May 16, 2013 |
When it came to designing their new home in Venice, Jonathan Ward and Jin Ah Park drew inspiration from a two-year backpacking trip around the world. The couple traveled from Britain to Thailand, Australia to Peru, Morocco to Mali - a journey that has given rise to a modern dwelling that draws from global cultures yet still embodies California living. Dubbed the California Poppy House, the 2,900-square-foot design calls upon the state flower for the home's most striking feature: the silhouette of the flower, cut into an aluminum screen that wraps the second-floor facade.
April 24, 2013 |
Poppy Montgomery, one "Unforgettable" actress, is a new mom as of Monday, when she and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first child together. The baby girl is named Violet Grace Devereux Sanford, according to People , which first reported the news. At 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19½ inches long, she arrived at 7:57 a.m., said the mag. That means Montgomery's 5-year-old son Jackson, from a previous relationship, is now a big brother. "We are overjoyed with the arrival of our beautiful angel and filled with gratitude that she is happy, healthy and thriving,” said the couple (he's a Microsoft exec, incidentally)
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April 17, 2013
Nicola Buck came upon pockets of poppies along a path at Will Rogers State Beach on April 10. Buck said she hoped to go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to photograph the state flowers, but found they weren't thriving this year because of the dry weather. The color contrast and potential for an interesting perspective drew her into this shot, which she took with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. “I love to get down at ground level for a lot of my pictures,” she said.
March 29, 2013 |
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
March 21, 2013 |
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.
March 8, 2013 |
On his first trip to Los Angeles in February, Japanese director Goro Miyazaki found a native custom perplexing. "I've never been to any other place in the world where you see so few pedestrians," Miyazaki said, speaking through a translator in a rare interview at his Beverly Hills hotel. "Normally I go for a walk every morning, but I was told that if I'm just walking around, people will see me as somebody strange. " Miyazaki is accustomed to moving to a different tempo. He's the son of Hayao Miyazaki, the so-called Walt Disney of Japan, whose fantastical, hand-drawn animated films such as "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "Ponyo" and "Princess Mononoke" have made him his country's most successful filmmaker and a defiantly old-school hero in a global boom era for computer animation.