Local Shot Spot – Long Beach Sagely Monastery

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Long Beach Sagely Monastery
Long Beach Sagely Monastery
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The Long Beach Sagely Monastery on Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, CA, had been a Carmelite Catholic convent for 40 years. It was purchased by the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas when the nuns moved to a new place in Santa Barbara. When the Buddhists purchased the property, they asked them to leave the statue of the Virgin Mary in the front, because they also worship her as Guanyin Bodhisattva. Even now, Catholics still come to pay homage and bring offerings of fresh flowers almost every day.

Monastery website


Daily Shot on Facebook 1/18/2015

The Shotwell Collection on Facebook

Shane Jones – Jonesea Wetsuits – posed for one of my portraiture class projects in 2010. I needed to do a “photo profile” with a formal portrait and “everyday activity” image. I took this shot while Shane was doing what he does best with neoprene – crafting a wetsuit.

Portrait on the Shotwell Collection on Facebook

Shane Jone – Jonesea Wetsuits – posed for one of my portraiture class projects. I needed to do a “photo profile” with a formal portrait and “everyday activity” image. I took this shot down by the Huntington Beach pier

Portrait on the Shotwell Collection on Facebook



Local Shot Spot – Lyon Air Museum

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Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
Lyon Air Museum
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Lyon Air Museum opened in 2009 on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. Founded by Major General William Lyon, the museum exhibit is comprised of some of the rarest operational aircraft and vehicles in the world and related memorabilia. Docent led tours take visitors for a walk through history as they stroll among the machines and artifacts from the defining event of the 20th century – World War II.

Lyon Air Museum website


New Flea Market Card on Zazzle

Flea Market cards feature photographs from The Shotwell Collection by Andrew Schmidt taken at a variety of flea markets and swap meets throughout California.

Blank card added today – 3 sizes available: Greeting Card (5×7), Note Card (4×5.6) and Big Greeting Card (8.5×11)




Local Shot Spot – The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens

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The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
The Huntington Chinese & Japanese Gardens
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Flowing one into the other, the 9 acre Japanese Garden, completed in 1912 and opened in 1928, and the 12 acre Chinese Garden, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, opened in 2008, offer visitors more than a Western recreation of Eastern gardens. Elements of the five-room Japanese House were created in Japan, shipped to Pasadena around 1904 and acquired by Henry Huntington in 1911. The moon bridge, commissioned by Huntington, was built by Japanese craftsman Toichiro Kawai. The ceremonial teahouse, called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze), was built in Kyoto in the 1960s. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, the renowned garden city of southern China, worked with California builders and gardeners to complete the Chinese Garden.

The Huntington website