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Magic Hour in South Pas: A Photo Gallery

Way back in journalism school, my favorite professor told us, when reporting, to look, listen and smell. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce the heavenly scent of orange blossoms and jasmine blooming about town, but I can show you what I saw.

A Patch reader emailed me recently, urging me to take a walk in the Arroyo, as the wildflowers are popping up all over. 

Sounded like a great idea. I just wasn't totally, exactly 100 percent sure precisely where the reader meant.

I've been covering South Pas for six months now, and prefer to take the Metro from where I live, Downtown, and walk all around the city, rather than driving, parking and hanging out in one place. When you walk a town, you learn things that drive-bys just don't afford. Seated behind the steering wheel, I probably wouldn't have driven down the alley behind Brenton Lee Salon. But by walking, sans earbuds, I heard applause rippling through the streets, as well as a low thumping base. The closer I got, the more I saw that it was a fashion show. Closer still, I saw the fashion show celebrated the salon's first year in business in South Pasadena. 

Plus, the parking enforcement folks at the police department are, well, attentive. Two tickets in two months and I decided public transit was the cheaper option. 

The Arroyo.

I knew it was expansive and I thought there was a path that went to the Rose Bowl. What I didn't know was where, exactly. My omniscient iPhone was not helpful. I walked down Mission Street to Stoney Drive, turned right and trekked through a tunnel, eventually ending up across from Frank Burke Field.

Under the San Ramon Drive bridge I saw what appeared to be a homeless encampment and thought, huh? Maybe I'm in the wrong place?

If so, it was a beautiful mistake.

I abandoned plans for finding the "right'' path and instead, snapped a little bit of everything everywhere. I hoofed back up the hill and walked through South Pas neighborhoods with no agenda. By this point, the golden light of the magic hour bathed the city in that warm glow that makes anything look a little more inviting.

Attached are the images that stopped me mid gait, and prompted me to shoot. Among them: Models posing for a photographer shooting in medium format on Mission, windmills carved from cans, and a verdant lawn featuring a swing that screams to be swung in. (But I resisted). 

Do you take pictures on long walks? Do you ever see images that just halt you in your tracks? Tell us! And feel free to add your South Pas photos to this gallery. 

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Donna Evans March 28, 2013 at 11:15 PM
@Jones Love your photos!! Thank you so much for posting them. That car is gorgeous! Is it yours?
Jones Foyer March 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Thanks, Donna. I do a lot of walking in the area. Not my car, too bad!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK March 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
This has to be one of best posts...ever...so pleasant...great writing...There is an ambiance to that area which I noticed when I lived out there...Pleasantly haunted with happy little things....BOOO !
Donna Evans March 29, 2013 at 04:07 PM
@Robert Thanks! You totally made my day :-)
ROBERT E. FISHBACK March 29, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I cant tell you where I live....you would ban my posts ! But, my childhood roots are in Glendale, but I have many pleasant memories of the Pasadena Winter Garden where I used to skate when I has about twelve (1950). I was playing with puberty and oh, the girls in their shortie dresses and legs....There was such a romantic feel to the place. I think I recall a circular wood burner in which there was a fire going on cold days and nights. I still have a punch card showing I was a member of the Penguin Club. There is an area in Glendale that has a peculiar feel to it and it is between Virginia and Mountain....roughly between Ruberta and Central. This isnt Pasadena, of course. That area was my stomping grounds in the 40's. Right there, I thought...it was right there where we talked and laughed....under the light of a street lamp..she was so very cute and precocious. All gone away so long ago..I "heard" her laugh in a capricious breeze that sprang, up...also carrying the scents of Jasmine...So many stories like this in Pasadena too. The people who came and went, but left in their wake a presence like a fire fly's glowing arc.

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