You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

An Urban Garden - what remains.

Passing through Hawthorne the other day I came across a large parking lot adjacent to a closed hospital.  In the middle of the parking lot was an old prefab mobile home. Surrounding this structure were a few dozen concrete planters - of various size. Although the planters were filled with soil, nothing was growing aside from a few weeds. I did notice however that several of these pots had little figures in them. They seem to be miniature totems or scare crows. All were constructed with a sense of humor. While I was photographing them, the resident of the trailer happened by. "What are you doing' he asked, I replied that I was photographing the figures on sticks, "oh" he said "those are for my garden, but I didn't plant anything this year."
Here are the images I took:

Winnie the Pooh in a flowing skirt!

Meant to scare whom or what away.


This one had fallen in between 2 planters.


Pumpkin flower???


Detail.


Perhaps this is where the winter wheat was planted!


Speaking of grasses, in the middle of the barren parking lot, stood a solitary traffic  cone with a grass growing out the top. 


As always, all images are Copyright Peter Politanoff. May not be used for commercial purposes without expressed consent.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eating Japanese - Sojibo

I stumbled upon a new restaurant yesterday, Sojibo (more than likely part of the Japanese chain). Sojibo's speciality is Soba, which coincidently happens to be my favorite. The cold buckwheat noodle with dipping sauce are just phenomenal. Of course the menu is not limited to Soba. The restaurant officially opens next week, but even for a pre-opening lunch the place was packed! Given the crowd for a pre-opening, I would think that reservations would in order.
Here are some images I took.







Sojibo
1757 W. Carson St., corner of Western
Torrance
310-782-7356

As always all images are copyrighted, permission required for re-use.