While out on our weekly scout for LASHP’s dog of the week we were lucky to catch a glimpse of an unusually stationary Western Meadowlark. We’ve seen quite a few Meadowlarks in the park recently but not been able to get very satisfying photos. Here, at least we are able to see the striped detail on the feathers, the yellow coloring, and long, pointed bill. So strange that this one did not immediately fly as we approached. Another nester, perhaps?
Meet Poland, our most recent DOTW. Poland is a year and a half old, white German Shephard who has some very good reasons to be smiling. Just over a month ago she was a stray wandering the streets in Chinatown. Fortunately for Poland, she was rescued by a local downtown resident and is now enjoying strolls in the park, (on her leash of course!) and getting acquainted with her new master. Enjoy your new home Poland and we hope to see back at LASHP. One lucky girl!
Greetings greetings; we are back this week with our 13th dog of the week and we couldn’t have found a better dog. Meet Sparky, he is a five year old Papillon mix who loves LASHP just as much as the next dog. Like all of the dogs of the week you can’t find him in our park without his leash.
Well now that we are a week out from our most recent rain storm, L.A. State Historic Park has responded graciously. There is a fine carpet of green blanketing the 22 undeveloped acres of the park and we can only hope that we see the sea of colors spring time brings, this coming spring, here in the park. For now, we just have to hope that we get more rain and the green shoots continue to forge ahead.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at the park is “how long is the track?” Well, the answer is 1.1 miles following the line on the image. To get a closer look at the google map click here.
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While anxiously awaiting the return of our seasonal wetland at LASHP, this morning we took a trip over to Rio de Los Angeles State Park to check out how our little sister park was handling the wet weather. Turns out she is faring quite nicely, with an amazing wetland of her own taking shape. The “oxbow” area of Rio de Los Angeles was actually designed to become a wetland, or riparian habitat, with water provided through a combination of seasonal rains and irrigation run-off from the active recreational areas in the park. The plants and trees are native species – willows, sycamores, toyon, bullrushes, sage – to name just a few. Rio de Los Angeles, like LASHP, is a former railyard (Taylor Yard) and was once highly industrialized and covered in tracks. Hard to believe!
We also went a bit further up the road to an undeveloped portion of Rio de Los Angeles which overlooks the Glendale Narrows. The river was flowing more rapidly than normal due to the rainfall, but the birds, as always were abundant in this natural, soft-bottomed section of the Los Angeles River. Someday we hope to connect LASHP to the river and see these same species up close and personal, right here next to the Broadway Bridge.
Today we bring you a video of L.A. State Historic Park done by Matthew Geldin, a student at Cal Poly Pomona. This video was done as part of a larger assignment concerning the future designs of LASHP through the lens of landscape architecture. Here is how Matthew describes his ideas behind his work “The purpose of this assignment was to express our initial reactions from our first visit to the park. I was especially interested in the soundscape as it expresses not only what and where the park is, but also what it will be someday. Visually, I tried to convey my experience with the focal-plane as much as the images themselves. As the video progress, the images play a more defined roll– some are meant to echo each other, while others stand alone.”
Please enjoy! And if you photos or videos you want us to see, send them to Thomas at email@example.com and we will put them up here.
In case you missed it, here are some photographs from the L.A. Decompression Festival that happened October 3rd. It was a great success; demonstrated by the fact that sad-eyed burners were no where to be found. This is the second year that L.A. State Historic Park has hosted Decom and we hope they come back next year.
Greetings everyone! We found this weeks Dog of the Week from our LASHP Flickr group and he is so cute we are sad we missed him in person. The photograph was submitted by Lavocado@sbcglobal.net and she tells us that the winner’s name is Buddy, who is a seven year old German Shepard mix rescued from the Pasadena Humane Society Shelter. He enjoys investigating the scents other dogs have left behind and has gotten over his fear the gold line rushing by. On top of that you can’t find him at L.A. State Historic park without his leash one. If you have dog of the week photos or any photos taken in the park, find the flickr box on the right hand side of the page and submit your photos!