like it just the same, maybe because I didn’t notice the little animals at first. Your crafty pumpkins are well-titled and boy did you ever find the perfect spot to take a two-shadow photo! Fabulous! Imogen is growing fast! Happy Spring, Jane!

  2. Pandemic walks not only help us see things we wouldn’t have discovered but makes us appreciate what we have. Beautiful images . Well doneπŸ™

  3. Oh my goodness. COngrats on No. 2. What a cutie (along with Cutie No. 1).

  4. I forgot: a friend of mine is looking for a job in California. Do you by any chance know anyone in Journalism and/or Marketing?
    (If I may be so bold?)

  5. Superb. As usual. my late son-in-law would have loved “la miniatura”. He was an architect and a great admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thank you for this and the other shots. All well I hope?

    • Thank you, Brian. I’m sorry about your son-in-law. Yes, he would love this gem of a home. Pasadena has exciting architecture right down the street from La Miniatura is the Gamble House. Always appreciate your thoughts and I am happy to report we are doing well and slowly getting out of our isolated lives. πŸ™‚

  6. Love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing Jane! 😊

  7. Wonderful photos and descriptions.
    You’re exceptionally creative, Jane. πŸ™‚

  8. A payphone!!!! I didn’t think they existed any longer.

    That’s a lot of walking. And all your local treks prove the point that we don’t have to travel great distances to find interesting subjects for photography. Is Imogen your granddaughter? And if so how cunning that she is named after a fine photographer. Maybe that will be her future too. πŸ™‚

    • Haha, Steve! Thanks for sharing our amazement seeing a pay phone on the campus of Cal Tech. Funny.
      Happy you enjoyed this fun way of framing this past year…the miles added up but all close to home. And yes, Imogen is my granddaughter and I was quite thrilled that she shares a name with one of my favorite photographers. She seems quite interested when we do our photo walks. πŸ˜ƒ

  9. Wow…what a lot of miles! Loving your photo of the long hallway. Hope this finds you safe and well.

    • Hi Atreyee, How nice to hear from your. So glad you enjoyed what I found on my walks – Long Hall is on the Cal Tech campus. Hope you are doing well and I look forward to heading over to your blog. πŸ™‚

  10. Lovely photos πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸΌβœŒοΈ

  11. What an exquisite gallery of your adventures and love of life, Jane. The Maya Angelou quote is a great beginning, your selfie is a terrific conclusion. And all the photos in between demonstrate the year and its beauty and challenges. I was delighted to see the FLW building and looked it up right away, had never heard of the Millard House and found your B&W photo positively enchanting. I truly enjoyed every photo, but here are my favorites, which I really like for your expression of the beauty of lines: La Miniatura, The Long Hall, Low Tech, Beckman Aud., We’ve Got the Time. Jacaranda and Sunset & Palm were also delightful for the pure LA beauty. My humble thanks.

    • Hi Jet, How lovely to read. A different world from SF but exciting to photograph in different ways. Lucky to be near the Cal Tech campus which has a variety of buildings and is really nice to walk around (hoping maybe some of the brilliant minds wear off on me) The FLW home is quite stunning and it’s right near the famous Gamble House so that’s quite an exciting walking route. Fortunately, the gardens and trees are stunning in the spring here. Thank you so much for your encouraging response to this pandemic year round up. 😊

  12. That was amazing….. Just too dreamyπŸ˜„

  13. Smiled all the way through these gorgeous photos Jane. You had me at “kiss my mask” – brilliant…and of course I can never have enough leaves. I have learnt to love them in a whole new way πŸ™‚ Happy Easter weekend. Stay safe and well. πŸ’•

  14. Another awesome set … wonderfully seen and photographed. Artistically, a favorite is ‘The Long Hall’. ‘Low Tech At Cal Tech’ is interesting and I like that you kept the some of arch. ‘Baby Steps’ is endearing and a cool composition with all that green grass. ‘Rocks of Hope’ makes is a great, photo-journalistic image and statement. Always a pleasure to view your post and read your quotes and titles.!

    • Thank you, Denise! And now for something completely different… LA and Pasadena has been a huge, but good change. Lots to photograph in the neighborhoods and more when things open up. Pleased you liked those images in particular- Cal Tech’s campus is full of photo opps and that’s my little granddaughter before she was fully upright. πŸ₯° I always appreciate reading your perspective.

  15. Nice photography. I like your creative ideas, especially the B&W pictures. Thanks!!

  16. Autumn and long hall are my favorites 😊

  17. wow. great pics and a great effort to walk SO MUCH as well!

  18. Your talent is there for the world to see. Thank you so much for sharing part of your world, seen through the lens.

  19. You’ve captured some beautiful scenes this past year, Jane. Wonderful photos!

  20. Love that Maya Angelou captions and thanks for sharing these beautiful pics I kind of want that kiss mask 😊

  21. Your images tell a bittersweet tale… The Cal Tech campus looks very interesting, going from your photographs – is that where The Long Hall was taken? I’d love to stroll through there!
    Thanks, Jane, and stay safe!

    • Thanks, Adam. Cal Tech is a pretty campus and yes, Long Hall and Beckman were shot there. A nice mix of classic and modern architecture along with some extraordinary minds. πŸ™‚ Hope they have lectures and events once things start opening up. Take care, stay safe and enjoy the incoming spring weather!

