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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Sunset Magic

Fruit trees in bloom at Harmony Gold, Sunset Boulevard at Stanley, Hollywood - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Driving down Sunset Boulevard on a Tuesday afternoon dead in the middle of February, halfway between Hollywood and the Sunset Strip, the sun is shining through a light haze and it's in the mid-eighties that will make you mellow. Winter isn't so bad. There's Harmony Gold on the corner of Stanley nice name, although what goes on there is odd.  But they have fruit trees in bloom against their wall so all is right with the world. Harmony Gold, Harmony Gold, Harmony Gold it has a nice sound.  So, turn the corner and park the Mini and walk a bit.

But there is a destination there were some odd things on the curb just before the turn.  It seems Objets d'Art & Spirit "Magical and Decorative Products" has magically appeared. They've been down on La Cienega for years and now they're on Guitar Row. They have a curious inventory and an even more curious owner.  So it's a golden, magical afternoon of harmony.  That will do just fine.

These were on the sidewalk

Figures on sidewalk at Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

The Buddha in the window

Buddha in the window of Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

Yes, she was in the last shot, behind Buddha

Indian figure with mirror at Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

The wall says it all

Carved wooden wall with elephants, Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

A major work

Stone elephant, Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood

A reminder that this place is actually on Guitar Row

Stone elephant figure with lute, Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Objets d'Art & Spirit - 7529 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood - signage

As for the rest of the neighborhood, it has a different karma. This was in the window of the curio shop next door

Black Mickey Mouse transformer figure in curio shop, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Sticker on street sign, at Harmony Gold, Sunset Boulevard at Stanley, Hollywood

Still, there is harmony, and gold. The door at the Moroccan restaurant at Stanley catches the long February sunlight

Gold door and sunlight, Moroccan restaurant at Sunset and Stanley, Hollywood

Actually it looked more like this

Gold door and sunlight, Moroccan restaurant at Sunset and Stanley, Hollywood
Fruit trees in bloom at Harmony Gold, Sunset Boulevard at Stanley, Hollywood - Tuesday, February 12, 2008

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me. And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site.

Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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