Photo Day with the Horses

One of the most difficult panoramic stitch I have ever done.

With the San Gabriel Mountains as the back drop, it was a beautiful day to spend at the Santa Anita Park with a group of photographers all around Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. I have a special press pass too!

The home of Sea Biscuit

Yes, we were privileged to have front row views, real close up

This is the rotunda where racing horses parade (after being tattooed)

to the paddock to be saddled

Did I win? No, I did not bet!

It was fun though!

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A Temple in the Hills

I was lucky to visit because it was the day they took down the colorful lanterns and decorations in celebration of the Chinese Lunar Year. Since I came early, they did not start taking down the set until after lunch. Located in the San Gabriel Valley, it is said to be one of the biggest temple. It was completed in 1988 at a cost of $10million.

it was a beautiful day, huge cumulus clouds over lanterns

The Mountain Gate

Hsi Lai Temple-24 A

The Entrance, so I thought, I was on a self-guided tour

to the Main Hall, climbing the steps

Sorry Barb, the steps are not focused, I did not realize you are a “stairs junky”.

Shadowy sticks are the incense

I have not been to any service, but these are huge candles!

A view of the snowy peaks of the San Gabriel Valley, the day after the rain

Hsi Lai Temple
Hacienda Heights, CA
February 26, 2011
See? I have been outdoors taking photos, are you following me?

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Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

“Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth of the California missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. It was established on the Feast of St. Barbara, Dec 4, 1786. Padre Junipero Serra, who founded the first nine missions, had died 2 years earlier. Serra had planned to build this mission, raising the cross at the presidio of Santa Barbara in 1782. It was Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, his successor, who raised the cross here and placed Padre Antonio Paterna, a companion of Serra, in charge. Paterna put up the first buildings and made the first converts.”

Source from their main website.

When you plan your day trip well, you can accomplish and visit a lot of places in a day. The round trip drive was at least 250 miles.

Many photo opportunities along the way. Set out early, you can also enjoy the sunset on the drive along the coast on the way home.

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