  22. I am smiling ☺️
    Love all the images as always and the quote .

  23. 1199 miles that’s pretty sweet! Cal Tech is always nice to walk passed plus the palm tree and you know how much I love me some palm trees πŸ™‚ Plus little girl at the door. I had a classmate named Imogen such a nice girl and really good in science class. Thanks for sharing your pics they’re always nice to see. Enjoy checking out your perspective:)

    • Thank you so much, Guat. Yes, the miles added up over the year – I’m happy you like what I saw along the way. Imogen is my granddaughter and it’s great to read that you have memories of a nice Imogen in your life. πŸ’•

  24. Jane, this is such a brilliant post, filled with your keenly observing eye extended through your lens. By the way, Pasadena is one of my favorite places.

    • Thank you, Cornelia. It was interesting to frame the year in this way…our daily routine was a lifesaver. Glad to hear you love Pasadena- we’ve only scratched the surface for obvious reasons. Looking forward to the future. πŸ™‚

  25. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, you have a wonderful eye. And great legs I imagine after all those miles πŸ€—

  26. Great combination of stories and your usual excellent technique.

  27. There’s a lot to like about the walks around Pasadena. Nothing beats the pay phone. Hopefully, its phone book is still intact. Pay phones are gone here in Colorado. You might be able to find a few but usually can’t be found if you need one. The toy syringe, I think Elizabeth still has hers. I know she still as her Fisher-Price doctor’s kit tucked away in her closet. Andrea and I had to buy her and Deborah real ones when they started med school. They didn’t come cheap. The walkers, they seem to have followed you from SF. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, David, for your entertaining reaction. See how toys influence kids’ interests? Lucky you. Better hang on to those FP toys for later use. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ΆπŸ»
      And yes, those walkers are everywhere. πŸ™‚

  28. Some of your photos sound like surrealist paintings . Compliments
    In frriendship

  29. Thanks for taking me back to Pasadena, a beautiful city. Our daughter and husband have moved to Redondo Beach now, but I’ll miss Pasadena and it’s many beauties. I’ll also miss being near Descanso Gardens!


  30. Another great series, Jane. I was astonished to see the phone in ‘Low Tech at Cal Tech’ – now that isn’t something one sees much these days. Who would have ever imagined the end to the ubiquitous pay phone?

    • HI Eliza, I’m smiling that you singled out that shot…my husband and I laugh about it each time we walk by. It sure is surprising! I should see if it works. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for walking with me.

  31. Love that shot of Imogen at the door. Beautiful.

  32. I admire the way you see lines/shapes..Succulent and Window for example. Hope you’re enjoying your new walking adventures.

    • Thank you so much, Sharon. We often walk through the Cal Tech campus which is beautiful and where I found that succulent. We are enjoying exploring our new digs. Hope you’re doing well. πŸ™‚

  33. Interesting little trip into your world. Thanks for the tour. The colors in Sunset and Palm are amazing. You have a way with capturing nature at just the right moment.

  34. Wonderful album, and I especially like the architectural shots. I’ve been visiting Frank Lloyd Wright buildings whenever I can, and looking forward to seeing the ones west of the Mississippi. At the Gamble House, the little girl (Imogen is a granddaughter?) really adds a great note to the shot, and also provides scale – – the lintel of the doorway looks low, but I guess it’s really that the doorway is very broad, and it’s a normal height. That looks like a terrific Arts & Crafts house. 1,199 that’s great! Keep on truckin’!

    • Thanks for your wonderful response, Robert, and I’m happy to know that you are a fellow FLW fan. We’ve toured his homes throughout the country. Yes, that’s my granddaughter discovering the beauty of Greene and Greene as she marveled at the famous front door. I think it’s a normal height but the detailing makes it look low. It is a stunning example of this style and is open to the public in normal times. Glad you enjoyed this post and you bet, I’ll just keep on truckin’! πŸ€—

  35. Love the. All, Jane. The succulent with beautiful window light is a favorite.

  36. Good pictures, Jane: particularly like the jacaranda (I remember them well from Kenya) and Kids Play. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Adrian. Jacarandas must love the heat. So beautiful! Kid’s Play reminded me of a favorite movie, To Kill A Mockingbird, when Boo Radley leaves little toys and surprises for the kids. (I almost entitled it “Hey, Boo”) πŸ™‚

  37. Stunning jacaranda (one of my favourite trees) and I love your architectural shots. But the images that really hold my attention are the little details, like the child’s book, the autumn leaves amd the painted stones πŸ™‚

  38. Another wonderful good walk with you. I really like the picture that you caught a young child at the door. That was a perfect timing. You really feel the movement!

  39. Great images Jane and that’s a lot of miles covered over the past year. I don’t even think I drove 1199 miles over the past pandemic year LOL.

  40. La Miniatura is a Frank Lloyd Wright home I wasn’t familiar with, nor with the term “textile block house” that people have used to describe it. I see it went on the market 1n 2013 for $4.5 million.

  41. Oh, just marvellous. A lovely selection, including the topical photos which we wish wouldn’t need to be included. All well to you.

  42. I like following your footsteps dear friend. ❀️

  43. Marvellous selection, Jane!


  44. Indeed, Home could be anywhere! Great vibrations! Love your photos as always.

  45. Good photos with good descriptions. And I agree with the quote as well… πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

  46. They are all lovely pictures. I liked the autumn most because somehow it’s full of life and color.

  47. Ohgoshh I love all of these so much! What’s amazing is that we can actually feel all of these pictures, and that’s pure talent ❀️

  48. Another fascinating collection of photos, Jane! Definitely, something that cheered me up!

  49. I always enjoy your photos individually, but this time it is the sum of the collection that makes an impression.

  50. lovely photos, crafty captions; very enjoyable πŸ˜‰

  51. Cheers to your love for walking, and thanks for sharing bits of the journey through wonderful photos.

  52. Lovely textures and play of light, Jane. Well done on the mileston of nearly 1200 miles!

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